things to do in Salzburg Austria

Things to see and do in Salzburg, Austria

View of Fortress Salzburg at sunset things to do in Salzburg Austria



This summer we took a short trip to Salzburg, Austria for a weekend. Little did we know before heading there that Salzburg had so much more to offer than just Sound of Music and Mozart. Once in Salzburg we decided to not take any tours and explore this quaint walled city in Austria on foot. Although after returning we feel that we could have easily used more time to explore the surrounding areas in Salzburg, there’s plenty of things to do in Salzburg, Austria.



Itinerary of what to do in Salzburg


 View of Alps from top of Fortress Salzburg

Here are the sights not to be missed in Old Salzburg


Mirabell Gardens

Although we decided not to take the Sound of Music tour, I knew I had to sing my way into Mirabell Gardens – “Do Re Mi”. If you’ve watched sound of music you know exactly what I am talking about. If you haven’t then do me a favor and watch this song before you head to Mirabell Gardens. The gardens are landscaped with colorful flowers and well-trimmed trees.


Mirabell gardens in Salzburg Austria

Salzburg Catherdral (Dom)

Dom is the biggest cathedral in Salzburg. And for our love of old churches, we walked into this dove colored cathedral looming over the tiny old town. The gothic timeless interior of Dom was one of the best in Europe. We were surprised by the high decorated ceilings.


Salzburg Cathedral - Dom in Salzburg Austria



Hohensalzburg Fortress

You simply can’t miss spotting Hohensalzburg as this white fortress sits on top of a hill overlooking the city. There are two ways to get to the fortress, either by hike or taking the funicular. We chose to take the funicular to save time and to get an adventure ride. Once at the fortress we were speechless by the panoramic views in all directions. From Alps on one side to the aerial views of Salzach River cutting through Salzburg, we almost didn’t feel like checking the fortress out from inside. But then not to miss on it, we took the audio tour of the fortress which was quite interesting.


Inside the Hohensalzburg fortress


Inside Hohensalzburg Fortress




View of the town from top of Fortress Salzburg

View of the town from top of Fortress Salzburg


St. Peters Abbey

Here’s an off the beaten path of Salzburg musical addition. At St. Peter’s we explored the Monastery, Cemetery and the Catacombs. You will have to pay a fee to enter the Catacombs where as the cemetery is free to walk by. This hidden treasure is located very close to Salzburg Fortress.

St Peters Catacombs


St. Peters catacombs and abbey


St Peters Cemetery

Mozart’s Birthplace

Strolling around the narrow streets in Old Salzburg you will stumble upon a tall yellow building with almost always a bunch of people below it. That it, this building is the birthplace of famous composer Mozart. However, let me tell you this is not the house he grew up in. Mozart Wonhaus across the river is a Museum now where they give you a tour of the house he actually grew up in Salzburg.


Mozart haus

Museum der Moderne Salzburg

After seeing incredible views from Fortress Salzburg, we were hunting for spots with higher elevation to get a view of the fortress in it. We were recommended to hike Kapuzinerberg (the hill opposite the fortress) for those incredible views but then we had very limited time in Salzburg. And then we struck gold with Morderne Museum. If you are interested you can certainly view the museum as well but we just bought the tickets to the elevators to go up to their rooftop deck where there is also a restaurant one level up. On that note, you can just hike to the rooftop which will be free of cost. Since we got here right before sunset we couldn’t get ourselves to leave till the sun went down. So we decided to eat supper at the rooftop restaurant. Talk about dinner with a view!


Exploring the streets of Salzburg


Explore the various old cobbled streets and squares in Old Salzburg

Since the old town is not very big in area it’s perfect to explore it on foot. We took a map of the old town from our Bed and Breakfast before heading down there. But we ended up randomly walking on streets and only looking at the map when we needed to head to a certain place. Depending on what time of the year you go, you are in for some festivals. We saw a traditional music festival happening in Salzburg in the summer time. Because of all these different festivals in the summer we saw a lot of traditionally dressed ladies in the old town area.



Day trips from Salzburg


We didn’t limit ourselves to the town of Salzburg especially given the white gold aka salt history associated with this town. To know more about the salt history we went to the Salt Mines at Hallein which is located only half an hour away from Salzburg. Although we drove ourselves to Hallein and bought our own mine tour ticket, there are many tour operators that can take you to Hallein from Salzburg. Once inside the salt mines we traversed our way under the Alps crossing borders from Austria to Germany and back hundreds of feet underground. Not to give away the thunder of this place, all we can say is that it is a very adventurous and informative tour of the salt mines.


Sat Mine Entrance


Another day trip from Salzburg would be the Sound of music tour where they will take you to the famous filming locations of that movie. If you are a big fan of this movie then I am sure you will enjoy this tour a lot. Like I said before we were on a tight schedule so we couldn’t afford to spend an entire day on the tour but we did have a rental vehicle so we could explored the mountains around Salzburg ourselves.



Where to stay in Salzburg


A Salzburg experience wouldn’t be complete without a wonderful stay at a unique inn or hotel that starts off your experience with a nice sleep. Check out these fantastic places around Salzburg for just that perfect place to stay for your visit.

Hotel Goldener Hirsh – a beautiful historic hotel located in the Old Town, filled with charm, old world details with modern amenities, great customer service and a generous breakfast

Hotel Sacher Salzburg – located on the banks of the Sacher River with nice views of the old town and fort, this elegant hotel offers classic details and charm with stylish rooms, excellent buffet breakfast and quality service.

