Sightseeing highlights for your holidays in Austria

4* Hotel Brandstätter - your starting point for excursions to Salzburg

Die Kulturstadt Salzburg und das sie umgebende Salzburger Land sind reich an Sehenswürdigkeiten und Ausflugszielen. Entdecken Sie die Vielfalt der Ausflugsziele in Salzburg und die einzigartige Natur- und Kulturlandschaft.

As a guest at the 4 star Hotel Gasthof Brandstätter you will be able to reach the historic city centre within a few minutes by bus. You will find a bus stop directly in front of the Hotel Gasthof Brandstätter. Once you have reached the city centre, awarded the title UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, you will be able to conveniently reach all sights on foot.

Salzburg: a historic city with a great future

The city of Salzburg is blessed with such an abundance of churches, monasteries, museums and monuments, that it is almost impossible to choose what to see. It is perhaps best to join a city guide for your first stroll through the historic city centre who will tell you all the interesting historic facts and funny anecdotes of the old Episcopal city. The team at the Hotel Brandstaetter will gladly book a city guide for you. You will find further information on the webpage of the official city guides of Salzburg:

Holiday in Salzburg - Tourist sights "Kapitelplatz Salzburg"
Holiday in Salzburg - Tourist sights "festival salzburg"
Holiday in Salzburg - Tourist sights "Mirabellgarten"

Salzburg Card: your admission to the sights of the City of Mozart

Ask the team of the Hotel Brandstätter for the special “Salzburg Card”, your key to culture and special events for 24, 48 or 72 hours offering:

  • Free single admission to all the sights in the city of Salzburg.
  • Free rides on public transportation, including the cable car to the fortress, the boat on the river Salzach and the cable car to the Untersberg Mountain.
  • Attractive discounts for cultural events.
  • Discounts at many day trip destinations.

Fortress Hohensalzburg

The city of Salzburg lies in the shadow of the majestic fortress Hohensalzburg, which was extended and rebuilt over many centuries. Amenities include: guided tours; concerts; restaurant; a museum; and a fantastic view of the city of Salzburg, the awe-inspiring Untersberg Mountain and the surrounding area of Salzburg. You can get to the fortress either on foot or by cable car.

Castle Mirabell

Originally the castle was built by Prince Archbishop Wolf-Dietrich for his mistress; today it is the home of the city government. Worth seeing: the baroque Raphael-Donner marble stairs; the famous marble hall, where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart used to play music; and the baroque gardens including a maze.

Salzburg Cathedral

Magnificent baroque building at the heart of the historic city centre, more than 100 metres in length. The first cathedral was built in the 8th century – the cathedral of today can be found on the same spot. Highlights include the interesting cathedral museum with changing exhibitions, a cathedral excavation museum and regular concerts.

Franciscan Church

Mystic, gothic church building that is slender and elegant. Especially worth seeing: the Madonna at the main altar created by Michael Pacher.

St. Peter’s Monastery and Cemetery

Oldest monastery in Salzburg, mentioned in a document in the year 696. Abbey church with Romanesque hallway and richly decorated nave. Tomb of St. Rupert, who ministered at the end of the 7th and the beginning of the 8th centuries, one of the patron saints of Salzburg. Picturesque cemetery with catacombs (guided tours available).

Capuchin Church and Kapuzinerberg Mountain

In plain view for miles the Capuchin Church sits on a shoulder of rock high above the river Salzach. From the Capuchin monastery you will have a marvellous view of the historic city centre and the fortress Hohensalzburg. Excellent starting point for hikes across the Kapuzinerberg Mountain; paved path and stairs lead to the restaurant at the Franziskischlössl Castle.

St. Sebastian Cemetery and Mausoleum

The cemetery of St. Sebastian at the Linzergasse, designed in the style of an Italian Campo Santo, is a place of peace and quiet in the hustle and bustle of Salzburg. The mausoleum of Prince Archbishop Wolf-Dietrich and the ornate tombs of important families and artists of Salzburg are well worth seeing. Home to the Monument of Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, better known by the name of Paracelsus, who lived in Salzburg.

Salzburg Museum

Discover the history of Salzburg in the newly designed Salzburg Museum at the New Residential Palace near the cathedral. Especially interesting: the history of Salzburg is told through the stories of historic personalities from across the centuries. Special exhibitions, guided tours and audio-guides are available.

Mozart's Birthplace

At the heart of Salzburg, in the legendary Getreidegasse Street, you will find Mozart's Birthplace. Permanent exhibition on the lives of Mozart and his family.

Mozart's Residence

At the Makartplatz square, on the right bank of the river Salzach, lies the former residence of the Mozart family. Here W.A. Mozart worked as a composer and held raucous parties. Original musical instruments are on display and a guide is available.

Getreidegasse / Grain Lane

Lingering, marvelling and shopping at the heart of Salzburg: at the legendary “Grain Lain” you will discover medieval guild insignia, small craft stores, and numerous passages leading to the squares of the city or to the river Salzach.

Festspielhaus / Festival Hall

Ever since the foundation of the Salzburg Festival by Max Reinhardt in 1920 Salzburg has been the focus of the cultural world in summer. Theatrical, concert and opera performances of world renown are held in this Austrian city. The international audience grants Salzburg a very special sophisticated air during the festival.

Müllner Bräustübl Tavern

Salzburg and Bavaria share many similarities – especially the fondness for excellent beer! Discover the Bräustübl Tavern at the foot of the Mönchsberg Mountain and enjoy the rustic atmosphere of a traditional Austrian brewery and tavern!

