Salzburg is a city in central Austria, near the German (Bavarian) border with a population of some 146,000 in 2013. If you have seen the movie The Sound of Music, you may think you know all there is to see in Salzburg.

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Salt Mines Hallein

— There are a few different salt mine tours available in Salzburg's immediate surroundings. A good one is Salzwelten Salzburg in Bad Dürrnberg near Hallein. Getting there is easy with the ''Salz Erlebnis Ticket'', available at the train station; it covers the local train and a bus transfer (round-trip), admission, and the (required) Salzwelten tour. The tour is great for families, although children under 4 are not allowed on the tour. Put on white coveralls, ride a trolley into the mine, and use wooden slides to descend into the lower levels. A café and picnic benches are available on-site, as well as a small reconstructed Celtic village that includes a playground. Allow about 2 1/2 hours for the tour and the Celtic Village. Open 9AM-5PM Apr-Oct; 10AM-3PM Nov-Dec. Adults: € 19; Students/Juniors/Senior: € 17; Children 4-15 years € 9.50. Family and Group tickets are available.

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Hohensalzburg Fortress

Located on top of a mountain, the Festung offers breath-taking views of Salzburg and the Alps. One area of the fortress offers visitors the chance to look down on a field below to find only one house, the executioner's residence. It was believed to live anywhere near the executioner was bad luck. Inside the fortress is a museum of medieval weapons, life on the fortress, and torture instruments. Public concerts are often held here in the evenings, reservations are recommended. On nights with concerts, it is possible to remain within the walls past dark. To avoid the vertical hike up to the Fortress, a funicular is available to ride, for a fee.

Schloss Hellbrunn

Once the summer palace of the Archbishops of Salzburg it has lots of clever fountains and pretty gardens. When you take the tour stand next to the guide otherwise you will get wet. Hellbrunn is surrounded by vast gardens, including a good children's playground with swings and flying fox, and a cold wading pool, and is a perfect place for a picnic or a long walk through the green. In the ''Steintheater'' (Stone Theater), the first opera in Middle Europe was conducted. If you're traveling with children, this is the place to visit because children and adults alike are amused. There is an excellent and substantial zoo within the grounds.

Salzburg W.A. Mozart International Airport

The Salzburg W.A. Mozart International Airport ({{IATA|SZG}}) is situated about 20 minutes from the center of the city. Connection with the city is provided by a trolley bus []. The airport has direct connections from Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Brussels, Birmingham, Coventry, Exeter, London, Palma de Mallorca, Paris, Saint Petersburg,İstanbul,Moscow, Vienna, all big German cities, and Zurich. For more connections you may prefer flying to Munich and taking the train to Salzburg.

Schloss Mirabell

Located right next to the Salzach river and the Mozarteum University of Music and Arts lies a beautiful castle with gardens, built by an archbishop for his beloved courtesan. Watch out for the "Garden of Dwarfs" and the Garden of Roses. Inside, you find the marble stairs of Raffael Donner, and the world's most beautiful wedding hall, the ''Marble Hall''. If you plan to marry there, reservations should be made at least a year in advance. Weddings in English are only held on Tuesday and Friday. If you don't speak German, you can't get married any other day!

SEE   —  +43 662 8072 2334 —  Map

Café Sacher Salzburg

Excellent coffee (try the Wiener Melange if you like your cappuccinos) and great cakes/desserts. The Sacher-Torte hardly requires an introduction. But there are more cakes and tortes. The Strudel is great, and if you have a big appetite the Kaiserschmarrn (huge pancake-like dessert with plum confit and lots of sugar!) will not disappoint you. And it's not as expensive as you might imagine given this is a 5 star hotel. In fact, you'll spend the same, if not more, in any other café in the old part of town.

Romantik & SPA Hotel Gmachl

- On the green outskirts of the city, just about an 8 km drive from Salzburg’s historic heart, you will find the Romantik Hotel Gmachl, the oldest family-run establishment in all of Austria (established in 1334). The hotel offers 35 luxurious rooms, an accredited restaurant and an exclusive Spa & Beauty area, boasting a bio-sauna, infrared cabin, aroma steam bath, fitness room, mist grotto, tanning studio and an outdoor pool heated year-round.

The Untersberg

The mountain is perennially popular with tourists due to its proximity to the city of Salzburg, less than 16 km (10 mi) to the north of the mountain and within easy reach by bus. A variety of paths lead to the top, but most people use the cable car that lifts passengers over 1300m to the Geiereck peak. The cable car runs from the 'St Leonhard' station in the town of Gartenau to the station at the Geiereck peak.

