The baroque splendor of Salzburg’s old city reflects its heyday during the 17th and 18th centuries. The birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), the city was surprisingly slow to capitalize on his posthumous renown. Although the concept of an annual Mozart festival was first floated during the 100th anniversary of “Don Giovanni” in 1887, one did not begin in earnest until 1920. While the summer months are hectic, you will still find quiet squares on the perimeter of Old Town. And the majestic Tyrolean Alps are just a short drive away.