City Guide Salzburg, Austria

Visiting Salzburg

Situated right in the heart of Austria, Salzburg was an independent state from the rest of the country until 1816. It is synonymous with music as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born here. It hosts the annual Salzburg Festival, which showcases many operas and attracts millions every year. Salzburg is also where 'The Sound of Music' was filmed.

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Salzburg City Reviews

  • 90%


    Must See City

    Salzburg has so much to offer from great food to great history and being that the city is basically built into a mountain its amazing to just walk around and see the sights. The locals are super friendly and there's such a calm atmosphere to the city you'll feel happy no matter which direction you go

    Insider Tip:There is a monastery hidden through a little alley off Linzer Grasse street you'll see a crucifix on the wall; take the stairs all the way up and you'll find a perfect hike/walk with amazing views of the city! Worth getting lost there; there's a restaurant somewhere if you get hungry too

  • 80%


    Beautiful Small City with Tons To Do

    The Altstadt was beautiful, had a nice atmosphere, and had a fair number of people at night even in the winter. There are lots of great restaurants at various price ranges, many affordable. Salzburg is great if you like Mozart as he was born in Salzburg and lived there for a time. Both his Geburtshaus (birthplace) and Wohnhaus (apartment) can be visited, and there is a museum dedicated to him as well (the Mozarteum). There are also lots of Sound of Music filming sites in and around the city.

    Insider Tip:Go during Mozart Week! Also, the Mozartkugeln are not to be missed. If you have time, check out Festung Hohensalzburg.

  • 70%


    The Hills Are Alive!

    This is a beautiful city settled in the Alps. Most of the town in pedestrianized so it's easy and safe to get around. The Sound of Music was filmed here so there are plenty of tours that will take you to see the sights from the movie. The Augustiner brewery is also in town and serves up some excellent beer.

    Insider Tip:After a long day walking around town, sit down for a cold one at the Augustiner Brewery beer garden.

  • 80%



    Definite must visit for all Sound of Music fans, and for everybody else.. :) Beautiful city, gardens, parks, castles, buildings and excellent activities, something for everyone!!

    Insider Tip:A great way to see the city (whether you're a Sound of Music fan or not) is to do Maria's Bicycle tour, just remember to book oink advance, especially dying peak seasons.

  • 40%


    Salzburg: awesome and expensive

    Super expensive. Great outdoors. Untersberg is an amazing hike. The apple pie on the top is the bomb. Great town to just chill.

    Insider Tip:Cafe Indigo is cheap and amazing. Mozart houses are not worth it, but sound of music tour definitely is.

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