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From Maria to Mozart, this is a city where music is always in the air
For a small city, Salzburg packs a mighty punch. With a backdrop of mountains that scrape the sky, it brims with grandiose cathedrals, magnificent palaces and world-class museums, all framed by its magnificently preserved fortress. It’s a city that must be seen, heard and felt.
Imagine Michael Haydn, Schikaneder and Mozart gathered under one roof. This was a typical evening at this house in the 1780’s, when a trio of Austria’s most famous composers came together to perform – for formal dances, orchestras and playing for each other’s pleasure. Today, it’s the site of regular concerts and lectures, as well as exhibitions that shed light on the works composed here.Accommodations near Mozart's Residence
“Hagenauer House”, 9 Getreidegasse. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born here on January 27th, 1756. This three-level museum includes exhibitions that cover the maestro’s life, times and numerous passions. Learn about his early childhood and married life with Constanze, and see artefacts like the violin and harpsichord upon which he composed some of his early works.Accommodations near Mozart's Birthplace
Take a trip down memory lane. This shopping street next to the river has been a road for a thousand years. Today, it’s lined with shops – “trachen” boutiques (for traditional Austrian costumes), general fashion, antiques and souvenir shops that sell Mozart and “Sound of Music” memorabilia. Dart down the vaulted passageways to see courtyards, arcades and flower arrangements.Accommodations near Getreidegasse
Mirabell Palace has a story attached to it. It was built in 1606 for the Prince-Archbishop’s mistress, with whom he sired 15 children. In subsequent centuries, that palace was fire-damaged, redesigned and now re-appropriated as the offices for the regional council. Cast your eyes across the ornate Baroque architecture in and outside the palace, then stroll the grounds.Accommodations near Mirabell Palace
This sprawling complex will keep you busy all day. Opened in 2014, the galleries, museums and churches here cover 15,000 square metres. Enter at Cathedral Square to follow a circuit of Baroque art, from the age of the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg to several rooms that were closed to the public for over 200 years. Linger in the Cathedral Museum to see the incredible organ loft.Accommodations near DomQuartier Salzburg
What’s better than hearing Mozart in Mozart’s hometown? This hall is where the Salzburger Festspiele (Salzburg Festival) has taken place every summer since 1920. The main stage is one of the world’s largest, flanked by an orchestra pit with enough room for a hundred musicians. This spectacular venue also holds numerous artworks, like sculptor Bertoni’s “Theatre” and “Music”.Accommodations near Festival Hall Salzburg
Remember when dinosaurs walked the planet? Neither do we, but the exhibitions at this museum will bring the lives of these giant creatures into vivid focus. This museum has several football fields worth of space, and holds a reptile zoo, aquarium, space exhibitions and numerous dioramas. Many of the exhibitions encourage tactile interaction, making it great for children.Accommodations near Haus der Natur Salzburg
The power and the glory. This is Salzburg’s most grandiose church, recognisable by its imposing dome, Baroque architecture and the four statues of saints that border the building. The church has been built and rebuilt since 774, and can hold a congregation of around ten thousand people. It’s dedicated to Saint Rupert and Saint Virgil, patron saints of the city and province.Accommodations near Salzburg Cathedral
How do you solve a problem like ... invasion? That was the question asked by Salzburg’s rulers a millennium ago. They constructed a massive castle and fortifications around the city of Salzburg, all of which have survived unscathed. Ride the 1-min funicular from Old Town, stroll around the perimeter, see the Romanesque church, or dine at two on-site restaurants.Accommodations near Hohensalzburg Fortress
The Archbishop of Salzburg was a big-time practical joker. His magnificent palace was built 400-years ago and “rigged” with water fountains that were designed to shoot off at inopportune moments, in order to shock and surprise his guests. Navigate through the trick fountains, then admire the landscaped gardens – they’re famous for their geometric design, ponds and hidden grottoes.Accommodations near Hellbrunn Palace & Trick Fountains