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Augustiner Bräustuberl

Beer garden with self-brewed beer (the delicious Märzenbier), and market-like shops to buy food. You can bring your own food (not drinks!) if you want. On the Mönchsberg, bus stop ''Landeskrankenhaus'', or a 20 minute walk from the Altes Rathaus - just follow the river with the hill to your left and when you see the Augustinerkloster abbey on top of the hill, take the stairs going up.

DRINK   —  +43 662 431-246 —  Lindhofstrasse 7

AllYouNeed Hotel Salzburg***

The hotel is open from 1 July to 30 September and has 69 non-smoking rooms en-suite with hairdryer, flat-TV with cable access, telephone and free internet, 1 handicapped accessible room, breakfast buffet and breakfast room with a panorama terrace overlooking the rooftops of Salzburg, lift, lobby with seating, parking (extra charge), luggage storage, concierge service.

SLEEP   —  Glockengasse 4b

Hotel Auersperg

Part of the Golden Tulip chain but with an independent feel, this hotel is just off the Linzergasse, close to all old town sights and a pleasant 5-10 min walk into the city centre. Free mulled wine, a fantastic rooftop sauna/spa/winter garden complex (also free) and free wi-fi internet access all over the hotel. Breakfast buffet included and served until 11AM.


The Stieglkeller is open from May to September. It offers a small choice of traditional dishes, Stiegl beers, Radler and other drinks. It is most recommendable for its fantastic panoramic view over the city. The lower terrace is with service, though you are expected to consume food there. The upper two terraces are self-service areas.

DRINK   —  +43 662 8426810 —  Festungsgasse 10


Samstraße 22a, . Decent sized site with a pool, shop, washing facilities, and on a bus route. By car via A1 Salzburg-Wien (Vienna), exit Salzburg-Nord. Follow signs to Nord-Sam after the traffic lights. Takes about 20 minutes to get into the city and is in a peaceful residential area with a supermarket (Spar) a short walk away.

SLEEP   —  +43 662 660-157 —  Map

Ambiente-Hotel Struber

Family-run hotel, set in a central location, with spacious rooms, near the old town, yet surrounded by meadows. Rooms reflecting Salzburg tradition, feature shower (or bath tub), toilet, phone, satellite TV and radio. Some rooms have balcony with view of Salzburg Castle.Car park right in front of the hotel.

Hotel Haus Arenberg

Quietly located on a slope of the Kapuzinerberg this Hotel Garni "House Arenberg" offers a special kind of stay. The view of the City with its breathtaking mountain panorama as well as the sophisticated atmosphere of the Salzburgian lifestyle give the feeling of country-live in the midst of the city.

Café Sacher Salzburg

Trying the original Sacher-Torte is a must for all chocolate lovers out there. But there's more to Café Sacher than just cake. They also serve delicious hot food at prices cheaper than other touristy places listed here - plus you enjoy the service and ambiance of the Sacher Hotel.

Mozarts Geburtshaus

The Mozart family lived in this house in the heart of Salzburg from 1747-1773, where W.A. Mozart himself was born on 27 January 1756. The house is now a popular museum devoted to Mozart and his family, with interesting memorabilia and letters. Well worth a quick visit.

Best Western Hotel Elefant

One of Salzburg's most ancient buildings, over 700 years old. The hotel is situated in a quiet alley off the world famous Getreidegasse. Over the hotel's 400-year history, its purpose was, and still is, to serve its guests according to the best in Austrian tradition.


On top of the Kapuzinerberg mountain. In what used to be a fortified castle, you find a superb restaurant serving traditional food and excellent fresh fish. Try the Gröstl for a hearty lunch and wash it down with Stiegl Weisse beer. Great views to the Alps.

Salzburg Museum of Modern Art

Two locations: Wiener Philharmonikergasse 9, and Mönchsberg 32. The Salzburg Museum of Modern Art is on the cliff overlooking the old town. It houses contemporary art works from the 20th and 21st centuries, along with rotating international art displays.

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Hotel Hölle

Hotel Hölle is comprised of 15 rooms, and is on the edge of the city center. The hotel has various sized rooms to suite your level of comfort. The on site restaurant, A la Carte, serves the best of Austrian cuisine, and is open daily from 8AM-12AM.

