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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

Excellent tour organised by Panorama Tours

Excellent tour organised by Panorama Tours. The tour ends in 5.5 hours. They give about 2.5 hours in halstatt which is kind of enough to see the place, but if you take the tour to the viewing point on top of the hill, then time will fly. Tour guide was a senior citizen who was good with his commentery. Good tour to take to see the countryside of Austria/Germany.

Half-Day Tour to Hallstatt from Salzburg Reviewed by Alok, 10/07/2019

Excellent tour, visit to Mondsee, S of M sing along

A great introduction to the S of Music by enthusiasts for enthusiasts. Great visits within Salzburg and breathtaking views to the Lake District. The church where the Von Trapps married is a highlight of the tour. Wonderful coach drive scenery all to the popular tunes plus a short documentary featuring ‘Liesl’. Unhurried and informative. Would highly recommend.

Original Sound of Music Tour Reviewed by Sara, 08/28/2019

Really good time spending! Beautiful sights

Of course if you are in Austria you have to visit mountains. This excursion will let you see the beautiful and majestic Alps. It is worth it’s money. The lake was also a wonderful surprise. It was like on those postcards- emerald water surrounded by the mountains, the cows graze in the meadow. I’m totally satisfied with this trip.

Information, beautiful scenery, quaint little town

We loved our tour to Hallstatt. Despite the rain that poured down during our time in the actual little town, it was wonderful. The drive there is so picturesque and the town has lovely shops, cafes and some historical sites that are well worth seeing.

Half-Day Tour to Hallstatt from Salzburg Reviewed by Anonymous, 09/09/2019

It was epic and a great way to travel to Austria for a day

Absolutely loved it, me and my two pals are travelling Europe and never want to spend to long in one country, this was a great trip we got to see three places in Austria in one day and see some amazing sites and meet people we’ll never forget!