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SalzburgAustria

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

Mirabell Palace featuring a garden, flowers and a city

City Centre Salzburg

4.5/5Wonderful!(418 area reviews)

City Centre Salzburg is beloved for its popular shops. Take some time to explore sights in the area like Mirabell Palace and Gardens and Mirabell Gardens.

City Centre Salzburg
Salzburg Cathedral showing general coastal views, religious elements and heritage elements

Altstadt

5/5Exceptional!(129 area reviews)

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

Altstadt
Leopoldskron Palace featuring heritage architecture, heritage elements and a castle

Leopoldskron-Moos

5/5Exceptional!(14 area reviews)

Notable for its historic sites, lake views, and live music, Leopoldskron-Moos is a sought-after destination for many travelers visiting Salzburg. If you want to see some sights in the area, check out Hangar-7 or Hellbrunn Palace.

Leopoldskron-Moos
Tale cottage on our way to Salzburg, it was fascinating driving by this scenery, I definitely would do it again!!

Schallmoos

4/5Very Good!(36 area reviews)

Get to know Schallmoos by checking out its shopping, restaurants, and historic sites. Consider a visit to nearby sights like Mirabell Palace and Gardens or Mozart's Birthplace during your time in the area.

Schallmoos
The iconic Salzburg Fortress shot from Leopolskron.

Nonntal

4.5/5Wonderful!(13 area reviews)

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

Nonntal
Taken on the outskirts of Salzburg at sunset looking towards the city center in the haze.

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Gnigl

4/5Very Good!(23 area reviews)

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

Gnigl

Top Hotels in Salzburg

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
NH Salzburg City
NH Salzburg City
4 out of 5
Franz-Josef-Str. 26, Salzburg, Salzburg
The price is $74 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 19

Located in City Centre Salzburg, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Linzer Gasse and Mirabell Palace and Gardens. Mozart's Birthplace and Salzburg Cathedral ...

4/5Very Good! (977 reviews)

"Positiv: Hotellage, Zimmergrösse, Bad mit Badewanne, Frühstück sehr lecker, Personal sehr freundlich und zuvorkommend, Klimaanlage Negativ: Derzeit Baustelle und Lärm, Tiefgarage nicht benutzbar - öffentliche Garage in der Nähe, Teppiche sehr verschmutzt"…"

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2020

NH Salzburg City
Wolfgang's managed by a&o
Wolfgang's managed by a&o
2 out of 5
Fanny-von-Lehnert-Straße 6-8, Salzburg
The price is $42 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 2

Located in Elisabeth-Vorstadt, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Salzburg Congress Convention Center and Mirabell Palace and Gardens. Mozart's Birthplace ...

3.8/5Good! (82 reviews)
Clean, good location, helpful staff

"I was one of the first travelers after the Covid19 lockdown was lifted, so my experience was probably not typical but was mostly a good one. Upon my arrival I found that Wolfgang's was completely closed, apparently under som sort of renovation. I panicked briefly, having already paid for my eight-night ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2020

Wolfgang's managed by a&o
Altstadthotel Weisse Taube
Altstadthotel Weisse Taube
4 out of 5
Kaigasse 9, Salzburg, Salzburg
The price is $106 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3

Located in Altstadt, this hotel is steps from Panorama Museum, Salzburg Cathedral, and Fortress Hohensalzburg. Mirabell Palace and Gardens and Mozart's Birthplace ...

4.3/5Excellent! (452 reviews)

"great location, and the service was the best!!!!!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020

Altstadthotel Weisse Taube

Vacation Rentals in Salzburg

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Apartments Wolf Dietrich
Apartments Wolf Dietrich
3 out of 5
Linzer Gasse 76, Salzburg, Salzburg

Located in City Centre Salzburg, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Linzer Gasse, Mirabell Palace and Gardens, and Mozart's Birthplace. Salzburg Cathedral ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (121 reviews)

"The location was excellent; we were able to walk all over the older part of town. The staff was very helpful. But it would have been good to have had prior information on the adaptors needed for the electrical outlets."…"

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

Apartments Wolf Dietrich
Ante Portas - Apartments
Ante Portas - Apartments
3 out of 5
Linzer Bundesstrasse 49, Salzburg, Salzburg
The price is $65 per night from Oct 7 to Oct 8

Located in Gnigl, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Linzer Gasse, Mirabell Palace and Gardens, and Mozart's Birthplace. Salzburg Cathedral and ...

4/5Very Good! (120 reviews)

"Parking was tight. The room was clean and handy. The staff had very limited hours."…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2019

Ante Portas - Apartments
APT - Stone Lodge Salzburg
APT - Stone Lodge Salzburg
4 out of 5
Steingasse 59, Salzburg
The price is $121 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 29

Located in Altstadt, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Salzburg Museum, Salzburg Cathedral, and Mozart's Birthplace. Fortress Hohensalzburg ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (26 reviews)

"The owner was extremely accommodating, there wasn't anything that was provided and if you required anything he immediately resolved the issue."…"

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2019

APT - Stone Lodge Salzburg

Popular places to visit in Salzburg

Mirabell Palace and Gardens
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Mirabell Palace and Gardens

4.5/5(278 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(331 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(262 reviews)

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

Leopoldskron Palace
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Leopoldskron Palace

4.5/5(59 reviews)

This picturesque palace hosted the first Salzburg Festival and was later immortalized during the filming of the 1965 movie The Sound of Music.

Mozart's Birthplace
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Mozart's Birthplace

4.5/5(283 reviews)

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

Hangar-7
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Hangar-7

4.5/5(12 reviews)

Hangar-7 is a top museum in Salzburg with a rich history. Make time for the shops and local tours in this walkable area.

Top things to do in Salzburg

Salzburg Day Trip by Train
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Salzburg Day Trip by Train

$62
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
The Original Sound of Music Tour since 1967!
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The Original Sound of Music Tour since 1967!

$57
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Mozart Concert & Dinner at Fortress Hohensalzburg
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Mozart Concert & Dinner at Fortress Hohensalzburg

$72
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Original Sound of Music Tour®
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Original Sound of Music Tour®

$57
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Mozart Dinner Concert
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Mozart Dinner Concert

$78
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Skip the Line: Fortress Hohensalzburg Admission Ticket
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Skip the Line: Fortress Hohensalzburg Admission Ticket

$11
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Salzburg

4.8

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

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

Verified traveler

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

Verified traveler

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

Verified traveler

Jan 20, 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 19, 2020

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