Saran Essbar

Great schnitzel, as well as the dumpling. Run by a very nice guy. Also, surprisingly excellent Indian fare for central Salzburg. (2nd opinion: decent, not excellent, chicken curry. And avoid the noodle soup: it (seems like it) came out of a can.)

Hotel Goldener Hirsch

This 65-room hotel is situated across from the Festival Hall and down the street from Mozart's house. The friendly staff is happy to help with all one's business needs. The hotel also has a 24-hour in room dining and nightly turndown services.

SLEEP   —  +43 662 80840 —  Getreidegasse 37

Restaurant Hotel Gmachl

advertising: The award winning chef hat restaurant of the Romantik Hotel Gmachl, offering high quality meals prepared from local products of the restaurants own butcher's shop. Just a short ride from the Old Town on the outskirts of Salzburg.

Hotel Weisse Taube

Situated in the very center of the old town, Hotel Weisse Taube has been owned by the same family for over a hundred years. Now a four star hotel and fully renovated, it has retained the spirit of the 700 year old citizen house.

SLEEP   —  +43 662 84 24 04 —  Kaigasse 9

Die Weisse

Located in one of Salzburg's most historic breweries, this is where all the locals hang out. It's best to make reservations Wednesday through Saturday as it can get crowded. They also serve treats from Bavaria and Salzburg!

DRINK   —  +43 662 872-2460 —  Rupertgasse 10

Alter Markt Square

Various shops in this area are quite old and impressive. For instance have a look at the interior of the pharmacy called Fürsterzbischöfliche Apotheke. No pictures though, this is a pharmacy not a tourist attraction.

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The Denkmal

The Denkmal is a private club, so expect to pay a few Euro for a one-night temporary "membership" (just ask the bartender). Small, cozy, fun atmosphere, popular with university students. Sometimes has live music.

DRINK   —  Hellbrunner Strasse

City Hotel Wolf-Dietrich

The hotel has rooms decorated in a classic style. Each room has a private bathroom and minibar. The hotel also offers its guests an organic breakfast buffet. Rooms start from €75 and vary according to season.

Hotel Schloss Mönchstein

This hotel is comprised of 24 rooms, each equipped with a minibar and a wireless internet power point. There is also a restaurant on site; reservations are recommended. Prices vary according to the season.

Dom zu Salzburg

In '''Cathedral Excavations Museum''' you can see objects excavated from a Roman villa and foundations of the west towers of the Romanesque cathedral both of which stood in the area of today's cathedral.

SEE   —  Residenzplatz

Stiegl Brauwelt

Bus stop ''Bräuhausstrasse'' on line 1. Tour the brewery and museum and have a Stiegl in the brewery's own pub and beer garden. The tour costs €9 and it includes three 20cl drinks and a gift.

DRINK   —  Bräuhausstrasse 9

Hotel Lasserhof Salzburg

This family-run hotel is located within walking distance of the Mirabell Castle and Gardens. Breakfast is included, and is served from 7AM until 12PM. There is also free Internet access.

SLEEP   —  Lasserstrasse 47

Toy Museum

Founded in 1978, the Toy Museum has the largest collection in Austria of European toys. The "Kasperltheater" puppet show is held every Tuesday and Wednesday at 3PM for the past 25 years.

The Shamrock

Guinness, cider, German and Austrian beer as well, occasional live music, and a nice atmosphere. Popular with local university students. Expect the place to be packed on a weekend night.

Schwärzler Hotel Neutor

Schwärzler Hotel Neutor, known as the artists' meeting place, is located close to the city center. Breakfast is served until 1PM in your room or until 3PM in the hotel's 'Artist Cafe.'

SLEEP   —  +43 844-1540 —  Neutorstrasse 8

K+K Restaurant

Excellent Austrian fare in a romantic intimate setting. Just steps away from the Salzburg Cathedral on Mozart Plaza. A 3 course meal for two people with a bottle of wine was about €90.

EAT   —  +43 662 842-156 —  Waagplatz 2


World renown Chef Rudi Obauer was awarded 4 toques. The restaurant is located 45 minutes south of Salzburg, but many claim that it is well-worth the effort! Prices range from €19-45.

Youth and Family Guesthouse Salzburg - Hostelling International

Newly renovated hostel. Breakfast and linens included. Amenities included: internet, café/bar, and a common room. ''The Sound of Music'' is shown nightly at 8PM in the common room.

