Salzburg Travel Guide

by our Austria expert Conrad Freethy
Conrad FreethyA city devoted to music, more especially one musician, Salzburg is where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in 1756. After his first ‘world tour’ at the precocious age of 6, he lived and worked for a number of years there interspersed with frequent trips abroad. Although he finally died in Vienna, aged just 35, the ‘Mozart industry’ is centered on his birthplace. A slightly ill-fitting ‘second bow’ is ‘The Sound of Music’, the real life story of Maria and the Von Trapp family. Mozart’s birthplace is now a museum and the July/Aug Salzburg Festival is a major international event. In fact there are several festivals; at Easter, at Whitsun, in the Summer, ‘Mozart week’ in January, and a Jazz Festival in November.

360 Tour of St Sebastianskirche - graveyard beside Constance Mozart grave

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Austria Facts

National Flag: Austrian Flag
Language(s): German
Currency: Euro
Dialling Code: +43
Time Zone: GMT + 1
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Flight Time from Vienna, Austria

to London Heathrow is 2.5 hours.
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Time: 2.5 hours

Hotels & Accommodation

With accommodation ranging from all the usual branded hotels in the centre to campsites on the outskirts of the city, Salzburg offers something for all budgets.
Bristol Hotel Bristol Hotel - 5*   (Map)
Review: Very central luxury hotel with an excellent restaurant.
Location: Makartplatz 4, 5024 Salzburg
From £140 per room per night
Ideal For: Couples 
Camping Nord-Sam Camping Nord-Sam -    (Map)
Review: A great location for visiting Salzburg but also a great place to relax or do some swimming, hiking, & biking.
Location: Samstraße 22a, 5020 Salzburg
From £5 per person per night
Ideal For: Families  Backpackers 
NH Hotel Salzburg City NH Hotel Salzburg City - 4*   (Map)    (360Tour)
Review: The usual high standard NH hotel, close to the Mirabel gardens and the city centre.
Location: Franz-Josef-Straße 26, 5020 Salzburg
From £100 per room per night
Ideal For: Couples  Friends 

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Things To Do in Salzburg

A UNESCO world heritage site plus home of Mozart and the Sound of Music... Salzburg has plenty to see including:
Hohensalzburg Fortress Hohensalzburg Fortress   (Map)
Review: The Hohensalzburg Fortress is nearly 1000 years old and during this long history has always remained unconquered by enemy troops.
Expert Tip: For a cheaper option, you can just take the funicular up and admire the views from outside the castle walls.
Location: Mönchsberg 34, 5020 Salzburg
Opening Times: October to April: 9.30am to 5pm; May to September: 9am to 7pm
Adults from £9 including funicular
Ideal For: Couples  Families  Friends  Backpackers 
Mozart's Birthplace Mozart's Birthplace   (Map)
Review: The Mozart family lived on the third floor of the 'Hagenauer House' for 26 years from 1747 to 1773. Today it contains a fantastic collection of historic instruments, documents & memorabilia.
Expert Tip: Tends to get very crowded so try to go early morning before all the tour groups arrive.
Location: Getreidegasse 9, 5020 Salzburg
Opening Times: July & August: 9am to 8pm; September to June: 9am to 5:30pm
Adults £6, Children £2
Ideal For: Couples  Families  Friends  Backpackers 

Salzburg Restaurants & Bars

Hotel dining offers excellent interantional fare but for the true regional specialities, such as veal goulash & dumplings, try one of the many local cafes & restaurants.
Alter Fuchs Alter Fuchs   (Map)
Review: Excellent restaurant on main drag offering both local & euroepan dishes. Apple strudel a must.
Location: Linzer Gasse 47-49, 5020 Salzburg
From £15 per person
Ideal For: Couples  Families 
Triangel Triangel   (Map)
Review: Excellent central restaurant on the south side of the river with delicious regional cuisine.
Location: Wiener-Philharmoniker-Gasse 7, 5020 Salzburg
From £20 per head
Ideal For: Couples  Families  Friends 

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Getting Around Salzburg

An excellent and efficient public transport system includes modern buses and commuter trains plus the oldest funicular in Austria that takes you up to the castle.

