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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Even though there was no snow, it was aan experience to remember.

From the time we were picked up at our hotel by CARLOS in a luxury black Mercedes limo, till we were treated to a personal guided tour of the area on the way to our activity where we were introduced to our host who explained that unfortunately there was no snow but the sleigh was also fitted with wheels, so we could still tour the countryside. The sleigh was pulled by two magnificent black Hungarian horses. After the ride we were taken into our hosts house and treated to a warm hot chocolate. Carlos then returned us to Salzburg by a different route showing us another perspective of life there. A truly wonderful experience even without snow.

no snow but a lovely carriage ride and afternoon out

very efficiently chauffered and a very nice afternoon out in some lovely countryside

Excellent Tour that covered the highlights

This tour combined expert naration from our guide Franz with ample time for my wife and I to explore on our own and visit the sights that most interested us. It was a good combination.
Salzburg Day Trip from Munich by Train Reviewed by George, 12/27/2015

Great for something different with teenagers

This tour was a good change from Christmas markets for the teenagers. Interesting and the slides provided a bit of excitement . The starting point was not as indicated on the voucher , being across the road and another block . Guide was pleasant and recommended restaurants for after the tour even dropping us at the end near a choice of 2 restaurants
Salzburg Salt Mines Tour with Underground Lake Boat Ride Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 12/14/2015

Absolutely fantastic experience - I'm so glad I took this tour

The bus driver had a great sense of humor and made everyone comfortable throughout the tour. Our tour guide was quite friendly too, and he was thoroughly informative about the film and the sites we saw during this tour. And it made the experience all the more enjoyable that he provided interesting facts and details that aren't well known about the family's history and the filming of various scenes throughout Salzburg. All of it was so enjoyable and informative, and we had an opportunity to see such stunningly beautiful views of Salzburg that one easily understands why Robert Wise chose to film 'The Sound of Music' in Salzburg. I was in total awe throughout the entire tour. This is a "must see" tour for everyone, especially if you're a fan of the 'The Sound of Music' movie.

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