Salzburg is full of beautiful mountainous landscapes and historic city sites. Stay in the home of the real Von Trapp family, or enjoy the spas that some of these fantastic luxury hotels have on offer.
Immortalised in its role as the backdrop to the Sound of Music – and the birthplace of one Wolfgang Mozart, no less – Salzburg has a rich history that draws visitors from far and wide. But there’s more to this Austrian city than musicals and Mozart, providing you know where to look. Thanks to its heyday as one of Europe’s salt mine capitals (hence the name), it has a history of wealth that’s preserved in its many spectacular historical buildings. Lucky for you, some of these have been repurposed as boutique hotels – the best of which we have rounded up below.
This stylish and unique hotel holds the claim to fame of being Salzburg’s oldest Inn, at over 600 years of age. Standing at one end of the city’s most popular shopping stretches, Getreidegasse, and close to all the main attractions, such as Mozart’s birthplace, it is both ideally located and full to the brim of luxury features. Each bedroom is different from the next, decorated with contemporary paintings, sculptures and photographs.
Idyllically located on the edge of the picturesque River Salzach and right next to the Old Town, Hotel Sacher Salzburg is a polished and pristine establishment with a long running reputation of being one of the finest stays in the city. The name of the hotel derives from Franz Sacher – the creator of the delicious and rich chocolate torte – one of Austria’s national dishes and a must-try dessert at the hotel cafe.
This quaint, family-run hotel is tucked away in the outskirts of the city in Elixhausen. Ideal for couples away on a romantic getaway, there are excursions on offer that promise to make sparks fly – including boat trips, intimate dining experiences and spa packages. The hotel’s award-winning restaurant, run by chef Christian Kastenmeier, offers creative dishes made using fresh regional ingredients – including special roast dinners on Sundays.
Located in a historic 500-year-old building, this hotel is full of charm and character. Terraces are provided on the first and second floors, providing guests with lovely views over the grassy cemetery where some of the Mozart family are buried. The rooms are sizeable, comfortable and each is equipped with a Sound of Music DVD.
Molly Codyre contributed additional reporting to this article.