Top 10 Sights in Salzburg
Salzburg is probably best known as the birthplace of Mozart – it is also the primary setting in the film “Sound of Music” from 1965. The charming city offers a relaxed atmosphere with lots of cozy alleys mixed with elegant facades. The area around Salzburg is immensely picturesque, so reserve a few days for day trips while in Salzburg!
1. Hohensalzburg Fortress
Also known simply as the Salzburg fortress, this hilltop castle overlooking the city has been a source of security for the region for almost 1000 years. It includes many traditionally decorated rooms and exhibits (watch out for the torture room) – but we love it also because of the amazing views!
2. Salzburg Old Town
Salzburg has repeatedly been listed as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe – and this is primarily due to the old town. Be sure to visit the many traditional inns and shops on Getreidegasse. The horse driven coaches are wildly popular in the old town, and they are a good way to get a quick and luxurious overview!
The fortress was long the seat of the Archbishop (and thus a had an important position in Austria). It has also served as the backdrop for man films, including of course Sound of Music but also lately Just Married. Today, it is known as an exciting adventure park for children and for it’s impressive falconry shows.
4. Sound of Music Sights
The 1965 movie with Julie Andrews is one of the most seen movies of all time. It was filmed mainly in the region around Salzburg, and the sights in Salzburg include Mirabell Palace, Leopoldskron Palace, Nonnberg Priory, St. Peter’s Monastery and the Residenzplats Square. The real von Trapp family home is today a small but delightful hotel.
5. Berchtesgaden Daytrip
The picturesque town of Berchtesgaden is frequently referred to as a model Bavarian town. Due to it’s traditional charm, it was also favoured by Hitler who built the famous “Eagle’s Nest” on a mountaintop overlooking the valley. Eagle’s Nest, or Kehlsteinhaus, is open to visitors. Click here for daytrips to Berchtesgaden.
6. Salzkammergut Area
The Salzkammergut (half an hour by car from Salzburg) is one of the most popular holiday areas of Austria. The lakes in the area contrast with the mountains to form beautiful and colourful sceneries. If you go for a drive in the area, you might want to make frequent stops to take in the views!
7. Mirabel Palace
Mirabell Palace is one of the largest historic buildings in Salzburg. It is known for the beautiful Marble Hall (a banquet hall) and the symmetrical and well maintained gardens. If you’re getting married while in Salzburg, check it out!
9. Salzburg Cathedral
Salzburg is a city of churches, but the cathedral is definitively the centrepiece. Constructed in the 17th century, the baroque structure is open to visitors daily (with exceptions for services).