NH Salzburg City

This 4* hotel offers comfortable rooms and is located in the heart of the city. The hotel itself is very modern and offers many amenities to make the stay very comfortable.

Salzburg Zoo

The zoo is in south Salzburg and is open 365 days a year. It also has a petting zoo for children. There is a restaurant on site serving traditional Austrian dishes.

Hotel Trumer Stube

Family-run three-star hotel just off the Linzergasse, close to all old town sights. Hosts are exceptionally friendly and knowledgeable. Breakfast buffet included.

Der Schmuggler

This is a cafe/pub across the border in Freilassing offering good beer and a hearty meal. Good value. Popular with the locals. There is also a pool table.

Eduard Heinrich Haus - Hosteling International

The hostel is open 365 days a year, and offers its guests Internet and a TV room. Most of the rooms have an attached washroom. Prices start from €16.

Wilder Mann

Wilder Mann offers traditional Austrian cuisine. The restaurant provides large portions and friendly-service. Smoking is allowed in the restaurant.

EAT   —  Getreidegasse 20

Hotel-Pension Adlerhof

A small family-run bed & breakfast, very close to the train station. The hotel offers free wireless internet and bike rentals. 24-hour reception.

Amade Hotel Schaffenrath

Located in the southern section of Salzburg, this hotel is comprised of 48 rooms and 28 apartments. Rooms start from €75 and include breakfast.

Muffin Hostel Salzburg

The hostel is opened from 13th July till 6th September and offers wide range of facilities, great location and superb prices starting from €21.

SLEEP   —  +43 664 63 67 635 —  Hegigasse 9


Have roasted chestnuts and a glass of glühwein in the winterseason right before you start off to the Christmas Market. Maronibraterei Salzburg

EAT   —  +43 662 824372 —  Hanuschplatz 1

Hangar 7

If you seek a special environment for your dinner this is the place, a top-cuisine restaurant and a great bar close to the airport.

Raschhofer's Rossbräu

Traditional, yet somewhat updated, Austrian fare. They serve excellent "Kaiserschmnarrn" a "breakfast" (yet really a dessert).

YoHo (International Youth Hotel Salzburg)

The Youth Hotel offers guests clean rooms at reasonable prices. They also show 'The Sound of Music' every morning at 10:30AM.

Augustiner Bräustübl

Beer garden with self-brewed beer, and market-like shops to buy food. You can bring your own food (not drinks!) if you want.

Mozarts Wohnhaus

Mozart’s Residence was reconstructed after being destroyed during World War II and was opened to the public in 1996.


Traditional food, traditionally furnished restaurant, rather cheap, fabulous beer from the close by Augustiner Bräu.


Alter Markt 9. A traditional Viennese coffee house, the oldest in Salzburg. Try the ''Einspänner'' and Sacher cake!

DRINK   —  +43 662 844-488 —  Map

Gabler Bräu

Traditional food of high quality, a big selection of salads from the self-service-menu for approximately €7.

EAT   —  +43 662 889-650 —  Linzergasse 9

Holiday Inn

Well furnished rooms. Reasonable breakfast, good service. A little way out of the centre of town.

SLEEP   —  Sterneckstrasse 21

Gasthaus Hinterbrühl

Edge of old town in a building constructed in 1380, the plumbing is slightly more modern.

SLEEP   —  +43 622 846-798 —  Schanzlgasse 12

Landesberufsschülerheim Haunspergstraße - Hosteling International

This hostel is comprised of 24 rooms all with an attached wash room and Internet access.

Hotel Bergrose

Hotel Bergrose is a very romantic hotel at the legendary Wolfgangsee close to Salzburg.

Salzburg Museum

Very new, trying really hard to tell you about Salzburg's history.

SEE   —  Mozartplatz 1


Everyone goes here. Great bartenders. Open late for real drinkers.

DRINK   —  Map

Landesberufsschülerheim Aigen - Hosteling International

This hostel has 156 beds and a fitness room.

SLEEP   —  +43 662 623248 —  Aignerstaße 34

Zur Goldenen Ente

Very nice hotel set in a central location.

SLEEP   —  +43 662-84 56 22 —  Goldgasse 10


Excellent and affordable Italian food.

About Salzburg

Salzburg is the fourth-largest city in Austria (after Vienna, Graz and Linz) and the capital of the federal state of Salzburg. Its "Old Town", with its world famous baroque architecture, is one of the best-preserved city centers in the German-speaking world and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

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