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      #realAustria - Salzburg. Now for Real.

      Salzburg is a unique mix of centuries-old traditions and architecture, urban flair and a breathtaking mountain scenery.

    Salzburg panorama

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    UNESCO World Heritage Site and City of Music

    The historical city centre of Salzburg has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site for 25 years. The town owes its elegance and uniqueness to the prince-archbishops: their architectural, artistic and social heritage can be found everywhere in Salzburg and is celebrated with renowned musical events such as the Salzburg Festival and exciting exhibitions including “Salzburg unique” at the Salzburg Museum. The vision of Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich zu Raitenau (1559 - 1617) was to transform Salzburg into a magnificent "Rome of the North". The old town's five squares - Residenzplatz, Domplatz, Mozartplatz, Kapitelplatz and Alter Markt - are considered the most beautiful in the city to date, forming the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site together with Hohensalzburg Fortress.

    And yet, Salzburg's charm also lies in the small moments. Wandering the cobblestone streets in the city centre, strolling through the perfectly manicured Mirabell Gardens, or seeing the Salzach river wind its way through the city from one of the surrounding mountains – Salzburg's unique mix of old heritage and awe-inspiring nature makes it a memorable city break destination.

    #realAustria Moments in Salzburg ...

    View from the Mönchsberg to the Hohensalzburg Fortress and Salzburg's Old Town with the Salzach River

    A Small Town of World Class

    Salzburg owes its fame throughout the world to the incomparable charm of its urban appearance, the scenic beauty of its surroundings and the coincidence that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born here in 1756.

    • City walk in Salzburg

      A Walk through the Centuries

      Experience the vibrant flair and cosy charm of Salzburg by taking a leisurely stroll through the historical old town.

    • Siemens Festival Nights in Salzburg, Kapitelplatz

      SIEMENS Festival>Nights

      Experience historical and current festival productions free of charge. The festival has attracted over 1 million people in more than 20 years.

    • Try the original Mozartkugel / Salzburg

      Try the Original Salzburg Mozart Kugel...

      ... and bring some home with you - as evidence, that you really have been in Salzburg.

    Top Highlights in Salzburg

    •                     City of Salzburg - The fortress Hohensalzburg

      Fortress Hohensalzburg

      Visit the Princely Residence, a magnificent early Baroque edifice with splendid halls and a gallery featuring European paintings dating between the 16th and 19th century.
      Visit the fortress
    •                     Dom zu Salzburg - Salzburg Cathedral

      Salzburg Cathedral

      This imposing tribute to Early Baroque is without a doubt the main attraction of the old town. Inside you'll find the Romanesque font where Mozart was baptized.
      Visit the centrepiece of Salzburg
    •                     Mozart's birthplace / Mozart's birthplace

      Mozart's Birthplace

      The house is located in the Getreidegasse, Salzburg’s most attractive street with its high and narrow houses and romantic courtyards.
      Learn more about Mozart
    •                     Salzburg: Mirabell gardens with view to the Hohensalzburg Fortress

      Mirabell Palace and Gardens

      Mirabell Palace looks back on a colourful history and is generally regarded as one of the "most beautiful wedding halls in the world". The splendid gardens have been built by Lukas von Hildebrandt.
      Enjoy amazing architecture
    •                     The pavilion from " The Sound of Music" at the Hellbrunn Palace / Hellbrunn Palace

      The Sound of Music

      Mirabell Gardens, along with the Felsenreitschule and Nonnberg Convent, is one of the most important shooting locations from the famous Hollywood musical “The Sound of Music”.
      Sing "Do Re Mi"
    •                     Hellbrunn palace / Hellbrunn Palace

      Hellbrunn Castle

      For more than 400 years, Hellbrunn Castle has enchanted and amazed its visitors with its trick fountains. A unique experience with all kinds of surprises in store!
      Experience the trick fountains

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    The Salzburg Festival, cultural highlight of the year / Großes Festspielhaus, Salzburg

    Music is Everywhere

    Salzburg: City of Music

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was one of the greatest composers the world has ever known. Born in Salzburg, he wrote countless operas, masses and symphonies. His most famous compositions are "The Magic Flute", "Don Giovanni" and "The Little Night Music".

