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Salzburg
Travel Guide

Kapuzinerberg featuring heritage elements, a city and heritage architecture

Explore the medieval alleys, imposing castles and surrounding mountains of this picturesque Austrian city that gave the world Mozart and The Sound of Music.

Visit Salzburg to enjoy medieval architecture, music festivals and a sophisticated food scene. This scenic city sits on the banks of the Salzach River. Take a cruise on the water to get your bearings. Walk along the shores on the weekends to experience the Salzach Galleries (Salzachgalerien), a fabulous open-air market.

On the Salzach’s western bank is Salzburg’s Old Town (Altstadt), a World Heritage Site where building is strictly regulated in order to preserve the area’s original flavor. You’ll find many historic attractions, including the Salzburg Cathedral (Salzburger Dom) and Mozart Square (Mozartplatz). Overlooking the stately square of Residenzplatz, is the Residenz palace where the rulers of Salzburg lived in the 1500s. Visit this ornate building to see grand chambers and works by Rembrandt and other European masters. On the medieval street of Getreidegasse you can shop for high-end clothing and traditional souvenirs, and visit Mozart’s Birthplace (Mozarts Geburtshaus).

Bordering the Old Town is the towering Mönchsberg mountain. Ride the cable railway to the top of the mountain to visit Hohensalzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg), among the largest and most impressive castles in Europe.

Cross to the eastern banks of the river to walk up Salzburg’s tallest city peak, Kapuzinerberg. You’ll be rewarded with panoramic city views that are especially grand at sunset.

Beyond the city, visit the Baroque villa of Hellbrunn Palace (Schloss Hellbrunn). It’s famed for beautiful gardens and whimsical Trick Fountains. Kids will love dodging the water shot from sculptures and hidden wall fountains.

Music plays a major part in Salzburg’s cultural scene. Hear the work of the city’s celebrated native son Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart during the Salzburg Festival (Salzburger Festspiele), held in summer. Take a guided tour around some of the locations used in one of the world’s most beloved musical movies, The Sound of Music. Any tour is sure to take you to Mirabell Palace (Schloss Mirabell), where there are impressive monuments and gardens.

Salzburg’s food scene is as diverse as its other attractions, with coffee houses, beer halls and award-winning restaurants. Sample homemade cakes and strudels at Café Tomaselli, Austria’s oldest café. Beer drinkers will enjoy a variety of traditional breweries, including the famous Augustiner Brewery.

Where to stay in Salzburg

Sheraton Grand Salzburg
Sheraton Grand Salzburg
5 out of 5
Auerspergstrasse 4, Salzburg, Salzburg
The price is ¥22,525 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 5
Located in City Centre Salzburg, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Mirabell Palace and Gardens, Moenchsberg Museum of Modern Art, and Getreidegasse. ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (542 reviews)
"Old hotel as the history of Salzburg. Toilet and shower booth in one space separated by glass wall that is not undesirable for simultaneous using. Sound of Music tour run by panorama tour and Mirabell palace is just around the corner. In conclusion, recommended hotel."

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

Sheraton Grand Salzburg
Star Inn Hotel Premium Salzburg Gablerbräu
Star Inn Hotel Premium Salzburg Gablerbräu
3 out of 5
Richard-Mayr-Gasse 2, Salzburg, Salzburg
The price is ¥11,061 per night from May 17 to May 17
Located in City Centre Salzburg, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Linzer Gasse and Mozart's Birthplace. Mirabell Palace and Gardens and Salzburg Cathedral ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (989 reviews)
"Overall a very good location, just across the river from the old town. There are plenty of bars and restaurants nearby to visit, and the walk to old town is quick and pleasant. The only reason this review is not perfect is because of the room itself. I’m not picky, but the beds, pillows, etc were ..."

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

Star Inn Hotel Premium Salzburg Gablerbräu
Hotel Goldener Hirsch, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Salzburg
Hotel Goldener Hirsch, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Salzburg
5 out of 5
Getreidegasse 37, Salzburg, Salzburg
The price is ¥26,481 per night from May 28 to May 28
Located in Altstadt Salzburg, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. Blasius Church and Mozart's Birthplace. Mirabell Palace and Gardens and Salzburg ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (356 reviews)
Wonderful place in the old town
"New modern luxury facility in the old town and meters away from the Mozartz birthplace. you have to cone experience it for yourself !"

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2019

Hotel Goldener Hirsch, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Salzburg
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Salzachvilla - Apartment 1. Floor 160m2 With Balcony and Garden Area
Salzachvilla - Apartment 1. Floor 160m2 With Balcony and Garden Area
Salzburg, Salzburg (state)
The price is ¥19,797 per night from May 20 to May 20
Situated in Salzburg, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Aya Bad Swimming Pools, Fortress Hohensalzburg, and Salzburg Cathedral. Mirabell Palace ...
Salzachvilla - Apartment 1. Floor 160m2 With Balcony and Garden Area
Urlaub in der Stilvollen Villa Leopoldskron
Urlaub in der Stilvollen Villa Leopoldskron
Salzburg, Salzburg (state)
Located in Maxglan, this romantic apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Leopoldskron Swimming Pool, Mozart's Birthplace, and Salzburg Cathedral. Mirabell ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Perfekt
"Mein Mann und ich hatten wunderschöne Tage in Salzburg und Umgebung. Die Wohnung liegt zentral und ist perfekt ausgestattet. Die Vermieterin ist sehr nett und hat uns bei unserer Ankunft alles gezeigt und viele Vorschläge für Ausflüge.. Sehenswürdigkeiten und Restaurants gegeben. Die Innenstadt von ..."

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2020

Urlaub in der Stilvollen Villa Leopoldskron
Barrierfree Appartments Salzburg
Barrierfree Appartments Salzburg
3.5 out of 5
Schloßstraße 8, Salzburg, Salzburg
Situated in Salzburg, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Volksgarten Swimming Pool, Mirabell Palace and Gardens, and Fortress Hohensalzburg. Salzburg ...
Barrierfree Appartments Salzburg
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Apr 11, 2020

Easily navigable city with an abundance of charm and access to commanding outdoor activities. Enough activities to occupy a few days. Would definitely recommend combining Salzburg into a trip with areas in the Saltzkamergut

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 14, 2020

Lovely city with lots to see and do. Great history and easy to get around. The Salzburg travel pass is great value

5/5 - Excellent

A.Bissar

Feb 19, 2020

Beautiful little city with a lot of history and a lot to see. Also great to go out of town and check out the towns, mountains and lakes out of town in the vicinity of Salzburg region.

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 18, 2020

Nice medieval town. Cool castle and pleasant river. Enjoyed Monkeys cafe by the river. Couldn’t believe how nice the weather was in FEB.

5/5 - Excellent

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Jan 20, 2020

Salzburg is a very charming little place with lots to see and enjoy.

5/5 - Excellent

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Jan 19, 2020

City of music, military history, centuries old town, great cafe and restaurants, local brand stores, good Salzburg beers

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