ArtHotel Blauegans Salzburg – located in the heart of the old town, this refurbished hotel boasts individual rooms done tastefully and well appointed modern lines. Good breakfast service with attention to details handling visitors needs.

For more reviews and current prices, check out Trip Advisors 10 ten list here and for availability when you plan on visiting.

More cool and  fun things to do in Salzburg

Salzburg Salt Mine tour – No visit to Salzburg is complete without visiting the Salzburg Salt Mines and the underground Lake Boat ride, a very unique experience following the white gold of Salzburg

Baroque Hall dinner and Mozart concert – what would be more ideal than a classic dinner and Mozart concert in the famous Baroque Hall in Salzburg, a one of kind experience

Salzburg Card – get free entry at the top attractions around the city and unlimited public transportation use when touring the city.


Check out these other posts on visiting Austria

10 things you should be doing in Vienna

A visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum

A night walking tour of Vienna

A fall garden tour at Schonbrunn

A visit to Belvedere at twilight


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19 Responses to things to do in Salzburg Austria

  1. Anita Hendrieka December 13, 2017 at 4:20 am #

    I am obsessed with the sound of music so naturally Salzburg has always been on my bucket list. The gardens look absolutely beautiful. I would probably skip the tour as well and do my own version of it! Very informative post <3

  2. AllGudThings December 12, 2017 at 6:52 am #

    That is a wonderful guide on Salzburg Austria. I never knew the country has so much to offer. Indeed, it is a beautiful power pack. I will love walking and clicking those cobbled streets. Hohensalzburg fortress looks amazing and its views from the opposite hill will be just amazing.

  3. Julie December 10, 2017 at 4:57 pm #

    First off The Sound of Music is pretty much my all time fave movie…so the tour would be a must for us!! The view from the top of the fortress was stunning so I’d add that to my list too as well as the salt mines! Would love to get to Salzburg soon!!

  4. Medha Verma December 10, 2017 at 1:50 am #

    The timing of this post couldn’t have been better – I’m in Salzburg next week! Although I know it’s going to be looking very different from your pictures here- it’ll be covered in snow! But I’m sure all these places will still be as amazing to visit. Thanks for the guide, it’s very handy for me.

  5. Tom December 9, 2017 at 11:16 am #

    Salzburg looks like it has a lot to offer Noel! St Peter’s Abbey looks like a very intriguing place to visit, although I’m not sure what’s going with the heads scattered about. I was also surprised at the colour of Mozart’s birdhouse! So much yellow! The Spar below it, feels a bit out of place too!

    Salzburg certainly looks like a place that I need to visit in the near future!

    • Noel December 9, 2017 at 1:23 pm #

      Salzburg is a beautiful city and yes that is a very popular yellow color all over the city.

  6. Foodie Flashpacker December 9, 2017 at 9:59 am #

    I’ve never been to, or much considered Austria, but your photos and descriptions make it sound great. I’m going to have to give it a serious look. It’s nice to find new places you hadn’t previously considered!

    • Noel December 9, 2017 at 1:24 pm #

      Austria is definitely overlooked, but Salzburg and Vienna are such amazing cities to visit along with the stunning landscape all around it.

  7. Nathalie Caty December 9, 2017 at 9:30 am #

    I was just in Vienna and almost visited Salzburg. Now I am mad that I didn’t visit and explore. I would have loved exploring the St. Peters catacombs and abbey. How neat was that? I also love the cobblestone streets. It gives the city so much character

    • Noel December 9, 2017 at 1:25 pm #

      The old district of Salzburg is so much more intimate than Vienna but still grand and beautiful, a plus are the amazing landscapes and mountains surrounding the city

  8. Jennifer (Dr. J) December 9, 2017 at 8:39 am #

    I haven’t been to Salzburg in years and when I was there it was only for a day. I recall the place being *very* touristy when we visited. Thanks for the suggestions of things to do that aren’t related to Sound of Music and Mozart. The Salzburg Salt Mine looks particularly intriguing. I feel a European City Break coming on for 2018!

    • Noel December 9, 2017 at 1:26 pm #

      Of course there’s a lot of the touristy things in Salzburg and attractions, but it doesn’t take too much to escape the crowds and enjoy the outdoors and landscape surrounding the city.

  9. Tanvi December 9, 2017 at 8:34 am #

    Salzburg is a city whichis quite a popular town & it’s great that you’ve mentioned the day trips that one can take to some offbeat locations nearby.. Also i loved the view from the fortress & also dinner with a view sounds great ! 😉

  10. Michele December 6, 2017 at 3:01 pm #

    We really enjoyed our time in Salzburg it has so much to discover and well worth a few days meandering and exploring

    • Noel December 7, 2017 at 12:43 pm #

      Salzburg is so small but pack with amazing things to see in the historic district and surrounding areas.

  11. Doreen Pendgracs December 5, 2017 at 8:29 am #

    Thx for the great post about Salzburg. I’ve not yet been to Austria, but would love to visit, and would definitely include Salzburg on my itinerary.

    • Noel December 5, 2017 at 11:38 am #

      Salzburg is a lovely city with beautiful mountains and gorgeous landscape along with a stunning historic district.

  12. Rhonda Albom December 4, 2017 at 11:04 pm #

    I like the options you picked to see and do in Salzburg. I did some (loved the salt mines) but I missed the abbey. The city is wonderful and it takes a while to see it all.

    • Noel December 5, 2017 at 11:40 am #

      Salzburg is so historic, pretty and quirky in some attractions like the salt mines, it really is a nice mixture of things to see and do in the city.

I look forward to hearing from you and continuing our discussion with any comment you would like to add

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