Thanks to its charmingly preserved old town, splendid gardens, Baroque churches, and one of Europe's largest intact medieval fortresses, Salzburg feels made for tourism. It's also a musical mecca, and the city puts on a huge annual festival as well as constant concerts. Salzburgers are forever smiling to the tunes of Mozart and The Sound of Music. While its popularity has led to a glut of businesses hoping to catch the tourist dollar, Salzburg is nevertheless both a must and a joy.
At a Glance
▲▲▲ Salzburg Town Walk Old Town's best sights in handy orientation walk (outlined in my guidebooks, and available as a free audio tour).
▲▲ Salzburg Cathedral Glorious, harmonious Baroque main church of Salzburg.
▲▲ Getreidegasse Picturesque old shopping lane with characteristic wrought-iron signs.
▲▲ Hohensalzburg Fortress Imposing mountaintop castle, with small museums, commanding views, and concerts most evenings.
▲▲ Salzburg Museum Best place to learn more about the city's history.
▲▲ Sound of Music Tour Cheesy but fun tour through the S.O.M. sights of Salzburg and surrounding countryside, by bus or bike.
▲▲ Mozart's Birthplace House where Mozart was born in 1756, featuring his instruments and other exhibits.
▲ DomQuartier Museums Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich's palace, cathedral viewpoint, and adjoining buildings with religious art and Salzburg history.
▲ Salzburg Panorama 1829 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 and concert venue with fine views and Sound of Music memories.
▲ Steingasse Historic cobbled lane with trendy pubs in a tourist-free part of old Salzburg.
▲ St. Sebastian Cemetery Baroque cemetery with graves of Mozart's wife and father.
▲ 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.