Sight Seeing in Salzburg
The city of Salzburg leaves you spoilt for choice when it comes to sightseeing attractions. There are many Art Galleries featuring both older and contemporary art, museums such as the Salzburg Museum which has insights into Salzburg's history, art and culture and of course the house where Mozart was born and lived.
The Salzburger Dom is a 17th century Baroque cathedral and takes pride of place in the centre of Salzburg. It was damaged during World War II but was restored and expanded and its mighty dome can be seen from across the city.
The 11th century fortress Festung Hohensalzburg is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe and sits magnificently overlooking the city on Festunburg Hill. It has many of the features typical of a medieval stronghold, including torture chambers, excellent for those who want a little gore. The castle is well worth a visit especially considering the spectacular city and alpine views seen from the hilltop.
Another historic building to visit is Hellbrunn Palace, built for Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg in the 17th century which he used as his day residence. The Palace is famous for its water games in the grounds and Hellbrunn Zoo which shares the large grounds with the Palace.
The Mozart Memorial can be found in Mozartplatz, or Mozart Square. The square is a bustling place with live musicians and many shops and cafes to explore including the Glockenspiel Café where Mozart himself spent many hours.
Romantic Breaks in Salzburg
Sitting outside a cosy café, enjoying a hot drink surrounded by alpine peaks, hills and castles with the one you love could not get any more romantic. The beautiful scenery creates a romantic ambience and you can't help but fall even deeper in love as you stroll hand in hand around Salzburg's Market Squares.
Take a trip on the cable railway into the mountains to take in yet more dazzling scenery or else go on a horse and carriage or sleigh ride around the city and see some of the spectacular and historic sites that Salzburg has to offer.
Fun Seekers in Salzburg
Book a cheap flight with Jet2.com to experience the Salzburg Festival. The festival is a must if you visit between the end of July and the end of August. It is a prominent, annual, five week long festival of Opera, Drama and Musical Concerts. Prepare for a food and beer fest at the many stalls around the squares, you will find everything starting with traditional Austrian food including schnitzels and strudels.
The location of Salzburg makes for an excellent adventure holiday location as there is always a mountain to climb or a lake to sail across. Climbing, golf, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, rafting and snowshoeing are just some of the many activities you can try your hand at.
If you're up for day of beer drinking why not visit the Stiegl Brauwelt a privately owned brewery which has opened an informative museum based around the history and development of beer. You can see old machinery used to make beer and learn about techniques and ingredients needed to make the perfect pint. After the tour sit down to a meal and beer made directly on site.
The nightlife in Salzburg is usually found around the squares which are usually lined with bars, pubs and cafes. Visit the Segabar for live music and beer or if you want somewhere with an exotic twist then head to Seitensprung a chic bar with a fantastic cocktail menu.
With 130 ski resorts within a 3 hour drive of Salzburg Airport why not use Salzburg as your gateway to the slopes and head to some of the popular resorts such as Alpbach, Ellmau, Kitzbühel, Obertauern, Söll and Schladming all with varying levels of difficulty.
For more information on ski resorts in the area please visit our Ski site.
Family Fun in Salzburg
When many people think of Austria, they think of the musical The Sound of Music. In fact Salzburg was home to the Von Trapp family and the location for the filming of the musical based on their lives and starring Julie Andrews. If you're a fan why not take a cheap flight to Salzburg and experience the driven tour around the key locations to the film such as the Convent where Maria Von Trapp was a novice.
The Haus der Natur or Natural History Museum includes a 40 tank aquarium, a 200 animal reptile house, dinosaur skeletons, geology and earth science sections as well as more diverse exhibits on technology and space exploration - there is something to interest the entire family here.
Another fun attraction for the whole family to visit is Hellbrunn Zoo, which has over 400 animals from all over the world in a natural environment. Watch cheetahs being fed, monkeys swinging on ropes and vultures flying above as you get up close and personal with native and exotic animals.
Werfen Ice Caves are the largest in the world and can be reached by cable car. The walls and ceilings of the caves are lined with glittering blue and white ice as they stretch deep into the mountain for 42km. Don't forget to take warm clothes and good shoes with gripped soles because even on the hottest August day the temperature inside the caves can be below 0ºC.
Events in Salzburg
For the latest events in Salzburg, visit our Salzburg Destination Guide
Activities in Salzburg
Top Tours in Salzburg:
Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg
Visit the locales used in the film Sound of Music and marvel at the stunning countryside...
Lakes & Mountains Tour in Austria
Admire the dramatic scenery of the surroundings and enjoy a boat ride on a lake in this tour...
Eagles Nest Tour in Austria
Enjoy a memorable visit to Hitler's 'Eagles Nest' way up in the Bavarian Alps in Austria...
Panoramic City Tour of Salzburg
Visit the baroque Old Town and see the important monuments and buildings in Salzburg...
Salzburg - The City of Music
Discover the landmarks and cultural legacy of Salzburg, the birthplace of the legendary Mozart...
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Top Tips for Salzburg
For luxury dining, be sure to visit Reidenburg for fine food and a good place to spot celebrities during the Salzburg Festival.
If you want classy and tasty yet affordable food then head to Goldener Hirsch. For good value traditional cuisine then try Andreas Hofer Stube.
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Hotels & Apartments in Salzburg
Hohenstauffen - star rating 2+
Experience a real taste of Austria with this charismatic family run hotel that dates back over 100 years.
Der Salzburger Hof - star rating 3+
Comfortable and welcoming hotel, with a family atmosphere, offering guests an attentive service. The rooms are spacious, traditionally decorated and are well equipped. (Including tea and coffee making facilities for 1.50 Euros).
Markus Sittikus - star rating 4
This chocolate box style hotel looks and feels the biz! Intimate surroundings include a charming little bar, lovely gardens for that summertime aperitif, and a colourful breakfast room offering a buffet breakfast.
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