The fairytale Salzburg is Mozart’s hometown and is located on the border with Germany.
In Greek, the name of the city Salzburg, a combination of the words “Salz” and “Burg”, means a castle made of salt.
The whole of Salzburg was surrounded by salt mines, with its traditional old town being a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Salzburg’s old town is full of historic buildings, large squares, and picturesque alleys full of shops, restaurants and cafes.
Transportation in Salzburg
The old town of Salzburg is quite small and you can get around the whole thing on foot, as we did. There are, of course, buses to make getting around easier.
Sightseeing in Salzburg
Built in 1077, Hohensalzburg Castle towers over the old town on the Festungsberg hill and is one of Austria’s most iconic sights.
In fact, it is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe.
In the hundreds of years that have passed since its construction, the castle has undergone countless alterations and extensions, the most recent addition being the cable car that takes visitors from the foot of the hill to the top.
From the castle you will enjoy the magnificent view of Salzburg from above, which is sure to captivate you.
One place you should definitely visit in Salzburg is the Mirabell Palace with its beautiful gardens.
Built in 1606 by the Archbishop of Salzburg, the palace has hosted secular dances and wonderful classical music concerts, and its green grounds have been strolled by all the members of the city’s high society.
In the centre of the garden you will also find the beautiful baroque fountain with its bronze statue of the winged Pegasus.
Entrance to the palace and gardens is free.
Salzburg Cathedral is located in the centre of the Domplatz square. The church was first built in 774 but has since been demolished and rebuilt several times.
Mozart was born in Salzburg in 1756. As you can see, the whole city commemorates this fact and takes advantage of it for tourism.
In Salzburg you will find the house where the famous composer spent 26 years of his life. The entrance fee is 13,50€.
There is a second Mozart museum, the Mozart Residence. Entrance there also costs 13,50€ and if you buy the combo ticket for both museums you will pay only 20€ in total.
The Getreidegasse is street where you’ll find the Mozart House Museum and is one of the most famous streets in the city. It’s full of shops and restaurants to stroll around.
Near the Cathedral you’ll find Residenzplatz, a grand 16th century square set around a baroque fountain that hosts music and sporting events. Around it you’ll find plenty of little shops to sit in.
St. Peter Abbey
Next to the cathedral there was the Abbey of St. Peter. The Catholic church and monastery dates back to the 7th century and includes a cemetery, catacombs and a museum.
Mozartplatz is mainly known for the statue that dominates the famous Amadeus Mozart.
Viewpoint of Old Town
On Google Maps you will find the location “Viewpoint of Old Town”. The route is a bit tiring, as it has quite a bit of uphill, but you will find yourself in a beautiful park. From there you will have the most beautiful view, which overlooks the old town of Salzburg and the Hohensalzburg Castle.
Food in Salzburg
Café N°5 Salzburg
A beautiful little café with daily fresh pastries to combine with your coffee. Apart from coffee and hot chocolate we tried some of the desserts of the day we visited, like eggnog cake.
We discovered L’Osteria restaurant in Vienna in 2021 and when we came across it in Salzburg we naturally chose it.
Whatever you choose from there will be delicious. We had pizza with barbecue sauce and chicken, garlic bread and delicious carbonara.
What you need to know before you go to Salzburg
- The city of Salzburg is quite small. Two days is enough time to explore the area.
- Austria’s currency is the euro, so you don’t need to do any currency exchange.
- Mobile data from Greece is available for roaming in Austria, therefore also in Salzburg.
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