Salzburg and its residents — or at least its tourism industry — are forever smiling to the tunes of Mozart and The Sound of Music. Thanks to its charmingly preserved old town, splendid gardens, Baroque churches, and Europe's largest intact medieval fortress, Salzburg feels made for visitors…and eight million tourists crawl its cobbles each year. That’s a lot of Mozart balls — and all that popularity has led to a glut of businesses hoping to catch the tourist dollar. Still, Salzburg is both a must and a joy.
At a Glance
▲▲▲ Salzburg's Old Town Walk Old Town's best sights in handy orientation walk.
▲▲ Salzburg Cathedral Glorious, harmonious Baroque main church of Salzburg.
▲▲ Getreidegasse Picturesque old shopping lane with characteristic wrought-iron signs.
▲▲ Hohensalzburg Fortress Imposing castle capping the mountain overlooking town, with tourable grounds, several mini-museums, commanding views, and good evening concerts.
▲▲ Salzburg Museum Best place to learn more about the city's history.
▲▲ The Sound of Music Tour Cheesy but fun tour through the S.O.M. sights of Salzburg and the surrounding Salzkammergut Lake District, by minibus, big bus, or bike.
▲▲ Mozart's Birthplace House where Mozart was born in 1756, featuring his instruments and other exhibits.
▲ Old Residenz Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich's palace, with ornate rooms and good included audioguide.
▲ Salzburg Panorama 1829 A vivid peek at the city in 1829.
▲ Mozart's Residence Restored house where the composer lived.
▲ Mönchsberg Walk "The hills are alive" stroll you can enjoy right in downtown Salzburg.
▲ Mirabell Gardens and Palace Beautiful palace complex with fine views, Salzburg's best concert venue, and Sound of Music memories.
▲ Steingasse Historic cobbled lane with trendy pubs — a tranquil, tourist-free section of old Salzburg.
▲ St. Sebastian Cemetery Baroque cemetery with graves of Mozart's wife and father, and other Salzburg VIPs.
▲ Hellbrunn Palace Lavish palace on the outskirts of town featuring gardens with trick fountains.
St. Peter's Cemetery Atmospheric old cemetery with mini-gardens overlooked by cliff face with monks' caves.
St. Peter's Church Romanesque church with Rococo decor.