Whether you’re visiting Salzburg on a guided day trip, as part of a walking tour, or planning an extended stay, the cathedral is a must-visit. The history of Salzburg Cathedral is a history of destruction and restoration. There’s been a sacred building on the site since the 8th century, yet the current building was constructed in the 17th century, damaged in bombing raids in the Second World War and was extensively repaired in the 1950s.
Several interesting items in the Cathedral speak to its long history - the bronze baptismal font dates from the 1300s and was used to baptize Mozart himself; the two relics containing the remains of Austrian saints Rupert and Virgil, a holy Irishman and astronomer who came to Austria in the 8th century. Head down to the crypt to see the foundations of earlier versions of the church.