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Welcome to Salzburg

Classical music, a beautiful Old Town, and spectacular Alpine vistas make the Austrian city of Salzburg a top priority when visiting Europe. In Salzburg’s Old Town (Aldstadt)—an area resonate with Baroque charm and a UNESCO World Heritage Site—you’ll find the Residence Gallery (Residenzgalerie) and Salzburg Cathedral. Get the history behind these buildings and others on a sightseeing tour. Fans of “The Sound of Music” will recognize Salzburg’s castles, Baroque churches, and mountain lakes from the iconic musical movie, which catapulted Salzburg to fame in 1965. Take a “Sound of Music”–themed tour, and experience Mirabell Palace and Gardens (Mirabell Schloss und Garten); the 17th-century Hellbrunn Castle (Schloss Hellbrun); and Mondsee Abbey, used as the location for the wedding of Maria and Georg von Trapp. A visit to the Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) and an evening concert at Baroque Hall of St. Peter are a must for Mozart fans, and tours for music-lovers highlight places of interest in his life. Other tours include a half-day trip to the Bavarian Alps and the Berchtesgaden salt mine. Day tours to Vienna, Austria’s elegant capital city, and the Salzkammergut, a region of lakes and mountains, showcase the region’s charms. Absorb the beauty of Alpine towns such as St. Wolfgang, Hallstatt, and Lake Mondsee; visit Hitler’s former mountain retreat, known as the Eagle’s Nest (Kehlsteinhaus) in Berchtesgaden; or check out Swarovski Crystal World and the Central Inn Valley on an excursion to Innsbruck.

Top 10 attractions in Salzburg

Eagle's Nest (Kehlsteinhaus)

Eagle's Nest (Kehlsteinhaus)

Just an hour’s drive outside of Salzburg lies the alpine town of Berchtesgaden and the historic Eagle’s Nest (Kehlsteinhaus), Adolf Hitler’s mountaintop chalet and the former southern headquarters of the Nazi party. Perched atop Mt. Kehlstein, Eagle’s Nest offers a dark history and panoramic views of Germany’s Bavarian Alps.More
Mirabell Palace and Gardens (Schloss Mirabell und Mirabellgarten)

Mirabell Palace and Gardens (Schloss Mirabell und Mirabellgarten)

Part of Salzburg’s UNESCO World Heritage–listed historic center, Mirabell Palace (Schloss Mirabell) enjoys a rich royal history, as well as a place in movie legend: it was one of the filming sites forThe Sound of Music. Built by Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich in 1606, the palace is most famous for its magnificent baroque gardens.More
Salzburg Cathedral (Dom zu Salzburg)

Salzburg Cathedral (Dom zu Salzburg)

Salzburg’s Cathedral (Dom zu Salzburg) is a restrained exercise in classic Italian Baroque, topped with green bronze domes. Mozart was baptized here, and the building was completed in 1628.Cathedral highlights include the light-filled atrium and dome, the crypt with its Romanesque foundations and tombs, and the statues of angels surrounding the altar.The Cathedral Museum tells the history of the Dom’s construction and artworks.More
Salzburg Old Town (Salzburger Altstadt)

Salzburg Old Town (Salzburger Altstadt)

Salzburg’s Old Town (Salzburger Altstadt or Altstadt Salzburg) is the historical and navigational heart of the city, a maze of medieval streets stretching along the banks of the Salzach River. The birthplace of Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Salzburg’s atmospheric Altstadt is preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage site and overlooked by the hilltop Hohensalzburg Fortress.More
Hellbrunn Palace (Schloss Hellbrunn)

Hellbrunn Palace (Schloss Hellbrunn)

Built in the early 17th century, Hellbrunn Palace (Schloss Hellbrunn) served as a summer retreat for the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg. Its baroque exterior conceals an exuberant interior made for entertaining, though the real draws are the whimsical trick fountains (Wasserspiele) in the gardens, which spew water from unexpected places.More
Hohensalzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg)

Hohensalzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg)

Built in 1077, Austria’s Hohensalzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg) is one of the largest fully-preserved castles in Central Europe. Here you can enjoy incredible countryside views and guided tours of the baroque state rooms, lookout towers, and museum collections.More
Nonnberg Abbey (Stift Nonnberg)

Nonnberg Abbey (Stift Nonnberg)