You can’t go wrong in the centre. The entire district is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, bordered by the Salzach River, Kaupzinerberg Mountain and Mönchsberg Mountain. See the view from atop Hohensalzburg Fortress, or head to the Salzburg Museum for a multimedia journey through the city’s illustrious history.Accommodations in Altstadt
Town and country. This quiet residential district is slightly off the tourist map, nestled at the foot of the Kapuzinerberg Mountain. Its streets are lined with grand private houses and the odd office block. The ZiB Shopping Area is here, popular for clothes and cheap eats, plus Rock House, known as a cool spot for live music.Accommodations in Schallmoos
There’s a lot going on in Elisabeth-Vorstadt. Wedged between the Salzach River and the Main Train Station, the residents enjoy easy connections to the city, plus plenty of local shops and verdant nature. Shop in Forum and Kiesl, see the iconic statue of “Sisi” by the station, and try stylish Jazzit! Bar for an evening of music and merriment.Accommodations in Elisabeth-Vorstadt
This residential area has more than a little intrigue to captivate the casual visitor. It lies in the western part of the city, between Old Town and the airport. See the Baroque church of St. Maximilian and the Maxglan Cemetery, plus Stiegl Brewery, Austria’s largest private brewery and beer museum.Accommodations in Maxglan
Follow “Moosstrasse” into the mountains. This entire area is literally a 6-km stretch of road that cuts through the hinterland. It borders the man-made and medieval Alm Canal and the Untersberg Mountain, a familiar site to fans of “The Sound of Music”. Scan some of the picturesque nature from the comfort of Marchhart’s Restaurant.Accommodations in Leopoldskron-Moos
Globetrotter Sandra lived in many places before returning to her hometown’s fantastic way of life.
One of the best things to do in Salzburg is to enjoy the sunset from the Kapuzinerberg hill. After a steep hike up, the 636-metre peak offers amazing views over the Old Town. You’ll also find a memorial to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the residence of Stefan Zweig and Franziskischlöss Castle.Accommodations near Kapuzinerberg
After 7 years in Salzburg, Bianca is still charmed by its combination of history and modernity.
I really love Hangar-7, a beautifully designed museum and art space run by Red Bull and located at the airport. You can view historic planes and racing cars, treat yourself to coffee and cake in the lounge or sip cocktails in the Mayday bar. There’s even a terrace for barbecues in summer.Accommodations near Hangar-7
A Salzburg newcomer, Michael appreciates the city’s mountain backdrop and proximity to nature.
A stroll beside the River Salzach is a great way to enjoy Salzburg even on a budget. Salzburg Fortress is visible from almost any point along the river, and there are plenty of benches and sunny spots to lie down. Even better, take along a picnic or some local beers and watch the sunset.Accommodations near The banks of the River Salzach
Fabian’s 6 years in Salzburg has shown him what an amazing quality of life the city has.
You can’t beat the year-round romantic atmosphere of Steingasse, a small historic street in central Salzburg. Located near Linzergasse, at the foot of Kapuzinerberg hill, it’s lined with local art galleries and small traditional bars and restaurants like Gastlokal Fridrich and Maier’s.Accommodations near Steingasse
After 11 years living in Salzburg, Lukas still enjoys discovering new corners of this Baroque city.
Located right in the historic heart of the city, this is Salzburg’s oldest cemetery. This fascinating place has amazing scenery, including peaceful gardens and eerie catacombs dating back to the 12th century.Accommodations near St. Peter's Cemetery
Salzburg’s mountains, lakes, culture and friendly people have kept Bernhard captivated for 2 years.
On a sunny day, there’s nothing better than a hike up the Gaisberg mountain. Well-marked trails lead up to the peak, where you can watch paragliders swoop and take in breathtaking views over Salzburg and the surrounding countryside.Accommodations near Gaisberg
Booking.com asked travelers...How can you get the most authentic cultural experience in Salzburg?
Motzart and the churchesSee all 22 answers
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Salzburger ChristkindlmarktSee all 18 answers
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Salzburg card is good value, giving you free travel and entrance to a range of attractions, but it may be very busy in the holiday season.See all 17 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What is it in Salzburg that makes history come to life?
