The medieval and baroque area of the city is a world cultural heritage site and features a number of impressive and historical sights, as well as museums and family trip destinations.
Visitors can almost breathe the history of the town on the River Salzach while also catching plenty of glimpses of contemporary architecture and the modern world.
Fortress Hohensalzburg perches regally at the top of the 'Festungsberg' and is one of the largest fortified defence systems in Europe. Gazing down to the foot of the Mönchsberg visitors see the festival district and the large festival hall, Felsenreitschule riding school built into the mountainside, and the 'Haus für Mozart'. The Getreidegasse is a well-known attraction and is one of the most attractive and heavily frequented shopping streets in the world. A stone’s throw away there is Salzburg cathedral with its imposing dome and magnificent facade made of marble hewn from the Untersberg.
The first thing to do is to take the cableway up to Hohensalzburg fortress. It is the best-preserved medieval fortress in Central Europe, and the views from atop the 1,660 foot-high Festungsberg Mountain are remarkable. To the north is the city with its church spires, and to the south the Alps.
Most of Salzburg’s tourist attractions are in Altstadt, the Old Town. However, the charm of the area itself is possibly the biggest draw of all. It is a listed UNESCO world heritage site, full of quaint squares, fountains, Baroque churches, chubby medieval buildings, wrought iron signs, and much more.
Museum of Natural History and Technology, aquarium with 40 display pools, 56 terrariums with live reptiles and amphibians, a dinosaur hall, a space display, a world of crystals, a journey around the human body, a tour of the ocean and a science centre.
The aquarium is quite rightly said to be one of the most attractive aquariums in Central Europe. More than 40 display pools provide an insight into the magical underwater world. Every Monday visitors can watch the feeding of the reef sharks.
OPERA, THEATRE & CONCERTS OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY!
The Salzburg Festival is famous all over the world and a highlight in the cultural year every time. Every summer the Salzburg Festival transforms the city of Mozart into a gigantic stage for a number of weeks.
On 'first nights' the Hofstallgasse along the front of the main festival hall is packed with luxury limousines and members of high society!
A WIDE RANGE OF EVENTS FOR A COLOURFUL FESTIVAL PROGRAMME!
Every year the Salzburg Festival stages around 200 events.
Several great venues are used to find the best stage for a colourful range of events. Some of the best known venues include the main festival hall, the Felsenreitschule, the House for Mozart and Domplatz square, upon which the famous morality play 'Everyman' is staged.
HERBERT VON KARAJAN AND THE SALZBURG FESTIVAL!
The era of Herbert von Karajan began in Salzburg in the post-war years. In 1948 he conducted his first operatic production in the city – Gluck’s Orpheus. In 1956 he was appointed artistic director and in 1957 he directed Beethoven’s Fidelio for the first time. In 1960 Herbert von Karajan opened the new main festival hall, heralding the dawn of a new era when he conducted Richard Strauss’s 'Der Rosenkavalier'. Although Karajan was no longer the sole artistic director from autumn 1960 onwards, and was part of a board of directors from 1964, he was still the one pulling all the strings and making the key decisions. He was the very last 'absolutist ruler' as one obituary remarked following his death in 1989.
In 1967 he established the Easter Festival, which he managed until his death. Every year he worked on a new operatic production with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, who were made available by the Berlin Senate for the occasion. He also founded the Salzburg Pfingstkonzerte at Whitsuntide.
THE MOST IMPORTANT CARD FOR ALL SALZBURG VISITORS!
The Salzburg Card entitles holders to a wide range of free and reduced-price visits to various attractions in and around Salzburg – such as free admission to Salzburg’s museums, free use of the Festungsbahn funicular railway and the Untersbergbahn cable car; a ride on Salzach ship (tour 1) and free use of public transport. Salzburg Card holders also benefit from discounts on a number of concerts, theatrical performances and sightseeing destinations in and around Salzburg.
This seventeenth century Baroque cathedral is one of the most beautiful architectural buildings in Salzburg. The history of the cathedral gives an amazing depth to the wonderful colours and paintings. Find out more about the cathedral on sight.
Mozart’s family lived on the 3rd floor of the "Hagenauer Haus" at Getreidegasse no. 9 for 26 years, from 1747 until 1773. On the 27th January 1756 it became the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, their famous son. The building was named after its owner, a friend of the Mozart family, the tradesman and spice emporium owner Johann Lorenz Hagenauer.