Queer city tour
The queer city tour of Salzburg shows 1200 years of city history from a queer perspective. It leads to places where homosexual personalities are known to have been active and to have had an influence on the city’s history. Roman Forisch shows traces of this history on the two-hour guided tour, which let Salzburg appear in a new light.
That Archduke Ludwig-Viktor, the brother of Habsburg Emperor Franz Josef I, was homosexual is common knowledge. Many anecdotes about his life in Salzburg around 1900 are less so. The queer city tour helps here. Ludwig Viktor lived in Klessheim Palace after being banished from the imperial court in Vienna to Salzburg because of his supposedly disreputable lifestyle. Yet he enjoyed some popularity in Salzburg. For example, because he financially supported the Salzburgers in dealing with flood damage.
Roman Forisch, a certified city guide, tells anecdotes about this and other topics on the two-hour queer city tour. This takes up queer contemporary historical topics and leads to places where, for example, the Salzburg-born expressionist writer Georg Trakl wrote romantic and melancholy poems.
Or to the Rose Hill in the Mirabell Gardens. Around 1600, Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich created this garden as a pleasure garden for himself and his partner Salome Alt, with whom he had 15 children despite her celibacy. Today, the Rosenhügel serves a similar purpose after dark – as a cozy cruising garden for homos.
Two hours that offer new perspectives and show Salzburg in a different light.
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Today's Andräviertel is located on the right side of the Salzach - opposite the old town. This bridgehead of the old town, which was only small in the 11th century, is now an urban and vibrant part of the city. Besides music, theatre and culinary diversity, this historic old quarter is also home to all the LGBT scene venues. [Read more]
I often accompany my guests to the salt mine in Hallein. The train entrance, the crossing of the salt lake and the fast long slides are adventurous. A visit to the Celtic village and museum takes you back 5500 years. There you learn about salt mining in the time of the Celts until today and also about the interesting story of the young prince archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau from Salzburg. He had 15 children with the pretty Salome - despite celibacy! [Read more]
As in other European metropolises such as Berlin, Vienna or London, there are also queer city tours in Salzburg. These take you to places where homosexual personalities are known to have worked and played a significant role in shaping the city's fortunes. Roman Forisch, certified Austria-Guide in conversation with gaysalzburg.at. [Read more]