SalzburgAustria

4.7/5Top Destination

Salzburg is calling! Discover its live music, monuments, history and more.

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.

Known for

Live Music, Tours and Museums

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Where to stay in Salzburg

City Centre Salzburg
Mirabell Palace and Gardens showing a city, a castle and flowers

City Centre Salzburg

Known for Shopping, Tours, Historical Buildings

4.5/5(93 reviews)

Gourmet restaurants interesting history and top sights from Mirabell Palace and Gardens to Mirabell Gardens – discover City Centre Salzburg, a destination also famous for its shopping.

Altstadt
Salzburg Cathedral showing a church or cathedral, heritage architecture and general coastal views

Altstadt

Known for Historical Buildings, Museums, Monuments

5/5(24 reviews)

Historical sites, museums and live music are some highlights of Altstadt. Make a stop by Salzburg Museum or Salzburg Cathedral while you're exploring.

Salzburg-Umgebung District
Hellbrunn Palace which includes a square or plaza, a castle and heritage architecture

Salzburg-Umgebung District

Known for Friendly People, Walking, Historical Buildings

4/5(17 reviews)

Travellers come to Salzburg-Umgebung District for its colourful gardens, and you can see top attractions like Mirabell Palace and Gardens and Hellbrunn Palace while you're in town.

Schallmoos
Schallmoos, Salzburg, Austria
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Schallmoos

Known for Skyscrapers, Shopping, Family-friendly

3.5/5(9 reviews)

Check out the shopping, restaurants and historical sites while spending some time in Schallmoos. Though there might not be many attractions in the neighbourhood, you won't need to go far to find top spots like Mirabell Palace and Gardens or Mozart's Birthplace.

Nonntal
Nonntal, Salzburg, Austria
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Nonntal

Known for Romantic, Shopping, Family-friendly

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Nonntal is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Nonnberg Abbey and Erhard Church.

Gnigl
Gnigl, Salzburg, Austria
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Gnigl

Known for Tours, Live Music, Cafés

4/5(5 reviews)

Live music, historical sites and shopping highlight some of the notable features of Gnigl. Make a stop by Neuhaus Castle while you're exploring.

Top hotels in Salzburg

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
H+ Hotel Salzburg
H+ Hotel Salzburg
4 out of 5
Südtiroler Platz 13, Salzburg, Salzburg
£59
per night
17 Nov-18 Nov

Located near the slopes, this Elisabeth-Vorstadt hotel is situated in the city centre and within 1 mile (2 km) of Salzburg Congress Convention Center, Mirabell ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,568 reviews)

"Great location and price. Very friendly staff would highly recommend."…"

Reviewed on 13 Oct 2019

H+ Hotel Salzburg
MEININGER Hotel Salzburg City Center
MEININGER Hotel Salzburg City Center
2 out of 5
Fuerbergstrasse 18-20, Salzburg, Salzburg
£43
per night
3 Nov-4 Nov

Located in Gnigl, this hostel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Neuhaus Castle, Mirabell Palace and Gardens and Mozart's Birthplace. St. Francis Church and Salzburg ...

4/5Very Good! (785 reviews)

"Room has good space and we love the hotel just next to shopping centre."…"

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2019

MEININGER Hotel Salzburg City Center
IMLAUER Hotel Pitter Salzburg
IMLAUER Hotel Pitter Salzburg
4 out of 5
Rainerstrasse 6-8, Salzburg, Salzburg
£123
per night
2 Nov-3 Nov

Within minutes of the slopes, this Salzburg hotel is in the city centre, and provides easy access to Salzburg Congress Convention Center, Mirabell Palace and ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (436 reviews)

"Exceeded expectation. A lovely hotel to stay in. Very convenient to everything. The staff were really friendly and helpful. From the main train station, it is a short bus/trolley ride away and short walk. We walked everywhere around the area. Lots of eating options nearby too."…"

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2019

IMLAUER Hotel Pitter Salzburg

Popular things to do in Salzburg

Mirabell Palace and Gardens
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Mirabell Palace and Gardens

4.5/5(87 reviews)

See one of the most beautiful wedding venues in the world at this magnificent palace, originally built as a grand gesture of love.

Salzburg Cathedral
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Salzburg Cathedral

4.5/5(72 reviews)

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.

Fortress Hohensalzburg
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Fortress Hohensalzburg

4.5/5(64 reviews)

Hop on a cable car and climb up to this mountaintop fortress, one of the biggest medieval castles in Europe.

Hellbrunn Palace
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Hellbrunn Palace

4.5/5(43 reviews)

This palace, originally a summer residence for the archbishops of Salzburg, is famous for the whimsical water games of the Trick Fountains.

Mozart's Birthplace
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Mozart's Birthplace

4/5(49 reviews)

Learn about the life, family and work of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart via exhibitions in the rooms of the house where he was born.

Salzburg Museum
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Salzburg Museum

4/5(18 reviews)

Discover the rich historical and cultural heritage of Salzburg at this award-winning museum, located in a palace complete with a chiming bell tower.

Top activities in Salzburg

The Original Sound of Music Tour since 1967!
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The Original Sound of Music Tour since 1967!

£39

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.

Hallstatt Tour
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Hallstatt Tour

£51

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.

Salzburg Day Trip by Train
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Salzburg Day Trip by Train

£45

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.

Mirabell Palace Classical Music Concerts in the Marble Hall
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Mirabell Palace Classical Music Concerts in the Marble Hall

£30

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.

Super Saver - Walking Tour & Original Sound of Music Tour®
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Super Saver - Walking Tour & Original Sound of Music Tour®

£54

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.

Private Transfer from Salzburg to Vienna: Door-to-door, English-speaking driver
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Private Transfer from Salzburg to Vienna: Door-to-door, English-speaking driver

£60

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.

Reviews of Salzburg

4.7

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

12 Oct 2019

More to do than we allowed time for already talking about a return visit

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

3 Oct 2019

Loved the fact that we could wander at leisure and find something special to look at( eg Church, Palace,gardens, museums) around every corner. Also great cafes when we needed coffee and cake!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

27 Sep 2019

Get the Salburg Card. It is excellent value for a two day visit, allowing free bus and tram travel on most routes, and free entrance to most important attractions. And definitely take the 25 bus to the Untersbergbahn for mountain walks and views.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

23 Sep 2019

We took the cable car up Untersberg which was amazing . Wonderful scenery and a cafe/gift shop at the top completed a great experience. We also did a 'sound of music' tour which was very informative and interesting taking in some beautiful scenery.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

17 Sep 2019

Mountains, good hill top views, old churches, berchgarden nation park near by.....overall very scenic place to come and visit

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

15 Sep 2019

Great food, great people, great views.