Salzburg Holiday Guide

Explore the medieval alleys, majestic castles and snow-capped mountains of this picturesque city, where Mozart and The Sound of Music were born.

Come to Salzburg and enjoy medieval architecture, music and fine restaurants. This picturesque city is situated right on the banks of the Salzach, so for a perfect introduction, why not board a boat and watch the city roll by from the water. If not, take a stroll alongside the river and explore the famous outdoor market, Salzachgalerien.

On the west bank of the Salzach is the Altstadt, or the Old Town. This grand and historic area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and there are strict building regulations in order to preserve the original cityscape. You will find many historic sites such as the Salzburg Cathedral and Mozart Square. At the stately Residenzplatz is the Residenz Palace, where the Archbishops of Salzburg lived back in the 16th Century. Visit this ornate building and see the grand interior and peruse the works by Rembrandt and other European masters. Visit Mozart’s birthplace and bask in the past of a true music master. Walk the medieval street, Getreidegasse, and find top brand clothing stores and stalls selling traditional souvenirs.

Right next to the old town is the towering mountain, Mönchsberg. Take the cable car to the summit and visit the Hohensalzburg Fortress, one of the largest and most impressive castles in Europe, and visit its fascinating military museum.

Cross the river and climb the highest peak of the city, the Kapuzinerberg. It's quite a climb, but your efforts are rewarded with a magnificent panoramic view over the city, especially at sunset.

Escape the town for the day and visit Hellbrunn Palace, a baroque villa which is famous for its beautiful gardens and amusing Wasserspiele; children find it great fun to try to avoid the jets of water from the hidden sculptures and wall fountains.

Immerse yourself in the music of Salzburg. Visit Salzburg in the summer and catch the Salzburg Festival, where you’ll hear pieces by the city’s most famous son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Join the Sound of Music tour and see locations from one of the most popular musicals in the world. Stop off at Schloss Mirabell, with its impressive monuments and gardens, and enjoy the tranquillity.

The culinary side of Salzburg is just as diverse as the other attractions. Explore the city’s beautiful coffee shops, grand beer halls and award winning restaurants. Taste the homemade cakes and strudels Café Tomaselli, the oldest café in Austria. Visit the various traditional city breweries like the famous Augustiner Brau and appreciate some of the best beer in the world.

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