Salzburg

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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

    1. 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

    2. 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.

  • 3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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 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

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 4,992 reviews

A highlight of our time in Salzburg. Sent friendly reminders and countdowns for the event. Worth it to upgrade to Blue - first choice of seating on cruise, upscale menu choices and seating, as well as prime seating for the concert. Everything is well organized and professionally done.

Our trip to the salt mines was awesome. Our guide, Walter, was excellent. He gave us a lot of facts and history on Salzburg as well as the Berchtesgaden salt mine and surrounding area.

It was an excellent concert and one of the best Mozart music experience you can get in Salzburg. A must do activity if you do visit Salzburg.

Enjoyed the trip. I was glad we took the mines instead of the eagles nest as the weather wasn’t too good so it was the perfect tour for us.

Excellent quartet Mozart concert with violin, viola, cello and klavier. Professional musicians in a beautiful hall.