Hellbrunn Summer Palace and Trick Fountains

The Prince Archbishops of Salzburg were by no means averse to fun. Paris Lodron had his own summer palace built, which attracts countless visitors from all over the world with its playful architecture and delightful trick fountains. The fun of the trick fountains is one thing you should not miss during your stay in Salzburg.

Zoo Salzburg Hellbrunn

A day trip destination for families with children is the zoo of Hellbrunn. Alpine animals such as ibex and lynx can be seen as well as tropical birds and monkeys in the spacious compounds of the zoo. Guided tours, special events, guided tours at night, restaurant, gift shop.

Sound of Music Tour

The von Trapp family spread the fame of Salzburg to all corners of the world. Follow in the footsteps of the famous Salzburg family and explore the exciting life of Maria Kutschera von Trapp during a special guided Sound of Music Tour.

Day trip destinations in the province of Salzburg and Bavaria

Silent Night Chapel in Oberndorf

The province of Salzburg is the birthplace of the famous Christmas carol, Silent Night, that has been translated into numerous languages. Take a historic train drawn by a steam locomotive to Oberndorf and follow the traces of a song that has moved the hearts of countless people.

Lake Wolfgangsee and St. Wolfgang – trips by ship

The scenery alone is worth a day trip in clear weather. Take a ship across the crystal clear blue lake and let your gaze wander across the lovely landscape. Stop by at the legendary tavern “Weißes Rössl”. Worth seeing is the parish church of St. Wolfgang: read the legend of St. Wolfgang and the foundation of the village.

Mozart town St. Gilgen am Wolfgangsee

For many years Mozart's sister lived in the picturesque little village on the shores of Lake Wolfgangsee. Romantic hiking tours at the shores of the lake and to St. Wolfgang. Why not soar like an eagle? Take the cable car to the summit of the Zwölferhorn Mountain; a delicious snack at the alpine chalet and a breathtaking view of the lake are waiting for you.

Lake Mondsee

There are many folk tales about Lake Mondsee, a favourite spot for some swimming and bathing. An attraction for children: the alpine open-air pool with its fantastic water slides and enough room to play. Mondsee village: castle and old abbey church.

Trumer Seenland – the Trumer Lakes

The Trumer Lakes region – Lakes Mattsee, Obertrumer See and Grabensee – is a paradise for families. Boating, sailing, hiking, swimming, horse riding and much more: the days of your holidays at the Trumer Lakes are great fun for grown ups and little ones. Especially of interest: Mattsee village with its imposing abbey church and picturesque village centre.

Open Air Museum Großgmain

At the foot of the Untersberg Mountain, only a few minutes by car from your Hotel Gasthof Brandstätter you will find the Open Air Museum Großgmain. Numerous old farm buildings from all parts of the province of Salzburg, a brewery, a historic bowling alley, an exciting water playground for children and much more is waiting for you during your holidays in Salzburg. Craft shows, fairs, traditional festivals, horse sleigh rides in winter.

Hiking region Postalm

The largest alpine pasture area of Austria invites you to take a day trip to the mountains. Excellently signposted hiking trails will lead you to numerous alpine pastures and alpine chalets, where you have the opportunity to taste hand-made specialities.

Imperial spa resort Bad Ischl

Up to this day you can still experience a long-gone era in Bad Ischl: the Austrian imperial court and the emperor went on their summer holidays to this picturesque city. Explore the Imperial Villa and try the legendary pastry delights at the famous Cafe Zauner in Bad Ischl.

Pilgrimage site Maria Plain near Salzburg

The baroque pilgrimage church of Maria Plain near Salzburg is certainly worth a trip! A marvellous view of Salzburg and the fantastic alpine mountain panorama in the background of the city will take your breath way.

Pilgrimage site Altötting in Bavaria

A trip to Bavaria will lead you to the world famous pilgrimage site of Altötting. The Chapel of Mercy of Altötting counts among the mostly frequented sites of pilgrimage in Germany. Several popes have paid homage to the “Black Madonna”: 1782 Pope Pius VI, 1980 Pope John Paul II and in 2006 Pope Benedict XVI who was born in the neighbouring village of Marktl.

Spa resort and “salt town” Bad Reichenhall

To a great deal Salzburg owes its wealth and influence to the mining of salt. Bad Reichenhall in Bavaria also greatly profited from the mining and trading of salt: even today the picturesque town bears testimony to a rich history.

Lake Königsee and Watzmann Mountain

If you love romance, take a day trip to Lake Königsee in Bavaria. A boat trip across the lake takes you to St. Bartholomä; the view of the surrounding mountains rising steeply from the shores of the lake is simply breathtaking.

Lake Chiemsee: Herreninsel (castle) and Fraueninsel (convent)

A short trip on the motorway towards Munich will take you to the wide Lake Chiemsee, which, unlike Lake Königsee lies in the middle of a lovely, lush landscape. A ship will take you to the Herreninsel (Gentleman Island) where you will find the magnificent, yet incomplete, castle of the legendary Bavarian king, Ludwig II and to the Fraueninsel (Woman Island) with its old Benedictine convent. Do not miss the opportunity to try the cloister liquor made by the nuns!

Your holiday in Salzburg

Salzburg is always worth a journey – at the Hotel Gasthof Brandstätter, run by the Brandstätter family themselves, you will find the friendly atmosphere of a rural inn and hotel. Send a no obligation enquiry for your holidays or business stay in Salzburg right away an attractive offer will be sent to you promptly.

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