Salzburg’s Panorama Museum

If the spring weather is not co-operating, you can still enjoy the landscape around Salzburg in a more visual way with a visit to the Panorama Museum.

The museum in the middle of the city houses an unusual painting: the 26-metre-long circular painting created by Johann Michael Sattler (1796-1847) in the first half of the 19th century.

At that time, this panorama painting was the first major tourism advertising for Salzburg: the family toured around Europe with it for ten years. The 5 metre high and 26 metre long oil painting was packed onto a houseboat and displayed in European cities in a specially built wooden pavilion.

On its return to Salzburg, it was shown in a round building in today’s Mirabell Gardens until 1937, and from 1977 to 2001 in the former Café Winkler on the Mönchsberg. After extensive renovation, it was reopened in 2005 in the former counter hall of the post office on Residenzplatz.

The Panorama Museum in Salzburg
The circular painting in Salzburg’s Panorama Museum
© Panorama Museum Salzburg

The circular painting can be admired from a viewing platform and is characterised by its accuracy. For example, all of the windows, chimneys and roof shapes of the buildings that still exist today are exactly right. Closer inspection will reveal a multitude of people of the most diverse statuses and professions at work.

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