Everything! History is around every corner in the old TownSee all 15 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What makes the Christmas markets so magical in Salzburg?
Everything is decorated for the holidays and the atmosphere is magical, especially at night when all the lights twinkle. There are musicians and singers in the street and the church bells are constantly ringing. The smell of Gluwein and and Lebkuchen is in the air making it feel very Christmassy and warm.See all 10 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Why is the atmosphere in Salzburg something people rave about?
outstanding New Year celebrationsSee all 8 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Why do people say Salzburg can be seen best by foot?
If you use a car you will miss many of the sights. It was wonderful to just meander through the streetsSee all 7 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Describe the nature in Salzburg.
Going around mirabell gardens ,standing on the bridge on the river,going for a boat in the river, bus ride to Untersberg going up the trolley at Untersberg a days outing to Hallstatt or Koingssee from Salzburg .See all 6 answers
Salzburg Airport is just 4 km from the city centre, and shuttle buses stop directly outside the terminal. Tickets cost EUR 2.50 from the Newscorner shop in the terminal, from machines at the bus stop or from the driver. Line 10 runs to the city centre every 15 minutes between 05:50–22:30, while line 2 runs to the main train station every 10–20 minutes from 05:30–01:10. Alternatively, a taxi to the centre takes 15–20 minutes and costs EUR 13–15, not including a tip.
Salzburg Central Train Station is around a 20-minute walk or a 15-minute bus ride from the city centre. It connects Salzburg with the surrounding Flachgau region, as well as offering direct connections to major cities such as Vienna, Zurich, Budapest and Venice. Train tickets must be bought in advance from counters or ticket machines. The station also offers a wide range of shops and restaurants, open daily, as well as ATMS and luggage storage.
Salzburg’s efficient bus network mainly consists of eco-friendly Obusse trolley buses. Most lines start and end at the bus station located next to the main train station, and run every 10–15 minutes from around 05:30 to 23:00. Tickets are sold in blocks of 5 in newsagents, ticket machines and on buses, with each ticket costing EUR 1.80 in advance or EUR 2.50 on the bus. Short rides (1–2 stops) are charged at EUR 1.30. Bus travel is also covered by the Salzburg card.
Salzburg is considered Austria's leading bicycle city, with over 170 km of cycle paths, 23 scenic bicycle routes and contraflow cycling on 83 one-way streets. There are also 5500 bike parking spaces, as well as self-service stations offering free tools, oil and compressed air. Public bike rental is available in Hanuschplatz Square: sign up online or at the terminal (EUR 1, credit and debit cards accepted). The first hour’s usage is free, with a small fee after this.
Salzburg’s largely pedestrianised centre isn’t ideal for driving. It’s much easier to get around by public transport, with park and ride facilities provided on the outskirts of the city. Parking is also hard to find: multi-storey car parks are expensive, while on-street parking is short-stay and is charged from 09:00–19:00 Monday to Friday. Traffic isn’t a major issue, but can build up on rainy days when holidaymakers from the surrounding mountains visit the city.
The Festungsbahn funicular railway has connected the Old Town to Hohensalzburg Fortress since 1892. It runs every 10 minutes daily, starting at 09:00 and finishing between 17:00 and 22:00, depending on the time of year. The ride takes just 1 minute, with panoramic city views on the way up. Prices vary according to the time of day and whether or not you buy a combined ticket with the fortress. The Festungsbahn is also covered by the Salzburg Card.
Taxis are an efficient – if somewhat pricey – way to get around Salzburg. Fares start at EUR 3.10 and increase by EUR 1.35 per km. Taxis can be found in the street or outside the main train station, or you can ask your accommodation to order one. The night-time BusTaxi service allows up to 4 passengers to share a ride along various fixed routes for EUR 4.50 per person. It runs half hourly from 23:30–01:00 on Friday nights and from 23:30–03:00 on Saturday nights.
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