The Essential Travel Guide to Salzburg Austria

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When Carl Zuckmayer referred to Salzburg as a “part of paradise”, he wasn’t kidding: of all things to do in Salzburg Austria, doing nothing might be the most rewarding! Maxims aside, Salzburg is a city that enriches one’s visual cortex with very look they take around them. Full with lakes, mountains, and Alpine pastures, the city also offers much to the culturally inclined- a rich and fascinating variety of Baroque sculptures, buildings, and elegantly designed spires make Salzburg a formidable retreat.

Apart from having been the birthplace and residence of Mozart, this quaint city has a classical Baroque feel to it that draws musicians and tourists alike, no matter what time of the year it is! For musicians, however, Salzburg is a Meccan getaway. Every evening, coffee houses on the cobbled streets in the city come alive with amateur and professional performers who seem lost in other worldly pursuits, carrying their instruments around and infusing the air with an unshakeable energy.

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Pastel coloured Salzburg Austria

If you aren’t sure of what to do in Salzburg, check out our detailed guide and see for yourself!

Visit the Hohensalzburg Fortress

Not only is this the largest preserved castle in Central Europe, the Hohensalzburg Fortress boasts of never having been invaded by foreign troops since it’s inception in 1500. The massive structure sits atop a small hill and is visible from miles away. Try visiting the Fortress at 11-ish on a Sunday morning, and you’ll hear musicians perform the “Trumpeter Tower”, sounds of which resonate in the Old City below.

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Take the funicular up all the way to HohenSalzburg Castle

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Let’s just agree- Salzburg is really pretty

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Panoramas? You’ll fall in love with Salzburg Austria

Shop at the Getreidegasse

The heart of the Old City, or the Getreidegasse, is also the birthplace of Mozart. The busy streets today are bustling with shoppers feeding on the chain of high street fashion merchandisers, apart from locals wandering around at coffee houses, restaurants, and pubs. If you look closer, you may also see a number of aged businesses set up shop in the area.

Cruise Along the Salzach River

Experience the Salzach like you never have before! The ‘Amadeus Salzburg’ is a modern cruise boat that can carry 68 passengers on a trip. Of all the things to do in Salzburg, gazing out of this plush cruise with panoramic windows might be the most thrilling!

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Cruise along the Salzach river



Lock Your Love at the Makartsteg Bridge


This pedestrian bridge is the best way to commute to the Mirabell Palace from the Historic City Center. Though the bridge itself gives breathtakingly beautiful views of the Old City, the Hohensalzburg Fortress, and the reclining Alps in the distance, the innumerable love locks on the bridge are a sight to behold too. If you’re feeling cheesy, you could lock your love in too!

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Hey lovebirds! Lock it here

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Posing even when tired, this girl!

Visit Mozart’s Birthplace

Mozart was born in 1756 at a modest residence in the Old City. Today, the humble quarters have been refurbished as a museum. The interior houses many 18th century artefacts aesthetically designed and placed, to give one the impression that they have been transported back in time!
You might want to spend a few minutes looking inside at leisure, post which we recommend having a look at the outside! The street houses are vibrant and lively, especially when tourists are in town.

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You can go inside the museum and see more of Mozart’s life



Shop and Hop Around!

A leisurely break can quick turn into a shopping spree when in Salzburg, leaving the participants invariably glowing and unapologetic for the spree. You may also choose to sit around in one of the coffee houses, check out it’s history, and spend the evening observing the rush around you! Remember to dig into a freshly baked apple strudel too! 
Also, don’t forget to buy a souvenir of Salzburg as the memories of this gorgeous place are to be cherished for a lifetime.

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Salzburg market place Austria

Hike to the top of Kapuzinerberg


This meadowy expanse lies on the top of one of Salzburg’s most cherished mountains, Kapuzinerberg. To reach this oasis, hike along Linzer Gasse to Stefan Zweig Way, and continue on steep narrow lanes ahead till you reach this quiet summit. Sunny or not, this is perfect for a day’s retreat!

Check Out Hellbrunn Palace and Park


The Hellbrunn Palace is a villa built in the Baroque style. Though the palace itself does not offer a lot to the curious visitor, you might get a kick out of the fountain show, so stick around! Most Salzburg travel guides give this a skip, but we think the fountains are worth a watch!

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Who else loves palaces and castles as much as we do

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Trick fountains in Hellbrunn Palace Salzburg

Stroll in the Mirabell Palace and Garden

The Mirabell Palace and Gardens are a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site, and for good reason. The palace’s central banquet hall was long recognized as the most splendid of all banquet halls in the world. Home to a number of musical quarters and diplomatic offices, the Palace is now open for weddings and other occasions. The Garden sports a number of fountains in Baroque style.

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Cutest garden in Salzburg Austria – Mirabell

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You can easily spend half a day here

Ride on the Untersbergbahn

This might be the best things to do in Salzburg. Ride this cable car to the top of a peak and view Salzburg from the perspective of a bird! Operational since 1961, the cable car witnesses huge crowds during peak season, so it might be best to pre book your tickets.

