What to see in Salzburg

Salzburg Attractions

The hills (or rather mountains) around Salzburg, as well as the city itself, are indeed alive with the sound of music. But if you travel to Salzburg you will find this Austrian chocolate-box city is also a visual delight, its opulent Baroque castles, palaces, concert halls, and churches a feast for the eye and the soul.

Any classical music-lover worth his or her salt should not miss a holiday in Salzburg, hometown of Mozart, but the city is also a haven for romantics who will revel in the scenery, architecture, and lyrical setting.

The most popular and worthwhile tourist attractions in Salzburg include the mighty Hohensalzburg Fortress, the two Mozart museums situated in his birthplace and former residence, the Museum of Modern Art, the Salzburg Museum, the Museum of Natural History, the Salzburg Zoo, and the Hellbrunn Palace.

Those planning on doing a lot of sightseeing should look into buying the Salzburg Card which provides free entry or discounts on attractions, public transport, and even concerts and theatre performances. The card can be purchased at info booths in the city and at many hotels.

The central core of Salzburg is easy and pleasant to explore on foot. There are buses and streetcars available, for which a 24-hour pass can be bought which includes the use of the Hohensalzburg Funicular. Taxis are plentiful at visible ranks throughout the city, but they are expensive.

Hohensalzburg Fortress

The 11th-century Hohensalzburg Castle stands on a rocky outcrop approximately 394ft (120m) above the city. Although originally built by Archbishop Gebhard to repel attacks from the neighbouring Bavarians,…

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Mozart's Birthplace

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in 1756 at his family's home in Getreidegasse. The house has since been converted into a museum displaying exhibits which include the violin played by Mozart as a child,…

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St Peter's Abbey

The cathedral is one of the city's most recognisable symbols and the massive south tower, standing at 445 feet (136m) tall, is a dominant feature on the Vienna skyline. The 343 steps can be climbed…

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