Salzburg City Breaks
A shrine to Mozart's melodies? A Sound of Music stage? A city with scrumptious cakes, sugar-coated mountains and one majestic fortress? Salzburg is where kitsch and class walk hand in hand, whether it's a shopping spree on Getreidegasse to find lederhosen that fits, or taking a horse-drawn carriage ride through the cobbled centre. In Salzburg, embracing the clichés is positively encouraged. And why not? It's fun.
Romantic Salzburg captivates visitors with its lovely Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. Picturesquely surrounded by the 'Mönchsberg' and crowned by the majestic fortress, Salzburg's historic centre is full of architectural treasures from the Baroque period. The area's beautiful gardens and fairytale castles are best discovered on foot.
Music dominates the cultural scene in Salzburg and there are many ways to experience the city's rich musical heritage. Celebrate Mozart week at the beginning of the year, a tribute to the city's most famous son, or join the crowds for the spectacular Salzburg Festival in summer.
There is always something going on in Salzburg and if you are planning to visit, be sure to leave enough time to appreciate the many wonders of this alluring city. Whether you are coming for the art and culture, the shopping or the world-famous music festivals, you can be sure there is plenty to see and do in Salzburg.
24 hours in Salzburg
Enjoy an early morning start with breakfast at the Café Bazar to take in the views of Salzburg while it's quiet. Then, embark on the fantastic 'Sound of Music' tour - in 2015, it was 50 years since the film set in the mountains of Austria was released. The tour will last four hours and offers some amazing views as you would expect. On your return to Salzburg, have a coffee and cake in Café Tomaselli, before heading up to Hohensalzburg Fortress. This is central Europe's largest preserved fortress and can be reached by a cable car that offers stunning views of the city.
Heading down again, be sure to visit the birthplace of Salzburg's most famous resident, Mozart, where you can view portraits and instruments on display. Visit the Museum of Modern Art in Mönschberg featuring graphics by many modern artists including Klimt and Schiele. For dinner, head to the 'Jovial Monkey' (zum Fideln Affe) which serves traditional food in a vibrant atmosphere.
2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the hit musical "The Sound of Music". Why not book a 'Sound of Music' Tour? Just ask Fred.\ to add it to your booking.
Salzburg is a known as a city of musicians. Mozart is the most famous but Hayden and Herbert von Karajan also lived there.
The Salzburg gnome or dwarf garden is part of the Mirabell gardens in the heart of the city. Some of the gnomes were based on real people living in the court of the Prince-Archbishop.
Did you know?
As well as monuments and attractions, Mozart is honoured in Salzburg with his own confection. Mozartkugel (Mozart Balls) are made from pistachio, nougat and marzipan before being coated in dark chocolate.
- Flight time from London: 1 hour 55 min
- Salzburg Airport: 11km from the city centre; transfer time about 23 min
- Nearest railway station: Salzburg Hauptbahnhof
- Currency: Euro
The Salzburg Card provides free admission to Salzburg's museums as well as free use of the Fortress funicular, the Untersberg cableway, Salzach ship service and public transport. Card holders can also take advantage of a number of discounts on concerts, theatre performances or excursions to destinations in the Salzburg vicinity. Prices start at £32pp for 48hrs (£16 for children aged 6 to 15).
Don't forget to add the Salzburg Card to your booking.
A variety of shops can be found in the narrow alleyways of Salzburg's Old Town. Here, you will find everything from international brands to small exclusive boutiques. Many traditional shops are located near Getreidegasse, the location for numerous bakeries, wineries, confectioners and tailors.
Located in a dignified stone building, this is one of the best places in town to buy local Austrian handicrafts and original traditional costumes.
An excellent pastry shop in the centre of the Old Town. The store's speciality is the highly acclaimed 'Mozart Kugeln', a delicious praline made of pistachio, marzipan, and hazelnut nougat dipped in chocolate.
The Getreidegasse is Salzburg's most famous shopping street, and also where Mozart's birthplace is located.
In the 15th century, in front of the Salzburg Domplatz, a simple bric-a-brac market started. This now has over 1 million visitors per year, making it one of the most famous Christmas markets in Austria. A starry sky gives this market its distinctive, romantic appearance. You can find traditional arts and crafts, decorative items, festive Christmas ornaments and toys that are hard to find anywhere else. Of course, the trip won't be complete without sampling one of the many Salzburg delicacies and pastries.
This renovated inn, established in 1407, is one of the most sought after venues in Salzburg. The cuisine and wine list are excellent and the restaurant is staffed with a superb team of chefs and waiters.
Stiftskeller St. Peter
Dine at the oldest restaurant in Europe while listening to the music of Mozart. Enjoy a delicious three-course candlelit dinner, prepared as it would have been in the 17th and 18th centuries while local opera singers and musicians perform some of Mozart's finest work. Aside from a collection of baroque banquet rooms, there is an inner courtyard with vaults cut from the living rock, a handful of dignified wood-paneled rooms, and a brick-vaulted cellar with a tile floor and rustic chandeliers. In addition to wine from the abbey's own vineyards, the tavern serves good, home-style Austrian cooking.
This renowned café opens onto one of the most charming cobblestone squares of Salzburg's Old Town. Choose from 40 different kinds of homemade cakes and a wide range of drinks.
One of the city's top attractions and a fine example of 17th century Baroque architecture.
Visit Mozart's birthplace and the residential home of his family. The Mozart family lived on the third floor of the 'Hagenauer House' on Getreidegasse for 26 years, from 1747 to 1773 and the celebrated composer was born here on 27 January 1756. The integrated museum now hosts precious relics such as the violin Mozart used to play as a child, as well as portraits, letters and other memorabilia of the Mozart family.
The massive fortress built on Festungsberg Mountain crowns the city of Salzburg. To get there, you can hike up one of the paths or take the funicular from Festungsgasse. The Fortress Museum is distinguished mainly by its collection of medieval art.
Mirabell Castle & Gardens
This palace and its gardens were originally built as a luxurious private residence in the style of the Tuileries in Paris. Today, the palace is the official residence of the mayor of Salzburg.
Hellbrunn Palace, Park & Fountains
A popular spot for outings from Salzburg, this palace dates from the early 17th century and was built as a hunting lodge and summer residence. The palace gardens, one of the oldest baroque formal gardens in Europe, are known for their trick fountains.
The annual cultural events, which reach their peak at the Salzburg Festival, overshadow the club scene and beer halls. It's said that there is a musical event, often a Mozart concert, staged virtually every night in Salzburg. Free concerts are frequently presented by students in the Mozarteum (Schwarzstrasse 26) and in summer, free brass-band concerts are performed in the Mirabell Gardens.
Salzburger Schlosskonzerte, Mirabell Castle
The Salzburger Schlosskonzerte (Palace Concerts) often present the best ensembles. The carefully crafted performances combine with the beautiful, historic venue to create the perfect atmosphere. Unchanged since the days of Mozart, concerts are staged in the richly decorated baroque chambers.
A stylish, unusual cocktail bar which is set within an old salt storage cellar with a vaulted ceiling that allows natural illumination.