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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

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

very enjoyable day a credit to thomas our tour guide,

We had a free pick up from hotel which at 6.45am was great so we dint have to find the pick up location, our tour guide Thomas was very very good he had planned the day even to the type of music on the coach that incorporated what was with in the trip and also his knowledge of the area and friendliness, was great ! a most enjoyable day out.
From Vienna: Day Tour of Salzburg Reviewed by SEAN, 04/09/2016

It was great and very fun; full of laughter!

We had a great time! Our tour guide was super funny and had us laughing the whole time. It was amazing to see the sights!
Original Sound of Music Tour Reviewed by Aimee Jo, 03/13/2016

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

Based on 351 reviews of GetYourGuide customers