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In practically every sense, Salzburg is unlike any other city on the planet. Anyone who has ever been completely immersed in the enchantment of Mozart’s world-famous City will never forget it. The place’s particular attractiveness is enhanced by the seamless connection of environment and architecture, art and culture, old and new, all inside a surprisingly small space.
Mozart was born in Salzburg, which also served as the backdrop for the film “The Sound of Music.” The narrow alleyways and huge squares of this baroque city have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. With the world renowned Salzburg Festival, the breathtaking panorama, and the many temptations of Christmastime, Salzburg is a wonderful work of art in and of itself.
Salzburg has its own distinct appeal, regardless of the season. Your visit to the Festival City is likely to be an amazing experience, with an annual itinerary jam-packed with a broad array of activities. Apart from its internationally famous cultural and musical attractions, Salzburg has a plethora of additional compelling and exciting reasons to visit.
Check out our list of Top 10 sights in Salzburg below!
Hohensalzburg Fortress rises high above the rooftops of Festungsberg. The biggest fully preserved castle in Central Europe, this emblem of Salzburg offers a 360-degree view of the city and its surroundings.
Built in 1077 to protect the principality and archbishops from attack, by Archbishop Gebhard. Each successor has helped to develop this fortress and it’s impressive architecture to what we see today.
It can be visited on foot or by Funicular throughout the day and is priced at €13.30 per adult including return journey by rail. Children can enter for €7.60.
Mozart was born in the Hagenauer Haus at no.9 Getreidegasse in 1756.
The museum built in his honor at his birthplace is the most popular in Austria and a highlight for most people, especially classical music lovers.
Walking tours of the rooms are available throughout the day and priced around €12 per adult & around €3.50 – €4.50 for children.
Mirabell Palace and Gardens
Built for his betrothed Salome Alt by Wolf Dietrich inn 1606, Mirabel Palace today serves as a backdrop to many romantic weddings.
Meaning Admirable and Beautiful, of the words Mirabilee and Bella. This building & its setting certainly takes after its name.
With a marble hall and former banquet to the prince-archbishops, and regarded as one of the worlds most beautiful wedding venues in the world.
The palace is open all day from 8am until 6pm and completely free to enter.
The Getreidegasse is the bustling heart of Salzburg’s Old Town, its unmistakable charm as well as Mozart’s Birthplace making it an irresistible destination for countless visitors from around the world.
Aside from an array of international fashion chains, the Getreidegasse also charms passers-by with its traditional inns and unique businesses steeped in history.
The Getreidegasse is central to this romantic city’s old town & the highlight of anyones visit to Salzburg.
A shoppers paradise of international chains but the best part of the old town is the charming traditional inns and traditional businesses steeped in history.
Hellbrunn Palace & Trick Fountains
Hellbrunn Palace’s trick fountains have dazzled and charmed visitors for almost 400 years. Hellbrunn Palace was designed to be a never-before-seen haven of pleasure and relaxation.
Built in a short period of time between 1612 and 1615, it is considered one of the most beautiful Late Renaissance structures north of the Alps. The perfect setting for the most beautiful day of their lives can also be found here for loving couples who are ready to marry.
Mannerist trick fountains serve as the focus, and they are truly one-of-a-kind. The picturesque position in Salzburg’s south was ideal, and Hellbrunn Palace’s expansive parks and gardens are partially groomed and partly natural biotope. They’re a great spot to relax, go for a walk, or participate in some outdoor activities.
Varying Opening Times: 9:30 am-7 pm depending on the season. Prices: Adults – €13.50 & Children (4-18) – €6.00
Haus der Natur
At the Haus der Natur, prehistoric dinosaurs mingle with space exploration, various underwater ecosystems, and reptiles from far-flung corners of the planet. The voyage into the human body, as well as the interactive experiments in the Science Center, will astound you.
Several exhibits allow visitors to make even more discoveries: from the Arctic to the tropical rainforest, from our local rivers to distant deserts, from bizarre creatures of the ocean depths to fabulous crystalline treasures from deep below the Earth’s surface .
Opening Times: Daily 9 am-5 pm. Prices: Adults € 9.50 & Children (4-15 years) € 7.00
Photo by Loeskieboom
Museum of Modern Art
The Mönchsberg, towering above the rooftops of Salzburg’s Old City, is home to the Museum der Moderne. International art treasures from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries are shown in a sophisticated setting on four levels.
Internationally acclaimed modern and contemporary art pieces, as well as works from their own collections, are on display over 2300 square meters in a series of rotating exhibitions open to the public.
Glassed-in staircases with views of the 19th-century water tower are among the unique architectural characteristics.
Tuesday-Sunday 10 am-6 pm, Wednesday 10 am-8 pm, prices of Adults € 8.00 & Children and youths (6-18 years) € 5.50
In the heart of Salzburg City, the DomQuartier is a one-of-a-kind cultural gem. History comes alive in the beautiful state rooms, and a museum tour also gives you a chance to take in the city’s majestic views.
The DomQuartier is an architectural complex that includes the Cathedral, the Residenz, and Benedictine St. Peter’s Abbey, which was originally the seat of the prince-archbishops’ power.
Visitors can visit four separate Salzburg museums with a single admission ticket. Various collections focusing on the city’s Baroque history are housed in the historical chambers of the DomQuartier.
Opening Times: Wednesday-Monday 10 am-5 pm
Prices: Adults € 13.00 & Children (under 6 years) free
They will sweep you away into a World of enjoyable beer drinking experiences once you visit the in-house brewery and learn about the raw materials and witness their professional brewers at work.
Admire the beer-tasting and maturing cellar, and take advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to savor the seasoning and drink some Jungbier (young beer) the old-fashioned way to judge its progress.
The beer tower is their theme at the World of Beer, and it will strike you right away! Listen to amusing and informative anecdotes about this well-loved beverage as you explore to your heart’s content.
Finally, you will stop by the Stiegl Museum, where you can learn about Austria’s largest private brewery and other fascinating information.
Photo by Andrey Khrobostov
Salzburg Church is a seventeenth-century Baroque cathedral in Salzburg, Austria, dedicated to Saint Rupert and Saint Vergilius. Saint Rupert founded the church on the ruins of a Roman town in 774, and the cathedral was reconstructed after a fire in 1181.
The cathedral was extensively restored in the Baroque style under Prince-Bishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau in the seventeenth century, giving it its current appearance. The baptismal font in which composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was baptized is still on display in Salzburg Cathedral.
Opening Times: 8am – 5pm or 6pm depending on the month
Prices: Conservation fee adults € 5.00 & Children and youths up to 18 years free
Photo by tommyandone