A unique combination of scenic Alpine landscapes and architectural richness has led to Salzburg’s reputation as one of the world’s most beautiful cities.
As the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Salzburg enjoys a special fame in the world of music. The rich musical heritage is reflected in various attractions throughout the city, ranging from the Mozart family home museum, various festivals showcasing his music, and several locations where the most famous musical The Sound of Music was filmed.
Because of its history, music, culture, and attractions, Salzburg has been labeled Austria's “most inspiring city” and its historic centre designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Top things to see and do in Salzburg
- High above the Baroque towers of the city, Fortress Hohensalzb is a real eye-catcher. Touch ancient walls, enjoy stunning views, and explore the hidden corners of the fortress along with a breathtaking view of the city and the Alps. The mighty walls and unmistakable features remain a visible landmark of Salzburg’s world-famous skyline.
- Unwind and take a walk through the spacious parks and gardens of Hellbrunn Palace and witness the unparalleled Trick Fountains that have enchanted and amazed its visitors for more than 400 years.
- Explore the Mirabell Palace with its beautiful romantic gardens and other highlights such as the Donnerstiege, Marble Hall, Palace Chapel, and Pegasus Fountain and follow the sound of music to the iconic gardens, where Fräulein Maria and the von Trapp children delightfully sang “Do-Re-Mi.”
- With its magnificent façade, mighty dome, and two towers, Salzburg Cathedral is the city’s most significant piece of church architecture and its ecclesiastical centre, representing the most impressive early Baroque structure north of the Alps.
- Shop at the bustling heart of Salzburg's Old Town, Getreidegasse with an array of international brands, charming traditional inns, and unique boutiques. Its unmistakable charm as well as Mozart's Birthplace makes Getreidegasse an irresistible destination.
- Experience the most eminent festival in the world for opera, music, and spoken drama, at the Salzburg Festival, which held its 100th anniversary celebrations in the summer of 2020.
Tips for travellers
Salzburg enchants visitors with an adventurous soul to its pure, untouched nature. Hike high above the historical district, have moments whiled away amid spacious park grounds, rock climb at Kapuzinerberg city walls, or run along the Almkanal river, all testimony to the green soul of this City of Mozart.