Salzburg: Navigate through the streets of Mozart’s hometown

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Like the melodic symphonies that make you feel mellow, Salzburg too brims with such radiating beauty that it is hard not to love this city in Austria. It is, after all, the birthplace of the famous music composer Mozart and where he refined his greatest works. Your trip may soon turn into a musical memoir, with sights so attractive you’d probably stop for a moment to soak in the beauty of the Eastern Alps and well-preserved historical architecture. But there’s more to Salzburg than just its natural beauty. Divided into two by the River Salzach, it is home to one of the most charming old towns, also known as the Altstadt, a stunning fortress, and streets with hairpin turns and alleyways.

Best Time to Visit: June through August and December through February are considered the best times to visit Salzburg. During these months, the weather is warm and sunny, giving plenty of opportunities to tourists to walk around the city and surrounding hills.

How to Reach?

By Air: Salzburg Airport, also called the Mozart Airport, is the international entry point to get to the city. The airport is well connected to major cities across Europe. Since the airport is right on the outskirts of the city, the distance is around 6.5 km from the airport to the city centre. You can get the city buses No. 2 and No. 10, which take you to the city centre.

By Train: Hauptbahnhof is a major railway station in the city, located in the new town section. It offers daily connections to various destinations such as Munich, Vienna, Budapest, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Innsbruck, Zurich, Cologne, Frankfurt, and more. Trains are the most convenient and preferred means of travel for international and local travel.

By Road: Although trains are the most convenient means of transport in Salzburg, buses also connect the city to neighbouring countries and across Austria. You can find shuttle services between the airport and the city, as well as overnight buses to countries like the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Germany. Within Salzburg, there are bus routes that stop at some of the major tourist attractions.

Getting Around

The easy way to get around the city is by taking the bus and trolleybus networks, particularly if you are exploring the southern part of the city to sites like Schloss Hellbrunn or Salzburg Zoo. However, if you want to feel like a local, rent a bicycle and tour the city at ease. There are bike lanes throughout Salzburg, making it a fun way to see the city. Plus, you are doing something good for the environment by riding the eco-friendly mode. Taxis are reasonably priced in the city, but they are best if you need to travel long distances or have a lot of luggage. The fiaker (horse-drawn Hackney coach) is a must-try in Salzburg's old town.

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Places to visit in Salzburg

  • Mozart's Birthplace: Are you a fan of Mozart, or perhaps a fraction of classical music? Then you must visit the birthplace of Wolfgang Mozart, now a house museum. You can take a walking tour and learn about his young life. The tour highlights the rooms occupied by Mozart and his family, as well as various of his belongings, from violins to portraits, as well as his original compositions.
  • Fortress Hohensalzburg: To see the city from above, you need to visit the Fortress Hohensalzburg. This is a historic fort that is located on the southeastern summit of the Mönchsberg. While the original structure was built in 1077, what you will get to see today dates back to the early 1500s. It is pretty easy to reach the castle which is a 20-minute walk from the town. You can also take a funicular railway from Festungsgasse.
  • Salzburg Cathedral: To marvel at the twin 79 m-tall towers and stunning Italian style of architecture and decor, make sure to visit this historic cathedral. Also called Salzburger Dom, it was completed in 1657. Some of the highlights the building displays are the four colossal marble statues, which can be seen in front of the west building, facing Domplatz. Another sight to see are the three massive bronze doors, which symbolise faith, love, and hope.
  • Mirabell Palace and Gardens: Remember the movie The Sound of Music and the iconic song Do Re Mi? Well, a few scenes from the video were shot at the Mirabell Palace and Gardens. But the other factor that makes this place a must-visit is their excellent Baroque landscape design, which was laid out in 1690. It displays excellent fountains, marble statues, and numerous terraces. Make sure to see the spectacular grand staircase, which was built in the 18th.
  • Old Town: The old town also known as the Altstadt is recognised as a UNESCO site because of its quaint merchant homes, which date to the 15thand 18th While here, the best thing you can do is go for a walk along the beautiful passageways, known as Durchhäuser. The area has a series of art galleries, boutique shops, craft workshops, and jewellery stores. You can also find plenty of cafés and restaurants here.

