Salzburg, the fourth biggest city of Austria, is one of the most beautiful cities towards the north of Alps. Salzburg lies in the scenic Alpine surroundings, have well-preserved ancient city centers, baroque-medieval styled architectural buildings, the birthplace of a famous composer – MOZART. Salzburg city was a set for a very famous musical Hollywood film – “The Sound of Music”. Salzburg has an artistic lifestyle with music in the air, ancient cobbled streets surrounded by the Austrian style of restaurants, cafes, and marketplaces. Take a virtual tour Musical City Salzburg
Let’s take the tour of the Musical City – Salzburg which has all things to do, from the Alps mountains and countrysides to churches and ancient architectures.
I stayed in Radisson Blu Hotel Altstadt which is a historic building in the main location of Old Town and also a few steps away from major tourist attractions. Check here to book this perfect stay in Salzburg.
It is also known as Hohensalburg Castle, located on the hilltop of Festungsberg Hill. It is a 900-year-old, well-preserved fortress with enchanting views of the city ’s spires, Salzach river, and Alps countryside. This fortress can be reached by hike or by speedy glass funicular. Read more info on this castle at their official site. This fortress is the number one attraction of Salzburg with a wonderful and rich history. It has been said, that nobody overtook this castle.
View from top of hilltop Salzburg fortress –
It is a well-preserved ancient styled shopping street. In medieval times, as not all people can read or write, therefore business names were displayed by specific symbols and pictures. So these trade icons are still seen in the shops, located on this street. These symbols or icons are made up of wrought iron in vintage patterns. Even the modern shops like McDonald’s or other brands display their name in the same pattern. This street is a most popular street of Salzburg and is always filled with tourist on late nights too. As this street is always so lively and beautiful, there are many shops of trendy stuff, jewelry, antiques, perfumes, leather goods, toys and offers a wide range of dining opportunities.
Number – 9, the house in Getreidegasse is the peculiar attraction of Salzburg, as a famous music composer, W.A. Mozart was born here. His family lived here for 26 years. Now, this house has been turned into a museum depicting Mozart’s early life and his belongings. So discover the well-preserved home with items of every day and furniture from the 19th century. It is also the pilgrimage for musicians and music lovers. If you love to attend Mozart Dinner Concert in Salzburg then read this.
This popular Palace is located on idyllic hilly perch which is about 5 miles from south of Salzburg. As you know, “The Sound of Music” has been shot in many places of Salzburg, but the “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” was filmed here. This 17th century, royal palace has well maintained, manicured spacious gardens, trick fountains and a marvelous place to play around.
DOMQUARTIER SALZBURG (RESIDENZ SQUARE)
It is a cultural highlight and ancient times center, residence of the Prince-Archbishop’s power. DomQuartier has the cathedral and Residenz. Until 1806, Salzburg was the second biggest church-state after Rome. Prince-Archbishop was also referred as “Half-Pope”. Therefore, Salzburg was also known as Rome of North. Salzburg has many cathedrals, churches, spires, bell towers and historic plazas for which it is also known the city of churches/cathedrals.
Baroque styled cathedral, located next to Salzburg Residenz. This cathedral was built first time in 774 A.D. but was demolished and rebuilt many times. It is a splendid piece of architecture and historic beauty if Salzburg.
ALTSTADT (OLD TOWN)
This area is UNESCO world heritage site and is full of historic architectural gems, ancient courtyards, and market-squares, traditional markets, Palaces, forgotten corners, frescoed buildings. This old town can be explored by foot and you can easily spend a whole day here. Just walk down the narrow streets of the old town to discover the medieval and Baroque architectural wonders. All places like the entrance to the fortress, Residenz square, Cathedral, Mozart’s birthplace and popular walking streets are in the old town area of Salzburg. Can be done through walking tours.
GAISBERG MOUNTAINS AND AUSTRIAN COUNTRYSIDE TOUR
On the eastern side of Salzburg, lies the Alps and if you love nature, hikes, mountain biking, paragliding then this Gaisberg mountain is the perfect place for outdoor mountain activities. Also, you can drive the scenic Grossglockner High Alpine Road in Austria. Around Gaisberg mountain, in the valleys, there are many small towns and villages. Wander around and explore the Austrian style of countryside life. Big wooden houses/villas with lots of front and backspace. Go for a Hallein salt mine tours near Salzburg as very few people must be knowing that Salzburg means Sal Fortress because of mines of rock salt. Check the Best Places to Ski near Salzburg in Austria.
MIRABELLE PALACE AND GARDENS
This palace has a beautiful garden with a collection of flowers, fountains, green grass, winding path and Angel staircase. The very famous song “DO – RE – MI” in “The Sound of Music” has been shot here. Summer is the best time to visit this place. As we did our tour of Salzburg in winters, we could not find all flowers blooming.
History buffs love this place as it has many prehistoric sites and castle located on the hill, overlooking the Salzach river. This place is on the other side of the river from Old Town. These historic sites are considered to be of Neolithic age.
When you go for a climb to Salzburg fortress or towards the funicular entrance, you would pass through Chapter Square. On this square, there is a beautiful fountain with Neptune – God of Sea holding a trident and crown. Also, you will see a statue of a man wearing a white shirt and black pent holding a big golden ball. This place is an activity center of old town with giant sized chess on the ground.
Salzburg has many other things to offer like delicious ginger bread, bakery stuff, and heritage beer. Salzburg has 500 years old history of beer. Salzburg is also home to largest store of Amber- a precious stone. As Austrian spas are world famous and houses best spas of the world, therefore check some spa getaways nearby Salzburg or Innsbruck.
Europe’s largest AMBER store
I stayed in Salzburg for 2 days and 3 nights. But if you have only 1 day, then read how to spend 24 hours in Salzburg. This musical city of Salzburg lies close to the border with the Bavarian state of Germany.
DAY TRIPS FROM SALZBURG
- Hallstatt Village & Salt Mine – Click here to book Hallstatt day tour from Salzburg.
- Eisriesenwelt Ice Caves – Click here to know why you should book these Ice caves tour which is world’s largest ice cave.
- Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest – Click here to know why you should book Hitler’s Eagle Nest tour in advance.
- King’s Lake – The most prettiest lake in Bavarian regions and click here to book day trip to King’s Lake.
- Berchtesgaden village & Salt mine – Book your Berchtesgaden village tour in advance.
- Werfen Ice Caves & Fortress
- Wolfgangsee Lake
- Kaprun town & Kitzsteinhorn mountains – Click here to book this trip in advance.
- Innsbruck Town
- Read about best some ideas for day trips from Salzburg.
Salzburg can be reached through
- Munich (capital of Bavaria) approximately 3.5 hours train ride
- Vienna (capital city of Austria) 2.5 hours train ride
- Prague (located in the Czech Republic) – 4.5-hour train ride.
As Salzburg lies in eastern Europe, people visit Austria, Prague, and Hungary in the Far East Europe tour.
Where to stay in Salzburg?
Stay in the hotel which overlooks the Salzach river or hotel located in the lively street of Getreidegasse. I stayed in Radisson Blu Hotel Altstadt
Read this to know about Where to eat in Salzburg with various Alpine cuisine options in some of the Michelin star restaurants.
So, till then KEEP TRAVELING……………… KEEP EXPLORING……………………………………………………
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