Salzburg. A city of culture marked by the iconic movie The Sound of Music and being the hometown of the classical music great, Mozart. Much of it's oldtown core remains intact offering a number of charming streets featuring baroque architecture. Set beneath striking mountains and along the banks of the turquoise Salzach River this city inspires all who gaze upon it.

Salzburg Top 10 Attractions

  • Salzburg Altstadt

    Salzburg's oldtown, containing several attractions and Getreidegasse, a picturesque shopping street with iconic wrought iron signs.

  • Hohensalzburg Castle

    Perched above the city with commanding views, this castle is one of the largest and longest standing in Europe.

  • Mirabell Palace

    Built in 1606, this palace and gardens was made world famous by the Trapp Familiy's 'Do Re Mi'.

  • Salzburg Cathedral

    Located in the heart of the city, 'Salzburger Dom' is a Baroque masterpeice and serves as the city's main cathedral.

  • Hellbrunn Palace

    This palace and gardens are known for their trick fountains and the gazebo used in the Sound of Music.

  • Mozart's Birth Place

    The house where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in 1756. Now a museum full of Mozart history.

  • Salzburg Zoo

    A zoo featuring more than 1200 animals including Lions, Rhinos and Jaguars.

  • Hangar 7

    Hangar 7 displays a number airplanes, helicopters and Formula One racing cars. Also home to a gourmet restaurant.

  • Petersfriedhof

    Petersfriedhof, or St Peter's Cemetery, is a well manicured cemetary facing a sharp cliffside just below the castle.

  • Residenzplatz

    The main square at the center of Altstadt, Salzburg's Old Town.

Salzburg Highlights

Highlighted by signature dishes of Schnitzel, Goulash and Tafelspitz, hearty dishes are abound. Strudel is also a favorite that can be in either the dessert form or as a main dish. Kaiserschmarrn are 'shredded' pancakes, lightly coated with powdered sugar and often served with berries, apple sauce or another side.

Originating in Salzburg, Mozartkugel is a round chocolate ball filled with pistachio marzipan and nougat.

A sweet soufflé served warm with powdered sugar, and often with a raspberry or cranberry sauce.

It's no secret that Salzburg is centered around music, and being Mozart's hometown, classical music is everywhere. Year round you can find concerts at the Castle, St. Peter Restaurant, Mirabell Palace, Mozarteum and many other great venues throughout the city.

Salzburg is not only the filming location for The Sound of Music but also where the real Trapp family lived. From Mirabell Palace where "Do Re Mi" was filmed, Residenzplatz where Maria sings "I Have Confidence", St. Peter’s Cemetery for the fight scenes, Fesitval House where the Trapp family performs before their escape, to the famous gazebo at Hellbrunn Palace where "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" takes place, and the list goes on. You can take a Sound of Music Tour to appreciate the long list of filming locations.

Salzburg Top Annual Events

An annual event each summer with performances in music, opera and drama. Hundreds of concerts take place as 250,000+ people descend on Salzburg to experience the arts.

The whole city is full of lights and decorations for the Christmas season transforming the city into a fairytale winter wonderland. Salzburger Christkindlmarkt is one of the main attractions which is located on the squares next to the cathedral and Residenz. Hellbrunn Palace, Mirabell square and Hohensalzburg castle also provide amazing experiences. The Krampus and Perchten parades also cant be missed as the evil spirits of winter are scared away by these two folk figures. Just 25 minutes north, in Oberndorf you can visit The Silent Night Memorial Chapel where Silent Night was first performed on December 24, 1818.

In celebraton of Mozart's birthday, Salzburg plays host to an internationally acclaimed concert series. The event takes place on and around January 27.

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Regional Attractions Near Salzburg

  • Untersberg (20 min.)

  • Salzbergwerk Berchtesgaden (30 min.)

  • Eagle's Nest (45 min.)

  • Hohenwerfen Castle (45 min.)

  • Eisriesenwelt Ice Caves (1 Hour)

  • Hallstatt (1hr 15min.)

  • Munich (2 hours)

  • Innsbruck (2 hours)

  • Vienna (2hr 15min.)

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