We had to wait for almost 25-30 minutes to ride the Untersbergbahn. And almost everyone around was having the Salzburg travel card so we didn’t get the express entry either.

But I assure you – it’s worth the wait.

BEST THINGS TO DO IN SALZBURG AUSTRIA

Our most favorite on the must do list in Salzburg

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Hope these pictures tickle your fancy for the visit

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This girl is having all the fun, right?

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Top of Untersberg Salzburg – serene!

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And then panoramic view like this

Visit the Cutesy Christmas Shop

Christmas is a special time of the year in Europe so this Christmas shop in Salzburg has to be special. Hand-decorated Christmas offerings, cute easter eggs and what not! It’s a must visit in Salzburg. 
Address: Christmas in Salzburg Judengasse 11 5020 Salzburg

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All things Christmas in this shop

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Just spellbound by this gorgeous shop

Stop by at the Hohenwerfen Castle

The castle is as majestic as it can be. Perched high above between the Tennen- & Hagengebirge ranges, this 900 years old rock castle makes for a great day-trip from Salzburg. It’s about 40kms drive from Salzburg.

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Hohenwerfen castle – isn’t it just majestic

Whiz through the City on a Horse Drawn Carriage

There’s no better way to discover the old-world charm of Salzburg but on a horse drawn carriage.  You’ll enjoy being chauffeured through the beautiful city like a royalty on these carriages which once served as a transportation mode for the prince-archbishops.

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The best way to explore Salzburg Austria indeed

Wanderers hub in Salzburg

Explore SALZBURG MARKET CENTRE

Hangar 7

Well this one is an absolute must visit for travelers as tech savvy as Harsh. Take a break from the historic attractions and enter the world of racing cars and airplanes. As you enter the futuristic glass dome, you get to see cool airplanes, space equipment, formula racing cars, and what not!

What we LOVED?

  • The overall vibe of this romantic city. It seems like it has come straight outta fairytale book.
  • Prancing around the city in general. Discovering the local attractions and gelling with the local people.
  • View from the top of HohenSalzburg Fortress. INCREDIBLE.
  • Pastel coloured buildings along the Danube River promenade.
  • UNTERSBERGBAHN ride – Our most favourite of the list.
  • Accommodation in the Alpine setting and waking up to a tranquil environment. Simply priceless.

Well if you are short on time and cannot do all the things we did on our trip to Salzburg, just try and do the ones we loved the most. You will surely fall in love with Salzburg and crave for more. But if you have 3 days and are doing a road trip like we did – just do all of these.

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Time spent in our lovely apartment

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Salzburg is sheer beauty

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Road tripping in Salzburg is so much fun

Best time to Visit Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg is best visited during the summer, although Christmas assumes the status of a magnificent festival, complete with decorations on an epic proportion. The fast flowing Salzach river accompanies the Christmassy vibe downstream, carrying festivity to every part of the city. Think we’ll be back for the Christmas then.

Wanderers in Salzburg

Best time to visit Salzburg is NOW

Where to Stay in Salzburg Austria

Sightseeing in Salzburg is incomplete without leisurely driving around the city and soaking in it’s old world charm. If you are travelling to Austria via road, like we did, it’s best to drive on further and stay at the Alpine region- the Alpine Park Apartment was our choice of stay.

Frankly, your trip to Salzburg would be incomplete without visiting the Alpine Valley & experiencing it’s sheer serenity. We loved every moment of our stay at the AlpenPark Salzburg and will highly recommend the hotel to all the visitors. The views are incredible. I can only imagine how utterly gorgeous it would look during the winters.

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Right in front of our cozy apartment – THIS

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Magical Alpine region

Our Favorite Indian Restaurant in Salzburg

Wherever we go, this has to be on the list – Indian restaurant in Salzburg. Yes, we do not like to be too adventurous with our food choices and play safe. Thus, we have to try eating at various Indian restaurants around the world.

We ate at three different Indian restaurants in Salzburg – Indian Restaurant Taj Mahal, Imti’s Gastronomie GmbH and Hana’s Rasoi. Well, I would recommend everyone to try eating at Taj Mahal and Imti’s for delectable Indian meals, especially samosas and mango lassi. Skip Hana’s Rasoi as the food is pretty average and the staff isn’t friendly either.

We especially loved the ambiance of Taj Mahal Restaurant and it was easier to find free parking around as well.

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Our favorite Indian restaurant in Salzburg Austria

WHERE TO eat in Salzburg

Quirky interiors – LOVE LOVE

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Chilli paranthas here come with a warning – try at your own risk

Salzburg Travel Card: Benefits


Some of the best things to do in Salzburg Austria are impossible to see in a day, which is why we recommend spanning your visit out for a couple of days and getting a Salzburg travel card.

  • You can explore this cultural locus at your own pace with a Salzburg travel card that lasts for either 24, 48, or 72 hours!
  • Ditch the long queues at the ticket counters of prominent Salzburg attractions and get an express entry in a hassle-free way.
  • You can use the public transportation for free that includes buses and trams.

