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Austria's Salzburg is a baroque masterpiece, surrounded by stunning alpine scenery along the German border. The Salzach River divides the city into two halves—the old and the new—both overlooked by the hillside Hohensalzburg Fortress. Take a funicular or hike all the way up to visit the centuries-old castle and explore its medieval chambers and museum, displaying artifacts from the era of the prince-archbishops. Salzburg was once home to The Sound of Music's Von Trapp family, whose real lives and experiences—as well as the making of the timeless musical—are all covered during guided tours. Key locations featured in the film include Hellbrunn Palace and the Mirabell Palace and Gardens, where classical music performances are held to this day

This UNESCO-listed city has always been alive with the sound of music. As the birthplace of Mozart, whose legacy is preserved by a statue and museum displaying many of his childhood instruments, Salzburg has hosted classical music concerts for over 200 years. The best time to catch one is during summer's Salzburg Festival, where all the world’s greatest tenors and conductors gather.

Close to Mozart's birthplace is Getreidegasse, a charming shopping street where wrought-iron signs still hang above picturesque shop windows.

If there's time to explore beyond the city, venture out to Salzburgerland, the surrounding region famous for its breathtaking landscapes.

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Most popular time to visit July-September
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.11
Language German
Average weekend price $164 per night
Average weekday price $161 per night
Average stay 1 night

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10

Lovely historical city with picturesque scenery and plenty...

September 18, 2019

Lovely historical city with picturesque scenery and plenty to do. The highlight was taking the funicular up to the castle, and walking around the castle grounds with the audio guide. The views from the grounds are amazing, allowing a view over the whole city and to the mountains beyond. Mozart fans will also find plenty of memorabilia and museums dedicated to him. Definitely consider spending a day or two in Salzburg if making your way across Austria/central Europe.

Anonymous United Kingdom
10

Salzburg is a wonderful town with too many sights to see in...

September 9, 2019

Salzburg is a wonderful town with too many sights to see in a short stay. It is walking friendly and the transportation system will take you where you wish to go. For meals, you will find many cafes and restaurants offering many types of cuisine.

Katrina
Katrina Austria
10

Beautiful city with much history!

September 9, 2019

Beautiful city with much history! Awesome fortress (Hohensalzburg)!!! Beautiful Hellbrunn palace (Schloss) with great, funny tour Trick Fountains (Wasserspielle). Places for movie "Sound of Music". The old town (the center of the city is full of places that are worth seeing. Unbelievable concerts in Mirabell palace!

Olga
Olga United States of America
8.0

Despite having sold its soul to tourism, Salzburg remains a...

September 7, 2019

Despite having sold its soul to tourism, Salzburg remains a favorite place to visit. Actually, the crowds are easily avoided by ducking down a fascinating side street, yet even the mobbed Getreidegaße has its delights. I couldn't resist buying our boy a swimsuit that looks like lederhosen. It was on sale! As a fan of "The Sound of Music," it was fun visiting a few filming locations and spending time in the TSOM Museum, where I learned a few things about the von Trapp family I hadn't known. Don't let the crowds and commercialism dissuade you from finding some of your own favorite things in glorious Salzburg.

Brian
Brian United States of America
10

A nice little town full of history and good vibes.

September 5, 2019

A nice little town full of history and good vibes. Yes it is touristic, but you don't feel the crowd like in Vienna. There is a lot to see, and searching beyond the main streets brings rewards. Königssee / Berchtesgaden are 30mn away by car, and on the way back, the Rossfeld Panorama road offers stunning views of both Germany and Austria.

Laurent
Laurent Portugal
8.0

Salzburg is a cute little town.

September 4, 2019

Salzburg is a cute little town. A bit too, sound of music, for us. Felt pretty touristy but then we only went to a few places and the next day we went out to the ice caves south of town which were spectacular but extremely strenuous to get in and up 700 stairs! Not really enough to do for two days?

Anne
Anne United States of America