Salzburg

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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  • 1. 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 could...Read More

  • 2. Hangar-7

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    Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz opens his fantasy toy chest for all to admire; vintage airplanes, helicopters, motorbikes, and Formula...Read More

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  • 3. 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! Mozart...Read More

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  • 4. Haus der Natur

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    Visit this mulitfaceted experiential learning center for hands-on science and technology exhibits, including 42 fresh and saltwater tanks with...Read More

  • 5. Heimatmuseum

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    About a 10-minute walk from the village center along the riverbank, the local Heimatmuseum, opposite the chapel, documents the history of the carol. ...Read More

  • 6. Keltenmuseum

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    To learn all about Hallein, head to the Keltenmuseum, where more than 30 rooms explore the history of the region's Celtic settlements (before...Read More

  • 7. Mozart Audio Visual Collection

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    In the same building as the Mozart Wohnhaus (Residence), this is an archive of thousands of Mozart recordings as well as films and video productions...Read More

  • 8. Museum der Moderne

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    Enjoying one of Salzburg's most famous scenic spots, the dramatic museum of modern and contemporary art reposes atop the sheer cliff face of...Read More

  • 9. 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 art and...Read More

  • 10. Spielzeugmuseum

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

  • 11. Barockmuseum

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    Art lovers will make a beeline for the Barockmuseum, beside the Orangery of the Mirabell Gardens. It houses a collection of late-17th- and 18th...Read More

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