Top attractions 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
- LanguageAustrian German
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+43
- Best time to visitSummer & Fall
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What people are saying about Salzburg
Our guide Christina and driver Drago were very polite and friendly. Christina was very informative and we had a lot of laughs and fun with her. She made us very comfortable and I really loved the way we sang to the songs as we rode on the bus. I would definitely recommend this tour to others.
I have booked the private tour (8 hours) for my family (max 7 persons), which 5 persons are aged between 60-77 years old. They are very old and can not walk easily for a long distance. So the tour guide customized this trip for them and they were very impressed and satisfied with the kind , friendly and good service of the tour guide (from Local partner: MCM tours and travel Salzburg). I will recommend this Full-Day private tour to others :).
Saw many major sites for the movie, enjoyed learning trivia about the movie, but the best part was driving through the Salzburg countryside, especially St. Gilgen and other cities on lakes. Highly recommended.
Great value for money, a full 4 hours and a very knowledgable tour guide, we would recommend it to anyone.
Johann was fantastic! My mom and I went to Salzburg for the Sound of Music and stumbled upon a little cooking class to do. It was easily our favorite activity of all the tours we did in Salzburg! The cooking school is seriously a little room in the side of the mountain, which Johann explained used to be the customs office into the city! He was the best teacher - he was very patient and funny, and really went into depth with how we could recreate the recipes at home in America - even with recipes we didn't cook in the class! Once we were done, we bought spices and cookbooks and strudel mats because of how much fun we had and how much we want to perfectly recreate our experience there! The atmosphere, teacher, and delicious food made for a GREAT afternoon! Thank you Johann for such a fun and unique experience in your once was customs room in the rock!