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What to see in Salzburg? Part 1

Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg is a small town but one of the most recognised in Austria, after Vienna, of course. When you stroll through the town, you’re in for a treat – think cute footpaths that wind through the heart of the town like something out of a storybook.

The little footpaths and the beautiful shop’s signs make the town charming and welcoming.
The store’s signs are made of iron and some are even gold clad. Apparently they originated in the Middle Ages when many people did not know how to read and a symbolic language was necessary for communication.

And to think that Mozart lived there makes this town even more special.

How long to stay?

The ideal amount of days to stay in Salzburg can vary based on your interests and schedule. In my opinion, 2 days is the minimum, to enjoy it well. But if your time is limited, you can take a quick 1-day tour.
But if you have a few more days, you’ll have time to explore Salzburg in more depth and even take some day trips to nearby destinations, such as the lakes of the Salzkammergut region or the nearby town of Hallstatt.

What to see in Salzburg?

I’ve made a brief summary of the tourist attractions so you can have an idea on what to see in Salzburg.

Festung Hohensalzburg is a medieval fortress on the top of the hill, and it is one of the most preserved in Central Europe. You can take a funicular to go up, or you can walk for about 10-15 minutes up the hill. The funicular entrance is near the city’s cathedral on the Festungsgasse. For prices and buying tickets, click here.

Festung Hohensalzburg, Salzburg, Austria

Liebesgrotte it is said that is a cave of eternal love. Legend has it that couples who kiss there will love each other forever.

Mönchsberg: lift that leads to the lookout and you have a panoramic view of the city. It is also the Museum der Moderne (Museum of Modern Art).
Price: Adults €2.90 (ascent or descent ) or €4.20 (ascent and descent).
TIP: there is a footpath that you can take from the museum to the fortress. It’s about 15 minutes walk.

Dom zu Salzburg: a baroque cathedral in the heart of Salzburg. The entrance is free, but for a better view, it is required to buy a ticket for Residenz, the palace that is connected with the cathedral.

Dom zu Salzburg Cathedral, Austria

Residenz: it was the official residence of the prince-archbishops of Salzburg, and later on it was a concert house, where even Mozart had played. Nowadays the Residenz is a well-known museum.

Residenz, Salzburg, Austria

Mozartplatz is where the statue of Mozart is located right in the heart of Salzburg’s Old City.

Mozartplatz, Salzburg, Austria

Mozarts Geburtshaus: this is where Mozart’s story began. It’s not just a house; it’s a portal into his world. You’ll find his childhood violin, family portraits, and even some of his early compositions. It’s like getting a backstage pass to his life. For updated prices, click here.

Mozarts Geburtshaus, Salzburg, Austria

Mozart Wohnhaus or Tanzmeisterhaus: where Mozart lived with his family from 1773 until 1787. There are original manuscripts, letters, and personal items on display. For ticket prices, check here.

Mozart Wohnhaus, Salzburg, Austria

Remember, Salzburg is relatively small, so even if you’re not staying right in the center, you can often easily reach the main attractions by walking or using public transportation. When choosing where to stay, consider what kind of experience you want – whether it’s immersing yourself in history, enjoying a quieter escape, or having easy access to the vibrant pulse of the city. Be sure to book in advance (here), especially during peak tourist seasons.

My next post is about more places to visit in Salzburg, some day trips suggestions and some tips about this beautiful city.
Have  lovely day!

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