Nonnberg Abbey (Stift Nonnberg) is a Benedictine nunnery with a landmark spire in the center of Salzburg and is perhaps best known throughout the world as the home of the troublesome novice nun Maria in The Sound of Music, the magical movie that celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015. Nonnberg Convent sits tucked under the Hohensalzburg Fortress and was founded somewhere around 715 AD; the nunnery is the oldest constantly inhabited convent in Europe and its complex of buildings consists of the abbey, convent, chapels, church, cloisters and refectory, all built in a charming jumble of Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque architectural styles.Nonnberg Abbey’s main church of Maria Himmelfahrt is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and is Gothic in style, adorned with gleaming stained-glass windows and a series of biblically themed paintings. Largely rebuilt after a fire in 1423, the church nevertheless retains fragments of its original Byzantine and Romanesque frescoes in the choir.More
Mozart’s Birthplace (Mozarts Geburtshaus)

Mozart’s Birthplace (Mozarts Geburtshaus)

The house where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in 1756, Mozart’s Birthplace (Mozart’s Geburtshaus) stands on Getreidegasse, the main shopping street in Salzburg’s Old Town (Altstadt). One of Austria’s most beloved museums, this ocher-painted town house is a must for first-time visitors to the city.More
Salzburg Salt Mines (Salzbergwerk)

Salzburg Salt Mines (Salzbergwerk)

Beneath the glittering lakes and snow-dusted mountains of Austria’s Lake District, the subterranean world of the Salzburg salt mines (Salzbergwerk) spreads out in a network of underground mines and tunnels. Used to mine “white gold” since the Bronze Age, the historic salt mines at Hallstatt and Berchtesgaden are now popular attractions. Here you’ll find fascinating insights into the region’s salt-mining heritage, as well as fun activities such as slides, train rides, and boat cruises.More


Lose yourself in medieval-era Salzburg on a stroll through Getreidegasse. The atmospheric laneway is lined with upmarket boutiques and shops.Getreidegasse is as historic as it is pretty. Harking back to Roman days, the thoroughfare has always been the city’s high street, connecting Salzburg to Bavaria.The street is lined with beautiful medieval and Baroque buildings, built by rich merchants over the centuries. It was in one of these buildings that Mozart was born in 1756.More

