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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Alter Markt

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Right in the heart of the Old City is the Alter Markt, the old marketplace and center of secular life in past centuries. The square is...

Dom

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When you walk through the arches leading from Residenzplatz into Domplatz, it's easy to see why Max Reinhardt chose it in August of...

DomQuartier

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For the first time in since the early 1800s, you can look down on the original heart of Salzburg as once only the powerful Archbishops...

Dreifaltigkeitskirche

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The Makartplatz—named after Hans Makart, the most famous Austrian painter of the mid-19th century—is dominated at the top (east)...

Festspielhaus

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With the world-famous Salzburg Festival as their objective, music lovers head for the Hofstallgasse, the street where the three festival...

Fortress Hohensalzburg

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Founded in 1077, the Hohensalzburg is Salzburg's acropolis and the largest preserved medieval fortress in Central Europe. Brooding over...

Franziskanerkirche

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The graceful, tall spire of the Franciscan Church stands out from all other towers in Salzburg; the church itself encompasses the greatest...

Friedhof St. Sebastian

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Memorably re-created for the escape scene in The Sound of Music on a Hollywood soundstage, this final resting place for many members...

Gaisberg and Untersberg

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Salzburg's "house mountains" are so called because of their proximity to the city settlements. You can take the bus to the summit of...

Getreidegasse

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For centuries, this has been the main shopping street in the Old City center. According to historians, the name means "trade street"—not...

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