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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

Really enjoyable tour with jolly tour guide and driver.

Great trip. Well organised and informative. Walter and his driver made it very enjoyable. Glorious weather and wonderful views. Also enjoyed an hour in the village afterwards - found a wonderful cafe serving amazing ice cream sundaes.

Eagle's Nest and Berchtesgaden Tour from Salzburg Reviewed by Rebecca, 10/19/2018

If you Love the mobile you will be enchanted with this tour

Amazing views, great stories of behind the scenes and the most amazing guide. Loved is not enough!

Original Sound of Music Tour Reviewed by Taluana, 09/25/2018

Awesome Place. Beautiful scene. Good tourguide. Nice car

Just a litle bit short time. 6 hours is not enough to visit three lakes and Hallstatt town.

From Salzburg: Private Tour of Hallstatt Reviewed by Tran, 09/01/2018

Johanes and James were a professional and Guide and driver. Superb

Well organised. This is a well tuned team providing a professional and friendly tour. The highlight of our 9 day holiday- Thank you.

Eagle's Nest and Berchtesgaden Tour from Salzburg Reviewed by Richard, 08/22/2018

The tour was interesting and exiting for us.

The guide, Peter, was multi-talented man. Every spot we visited, he gave us very interesting explanations and we had time to sing together without hesitation, without shame on the tone-deftness. I really enjoyed the short journey of the Sound of Music with people from all over the world... It was interesting that the language of each person was not same, but sang same songs with a same language..

Original Sound of Music Tour Reviewed by JEOMSEON, 08/09/2018