Trip ideas

Sound of Music Tours From Salzburg

Sound of Music Tours From Salzburg

How to Spend 2 Days in Salzburg

How to Spend 2 Days in Salzburg

Visiting Eagle's Nest and Berchtesgaden from Salzburg

Visiting Eagle's Nest and Berchtesgaden from Salzburg

Recent reviews from experiences in Salzburg

Amazing experience.
Diane_C, Oct 2021
Original Sound of Music and Eagle's Nest Private Full-Day Tour from Salzburg
To see the Eagles Nest and sound of music movie sites tour.
This is a must trip for everyone to See!
Lawrence_W, Sep 2021
The Original Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg
We got to see where key shots were taken during the movie.
A casual stroll through Salzburg with a friend
MARIAN_L, Oct 2021
Salzburg Like a Local: Customized Private Tour
We managed to see quite a bit of the city & also enjoyed learning about Saulo’s fascinating life.
Your adventure awaits with MCM Tour & Travel, Salzburg
Marci_T, Sep 2021
Private Tour: Eagle's Nest, Berchtesgaden, Golling Waterfalls and Lake Fuschl
Patrick, with MCM Tours and Travel - Salzburg, customized our trip to Hallstatt, Hallein and the Eagles Nest attractions to meet our groups desire to see the best sites that Salzburg has to offer.
A great day with fantastic guides and drivers
EndaByrne, Dec 2019
Salzburg Super Saver: Original Sound of Music and Salt Mines Day Trip
A great way to see the beauty of Salzburg.
A MUST visit
Sharad_K, Oct 2019
Salzburg: Palace Concert at the Marble Hall of Mirabell Palace
It’s a Salzburg must that needs to be on your list of things to do.
Very enjoyable tour
Sue R, Aug 2019
The Original Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg
It was very informative with loads of information about other Salzburg attractions as well.
Ask for Max!
EricMarcus_L, Jul 2019
Panoramic Salzburg City Tour with Coffee and Cake
There is so much to see and be told about.
VIP Dinner Concert at Fortress
Robert_E, Jun 2019
Mozart Concert and Dinner or VIP Dinner at Fortress Salzburg with River Cruise
Walk ti the Fortress is a nice chance to see part of the city.
This was a nice way to see Salzburg...
William C, Sep 2017
River Cruise & Hellbrunn Palace & world-famous watertrick fountains in Salzburg
This was a nice way to see Salzburg.
Well organized and a good way to see...
Sue K, Jul 2017
Salzburg Super Saver: Bavarian Mountains including Eagle's Nest and Salt Mines
Well organized and a good way to see some places just outside of Salzburg if you don't have a car.
One of the most interesting places...
Luther L, Nov 2017
Bavarian Mountains and Salt-Mines Tour from Salzburg
One of the most interesting places to visit where the beautiful sights are below the ground instead of towering to the sky.
Well organised and the tour guide...
snowdropcharlie, Aug 2017
Skip-the-Line: Eagle's Nest in Berchtesgaden Tour from Salzburg
Lots of very interesting facts, a must place to visit if you are in Salzburg, sadly the weather was not good the day we visited but this did not spoil the trip.
This was a magnificent and magical...
Dana P, Jan 2018
Salzburg Christmas Eve Tour to the Silent Night Chapel
If in Salzburg over Christmas Eve I would recommend especially because there is limited things to do on Christmas Eve.
Sound of Music rings out
DiStatham, Jul 2019
The Original Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg
Not only do you get to visit the sites you saw in the film (and they do look like they were in the film) but you also get a few snippets of additional insight.
This tour and the guide were...
Meghan Stevens, Jul 2017
Salzburg Super Saver: Original Sound of Music and Salt Mines Day Trip
The tour was fun and happy and made for a great way to see the countryside.
This is a great trip to see Austrian...
Samuel_H, Sep 2017
Austrian Lakes and Mountains Half-Day Tour from Salzburg
This is a great trip to see Austrian lakes and mountains.
This was the perfect activity for...
Michelle K, Aug 2016
Bavarian Mountains and Salt-Mines Tour from Salzburg
This was the perfect activity for traveling with kids.
The perfect trip!!!
Trip35059228466, Jun 2019
The Original Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg
You also get to see quite a lot of Austria’s countryside whilst having fun 👍
What a wonderful spring day with...
MonicaRosa_G, Mar 2017
The Hills Are Alive
What a wonderful spring day with Thomas and Carlos.

All about Salzburg

When to visit

Summer is perfect for sightseeing and hiking through flower-filled Alpine valleys (a must for "The Sound of Music" fans), but Salzburg simply dazzles in the winter months. Festive-light displays and snow-dusted monuments provide the backdrop for a cultural season filled with highlights, most notably Winterfest, the popular Christmas markets, and January's Mozart Week.

A local’s pocket guide to Salzburg

Melanie Christof

A London-based account manager at Viator, Melanie enjoys traveling the world but she is always being drawn back to Austria, her home country.

The first thing you should do in Salzburg is...

take a stroll through Salzburg’s Old Town, snap a photo in front of Mozart’s birthplace, and sample the original Salzburger Mozartkugel, a marzipan- and nougat-filled chocolate praline, at Cafe Fürst.

A perfect Saturday in Salzburg...

involves a run along the river Salzach, an afternoon enjoying Salzburger Nockerl in a café, and a classical concert in the Baroque Marble Hall of Mirabell Palace or drinks on the Hotel Stein rooftop.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

taking a The Sound of Music Tour. Even if you’re not a fan of the musical, you can enjoy stunning movie locations such as Schloss Leopoldskron, Schloss Hellbrunn, and the charming town of Mondsee.

To discover the "real" Salzburg...

go to the Schranne Market, which takes place every Thursday on Mirabellplatz. There, you can sample local culinary delicacies and admire the local arts and crafts.

For the best view of the city...

head to the Fortress Hohensalzburg which offers stunning views over the city’s spires, domes, and the mountains beyond. You can take the funicular but hiking up Festungsgasse is more memorable.

One thing people get wrong...

is thinking Red Bull is an American brand, when it’s actually Austrian. Its founder Dietrich Mateschitz is from Salzburg and if you’re into airplanes and motorcars, make sure to visit the Hangar-7 at Salzburg Airport.

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