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SalzburgAustria

The home of Mozart is a bustling cultural capital, framed by beautiful mountains and packed full of medieval lanes and striking architecture.

Salzburg's picturesque architecture makes it a treat to stroll around, as do its musical celebrations and range of gastronomic treats. The city is situated on the Salzach River, and that's a good place to begin your visit too – try the rich variety of the Salzach Galleries (Salzachgalerien), a wonderful open market along the banks of the river

The western shore is where you'll find the Old Town (Altstadt), whose ancient buildings have stood for centuries. It has been granted World Heritage Site status, and any changes to the built environment are strictly regulated. Some of the historical landmarks here include Mozart Square (Mozartplatz) and the Salzburg Cathedral (Salzburger Dom).

The 16th century rulers of the city looked down from their opulent Residenz palace down onto the Residenzplatz. Their former home contains luxuriously appointed salons and a collection of fantastic paintings by a number of world-famous painters, including Rembrandt. Check out Mozart's Birthplace (Mozarts Geburtshaus) along Getreidegasse, a street from the Middle Ages which is home to the classiest fashion shops, but where you can also buy authentic souvenirs.

Monchsberg mountain stands guard over the Old Town – take the cable train up to Hohensalzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg) at the top to see one of biggest and most imposing castles in Europe.

Another place from which to get some of the best vantage points over Salzburg (particularly at sunset) is the Kapuzinerberg, a high hill on the east banks of the Salzach.

For a day out of the city, take a trip to the ornate baroque Hellbrun Palace (Schloss Hellbrun). Its immaculate gardens contain delightful novelty Trick Fountains – a big favourite with the young, and with the young-at-heart.

A visit to the home town of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart would of course not be complete without plenty of music. The best time for lovers of classical music to come is when the Salzburg Festival (Salzburger Festspiele) is on during the summer. Follow the guided tour of the many local locations from the famous family film, The Sound of Music. Mirabell Palace will be included in any tour, with its many memorials and elegant gardens.

Salzburg is well known for its high-quality choice of food: enjoy a coffee, have a top-class meal, or visit a beer hall or a brewery such as Augustiner Brewery. Cafe Tomaselli offers a charming old-world experience with cakes and strudels on sale in the longest-running cafe in the city.

Top hotels in Salzburg

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Schöne Aussicht
Hotel Schöne Aussicht
3 out of 5
Heuberg 3, Salzburg, Salzburg
The price is NZ$170 per night

Located in Gnigl, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Neuhaus Castle and within 3 miles (5 km) of Mirabell Palace and Gardens and Salzburg Cathedral. Fortress ...

4.1/5Very Good! (691 reviews)
Worth the trip in the dark.

"Second time here. Won’t be the last. Great view even with the fog setting in. Staff is friendly, helpful and engaging."…"

Reviewed on 24 Oct. 2019

Hotel Schöne Aussicht
MEININGER Hotel Salzburg City Center
MEININGER Hotel Salzburg City Center
2 out of 5
Fuerbergstrasse 18-20, Salzburg, Salzburg
The price is NZ$120 per night

Located in Gnigl, this hostel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Linzer Gasse, Mirabell Palace and Gardens and Salzburg Cathedral. Fortress Hohensalzburg is 1.7 mi ...

4/5Very Good! (854 reviews)
Not so pleasant when I was check in in the evening

"I have booked here for two nights and the location so far quite convenient and reachable with bus and S-Bahn. The second check in wasn’t so pleasant especially during the night time service in the counter. We reached Salzburg early morning with FlixBus, but due to the check in time is 3pm, so we ..."…"

Reviewed on 11 Feb. 2020

MEININGER Hotel Salzburg City Center
Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron
Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron
3 out of 5
Leopoldskronstrasse 56-58, Salzburg, Salzburg
The price is NZ$331 per night

Located in Leopoldskron-Moos, this historic hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Francis Church, Salzburg Cathedral and Mozart's Birthplace. Fortress Hohensalzburg ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (351 reviews)

"History of the place Chosen specifically Some confusion initially as we were of the impression that we will be in the main Schloss"…"

Reviewed on 3 Jan. 2020

Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron

Popular places to visit in Salzburg

Mirabell Palace and Gardens
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Mirabell Palace and Gardens

4.5/5(24 reviews)

Built as a gift and as a monument to love, this fantastic palace remains hugely popular – especially with couples getting married!

Salzburg Cathedral
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Salzburg Cathedral

4.5/5(22 reviews)

A cathedral since the 8th century, the current structure is acknowledged as one of the most beautiful churches in Europe.

Leopoldskron Palace
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Leopoldskron Palace

4.5/5(13 reviews)

This luxury hotel has had a long and varied history, including being the setting for the world-famous film, “The Sound of Music”.

Fortress Hohensalzburg
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Fortress Hohensalzburg

4.5/5(16 reviews)

Take the dizzying cable-car ride to visit this enormous mountain castle, a monument to the defensive technology of medieval Europe.

Hellbrunn Palace
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Hellbrunn Palace

4.5/5(16 reviews)

Famous for its wily Trick Fountains, this Renaissance palace of the local archbishop has lots to offer.

Mozart's Birthplace
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Mozart's Birthplace

4/5(13 reviews)

Learn about the life, family and work of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart via exhibitions in the rooms of the house where he was born.

Top activities in Salzburg

Eagle's Nest & Berchtesgaden Half-Day Tour
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Eagle's Nest & Berchtesgaden Half-Day Tour

92% of travellers recommend
NZ$113
Per adult
Hallstatt Half Day Tour from Salzburg
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Hallstatt Half Day Tour from Salzburg

88% of travellers recommend
NZ$113
Per adult
The Original Sound of Music Tour since 1967!
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The Original Sound of Music Tour since 1967!

92% of travellers recommend
NZ$89
Per adult
Combo Tour: Eagles Nest, Salt Mines & Bavarian Alps
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Combo Tour: Eagles Nest, Salt Mines & Bavarian Alps

92% of travellers recommend
NZ$195
Per adult
Combo: The Sound of Music & Salt Mines Tour
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Combo: The Sound of Music & Salt Mines Tour

96% of travellers recommend
NZ$170
Per adult
Salzkammergut Lakes & Mountains Tour
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Salzkammergut Lakes & Mountains Tour

78% of travellers recommend
NZ$90
Per adult

Reviews of Salzburg

4.6

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

19 Apr. 2020

My visit to Salzburg castle via funicula railway was very enjoyable. I also really liked the Sound if Music bus tour, even thougj it wad an overcast & simetimes rainy morning.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Jan. 2020

The city centre is very compact, almost all the attraction is within the city centre so you don’t need to spend much at transportation.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Jan. 2020

Mozart and Sound of Music are the main draw cards.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Jan. 2020

Puppet theatre excellent such a treat & an unesco place .

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 Dec. 2019

We Loved Salzburg and if we didn’t have our next part of our trip booked, we would have stayed longer. We enjoyed just meandering The streets and getting lost. Each turn would take us through a different and just as fantastic alley.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Dec. 2019

It's a beautiful city, Untersburg is well worth the trip, if you get a Salzburg card, it makes it totally worth it.