Things to do in

Salzburg

With mountains, a clifftop fortress, and Baroque buildings, Mozart’s hometown is straight out of a fairy tale.

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Top 7 things to do in Salzburg

A fabulous city with a rich history and beautiful architecture, Salzburg is an oft-overlooked gem of Europe. Here are the top 7 things to do with your time in this fairy tale of a city.

  • Salzburg's Old Town

    1. Salzburg's Old Town

    On the banks of the aqua-hued River Salzach lies the enchanting historic center of Salzburg. Treat yourself to a tour of its winding streets and copper topped cathedrals.

  • Hellbrunn Palace

    2. Hellbrunn Palace

    This 'Lustschloss' (pleasure palace) was where Austria's archbishops came to unwind in the summer months. The Hellbrunn Palace is most famous for its fountains and cheeky water games.

  • 3. Salzburg Museum

    The prize-winning Salzburg museum will acquaint you with the full arc of Austrian history, from ancient Roman settlements to the First World War up through contemporary art.

  • Mirabell Palace

    4. Mirabell Palace

    Originally built for the mistress of a prince, Mirabell Palace is a place of perfectly manicured elegance. A fitting place for the Maria and the children.

  • Salzburg Zoo

    5. Salzburg Zoo

    Nothing average about this zoo! Lush animal habitats spread out over floodplains and rocky hillsides, making for such unusal sights as zebras grazing in a green meadow.

  • Salzburg Cathedral

    6. Salzburg Cathedral

    As the seat of Salzburg's historically powerful Roman Catholic Archdiocese, one can expect magnificence from this stunning landmark. Fun fact: Mozart was baptized here!

  • Hohensalzburg Fortress

    7. Hohensalzburg Fortress

    Visible from miles away, Salzburg's iconic mountain-top fortress is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe. Be sure to meander its golden chambers and kingly halls.

Frequently asked questions about Salzburg

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Planning Your Visit

  • How many days to spend in Salzburg?

    With a population of under 150,000, Salzburg is a relatively small town. You'd be able to see most of the city's highlights in a day if you're hustling. But take it easy, and leave enough time to get your strudel on! Three days is recommended, especially if you plan to take a daytrip to Hellbrunn Palace or elsewhere.

  • Where to stay?

    Salzburg is brimming with great hotels and top notch hostels, so take your pick! Do yourself a favor and find a cozy spot on either side of the river, close to the city center.

Good to know

  • Language
    Austrian German
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +43
  • Best time to visit
    Summer & Fall

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What people are saying about Salzburg

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Great family experience. Went with my wife and kids 5 and 8 and it was just us and 2 other ladies. I wasn’t sure how taking the kids would work out but they loved it and were able to be fully involved. After the struddle and cookies went in the oven we sat to eat the goulash and probably the best I’ve had. Kids both loved it as well. We sampled our struddle and cookies after and what we couldn’t eat we were able to carry home. The building we cooked in was built into the stone and had a cool atmosphere and overall the experience exceeded my expectations.

My experience was wonderful!!! The guide was so much fun… Paul … he made all the difference.. Very attentive and professional!!

Brilliant afternoon. Glorious scenery and very informative tour guide. Lots of facts you may not otherwise know

It was fantastic! Awesome concert with family vibe! I wish I could go again anytime soon!

It is a very interesting place to visit...such a beautiful town