In any case, we highly recommend you to take this card and explore Salzburg on your own pace. Check out more. 


***We would like to thanks Salzburg Tourism Board for supporting our trip. It’s got to be one of our most favorites in the recent times.***

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25 Comments

  • Reply Amber Myers July 18, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    I was here years ago and I loved it. I want to go back. Your photos are incredible. If I do go back, I’m going on The Sound of Music tour.

  • Reply Shannon Gurnee July 18, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    I would love to visit Austria someday. It looks like you guys had an amazing time. So many beautiful pictures!

  • Reply sammi July 18, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    those green expanses, it’s a beautiful and colorful place. The deer head fountain is interesting. I am curious about the fence full of locks. Is there any story or any belief of lovers behind this?

  • Reply Tara Pittman July 18, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    The boat ride looks so fun. I am also amazed at all those locks.

  • Reply Maysz July 19, 2018 at 3:16 am

    I really love the place! How I wish I will go there someday! nice photos Iove it!

  • Reply anshul July 19, 2018 at 5:08 am

    Eurotrip is not on my mind as of now, but Salzburg looks like a fun place to spend a vacation in future.

  • Reply Pradnya July 19, 2018 at 5:10 am

    I always wanted to visit Mozart’s place and those hand crafted Christmas decorations are something o would definitely love to have. Very nice post!

    • Reply Prerna Harsh July 19, 2018 at 3:21 pm

      Yes, those cute Christmas Easter eggs are everything. It was like entering Santa’s land for us. Just so magical.

  • Reply Nabanita Dhar July 19, 2018 at 7:14 am

    Oh, my this is like a dream.
    So lucky you guys are getting to do this. I remember my trips to Europe a couple of years back. I was something else.
    Someday when my daughter is a little grown up I’ll visit more of these places.

    • Reply Prerna Harsh July 19, 2018 at 2:22 pm

      I’m sure your daughter will love it here when she’s all grown up. Hope you guys can make it here soon 🙂

  • Reply Kamapala Chukwuka July 19, 2018 at 9:56 am

    My goodness, Salzburg looks beautiful or better still you did an amazing job with the pictures! I would so love to take the funicular up all the way to HohenSalzburg Castle. Beautiful architecture, gorgeous green sceneries, delicious food, I mean what more can a girl ask for? 🙂

    • Reply Prerna Harsh July 19, 2018 at 2:19 pm

      Oh, that funicular ride to the top was fantastic. And gosh! those majestic views. You must visit soon Kamapala. 🙂

  • Reply Kaylyn - Life on the Rocks July 19, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    Oh man. I haven’t made it to Austria yet, but it is definitely on my list. Well, every country is, haha. Thank you for this!

  • Reply Emma Riley July 19, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Actually I haven’t been to Salzburg Austria but with this blog you’ve given us an awesome glimpse of what is stored for us. Loved every place you’ve visit there and the food looks yummy. Especially the place where you stay is incredibly beautiful, the architecture is a top notch.

  • Reply Abrah July 19, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    Wow! I had no idea at all how much there was to do and see there. I need to go! The architecture and vistas alone are spectacular, but there’s so much more than that!

  • Reply Ruth I. July 19, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    I didn’t know there are beautiful places and fun activities to try in Austria. The place looks so lovely!

  • Reply Jojo Hua July 19, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    Austria is definitely high up on my list of places I want to go one day. Your pictures were incredible by the way, so vibrant and beautiful!

  • Reply Sheryl Thompson July 20, 2018 at 2:39 am

    What an elegant old World city! I would love to visit there and if I do I now know exactly where to go and what to do!

  • Reply Magdalena - salzburg.info July 20, 2018 at 8:01 am

    Thank you for this amazing blog post! It looks like you really enjoyed Salzburg and had a lot of fun. We are happy to read that you liked the city very much 🙂 hope to be able to welcoming you back someday!

  • Reply Fritha Quinn July 20, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    wow I had no idea Salzburg was so colourful, it look so beautiful! I really want to visit now x

  • Reply Dalene Ekirapa July 20, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    The fields! The apartments!The garden! The architecture!The whole place is just epic! I must agree that Austria is paradise and your pictures show just that. And you are looking too lovely too!

  • Reply Health Coach Gabi July 20, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    Wow! Such a beautiful place!! You just made me add Austria to my bucket list. Thank you! 🙂

  • Reply Anosa July 21, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    I am yet to visit Salzburg but it is definitely but it seems like such an incredible place to visit and that place looks absolutely amazing to stay.

  • Reply Tanya July 21, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    How striking is the Hohensalzburg Fortress and I love how cute the Amadeus Salzburg is that goes along the Salzach River. I definitely need to put Salzburg on my travel wishlist as it’s just stunning and I want to visit pretty much everywhere on your list

  • Reply Leo T. Ly July 27, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Salzburg looks amazing in your pictures. I would love to visit it one day, especially the riverboat.

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