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Things To See in Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg Things To See

From stunning architecture to picturesque mountains to world famous attractions, there are lots of things to see and do in and around Salzburg.

The city's Old Town is filled with spectacular examples of baroque architecture. This can be seen in the Salzburg Cathedral, along with a host of other buildings. Also in the Old Town, you'll find Getreidegasse. This is Salzburg's main shopping street and is famous for the often ornate, wrought iron guild signs displayed by each store. Also on this street, you can see Mozart's birthplace.

One of the mountains overlooking the city is Mönchsberg. It's a short trip from Old Town using the funicular and up here you'll find breathtaking views of the city, the Hohensalzburg Fortress and the Museum of Modern Art. In the fortress you can visit the Fortress Museum and the Marionette Museum, while the Museum of Modern Art is filled with interesting displays and exhibits.

Salzburg is famous for its musical associations. As well as being the home of Mozart, it's the city where the much loved movie 'The Sound of Music' was filmed. Wandering around the Mirabell Gardens, you'll recognise some of the locations used in the film. These gardens are a great spot for a stroll. You can check out the dwarf garden and the hedge theatre or just sit beside one of the many fountains.

If you want to spend some time outside the city, Hellbrunn is a great choice. There are lots of things to see here including the Summer Palace, the trick fountains and the zoo. The trick fountains are especially enjoyable. A little further past Hellbrunn, you'll reach the Untersberg. It's possible to get to the summit of this 1.86 km high mountain by using the cable car. Spectacular views and many hiking trails await you at the top.

Attractions in Salzburg

  • Salzburg Museum

    Mozartplatz 1, Salzburg, Austria

    This museum has a very modern, swanky interior and displays a huge selection of art and artefacts from cloths to letters to paintings. Famous citizens from Salzburg are also featured in the interesting exhibits and, given that Salzburg is the home of Mozart, music is also a big thing here.

    Open Tues-Sun 9am-5pm, Thurs 9am-8pm, Mondays in July, Aug, Dec 9am-5pm. Admission €7, €5.50 on Sundays.

  • Museum de Moderne Salzburg

    Mönchsberg 32, Salzburg, Austria

    Overlooking the city from one of Salzburg's high hills, you can reach this museum by using the bank of lifts on Gstätengasse. Once you get up there, you’ll find a great view of the city. The museum itself is big, bright and airy, with a host of interesting exhibits. These include video installations and a room where kids of all ages can make some modern art of their own.

    Open Tues-Sun 10am-6pm, Wed 10am-8pm. Closed Mondays. Admission €8.

  • The Untersberg

    30 mins from city centre, Salzburg, Austria

    The Untersberg mountain, located near the picturesque town of Gartneau, is around 1.86km high. You can get to the top by using the cable car. At the top, you'll find amazing views that are well worth the trip up even on cloudy days. There are various different hiking trails you can follow all over the mountain top and also a few places to eat and drink.

  • St. Peter's Cemetery and Catacombs

    St. Peter Bezirk, Salzburg, Austria

    St. Peter’s Cemetery, close to the exit of the fortress funicular, is filled with very ornate graves, complete with lanterns to decorated headstones to flowers. Some of these markers are very old, and belong to many notable citizens of Salzburg including members of Mozart's family. You'll also find interesting Catacombs here.

    Open Apr-Sept 6.30am-7pm, Oct-Mar 6.30am-6pm. Admission to the cemetery is free, catacombs cost €1.

  • Mirabell Gardens

    Mirabellplatz, Salzburg, Austria

    Try not to burst into song as you wander around Mirabell Gardens, where you’ll recognise locations used in the movie ‘The Sound of Music’. These beautiful gardens were first opened to the public in 1854 and today are filled with colourful flowers, stone statues and large fountains. You can stroll through the hedge theatre or go check out the 28 dwarf statues in the dwarf garden.

    Open daily, 6am-dusk. Admission is free.