Places to eat in Salzburg

  • Senns Restaurant: Known for their creative cuisine and award-winning menu, Senna Restaurant serves many Austrian and other international dishes. Inside, you can still see the old-world charm through their industrial brick walls, colourful modern art and steel accents. Their best feature is the old bell dangling from the ceiling.
  • Restaurant Pfefferschiff: This is a family-run restaurant that is located a few minutes away from the city centre. Since its launch, it is known as one of the finest restaurants in Salzburg. Pfefferschiff has one Michelin Star for its delicious seasonal mix of Austrian dishes, and exquisite homely decor.
  • Arthotel Blaue Gans: Another restaurant that is worth visiting in Salzburg is Arthotel Blaue Gans. This place is located a few minutes' walk from the famous Getreidegasse. A boutique hotel, where non-guests can also dine, they serve authentic, traditional dishes that are mostly meat-based however, there are vegetarian options too.

Shopping in Salzburg

  • Grünmarkt: In the heart of the city, you can visit one of the popular markets that has been selling fresh produce since 1857, the Grünmarkt. This is a notable place to shop at in Universitätsplatz. It is open daily except on Sundays. Organic foods such as fruits and vegetables are available here. The market also specialises in selling fresh meat and spirits.
  • Schranne: This market, located around St. Andrew's Church, has become quite a local favourite in Salzburg. It is a weekly marketplace that sells all kinds of regional products. The stalls are mostly opened by the farmers from Salzburg, and they sell home-grown fruits and vegetables. Fresh produce has been sold here since 1906.
  • Biomarkt: The Biomarkt opens every Friday in one of the city's charming neighbourhoods, Kajetanerplatz. Here, you get everything organic, from cheese to bakery products, fruits, vegetables, drinks, and much more. This place guarantees a great shopping experience.

Where to stay in Salzburg? 

  • Hyperion Hotel: This hotel in Salzburg is rated 5-stars for its exquisite service and high-profile reputation. The Hyperion Hotel provides services like a concierge, terrace, rooms that are dust-free, WiFi throughout the hotel premises, a stunning bar and restaurant, and is within walking distance of several attractions like Mirabell Palace, the Mozarteum and Mozart's Birthplace. It is also close to Salzburg Central Station, making this hotel a convenient choice among travellers.
  • Hotel Schloss Mönchstein: To get a 5-star experience, a stay at Hotel Schloss Mönchstein is a must. It is set in a building shaped like a castle on landscaped hilltop grounds. This high-end hotel is situated approximately 2 km from places like the Altstadt von Salzburg and Salzburg Cathedral. Every room here is exclusive, furnished luxuriously with antiques, and offering modern amenities. They also have a large pool at the hotel premises.
  • Hotel Sacher: Overlooking the river, this hotel in Salzburg caters to every traveller’s needs. It provides state-of-the-art facilities, luxuriously furnished suites, and a stunning view. Every room, the artworks, and amenities are chosen by the hotel owner, Elisabeth Gürtler, to give a personal touch and ensure the guest’s comfort.
  • Radisson Blu: One of the well-established names of hotels to live in is Radisson, with its chain across the globe. This is a stunning looking hotel in a building that was first constructed around 1377. The hotel is conveniently located a few minutes' walk from the Hohensalzburg Fort and Mirabell Palace. It is also close to Mozart's birthplace.

More reasons to visit Salzburg

  • It’s sheer beauty: Though small in size, the city is packed with so much to see and many things to do. Salzburg is filled with history, being the birthplace of the famous music composer Mozart and the shooting location of the iconic movie, The Sound of Music.  
  • Adventure packed: The city is surrounded by snow-capped mountains, which provide ample opportunities for adventure lovers to partake in activities like skiing in the winter, and hiking and mountain biking during the summer months. These mountain trails have many points that give a breathtaking view of the city. It is definitely a must-do and must-see while in Salzburg.
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