Known for being home to dozens of beautiful Baroque buildings, the birthcity of Mozart, and the setting to the ‘Sound of Music’, Salzburg is one of the top destinations for tourists visiting Austria. The Hohensalzburg Fortress towers over the city from above, the Salzach river separates the city from below, and the old town’s gorgeous architecture defines its many streets. It is surrounded by the eastern Alps, giving it a stunning picturesque feel. In this post, I’ll be giving you the ultimate guide to Salzburg; including info on transportation, accommodation, and attractions in the city of Mozart.
The centre of Salzburg, where all of the city’s main attractions are located, is very small and walkable. Therefore, if you’re only planning on visiting sites within the city’s old town, you likely won’t find a use for public transportation. If you’re looking to visit somewhere outside of the city centre, you can easily reach it through Salzburg’s many buses and trains. Salzburg’s trolley bus (Obus) system connects all corners of the city together, while its surburban train (S-Bahn) system connects Salzburg’s centre to its suburbs.
During my time in Salzburg, my family and I stayed in the ACHAT Plaza zum Hirschen hotel, a cozy and traditional hotel located near Salzburg’s Hauptbahnhof (train station). It is a four star hotel, and it offers great rates for its quality. I’d definitely suggest checking out this hotel if you’re looking for a place to stay in Salzburg!
Hohensalzburg Fortress, Central Europe’s largest fully preserved castle, has over a century of history. Dominating Salzburg’s Baroque skyline, the castle sits atop the Fetungsberg overlooking the entire city. It is famous for the stunning views it has of Salzburg, for its beautiful and historic interior, and for its courtyard, which is pretty much a town in itself. Read my entire post about the fortress here.
Located at the foot of the Mönschberg cliffs, looking out into the city’s old town, is Salzburg’s Karajan square. This square, named after the famous Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan, was used as a place to wash the archbishops’ horses back in the 18th century. It is also one of the many places throughout Salzburg that was featured in the famous film ‘The Sound of Music’, making it a must visit spot for many fans of the movie visiting the city.
Mirabell Palace & Gardens
Iconic to Salzburg, the Mirabell Palace and Gardens are one of the prettiest spots in the entire city. The palace was built by archbishop Wolf Dietrich for his wife in 1606, and its surrounding gardens were designed by another archbishop in 1690. Located in the centre of Salzburg’s old town, the gardens face towards the fortress and cathedral, and are known for their geometric form. The Mirabell Palace and Gardens were another filming location for the famous ‘Sound of Music’, most likely the most iconic filming location, and are very famous for their part in the movie.
Hence Salzburg’s nickname “the city of Mozart”, the famous composer and pianist Mozart was born in Salzburg in 1756. His famous Geburthaus is the building where he was born, as well as the building where he and his family lived in before later moving to the Mozart Wohnhaus. No. 9 Getreidestrasse, aka his Geburthaus, has been home to a Mozart museum since 1880, filled with many artifacts from his career and personal life.
Salzburg’s other main Mozart landmark is its Mozart Wohnhaus, the house where Mozart and his family lived after moving from his birthplace in 1773. This home, located at 8 Markartplatz, is now also a museum, with the same idea as the Mozart Geburtshaus. Even if its just for a photo, the Mozart Residence is definitely worth a visit if you’re ever in Salzburg.
Salzburg is home to dozens of cathedrals and churches, of which it is known very well for. Likely the city’s most famous cathedral is its Salzburg Cathedral, a Roman Catholic Church founded over a thousand years ago. It is famous for its beautiful Baroque style architecture (a trend you’ve probably noticed throughout this guide to Salzburg), for being one of the city’s oldest churches, and forbeing the site of the baptism of Mozart.
That’s all for my guide to Salzburg! I hope you enjoyed. Look out next week for a post about how to have the perfect day in Salzburg!
Thanks for reading.
P.S. If you’ve been keeping up with my past couple of posts, you’d know that in my last post I mentioned that I had just arrived in my former hometown Toronto! The day this is being posted I’m still in the city, and I will be here until Thursday. I’m planning on doing a post or two about Toronto sometime soon, so look out for those coming soon! If you’d like to read some of the posts I already wrote about Toronto, you can check them all out here.