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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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

Planning Your Salzburg 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

Awesome Place. Beautiful scene. Good tourguide. Nice car

Just a litle bit short time. 6 hours is not enough to visit three lakes and Hallstatt town.

From Salzburg: Private Tour of Hallstatt Reviewed by Tran, 01/09/2018

Johanes and James were a professional and Guide and driver. Superb

Well organised. This is a well tuned team providing a professional and friendly tour. The highlight of our 9 day holiday- Thank you.

Eagle's Nest and Berchtesgaden Tour from Salzburg Reviewed by Richard, 22/08/2018

The tour was interesting and exiting for us.

The guide, Peter, was multi-talented man. Every spot we visited, he gave us very interesting explanations and we had time to sing together without hesitation, without shame on the tone-deftness. I really enjoyed the short journey of the Sound of Music with people from all over the world... It was interesting that the language of each person was not same, but sang same songs with a same language..

Original Sound of Music Tour Reviewed by JEOMSEON, 09/08/2018

Wonderful tour celebrating the classic film!

I had a fantastic time on the Sound of Music tour!! The guide Peter was knowledgeable and friendly, and he even got a singalong going during one of the bus rides. The tour was interesting and well organized and we got to see so many of the iconic sites from the film. The tour really made my trip to Salzburg. Thanks again!

Original Sound of Music Tour Reviewed by Paige, 06/08/2018

A wonderful way to spend the evening with my wife. The food was great.

Fantastic evening with my wife. The food was excellent, and the waiters were very profesional. The location was marvellous with the view of Salzburg below us and brilliant weather, maybe too brilliant. It got very hot during the concert but nothing could be done about that.