Top Attractions in Salzburg - Fortress Hohensalzburg - Salzburg Cathedral - Hellbrunn  Palace – Mozart’s Birthplace...

Salzburg has numerous sights which you would not want to miss during your visit. The city of Mozart offers a unique kind of flair. Church steeples, narrow streets,  green hills, special places with beautiful views of the mountains - this town of only 145,000 inhabitants offers all of this and much, much more.


Built in 1077,  it is the  largest and best-maintained fortress of the Middle Ages, with its museums such as the fortress museum, which was re-opened in September 2000 after extensive renovations and scientific work, the Rainer Museum and the famous marionette museum in which the highlights of the history of Salzburg as well as marionettes from the world-famous Salzburg Marionette Theater are presented.  For over thirty years the fortress has been the venue for the worldwide unique Mozart concerts which are performed in the evenings  within the framework of the Salzburg fortress concerts.  This program ranges from chamber music to orchestra concerts. The concerts can also be booked with dinner. Advance booking is recommended.


Mozart’s Birthplace – probably the most famous house in the Getreidegasse .  This is where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in 1756. The birthplace is a museum and is  frequented by thousands of visitors every day. In the Mozart family dwelling you can see Mozart’s kitchen, home furnishings and the original musical instruments, etc.
The Mozart Residence – located opposite Hotel Bristol, is a further attraction for visitors to Salzburg.


The cathedral, in its present state, was commissioned by Archbishop Markus Sittikus and completed and consecrated under Archbishop Paris Lodron in 1628.   
The Alte Residenz –the  palatial residence, was  built from 1595 to 1619. You should not miss a tour of the magnificent rooms and gallery.  
The Neue Residenz has a distinctive tower from which the glockenspiel plays three times a day (7:00 am, 11:00 am, 6:00 pm). Since June 2007 the Neue Residenz is home to the Salzburg Museum which provides insight in the history of the State of Salzburg, culture, tradition, etc.


The Festival Halls, in particular The Great Festival Hall is the venue for the Festival performances as well as the Salzburg Easter and Whitsun Festivals.

Nonnberg Abbey was built in the year 700 and is located on the Nonnberg hill just below the fortress.  It is the oldest convent in Central Europe. It has acquired international fame through the film “The Sound of Music“ and is also the venue of the wedding of Baron von Trapp.


Mirabell Palace was commissioned in 1606 by Archbishop Wolf Dietrich for his mistress Salome von Alt und their children. The wedding hall in the palace, the Marble Hall, is one of the most beautiful in the world. Right next to the palace is Mirabell Garden, a place to linger in the middle of the city, which is second to none.

The monastery Kapuzinerkloster is a Capuchin abbey and was built in the years 1599-1602. Pope John Paul stayed here during his visit to Salzburg.


The Museum of Modern Art, which can also be reached by lift directly from the square Anton Neumayr Platz, was opened in 2004 and is a center for fine arts.

Hangar 7
, owned by the Red Bull company,  opened in 2003 and is one of the architectural highlights in the city. Located directly at the Salzburg Airport, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the hangar has its own access to the runway and  is home to an extensive  collection of airplanes and helicopters. Formel 1 cars of Red Bull are also on display here.

Schloss Leopoldskron Palace was built by the Archbishop  Leopold Anton Freiherr von Firmian for his family. Later it was owned by Max Reinhardt, but was expropriated during the Nazi regime and was later returned to his heirs. They then sold it to an American foundation. The “Schloss“ also played a significant part in the film “The Sound of Music“.

Stiegl's Brauwelt is a unique attration created by  the largest privately-owned brewery in the region. In this brewery experience you will find out about the history of beer and the art of brewing.


Hellbrunn Palace is situated several kilometers from the city center. Ideally it can be reached by the Salzach Riverboat Amadeus (April – October) and is one of the many highlights for visitors to Salzburg. In the years 1613 to 1619 Markus Sittikus von Hohenems had Hellbrunn Palace built as a weekend palace.

The world-famous water games are the  main attraction.  Pranks and surprises were played on the guests at that time, and still in the present as well.

Another major attraction is the Salzburg Zoo with over 800 animals from around the world.


Salzburg´s only bar on the water is at the docking point of the Salzburg city boat cruise. Open from May to October; a fine selection of drinks, cocktails and snacks will be served.
Happy Hour is from 7:00-9:00 pm