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

Best Western Plus Amedia Art Salzburg
Best Western Plus Amedia Art Salzburg
3.5 out of 5
Linzer Bundesstrasse 6, Salzburg, Salzburg
The price is $61 per night from Feb 8 to Feb 9
Located in Gnigl, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Linzer Gasse, Mirabell Palace and Gardens, and Mozart's Birthplace. Mirabell Gardens and Salzburg Cathedral ...
4/5 Very Good! (573 reviews)
"Hotel was clean and room was nicely done. The staff were friendly and the two gentlemen receptionist were knowledgeable about the area and were good at giving you directions. One lady receptionist didn’t know at all direction to Mirabell Platz which is now I learned is a common meeting area for the ..."

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

Best Western Plus Amedia Art Salzburg
IMLAUER Hotel Pitter Salzburg
IMLAUER Hotel Pitter Salzburg
4 out of 5
Rainerstrasse 6-8, Salzburg, Salzburg
The price is $136 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Located in the city center of Salzburg, this hotel is near the airport and within walking distance of Salzburg Congress Convention Center, Mirabell Palace and ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (654 reviews)
"Great hotel."

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

IMLAUER Hotel Pitter Salzburg
Wyndham Grand Salzburg Conference Centre
Wyndham Grand Salzburg Conference Centre
4 out of 5
Fanny Von Lehnert Strasse 7, Salzburg, Salzburg
The price is $87 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Located in Elisabeth-Vorstadt, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Salzburg Congress Convention Center and Mirabell Palace and Gardens. Mirabell Gardens ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (993 reviews)
Nice hotel
"Probably better family hotels available in the city. Our room and bathroom felt very outdated versus online photos and also lobby look, but it was fairly clean"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

Wyndham Grand Salzburg Conference Centre
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.
APT - Stone Lodge Salzburg
APT - Stone Lodge Salzburg
4 out of 5
Steingasse 59, Salzburg
The price is $113 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
Located in Altstadt Salzburg, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Salzburg Museum, Salzburg Cathedral, and Mozart's Birthplace. Fortress Hohensalzburg ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (26 reviews)
Great location, not so comfortable.
"Great location. The apartment is one big room with bed, kitchen, toilet and shower all in one space. Not so comfortable. The curtains do not block the light very well."

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2019

APT - Stone Lodge Salzburg
Loft Collection Salzburg Mirabell
Loft Collection Salzburg Mirabell
3.5 out of 5
Rainerstraße 7, Salzburg
The price is $135 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Located in City Centre Salzburg, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Salzburg Congress Convention Center and Mirabell Palace and Gardens. Mirabell Gardens ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (78 reviews)
Awesome Location
"Perfect location to walk the city. The room is extremely large and plenty of space for a family of 4. Would definitely stay here again in the future."

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2021

Loft Collection Salzburg Mirabell
Hapimag Resort Salzburg
Hapimag Resort Salzburg
3 out of 5
Brodgasse 1, Salzburg
The price is $176 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
Located in Altstadt Salzburg, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Mozart's Birthplace, Getreidegasse, and Salzburg Cathedral. Fortress Hohensalzburg ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (39 reviews)
"Great location. The property exceeded our expectations. After hours arrival instructions were spot on and worked great. Highly recommend."

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2021

Hapimag Resort 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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