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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

Very good value for money and a must have if you have very less time

Very good value for money and an excellent way to see the city, museums, etc when you don't have much time and with the free transport (even cable ride to the top of the mountain) its even better.
Salzburg Card: Free Admission and Free Rides Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/17/2016

Excellent tour, as we sang our way through the hills.

Our guide, extremely knowledgeable, added so much to this tour. In addition to being a guide, she also was extremely talented, as she led us through songs from the Sound of Music.
Original Sound of Music Tour Reviewed by Donna, 10/13/2016

Good way to see more of Austria inexpensively.

This was a great half day tour. My friend & I were backpacking through the area and it was recommended that we visit Hallstatt. Public transportation would have cost about 40 euros, so for an extra 15 we were given a guide, a group ticket opportunity for a sky walk, and a stop at a beautiful Sound of Music sight! If you're thinking about seeing Hallstatt, this is the way to go!
Half-Day Tour to Hallstatt from Salzburg Reviewed by Jessica, 10/02/2016

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

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