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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

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Hohensalzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg)

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Perched on its craggy mountain lookout, Salzburg’s famous castle, Festung Hohensalzburg, dominates the city and its Old Town. Surrounded by walls and dotted with towers and battlements, Festung Hohensalzburg is one of the largest and best preserved castles in Europe. The fortified castle was built in 1077, from its lofty position protecting Salzburg, with cracking views of the surrounding countryside. Take a guided tour around the palatial state rooms, Gothic torture chambers, lookouts and museum collections. Keep an eye out for more than 50 examples of the castle’s symbol, a regal lion holding a beetroot – or is it a turnip?More
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Eagle's Nest (Kehlsteinhaus)

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Journey through the fairytale scenery of the Bavarian Alps and explore Berchtesgaden, Hitler's mountain retreat and Eagle's Nest, the southern headquarters of the Nazi party. Located on top of Mt Kehlstein, the lodge has some of Germany's most amazing views of the snow-capped Alps mountain range. See the hunting castle Hellbrunn, and the Konigsee River Valley along the way to Obersalzberg where a brass elevator ascends to Eagle's Nest.More
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Mirabell Palace and Gardens (Schloss Mirabell und Mirabellgarten)

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Mirabell Palace is a fine example of high Baroque architecture, surrounded by formal gardens, statues, flower beds and grand walkways. The palace was built and remodeled in the 18th and early 19th centuries, and today it houses the city’s administrative offices. Decorated with marble angels, frescoes and gilt, the palace’s Marble Hall makes a pretty grand backdrop for civic meetings and regular evening concerts of Mozart. The beautifully landscaped gardens appeared in The Sound of Music as the location for the Von Trapp children’s rendition of 'Do-Re-Mi.'More
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Hellbrunn Palace (Schloss Hellbrunn)

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Fun fountains and Baroque style are the attraction at Hellbrunn Castle, or Schloss Hellbrun, on Salzburg’s doorstep. The palace was built in 1619 as a summer residence for Salzburg’s Archbishop, and the gardens are filled with ingenious landscaping, featuring trick waterworks. Visit on a warm day when you don’t mind getting wet! Highlights of the water park include the outdoor dining table with jets of water shooting from diners’ seats, a water-operated theater, Gothic grottoes, splendid statues and colonnaded promenades.More
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Salzburg Old Town (Salzburger Altstadt)

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Lovely Salzburg’s enchanting medieval heart lies along the southern bank of the Salzach River; the Aldstadt is an enclave of winding cobbled alleyways, airy piazzas and many fine Baroque churches. The wealth of Salzburg originated in the 14th century when it became an independent principality ruled by powerful prince-bishops, and thanks to its glorious architecture it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The Old Town’s many highlights include the massive Baroque Salzburg Residenz (Prince-Bishops’ Palace) in Residenzplatz and the landmark Dom (cathedral), majestically gilded inside and with a dramatic Baroque façade rearing up over Domplatz. St Peter’s Abbey is a Benedictine monastery with a fine, frothy rococo interior and a gastronomic treat in its cellars; Stiftskeller St Peter is one of Salzburg’s oldest restaurants.More
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Salzburg Cathedral (Dom zu Salzburg)

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Salzburg’s Cathedral, or Dom, is a restrained exercise in classic Italian Baroque, topped with green bronze domes. Mozart was baptized here, and the building was completed in 1628. 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 Cathedral’s construction and artworks.More
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Nonnberg Abbey (Stift Nonnberg)

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Nonnberg Abbey 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 celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2015. The nunnery sits tucked under the Hohensalzburg Fortress and was founded somewhere around 715 AD; it 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’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
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Mozart’s Birthplace (Mozarts Geburtshaus)

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Two museums in Salzburg celebrate the life of genius composer and child prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Born in the city on January 27, 1756, he grew up in two different houses before turning his back on the city in preference for the bright lights of Vienna and beyond. Both are now museums. The Mozart Geburtshaus (Mozart’s Birthplace) is located on Getreidegasse, the smartest street in Salzburg’s enticing Aldstadt. The massive townhouse itself dates from the 12th century, but by the 1750s it was divided into apartment and the Mozart family were crammed onto one floor. Mozart’s family lived in this surprisingly humble abode for 26 years before their precocious son hit the big time and started earning good money. This museum has recently has something of an overhaul and is much improved; the exhibition highlighting Mozart’s early life stretches over three floors and incorporates period furniture as well as the clavichord on which he composed The Magic Flute.More
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Salzburg Salt Mines (Salzbergwerk)

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Escape Salzberg through the Alpenstrasse for an authentic mining experience in the Alps! Put on traditional mining clothing and descend into the grottos to experience this magical underground world. You will also get the chance to take a raft sail across the famous salt lake and explore Berchtesgaden on your return trip.More
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St. Peter's Abbey (Stift Sankt Peter)

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In the heart of Salzburg’s Old Town, St. Peter’s Abbey (or Stift Sankt Peter) is known for its cemetery and ancient lineage, dating back to the 800s. The Benedictine monastery’s abbey church has a Romanesque structure and lavish rococo interior. The abbey library is a treasure trove of musical manuscripts, and the abbey also houses a prized collection of artworks, musical instruments and treasures. In the abbey cemetery lie the tombs of Mozart’s beloved sister and the brother of Haydn. While you’re here, visit the Stiftskeller St. Peter restaurant, in the abbey cellars. Mentioned in a document from the year 803, it is thought to be one of the oldest hostelries in Europe and is an atmospheric choice for a night out in Salzburg.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Salzburg

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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.
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A MUST visit
skerur, 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.
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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.
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Ask for Max!
marclawrence2017, Jul 2019
Panoramic Salzburg City Tour with Coffee and Cake
There is so much to see and be told about.
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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.
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VIP Dinner Concert at Fortress
Vacation66681160684, 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.
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Kirstl was wonderful! She fit the...
Jennifer D, Jul 2017
Salzburg Super Saver: Original Sound of Music and Salt Mines Day Trip
Thank you so much for a great trip to see the sights of a wonderful movie and sharing your home Salzburg with us.
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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 👍
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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.
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This is a great trip to see Austrian...
alohadakona, Sep 2017
Austrian Lakes and Mountains Half-Day Tour from Salzburg
This is a great trip to see Austrian lakes and mountains.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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A Must See
Stacy A, Dec 2018
The Original Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg
It was fun and we were able to see many of the sights in Salzburg and the surrounding area.
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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.
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What a wonderful spring day with...
monyquejt, Mar 2017
The Hills Are Alive
What a wonderful spring day with Thomas and Carlos.
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Well organized and informative. A...
mcronin, Jan 2017
Original Sound of Music and Historical Walking Tour Combo
A good combination tour to see Salzburg and the Sound of Music highlights.
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This tour is a must if you're going...
lisasmail4, Oct 2016
Original Sound of Music and Historical Walking Tour Combo
This tour is a must if you're going to visit Salzburg.
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Lots of Fun
2222stewart, Jul 2018
The Original Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg
This is a great tour and way to see Salzburg and the surrounding area.
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We had a wonderful tour. Great...
JUDY H, May 2015
Original Sound of Music Private Tour
We got to see much of Salzburg and a lot of the surrounding areas to include Mondsee.

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