5/5 - Excellent
Verified traveler12 Oct 2019
More to do than we allowed time for already talking about a return visit
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.
Live Music, Tours and Museums
See one of the most beautiful wedding venues in the world at this magnificent palace, originally built as a grand gesture of love.
Step back in time to the eighth century at one of Salzburg’s most important historic sites and one of Europe’s most beautiful churches.
Hop on a cable car and climb up to this mountaintop fortress, one of the biggest medieval castles in Europe.
This palace, originally a summer residence for the archbishops of Salzburg, is famous for the whimsical water games of the Trick Fountains.
Learn about the life, family and work of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart via exhibitions in the rooms of the house where he was born.
Discover the rich historical and cultural heritage of Salzburg at this award-winning museum, located in a palace complete with a chiming bell tower.
Bring the music and magic of The Sound of Music to life as you journey through the hills beyond Salzburg in the footsteps of the von Trapp family. Seek out filming locations in the city and in the scenic Alpine region of Salzkammergut, and hear background stories about the making of the classic movie from a local guide.
A breathtaking visual appears as you reach the UNESCO-listed town of Hallstatt. Jagged mountain peaks reflected in a pristine alpine lake offer the backdrop for this charming Austrian village.
Visit Mozart's hometown to discover a UNESCO World Heritage Site and iconic locations from The Sound of Music on a guided full-day rail tour to Salzburg. Stroll through some of the best-preserved medieval buildings in Europe and enjoy scenic views of the snow-capped Bavarian Alps.
Experience a classical concert in Salzburg, city of music! Enjoy renowned soloists and chamber music ensembles performing masterpieces by Mozart and the great classical composers like Vivaldi, Haydn, Puccini and Beethoven.
Combine a Walking Tour through Salzburg with the Original Sound of Music Tour® and save money! Explore the highlights of the Mozart city Salzburg during this live guided walking tour and see the most important sights like Mozart's Birthplace, Mozart's Residence, Salzburg Cathedral, Mirabell Palace and many more.
Save your time and experience a private door-to-door transfer. You will be picked up wherever you wish in Salzburg at your chosen time by a qualified local English-speaking driver who will make sure you enjoy a pleasant transport to Vienna.
Verified traveler15 Sep 2019
Great food, great people, great views.