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Platzl - shops & cafes

St Sebastianskirche -  graveyard beside Constance Mozart grave
St Sebastianskirche - graveya...
Kapuzinerkloster - view over city
Kapuzinerkloster - view over city
Staatsbrucke - bridge over river Salzach
Staatsbrucke - bridge over riv...
Alter Markt - shops, cafes & bars
Alter Markt - shops, cafes & bars

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Salzburg News

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:45:00 +0100General
17.12.2014 | New Year's Eve & New Year's Day in Salzburg
Celebrating the turn of the year in Salzburg New Year's Eve in Salzburg is very colourful and diversified in celebrating and welcoming the new year. Here some suggestions of how to spend the last night and the first days of the year in Salzburg: December 30, 2014 - January 1, 2015: „Altstadt Silvester 2014“ An open-air stage set up on Residence Square offers great entertainment featuring various bands and DJs. The music is designed to get everyone in the party mood and ready to dance. Various other concerts, parties and culinary delights in the historic centre of the old town are waiting for you to join them. At midnight,  spectacular fireworks welcome the new year. Even on New Year's Day there are several events to go on celebrating. December 31, 2014: New Years Eve Concert of Mozarteumorchestra Salzburg in the Large Festival Hall. Many more concerts and events in Mozarteum, Salzburg State Theater, on the Fortress Hohensalzburg, in Castle Mirabell and many different other venues.New Year's Shooting of the Salzburg civil guards in the old town of the Salzburg. January 1, 2015: New Year's concerts in the Large Festival Hall, in Mozarteum, Salzburg State Theater, and many more venues all over Salzburg. Well then: Happy New Year!
Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:00:00 +0100General
10.12.2014 | Salzburg Flachau Ski Shuttle
December 20, 2014 - March 15, 2015 "Snow Space Flachau" is an internationally acclaimed skiing region located just 70 kilometers south of the city of Salzburg.  The complimentary Salzburg Flachau Ski Shuttle gives guests an opportunity to combine all the advantages of a city vacation with the fun of a skiing vacation. The bus shuttle service takes visitors from the city of Salzburg directly to the skiing region and back in the evening. Try it out: a skiing vacation in Mozart's city!
Wed, 03 Dec 2014 16:00:00 +0100General
03.12.2014 | Mevisto Amadeus Horse Indoors
December 11 - 14, 2014 A firework of entertainment in Salzburg Seven equestrian disciplines and one dog sports discipline, a brilliant show and a big fair are on display from December 11th to 14th 2014 during the Mevisto Amadeus Horse Indoors at the Exhibition Center Salzburg and the Salzburgarena.
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:30:00 +0100General
26.11.2014 | Dialogues Festival
The Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation's contemporary festival Dec. 2 – 7, 2014 2014 Dialogs Festival - 'Word' The Dialogs Festival will focus on the composers György Ligeti, Peter Eötvös and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It has chosen "Word" as its motto in 2014. The opening on December 3, 2014 will feature a studio discussion with Peter Eötvös, Maxime Pascal and Matthias Schulz. In addition, an opening concert will be held by Eötvös' "da capo," based on Mozart fragements, in the Mozarteum Foundation's Large Hall.
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:45:00 +0100General
19.11.2014 | Movements. Video improvisation in the art lab
29th November 2014 – 8th February 2015 Exhibition at the Residence Gallery in Salzburg Reinterpretations of films on past masters of the art world are being featured in an exhibition entitled ‘Movements’ at the Residence Gallery. The films are being shown on old TV sets and the main focus is on the variety of perspectives there are of art.

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Conrad FreethySo that's my guide to this picturesque Alpine city. If you've not got much time in the city why not try one of the many, somewhat kitsch, ‘candle-lit dinners with music’ that are available. For more of a detailed exploration, the city has a neat Tourism Card that gives access to most attractions and public transport. Enjoy!


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