    "The Sound of Music" is a real life Cinderella story: Young novice Maria enters the house of the Trapp family as an in-house teacher and gets to marry the widowed father of seven. With 5 Oscars, the movie is still one of the most successful productions of film history.

    "Silent Night Holy Night" is probably THE most famous Christmas carol. It was first performed at the St. Nicholas' Church in Oberndorf near Salzburg in 1818, and has been listed on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

    The Salzburg Festival is the world's most significant festival for opera, music and drama. The diverse program includes classics and world-famous artists as well as a growing range of events for young people.

    Learn more about Salzburg

    More to explore in Salzburg

    •                     Salzburg Marionette Theater / Salzburg puppet theatre

      A world of its own - the Marionette Theatre

      In this private institution, puppets such as the Queen of the Night, Rumpelstiltskin, Maria von Trapp or the Little Prince have been handmade and are lovingly brought to life since 1913.
      Be Enchanted!
    •                     Café Tomaselli in Salzburg / Cafe Tomaselli

      Explore Salzburg's Coffeehouse Culture

      If Salzburg's coffee houses could talk, they would tell the most amazing anecdotes. The Café Tomaselli dates back to 1700, and is the oldest existing coffee house in Austria.
      Up for a cuppa?
    •                     Stiftsbäckerei St. Peter, Salzburg’s oldest bakery

      The Bakers of St. Peter's Abbey

      With nine centuries of experience, their famous sourdough bread, which is still baked in the original wood-fired oven, tastes delicious.
      Take a bite!
    Salzburg Card

    Your Ticket to the City

    Salzburg Card

    The Salzburg Card is your access to all of the city's major attractions, along with free use of public transportation. It is available for 24, 48 or 72 hours. Book it online here!

    All benefits at a glance:

    • one-time FREE admission to all city tourist attractions and museums
    • free travel on public transport (except S-Bahn)
    • attractive discounts on cultural events and concerts
    • additional discounts at many excursion destinations
    • for some sights, express entrance without queuing
    More information on the Salzburg Card

    A Brit in Salzburg

    We sent our friend Julie from A Lady in London to explore Salzburg. See what she got up to – and find your own 3-day itinerary below.

    3 Summer Days in Salzburg

    A visit to Salzburg is what you make of it. Our itinerary is here to provide inspiration for your perfect trip.
    Tip: Get the Salzburg Card to make the most of your stay!

    Kapitelplatz, Salzburg

    Fortress - Modern Art - Churches - Mozart

    Day 1

    Start your visit by taking in all of Salzburg from above, from one of the surrounding mountains. A short (but steep) walk takes you from the city centre to the Hohensalzburg Fortress on Festungsberg, high above the rooftops. Alternatively, climb Mönchsberg and treat yourself to a scrumptious breakfast at the famous m32 restaurant as a reward. It is located in the same building as the Museum of Modern Art, another worthy Salzburg spot to visit.

    Continue by strolling through the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town and exploring some of the many churches that are true architectural marvels. Walk through Getreidegasse, a quaint, cobble-stoned shopping street that is reminiscent of centuries past, towards its highlight: Mozart’s birthplace at no. 9.

    Hellbrunn palace / Hellbrunn Palace

    Hellbrunn - Salzburg's Modern Side - Hangar 7

    Day 2

    Pay a visit to Hellbrunn Castle and stroll through its gardens, taking a trip back in time. Planned as an “oasis of pleasure and distraction“, Hellbrunn features a myriad of trick fountains, astonishing visitors with effects such as water-spewing stags or a crown dancing atop a spout of water.

    Discover Salzburg’s modern side by exploring sculptures and art in public spaces, or visit the city’s unique aviation museum Hangar 7, located right by the airport and a stunning architectural sight to behold.

    Have dinner at FUXN for traditional fare with a modern twist.

    Stieglkeller in Salzburg

    Breweries - Marionette Theatre

    Day 3

    Among many other things, Salzburg is a city of breweries. Established in 1492, Stiegl Brewery offers tours as well as a cosy pub to sample their product. Or visit Augustiner Brewery and sip your brew from a real-life stone pitcher.

    If you’re looking for family-friendly entertainment, consider Salzburg Marionette Theatre, where Mozart’s “Magic Flute” is performed regularly by puppets.

    Have dinner at Zum Fidelen Affen (The Jolly Monkey Tavern), a cosy eatery dating back to the 17th century serving up local Austrian fare.

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