  • St. Sebastian's Cemetary

    off Linzer Gasse, Salzburg, Austria

    Here you’ll see where Mozart’s widow Constanze is buried. There are lots of unique headstones around the graveyard and memorials all over the walls surrounding the cemetery. The church itself is also worth visiting, with many statues and paintings to see.

    Open Summer 9am-7pm, Winter 9am-4pm. Admission free.

  • Salzburg Cathedral

    South side of Residenzplatz, Salzburg, Austria

    When you get inside the Cathedral, you won’t be able to help craning your neck up to check out the design on the ceiling and also the dome, visible as you head towards the altar. Ornate pews and organs are on display here as well, and once you get back out to the doors, take a look at the detail of the leaves on them. There’s also a Cathedral Museum located in the vestibule, housing art and artefacts from the Middle Ages to the present day.

    Open Cathedral , Museum Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sunday and public hols 11am-6pm. Admission to Cathedral is free, Museum costs €5.

  • Festpielhaus (Festival Hall)

    Hofstallgasse 1, Salzburg, Austria

    Home to the most major events in Salzburg, this building was originally a stables. Today it can be visited either when there is a performance on (it can accommodate up to 2,300 people) or when a tour visits.

    Open daily with 2-3 tours running throughout the day. See local listings.

  • Mozart's Birthplace

    Getreidegasse 9, Salzburg, Austria

    On January 27th, 1756 Mozart was born in this house which is now a museum. Highlights in the house include his violins, portraits and his clavichord (early key instrument).

    Open daily 9am-6pm, admission €5.50.

  • Schloss Mirabell (Mirabell Palace)

    off Makartplatz, Salzburg, Austria

    Constructed under Prince-Archibishop Wolf Dietrich in 1606, some of the original features of the building can no longer be seen. Today it is home to the city's mayor.

  • Hohensalzburg Fortress

    Mönchsberg 34, Salzburg, Austria

    Located atop one of the hills surrounding the city, is definitely worth a visit. The cable railway, which is located on Festungsgasse and is Austria’s oldest funicular, will take you straight up or else you can brave the steps. As well as offering spectacular views out over the city, there’s a lot to do in the fortress itself such as the Fortress Museum. The Marionette Museum is really interesting too, even if some of the dolls are a little creepy.

    Open Jan-Apr & Oct-Dec 9.30am-5pm, May-Sept 9am-7pm. Combined admission to funicular and fortress is €10.

  • Rupertinum Gallery

    Wiener Philharmonikergasse 9, Salzburg, Austria

    Showing both temporary and permanent exhibits, the Rupertinum Gallery is a showcase for some of Austria's lesser known artists.

    Open 9am-6pm daily, and until 9pm on Wednesdays (times may vary between seasons). Admission €4-€5.

  • Schloss Hellbrunn (Hellbrunn Palace)

    Fürstenweg 37, Salzburg, Austria

    Dating back to the 17th Century, this palace was built as a home for Prince-Archbishop Markus Sittikus. Some of the palace's biggest attractions are the trick fountains in the gardens and the city zoo.

  • Residenz State Rooms/Residenzgalerie Salzburg

    Residenzplatz 1, Salzburg, Austria

    Salzburg's state rooms date back to 1120 and it is where the seat of the Salzburg prince-archbishops was. The Residenz is made up of 15 opulent state rooms, showcasing lots of renaissance and baroque treasures from tapestries to chandeliers to ceiling frescos. Mozart gave his first court concert here when he was 11. As you walk in you can pick up an audio guide in a number of different language. This guide will tell you all about the rooms, the Prince Archbishops of Salzburg who used them.

    Open Tues-Sun 10am-5pm, closed on Mondays. Admission €8.20.

  • Spielzeugmuseum (Toy Museum)

    Burgerspitalgasse 2, Salzburg, Austria

    If you want to release the 'inner child' in you this is the best place to do it! The toy museum provides an interesting insight to what children played with in the past.

  • Kapuzinerberg

    Salzach River Right Bank, Salzburg, Austria

    On the right bank of the river, this forested area is one of the best places to go for a panoramic view of the city.

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