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Residenzplatz

This Old Town square, home to two bishops’ palaces, is a popular venue for concerts, sporting events and festivities.

Residenzplatz is a large public square in the center of Salzburg’s Old Town. The two palaces of Residnezplatz are excellent examples of Baroque and Renaissance architecture, and the square itself is an important venue for cultural events. This central meeting place of Salzburg was designed in the late 16th century.  

The centerpiece of the square is the illustrious Residenzbrunnen (Residence Fountain). This is Salzburg’s grandest fountain and you may recognize it as a backdrop in scenes from the 1965 movie The Sound of Music. The intricate horse, dolphin and Atlas sculptures are the work of Italian artist Tomasso di Garone. This is a great spot to stop and rest, and join the groups of sightseers taking photos of the famous fountain and surrounding buildings.

Each side of the Residenzplatz is home to historic Salzburg landmarks. On the west side, there’s the Residenz, a regal palace dating back to the 13th century. You can visit some of its 180 rooms on a self-guided audio tour. Mozart played in the Rittersaal, a room which is still used for the Salzburg Palace Concerts. Make sure to check out the Residenz Gallery’s fine collection of European art.

On the east side, next to Mozart Square, you’ll find the New Residence. There are several interesting museums to explore, including the Panorama Museum. Stand on a platform and admire Johann Michael Sattler’s round painting that depicts Salzburg in 1829. It has an 85-foot (26-meter) circumference.

The north side of the square is occupied by a row of houses. There’s also a charming café and bakery here, perfect for a mid-morning break. The square’s southern side leads to Domplatz and Salzburg Cathedral.

A good time to visit Residenzplatz is in December to take advantage of the colorful Christmas market set up around the fountain. Browse stalls filled with alpine and Christmas crafts, and try some mulled wine and local food while enjoying the festive atmosphere. In September, St. Rupert’s Fair celebrates Salzburg’s patron saint. Children are sure to enjoy the carousels and merry-go-rounds.

Located in the Old Town, Residenzplatz is a short walk to many of Salzburg’s main attractions. You can get to the Old Town by bus from Salzburg’s main train station. The nearest bus stops are Mozartsteg/Ruolfskai and Rathaus.


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Lodging Near Residenzplatz Square

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$119
Wolf-Dietrich Altstadthotel & Residenz

Wolf-Dietrich Altstadthotel & Residenz

Wolf-Dietrich-Strasse 7, Salzburg
4.4
of 5, from 1,414 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Family-run hotel situated in central Salzburg, two blocks from Mirabell Palace and four blocks from Mozart's birthplace.

$98
Hotel IMLAUER & Bräu

Hotel IMLAUER & Bräu

Rainerstraße 12-14, Salzburg
4.1
of 5, from 1,488 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in City Centre Salzburg, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Salzburg Congress Convention Center and Mirabell Palace and Gardens. Mozart's Birthplace and St. Francis Church are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$153
Radisson Blu Hotel Altstadt

Radisson Blu Hotel Altstadt

Rudolfskai 28 / Judengasse 15, Salzburg
4.1
of 5, from 271 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Altstadt, this luxury hotel is steps from Mozartplatz Square and Salzburg Museum. Mozart's Birthplace and St. Francis Church are also within 10 minutes.

$80
Hotel am Mirabellplatz

Hotel am Mirabellplatz

Paris-Lodron-Strasse 1, Salzburg
4.0
of 5, from 680 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in City Centre Salzburg, this hotel is steps from Mozarteum University of Salzburg and Mirabell Palace and Gardens. Mozart's Birthplace and St. Francis Church are also within 15 minutes.

$89
Altstadthotel Kasererbräu

Altstadthotel Kasererbräu

Kaigasse 33, Salzburg
4.0
of 5, from 816 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Altstadt, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Nonnberg Abbey, Fortress Hohensalzburg, and Salzburg Museum. Salzburg Cathedral and St. Francis Church are also within 10 minutes.

$111
Star Inn Hotel Premium Salzburg Gablerbräu, by Quality

Star Inn Hotel Premium Salzburg Gablerbräu, by Quality

Richard-Mayr-Gasse 2, Salzburg
4.5
of 5, from 740 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in City Centre Salzburg, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Holy Trinity Church and Mozart's Birthplace. Mirabell Palace and Gardens and St. Francis Church are also within 10 minutes.

$159
Stadtkrug

Stadtkrug

Linzer Gasse 20, Salzburg
4.5
of 5, from 263 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in City Centre Salzburg, this hotel is steps from St. Sebastian's Church and Holy Trinity Church. Mirabell Palace and Gardens is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) away.

$116
Hotel & Villa Auersperg

Hotel & Villa Auersperg

Auerspergstrasse 61, Salzburg
4.6
of 5, from 587 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This city-center hotel, located in Salzburg's historical district, is 4 blocks from St. Sebastian's Church and 6 blocks from Mirabell Palace. Mozart's Birthplace is 1 km (a half-mile) away.