A lot of you might not have Salzburg on top of your bucket list, but it is definitely worth stopping by for couple of days (and combine it with a visit to another excellent location Hallstatt) and enjoy Mozart’s music at his birthplace, some great Austrian food, capture breathtaking aerial views of the city by cable car and just relax! Salzburg is not only a historical and picturesque place, but it was also the setting for the classic film ‘The Sound of Music’. The best way to explore this small city is by purchasing the Salzburg card which is economical and provides you free entry to most of top attractions plus the card can be used on metros and buses. You could also go over to Munich in Germany which is closeby, or head to more scenic places in Austria like Innsbruck. An extended trip of 4-5 days exploring the Austrian landscape along with the countryside villages is a perfect holiday.
Salzburg Cathedral – The famous Dom zu Salzburg or Salzburg Cathedral has some awe-inspiring architecture. Salzburg’s Dom is one of the city’s most striking architectural wonders. Along the roof, there are painted frescos, their colours beautifully contrasted against the white of the Cathedral.
Untersberg Cable Car – One of top things to do in Salzburg is to take the cable car to soak in the aerial views this city has got to offer. The cable car takes about 15 minutes to reach the top and if you go around sunset you can bask in some pretty good views.
Mozartplatz & Residenceplatz – Mozart Square is named after Salzburg’s most famous resident – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The atmosphere surrounding Mozartplatz is lovely; examples of ancient century buildings/architecture – so take a minute to sit and admire the surroundings. Residence Square located nearby is the Residence of the Princess of Salzburg. You could see royal horses there too.
Mozart’s Birthplace – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in this house in the middle of Salzburg’s pedestrian zone during the 17th century. He spent his childhood here developing his music and talent. Although he never got friendly with the city, the museum houses a lot of memories from his early years. You cannot miss its’ golden yellow exterior as you walk along the street.
Hohensalzburg Castle – Another place in Salzburg to visit is via a funicular/or walk to Hohensalzburg Fortress from where you get gorgeous aerial views. From the back of the fortress, it’s a completely different view of the city. It was made high up on the hills to serve as a lookout post to protect the city against Imperial troops from the Holy Roman Empire. This treasure of the past is truly a unique experience to walk through. There are plenty of fun and colourful shops that you can walk around and visit too!
Salzach River – One of our favourite things to do in Salzburg or Europe in general is to stroll next to the rivers; Salzach River in this case, to appreciate the beautiful surroundings. The riverfront can be enjoyed right from morning until the evening. We were constantly taking pictures of the river. Take the boat trip if you wish to see more of Salzburg.
Overall, Salzburg will make you pay tribute to Mozart, embrace The Sound of Music and make your holiday a perfect one!