Salzburg has managed to preserve an extraordinarily
rich urban fabric, developed over the period from the Middle Ages to
the 19th century when it was a city-state ruled by a prince-archbishop.
Its Flamboyant Gothic art attracted many craftsmen and artists before
the city became even better known through the work of the Italian
architects Vincenzo Scamozzi and Santini Solari, to whom the centre of
Salzburg owes much of its Baroque appearance. This meeting-point of
northern and southern Europe perhaps sparked the genius of Salzburg’s
most famous son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whose name has been associated
with the city ever since.