Tips & Highlights for Salzburg

Tips & Highlights for Salzburg | Editor: Florian Lieke

From the famous "Mozartkugeln" to epochal buildings and magical flair: We will reveal our tips, highlights and hotspots for Salzburg!

Coffee and cake in a coffee house in Salzburg

Salzburg's Mozartkugeln

What’s the first thing that occurs to you when you hear the word "Salzburg"? Mozart, of course! The Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, and has lent it the nickname "City of Mozart". Thousands of tourists come to Salzburg every year to visit Mozart’s birthplace at Getreidegasse 9. In the museum that has been set up in the house, visitors can admire the original spaces occupied by Mozart, and gaze at the children’s violin used by the famous musician.

Mozart didn’t just lend the city his name, however, but also the delicious Mozartkugeln (Mozart balls). The sweet balls of nougat and marzipan are still produced following the original recipe of their inventor Paul Fürst. It takes 14 work steps and 2 1/2 hours of production time to make every single Mozartkugel!

Hohensalzburg in Salzburg

Mozart’s Birthplace, the Mozart Residence and the Mozarteum Foundation: a huge number of spaces and places in Salzburg are intimately connected with the name of the musician. The best way for you to get an overview of the entire city is to take a walk to Hohensalzburg castle – the enduring symbol of the city. Besides this, a walk alonge the river Salzach is highly recommended to first-time and repeat visitors alike. But for those who want to see the landmark of the city in its full splendour, we recommend a walk to the Kapuzinerberg. You will have the best view of the Hohensalzburg and the city from there.

View of the Hohensalzburg in Salzburg
Salzburg - a truly romantic experience!

"I wouldn’t miss out on a stroll along the Salzach initially, especially as the banks of the river make a great place to walk hand in hand with your loved one in the early evening – it’s a very romantic experience! Just as on the Milvian Bridge in Florence, it’s not unusual in Salzburg to commit yourself to never-ending love by hanging a love padlock on the city’s Makartsteg Bridge," Katharina Bierbaumer, who has been living in Salzburg for a year now, tells us.

Salzburg's alleys with a view of the mountains

Salzburg's alleyways

Salzburg's alleyways whisk you off into centuries past! The old city of Salzburg is enchanting, thanks to its facades, churches and towers dating back to the Baroque era. A walk through the area takes you past the most important and loveliest tourist attractions in the city, including the Residenz, the Glockenspiel, the Cathedral and Mozartplatz.

You’ll find another very special building in the old city: the smallest house in Salzburg. The house, at "Alter Markt", is just 1.42 metres (4 foot 8 inches!) wide. Make sure to take pictures!

Salzburg at Christmas time

Tip: Do Salzburg at Christmas time! Salzburg is especially magical and worth experiencing over Christmas:

"A visit to the Christmas market is an obligatory part of communal life here in Salzburg in the winter; mulled wine, pretzels and roasted chestnuts relieve all the stress and troubles of the year. This cozy get-together lets you take a deep breath and focus on the genuinely important things in life," Katharina explains.

Find out more about Salzburg at Christmas time in this article.

View of snow-covered Salzburg in winter

Discover Salzburg with Austrian Airlines

Want to discover Salzburg? From Vienna you can reach the city on the Salzach in less than 3 hours. Ideal for a day trip or weekend trip! You can book flights with Austrian Airlines from and to Vienna right here:

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