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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

the tour was great fun, exciting and enjoyable for everyone

Our tour guide, April was fantastic, the tour was great fun and enjoyable, was also very informative and educational

The Original Sound of Music Tour: Salzburg & Surroundings Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 08/01/2019

We loved the outing with the sleigh ride on Christmas Day

The coach was easy to find and on the way to Ramsau where the sleighs were, the guide gave an interesting and funny commentary. We stopped in the village where everyone went in the restaurant for some lunch which varied from a bowl of soup to a full meal. Then back on the coach which took us to the sleighs. The horses were keen to go and we set off for a beautiful trip through the countryside with amazing views. We had a warm blanket over us and although it wasn’t the coldest time of the year we were pleased we had lots of layers of clothes on with coats hats and scarves. We stopped somewhere at an alpine restaurant for a hot chocolat or gluhwein and then carried on back to the coach. The return journey had beautiful views of a winter wonderland.

Wonderful inspiring dedication magnificent skill

The performance was magical and captured the zestful interpretation of sound and inspiration of the 18th century, in a glorious setting where Mozart had himself performed. Such a group of young dedicated musicians is a joy to behold and their talent is of high standard. Thank you! Fiele dank! Sally Carter

Salzburg: Concert at Mirabell Palace Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 03/01/2019

A great half day trip- Highly recommended

We did the salt mine trip on Christmas day. I would highly recommend it. We had some much fun. The slides and the train were great! A must see attraction.

Wonderful trip and Maxine was a great guide!

Maxine was a wonderful guide and had a lot of knowledge about Salzburg. She was very efficient at moving us about the city to maximize the visit.

Salzburg Day Trip from Munich by Train Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 23/12/2018