20 Unmissable Attractions in Salzburg

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

Hohensalzburg Fortress

Forest, Hill Station, Museum
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Medieval fortress Hohensalzburg in Salzburg, Austria.
Fortress Hohensalzburg in Salzburg is one of the largest Medieval castles in Europe | © escapetheofficejob / Alamy Stock Photo
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.

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_

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

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.

Apple Strudel | Austrian Tourist Board | © Yasmina Haryono / Flickr

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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Salzburg Museum

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


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

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

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

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.

The view from the top | © Tim Rochte / Flickr

Hellbrunn Palace and Trick Fountains

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“Mechanical Theater“ Hellbrunn Palace / Salzburg
“Mechanical Theater“ Hellbrunn Palace / Salzburg | © Österreich Werbung / Wiesenhofer
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.Fürstenweg 37, 5020 Salzburg


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

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