The water from Salzburg is famous all over the world. The city takes excellent care of her

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Fountains have been a part of the Salzach River since the Middle Ages, and today there are both historical (some of them are listed as monuments) and modern sensor fountains. You really help to reduce water consumption. Thanks to new technology, they swallow around five cubic meters per year instead of two hundred and fifty.

The Salzburg Magistrate is in charge of the canals, and two pipes of ninety thousand euros are being spent on their renovation. Every year at the beginning of November, some of the fountains close and give them a winter coat to protect them from frost and weather. Before Easter, the employees of the municipality open them again so that the local people and the visitors of Salzburg can be enlightened by their water.

Modnov water supply

The history of water in Salzburg began in human times, when the city was called Juvavum. Underground and sewage water were collected in underground cisterns by residents in the Kaiviertel district and on the daily Makartplatz square. In the twelfth century, the Salzburg Cathedral Chapter and the St. Peter’s Archdiocese built the Almkanal canal, which carried water for eight kilometers from the Knigsseache river in Grdig to the old town, and this created the oldest water well in Central Europe.

Baroque canals ruled the historic center of the city.

The need for a life-giving liquid was always great, and so a century later the Salzburg archbishops decided that their bearers would drink spring water from the Untersberg mountain. The daily transport, when the so-called water riders carried water in barrels, was nron. That is why Archbishop Guidobald Count of Thun and Hohenstein decided in 1654 to build a pipeline through which the springs from Untersberg would flow to the city.

With the help of 3,237 pipes made of Modnov dev, the water would first reach Salzburg via the aqueduct, and the residents would draw it from the Residenzbrunnen well on the Residenzplatz. But the pipeline could not withstand the pressure, and when it was opened in 1661, it burst. In the end, the project was completed two hundred years later and Salzburg was able to stop the movement of water.

Museum in a waterhole

Currently, the water in the city with no more than 150,000 inhabitants is of excellent quality, and in Salzburg they also paid tribute to it through the WasserSpiegel interactive museum.

The Salzburg canals provide not only a pleasant education, but also an artistic experience.

The fountains are thus part of the gardens at the Mirabell castle.

The institution is located high on the Münchsberg hill and the choice of the city was not suitable. In 1950, a water well with a depth of eight and a half meters was created on Münchsberg. It holds twenty-five million liters of drinking water and is used to supply the city with water. This will provide drinking water from underground wells and from a spring near the Untersberg. Water from the well (combined with water from the second reservoir on the Kapuzinerberg hill) flows through a very extensive water supply system, which is about eight hundred and seventy kilometers long, which can roughly be compared to the distance from Salzburg to Brussels.

In Salzburg houses, the water from the taps is absolutely safe, thanks to the natural filtration in the rocks of the Untersberg, you don’t have to adjust it. Only water from underground wells is sterilized with UV light for hygienic reasons. The Vodrensk laboratory checks the water itself and performs its analysis every week.

An average family living in Salzburg consumes around 190 m³ of drinking water per year and pays a fee of 410 euros for it (including the internal water meter), which is about 1.12 euros per day. The waste water then drains through the public sewage system and reaches the central waste water treatment plant of the Reinhalteverbandes Groraum Salzburg in Siggerwiesen. There, it mechanically and biologically cleans itself and returns to its cycle.

The Münchsberg underground mine is 8.5 meters deep.

The Festungsbahn cable car leads from the city center to the Hohensalzburg Fortress. From there it is ten minutes to the WasserSpiegel piblin museum.

The excellent water is appreciated not only by tourists from all over the world, but also by local chefs and brewers. They are convinced that the unique taste of beef stew or local beer has its source in the quality of Salzburg water.

Our museum with an area of ​​five hundred square meters shows the development of the city of Salzburg’s water supply from past times to the present. Here, tourists can learn about water management, various technologies and learn about the history of water in Salzburg through hundreds of exhibits. They will try various interactive equipment, go underground to see how the city’s water supply goes out, look into the underground well and of course taste our ampasak from Untersberg, with the museum’s guide Emilija Skrupskisova.

Bread from the Kltern bakery

Almkanal thus set in motion the wheel of the water mill for grain, which the monks built right next to the bakery in the Archpriest of St. Peter. The Benedictines started making bread here in the 12th century, and the bakery still works today. The main product of the kltern bakery is dark bread, which the bakers prepare from commercial yeast, organic flour, water and salt. For this, use a Viennara kneading machine from 1973, and then bake the gift in the original oven, which we will heat up.

Bakery in the Archpriest of St. Petra has been operating since the 12th century.

St. Peter’s bread stays fresh for many days, because the natural yeast protects it from early mold formation. This is the reason why it is popular both with local residents and tourists who want to take it home for sale.

In addition to round bread weighing half a kilo, a kilo and two kilos, the baker makes jet brioches, chicken buns and, similar to Christmas, fruit bread. Visitors can see the preparation of the dough with their own eyes, as the bakery is connected to the shop under the historical vault. There is a great demand for local linen, so it is better to go shopping in the morning, in the afternoon the products are often sold out.

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It suits me

When exploring Salzburg, save a lot of money with the Salzburg Card. Umon includes free entry to city monuments (at the cathedral you get a discount on entry) and music, free travel on public transport (except S-Bahn), discounts on cultural events, concerts and in some cases even priority entry.

You can buy the card at the reception of your hotel, at all tourist information offices in Salzburg, at the ticket offices of individual monuments or on the Internet (with the option of downloading to a smartphone).

The WasserSpiegel museum can be reached by the Festungsbahn cable car (the lower station is at Festungsgasse 4), which takes you to the Hohensalzburg fortress within a minute. From there, it’s ten minutes to the pky piblin museum.

The temperature in the museum is 12 C all year round, so take warm clothes for the tour.

For refilling water in the city, take a stainless steel bottle. The water keeps its temperature (around 8 C) and delicious taste for a long time.


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