Salzburg highlights from A-Z

Sights in the city of Salzburg


Since the Salzburg Festival was founded by Max Reinhardt in 1920, every year Salzburg is the focus of the cultural world. Globally renowned theatre, concert and opera performances are organised in this Austrian city and an international audience lends a special panache to the city of Salzburg.

Hohensalzburg Fortress

Hohensalzburg Fortress, built and re-built over many centuries, sits majestically enthroned above Salzburg’s old town area. Sight-seeing tours, concerts, fortress restaurant, museum. Superb views to the city of Salzburg, the impressive Untersberg and the surrounding area. You can walk to Hohensalzburg fortress or take the Festungsbahn.

Franciscan Church

Mysterious, Gothic church; tall and elegant. Particularly worth seeing - the Madonna on the main altar created by Michael Pacher.

St. Sebastian’s cemetery and Mausoleum

St. Sebastian’s cemetery, modelled on the style of the Italian Campo Santo, on Linzergasse, is a place of tranquillity in the midst of the bustling city of Salzburg. Worth seeing: Mausoleum of Archbishop Wolf-Dietrich, opulently decorated vaults of renowned Salzburg families and artists. Memorial for Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, known as Paracelsus, who lived and worked in Salzburg.


Stroll, gaze, shop in the heart of the Mozart city on the Salzach! In Salzburg's famous Getreidegasse, explore the medieval guild symbols, little craft shops and the numerous ‘passages’ – entrance ways that take you to the city's plazas and to the river Salzach.

Capuchin Abbey and Kapuzinerberg

Capuchin Abbey is in a prominent position on a cliff above the Salzach. The views from the abbey to Salzburg's old town and Hohensalzburg fortress are picturesque. Starting point for a hike to Kapuzinerberg (steps, asphalt paths) to Franziskischlössl (inn).

Lustschloss Hellbrunn and Trick Fountains

Salzburg’s Archbishops were evidently happy go lucky. Paris Lodron built his own summer residence, which, with its playful architecture and refreshingly exquisite trick fountains still attracts many thousands of visitors today. You really ought not to miss out on a visit to the residence, the trick fountains and the park.

Mozart’s birth house

In the middle of Salzburg’s old town area, on the world-renowned Getreidegasse, is where you will come across the house where Mozart was born. Permanent exhibition about Mozart’s life and his family. Find out more about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his vestiges in Salzburg.

Mozart’s home

The Mozart family home is located on Makartplatz, on the right bank of the Salzach. It was here that W.A. Mozart composed and held exuberant celebrations.

Music tour - Sound of Music

The von Trapp family carried Salzburg’s musical reputation into the world. On the guided Sound of Music tour take yourself off in the footsteps of this famous family from Salzburg and discover the exciting life story of Maria Kutschera von Trapp.

Müllner Bräustübl

Salzburg and Bavaria are very similar in many respects – particularly when it comes to their penchant for delicious beer. Discover the Augustiner Bräustübl beneath Müllner church and enjoy a traditionally Austrian brewery ambience.

Salzburg Cathedral

Splendid Baroque building in the heart of the old town, spanning over 100 metres. The first cathedral construction in Salzburg in the 8th century – today's cathedral is in the same location. Cathedral museum is well worth a visit and has special, alternating exhibits, the Dome Archaeological Museum, concerts.

Salzburg Museum

Discover Salzburg’s history in the newly designed Salzburg Museum in the Neue Residenz building at the cathedral. Of particular interest: The history of the city of Salzburg is recounted via individual personalities through the centuries. Special exhibits, guided tours, audio guide.

Mirabell Palace

Originally built by Prince Archbishop Wolf-Dietrich for his sweetheart, today the palace is home to Salzburg’s municipal government. Worth seeing: The Baroque Raphael Donner staircase, the marble hall where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart performed his music and the Baroque gardens, complete with maze.

St. Peter’s Monastery and cemetery

Salzburg's oldest monastery, first mentioned in documents dating back to 696. Abbey church with romantic anteroom and opulently decorated nave. Grave of St. Rupert, who worked in Salzburg in the 7th and 8th century and was one of Salzburg’s patron saints. Picturesque cemetery with arcade vaults and the ‘catacombs’ (separate guided tour).

Hellbrunn Zoo

One excursion tip for families with children is Hellbrunn Zoo. In the extensive facilities at the foot of Hellbrunn’s Schlossberg you get to gaze in wonder at Alpine animals, including ibex and tropical birds. Separate guided tours, events, night-time visit, catering facilities, souvenir shop.

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