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