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Salzburg City | © Weinhaeupl W. / Österreich Werbung
Salzburg City | © Weinhaeupl W. / Österreich Werbung

20 Unmissable Attractions in Salzburg

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Updated: 11 May 2017

Surrounded by dramatic mountainous landscapes and full of character and charm, Salzburg is one of Austria’s must-visit destinations. Here is a round-up of some of the must-see sites.


Mozart’s Birthplace

Amadeus Mozart was born in 1756, inside number 9 GetreidegasseToday, the house acts as a monument to the prodigious composer, containing many treasures from his lifetime.

Exterior of the museum | © Österreich Werbung, | Diejun

Getreidegasse 9, 5020 Salzburg

Hohensalzburg Fortress

The Hohensalzburg Fortress is one of the best places to view Salzburg’s magnificent rural landscape – breathtaking mountains and seas of forests surround the baroque tower which sits on top of the Festungsberg hill.

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Mönchsberg 34, 5020 Salzburg

Petersfriedhof

St. Peter’s Cemetery, neighboring Nonnberg Abbey, is a beautiful – albeit somber – place. The oldest burial ground in Salzburg, some notable residents of Austria were laid to rest here, including Mozart’s sister, Maria Anna.

Sankt-Peter-Bezirk 1, 5010 Salzburg

Mirabell Palace and Gardens

This historical building is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The name derives from two Italian words, meaning ‘admirable’ and ‘beautiful.’

Mirabell Palace in Salzburg | © Österreich Werbung / Diejun

Mirabellplatz, 5020 Salzburg

Museum of Modern Art

Salzburg’s contemporary art gallery is a pioneering institution, housing the work of some of the best modern Austrian and international artists.

Always right in the middle. Influencer tour | © Österreich Werbung, / mighele_

Mönchsberg 32, 5020 Salzbur

Christmas Markets

Undoubtedly one of the most festive places to be around wintertime, Salzburg’s Christmas markets are uniquely atmospheric. One of the most popular is in Domplatz.

Christmas market in Salzburg | © Österreich Werbung / Bryan Reinhart

Ice Caves in Werfen

Located 40km outside of Salzburg, these dramatic caves – formed of limestone and ice – can be found beneath the Hochkogel mountain in the Alps.

Ice World Eisriesenwelt Ice Cave near Werfen Salzburg Province | © Österreich Werbung / Eisriesenwelt

Eishohlenstrasse 30, 5450 Werfen

Leopoldskron Palace

This impressive abode has been nicknamed ‘The Sound Of Music House’, as it features prominently in the film.

Leopoldskron Castle Salzburg City | © Österreich Werbung / Weinhaeupl W.

Leopoldskronstraße 56-58, 5020 Salzburg

Coffee Houses

Traditional coffee houses are one of Austria’s specialties and Salzburg has some wonderfully cosy ones to choose from. Café Wernbacher is a great place to take a break from sightseeing for an apple strudel.

Residenzplatz

A popular hang-out site for tourists and locals, Residenzplatz lies in the heart of Salzburg and is surrounded by some wonderful Baroque architecture.

Christmas market in Salzburg winter | © Österreich Werbung / Weinhaeupl W.

Residenzplatz, 5020 Salzburg

Traditional Inns and Restaurants

Hanging out on a summer’s afternoon with a cool mug of beer is one of Austria’s favourite pastimes. Salzburg has many traditional inns serving authentic Austrian cuisine – Restaurant Stieglkeller is a good choice, as it has a veranda where you can catch great views of the city.

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Restaurant Stieglkeller

Salzburg Museum

The museum of Salzburg houses collections related to the city’s historical culture – with exhibitions on topics such as art and architecture.

Mozartpl. 1, 5020 Salzburg

Kapitelplatz

Kapitelplatz is a spacious piazza in Salzburg Old Town, between St. Peter’s Cemetery and Salzburg Cathedral.

Kapitelplatz, Salzburg | © Tourismus Salzburg / Photographer: Bryan Reinhart

Nonnberg Priory

The convent of Nonnberg is steeped in history. The interior of the church contains 12th century frescoes, and various artifacts from the Gothic era.

 

Nonnberggasse 2, 5020 Salzburg

Salzburg Cathedral

One of the most distinctive landmarks of the skyline, the cathedral is a Baroque masterpiece and the sacred focal point of Salzburg. The original structure, built in 767, was destroyed by fire and was later rebuilt in 1598.

Cathedral of Salzburg Entrance | © Österreich Werbung / Diejun

Domplatz 1a, 5020 Salzburg

Green Market

This farmer’s market, taking place daily in front of the university campus, stocks local and regional foods – with some of the regional specialties of various cheeses and meats.

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Untersberg Cable Car

The cable car in Untersberg ferries you up into the clouds of Salzburg’s highest mountain for dramatic views of the breathtaking mountainous landscape.

Hellbrunn Palace and Trick Fountains

Full of mystique and wonder, this 400-year-old palace is designed around the playful ‘trick’ fountains, named as such for their disguised water jets that surprise passing visitors.

“Mechanical Theater“ Hellbrunn Palace / Salzburg | © Österreich Werbung / Wiesenhofer

Fürstenweg 37, 5020 Salzburg

Getreidegasse

One of the most popular and picturesque shopping streets of Salzburg, and the location of Mozart’s birthplace.

Getreidegasse in the City of Salzburg | © Österreich Werbung / Diejun

Gerteidegasse, Salzburg

Marionette Theatre

Salzburg’s Marionette is one of the oldest in the world, staging numerous dance, theatre and music productions throughout the year.

Salzburg Puppet Theater “Papageno” Mozart | © Österreich Werbung / Herzberger

Schwarzstraße 24, 5020 Salzburg