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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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Eagle's Nest (Kehlsteinhaus)

Eagle's Nest (Kehlsteinhaus)

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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
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Mirabell Palace and Gardens (Schloss Mirabell und Mirabellgarten)

Mirabell Palace and Gardens (Schloss Mirabell und Mirabellgarten)

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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
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Salzburg Cathedral (Dom zu Salzburg)

Salzburg Cathedral (Dom zu Salzburg)

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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
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Hellbrunn Palace (Schloss Hellbrunn)

Hellbrunn Palace (Schloss Hellbrunn)

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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
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Hohensalzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg)

Hohensalzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg)

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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
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Salzburg Old Town (Salzburger Altstadt)

Salzburg Old Town (Salzburger Altstadt)

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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
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Nonnberg Abbey (Stift Nonnberg)

Nonnberg Abbey (Stift Nonnberg)

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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
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Mozart’s Birthplace (Mozarts Geburtshaus)

Mozart’s Birthplace (Mozarts Geburtshaus)

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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
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Salzburg Marionette Theater

Salzburg Marionette Theater

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Opened in 1913, the Salzburg Marionette Theater is one of the world’s oldest marionette theaters and celebrates the city’s long tradition of puppetry. The theater stages a range of productions using a cast of around 500 wooden puppets, from operas and fairy tales toThe Sound of Music—the 1959 movie that showcased the city and its puppetry.More
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St. Peter's Abbey (Stift Sankt Peter)

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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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

Top activities in Salzburg

Hallstatt Half-Day Tour from Salzburg

Hallstatt Half-Day Tour from Salzburg

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Private Eagle's Nest & The Hills are Alive

Private Eagle's Nest & The Hills are Alive

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Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Salzburg

Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Salzburg

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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.

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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