Home to the magical birthplace of such musical nobility as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and scenes from the beloved movie, The Sound of Music, spectacular Salzburg continues to delight the hearts and minds of vacationers looking for Europe’s glorious past. The entire city is, in fact, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for being “a city of outstanding value to humanity.”
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Since art and music are considered universal languages, visitors from all across the globe can truly appreciate the wonders of Salzburg, Austria. From its renowned summer Salzburg Festival, boasting outstanding opera, theatre and concert performances, to its captivating Old City, every inch of Salzburg overflows with impressive art, architecture, and culture.
The stunning Hellbrunn Palace, with its immaculate landscape and dancing fountains, and charming Getreidegasse shopping district, are just two of Salzburg’s must-see sites. And the snow-capped Salzburg Alps, with their sublime alpine lakes, verdant pastures and forests, will simply take your breath away.
What To Do
Climb every mountain, or at least one of them, in the sublime Salzburg Alps.
Browse through some of the most esteemed artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries at the Museum of Modern Art.
Roam the incredible grounds of Mirabell Palace and Gardens, built in 1606 by Prince-archbishop Wolf Dietrich for his love. Sound of Music fans should recognize the palace’s great Pegasus Fountain, where Maria and the children dance, and sing, “Do Re Mi.”
Take an in-depth look at human evolution and our planet at Salzburg’s fascinating Museum of Natural History and Technology.
Visit the impressive Hohensalzburg Fortress, the largest preserved castle in Central Europe, high above the town’s historical district.
Shop until you drop in the charming Getreidegasse district, where you can also explore Mozart’s actual birthplace.
When to Go
The enchanting city of Salzburg captivates vacationers young and old. Unless you’re a skier or cold-weather enthusiast, spring, summer and fall are probably the best times to experience this mountainous landscape.