• Salzburg, Austria


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 for city history.

▲▲ Sound of Music Tour Bus or bike through S.O.M. sights of Salzburg and surrounding countryside.

▲▲ Mozart's Birthplace House where Mozart was born in 1756, featuring his instruments and other exhibits.

▲▲ Hellbrunn Palace Lavish palace on the outskirts of town featuring gardens with trick fountains.

▲ DomQuartier Museums Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich's Residenz palace, cathedral viewpoint, and religious art.

▲ Panorama Museum Wrap-around painting offering vivid peek of the city as it appeared 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 grounds and concert venue with fine views and Sound of Music memories.

▲ Steingasse Historic cobbled lane with trendy pubs in a nearly tourist-free part of old Salzburg.

▲ St. Sebastian Cemetery Baroque cemetery with graves of Mozart's wife and father.

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.