Altstadt Salzburg

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The birthplace of Mozart, a pair of elegant plazas and a range of religious sights make this an outstanding destination in the heart of Salzburg.

While in Salzburg, you’ll likely visit the Altstadt, the city’s historic Old Town. This UNESCO-recognized site has some of Austria’s most iconic treasures and provides insights into the city’s rich history.

One of the highlights of the Altstadt is Mozart’s Birthplace (Mozarts Geburtshaus). Recognizable by its bright yellow façade, the museum has detailed exhibits spread across three stories. Learn about Mozart, his family and his musical talent. In the heart of the district, the Mozartplatz is a large square surrounded by some of the city’s historic highlights. Study the 19th-century Mozart Monument in its center. The statue was unveiled in the presence of the composer’s sons almost five decades after his death.

Speak with docents at the Tourist Information Mozartplatz to learn about upcoming events and activities. In the square’s northeastern corner is the historic Michaelstor, while the Salzburg Museum sit on its southern side. Move southwest to the adjoining Residenzplatz and watch the jets of the impressive Residenz Fountain.

Admire the baroque façade of the Salzburg Cathedral, dating back to the 17th century. Hear the bells of the New Residence and walk around the Old Residence, which was constructed in the Middle Ages. View a remarkable circular 19th-century painting of the city through telescopes in the Panorama Museum. Other attractions in the historic center include St. Peter’s Abbey, St. Mark’s Church and St. Francis Church.

The Altstadt district is in the southern part of central Salzburg. Travel by bus to one of the stops in the zone or ride the train to the Salzburg Mülln-Altstadt station and walk southeast for about 10 minutes to reach the area. While visiting Salzburg, make sure to explore other surrounding districts such as Maxglan, Nonntal and Itzling West.

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