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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

A wonderful way to relive The Sound of Music.

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.

Very satisfied with Full-day Private Guide Tour (customized)

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 :).

Hallstatt: Private, Customized Full-Day Tour Reviewed by Surekha, 05/14/2019

Great Sites & Information on Movie, Better Seeing Salzburg Countryside

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.

Original Sound of Music Tour Reviewed by Eric, 05/05/2019

I would thoroughly recommend this tour to everyone, it was fabulous

Great value for money, a full 4 hours and a very knowledgable tour guide, we would recommend it to anyone.

One of our favorite experiences of the trip!

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!