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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
  • Best time to visit
    Summer & Fall

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What People Are Saying About Salzburg

A superb concert which was the highlight of our holiday!

The Marble Hall is a beautiful setting and we were amazed by the performance. Hearing The Four Seasons on period instruments was an exciting experience. Martin Osiak was a very impressive soloist. It was an evening to remember!
Salzburg: Concert at Mirabell Palace Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 09/11/2016

I regret that there are no free walking tours available in Salzburg.

Although we enjoyed the tour, as the city is incredible and you can't help but be mesmerized, waiting for the guide to give the German version at every stop was exhausting and time consuming. We were on many other cities in Europe that offered free tours which we enjoyed much more. It seems the guides try much harder as they know what they will get pretty much depends on the kind of job they do. It would be worth considering this option in Salzburg.
Half-Day Historical Walking Tour of Salzburg Reviewed by CRISTINA, 08/13/2016

Hallstatt is beautiful ! In a word - Ethereal !

You don't need a guide to go to Hallstatt ! Can manage by yourself ! Spend the full day there .
Half-Day Tour to Hallstatt from Salzburg Reviewed by Swati, 07/28/2016

You learn lots of information, but also get to do things on your own.

The scenery is amazing! We had an excellent guide asking if we had any questions throughout the trip. He helped us all use the transportation and talked about Salzburg during the train ride. We learned a lot on his guided tour through the town. Then you get to spend 3 hours doing whatever you want away from the group. There is so much to see and do, next time I'll have to just stay a few days to do it all! Eating at the Fortress was the best decision. Amazing view for pictures!
Salzburg Day Trip from Munich by Train Reviewed by Becca, 07/03/2016

Amazing day with spectacular views and informative guide

Admittedly the weather was great when we were there but even so, the views are breathtaking both from the ground upwards and even better from the top of the fortress. Going up the fortress is a must both for the inside tour but especially the views across the city and Alps. Cathedral is also very impressive as is the Mozart museum - would recommend an hour and a half in the museum (Geburtshaus) as there is loads to read!! We also had a very good tour guide from Radius Tours who knew the place well and the history and so the walking tour element of the day was very good and he gave plenty of advice as to where to eat, what to see and included things which catered for a variety of tastes and interests. The city has retained its authentic look and feel without too much influence from multinationals which is another great appeal. Would warn it is a long day, the travel is about 2 hours each way and so this will be a full day of your holiday but it is well worth doing.
Salzburg Day Trip from Munich by Train Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 04/27/2016

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