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