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.
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What people are saying about Salzburg
We were hosted by Leo, who drove us, a total of 8 passengers, around to tell and show us the highlights of Salzburg. It was a good choice as it was raining on and off on the day of the tour and would be ideal for those who do not want to do a walking tour in the rain. The icing on the cake for me was being driven to see Leopoldskron Palace across from the lake. Although the weather was not great, what a brilliant view!! The weather didn't take anything away from it and it was worth seeing, if only for 5 mins. It was actually the attraction I was most interested in seeing, so I am pleased that I chose this tour as I did not want to make my own way there or spend hours on a tour just to get there. The fortress you can see from a distance as it sits high above the town. Meeting point was very easy to find.
Really good tour, long lines for sky car to the top. Not worth it at all if weather is remotely poor. If raining you are better spending your time at the bottom having a good look around. We had to rush after waiting in the queues to get up and down before being able to see the town proper. Once at the bottom it is amazing. Thomas was our guide and he was amazing. Incredibly friendly and really healthful. One of the better guides I’ve ever seen. If I did it again and the weather was marginal I’d avoid going up the sky car and use my time to properly explore Hallstatt. In summary, well worth the effort and the tour company was tops.
Everything was great. Even in the drizzling weather, the scenery was quite enjoyable. The guidance was fastidious and easy to be understood even to a foreigner. I enjoyed it very much. One thing I would like to do but couldn't was to visit the salt mine, which alone took 1.5 hours. Driving to Hallstatt took about 3 h back and forth and the total tour was 5.5 h. Including the salt mine, it will take at least 7.5 h, which is perhaps too long for a day tour. In any event, I recommend it.
Loved the old-city walking tour on the way to get our bikes, including stops at Confiserie Josef Holzermayr's to taste the famed Mozartkugler (chocolate and marzipan filled candy), the Mirabelle Gardens, and many historical places including the locations of many Sound of Music scenes throughout the surrounding Salzburg countryside. A perfect way to see the city!
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.