Salzburg Sights

Getting to know Salzburg is not too difficult, because most of its sights are within a comparatively small area. The Altstadt (Old City) is a compact area between the jutting outcrop of the Mönchsberg and the Salzach River. The cathedral and interconnecting squares surrounding it form what used to be the religious center, around which the major churches and the old archbishops' residence are arranged

(note that entrance into all Salzburg churches is free). The Mönchsberg cliffs emerge unexpectedly behind the Old City, crowned to the east by the Hohensalzburg Fortress. Across the river, in the small area between the cliffs of the Kapuzinerberg and the riverbank, is the Steingasse, a narrow medieval street where laborers, craftsmen, and traders served the salt mining industry and travelers coming in and out of the region’s important mercantile hub. Northwest of the Kapuzinerberg lies Mirabell Palace and its manicured gardens.

It's best to begin by exploring the architectural and cultural riches of the Old City, then go on to the fortress. Afterward, cross the river to inspect the other bank. Ideally, you need two days to do it all. An alternative, if you enjoy exploring churches and castles, is to go directly up to the fortress, either on foot or by returning through the cemetery to the funicular railway.

If you are doing this spectacular city in just one day, consider taking a walking tour run by city guides; one sets out every day at 12:15 pm from the tourist information office, Information Mozartplatz, at Mozart Square (closed on some Sundays during off-season). There are also escorted bus and bicycle tours through the city.

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Rathaus

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Where Sigmund-Haffner-Gasse meets the Getreidegasse you will find the Rathaus, an insignificant building in the Salzburg skyline—no...

Residenz

  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

At the very heart of baroque Salzburg, the Residenz overlooks the spacious Residenzplatz and its famous fountain. The palace in its present...

Rupertinum

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For a refreshing break from churches and gilded treasures of yore, don't miss the chance to see changing exhibitions of modern graphic...

Salzburg Museum

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The biggest "gift" to Mozart was the opening—one day shy of his 250th birthday, on January 26, 2006—of an exhibition entitled "Viva!...

Schloss Hellbrunn

  • Fountain

Just 6½ km (4 miles) south of Salzburg, the Lustschloss Hellbrunn was the prince-archbishops' pleasure palace. It was built early in...

Spielzeugmuseum

  • Museum/Gallery

On a rainy day this is a delightful diversion for both young and old, with an interactive collection of dolls, teddy bears, model trains,...

Steingasse

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This narrow medieval street, walled in on one side by the bare cliffs of the Kapuzinerberg, was originally the ancient Roman entrance...

Stiftkirche St. Peter

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The most sumptuous church in Salzburg, St. Peter's is where Mozart's famed Great Mass in C Minor premiered in 1783, with his wife,...

Toscaninihof

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The famous Italian maestro Arturo Toscanini conducted some of the Salzburg Festival's most legendary performances during the 1930s. Throughout...

Wiener Philharmoniker-Gasse

  • Market/Bazaar

Leading into Max-Reinhardt-Platz at the head of the grand Hofstallgasse, this street was named after the world-famous Vienna Philharmonic...

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