Charming Salzburg lies in the valley of the Salzach River among the picturesque Alps. From the hills located within the city. There are breathtaking views of the mountain range covered with silvery snow in winter and emerald green in summer. Salzburg is the birthplace of the incomparable Mozart, the birthplace of his musical genius. The city has a large number of concert halls and temples where classical music is played. In the summer, Salzburg hosts the iconic Opera Festival. Which brings together the best performers from all over the world. Here are 15 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Salzburg.
Medieval and Baroque architecture is mixed on the streets of Salzburg. Which gives the city a unique and charming look. The severe Romanesque appearance of the Hohensalzburg fortress is diluted by the symmetrical lines of classical cathedrals and Baroque mansions, and the narrow stone streets contrast with the wide green lawns of the palace landscaped parks.
What to see and where to go in Salzburg?
15. Salzburg Zoo
Like any good European zoo, the Salzburg Zoo supports the concept of the natural habitat of animals. They try to keep animals in conditions close to natural. The territory of the zoo is divided into zones: “savannah”, “steppe”, “mountains”, “forest” and others. Each animal is kept in the appropriate “natural zone”. Which creates the most comfortable conditions for the health and life of the inhabitants of the zoo.
14. Puppet Theater Salzburger (Salzburger Marionettentheater)
The Salzburg Marionette Theater has existed since 1913 and is considered the oldest in Europe. For more than 100 years of work, he has gained worldwide popularity. The performances of the theater are enjoyed by both children and adults. The central place in the repertoire is occupied by works staged accompanied by music by V.A. Mozart. With the participation of puppets, there are operas, ballets, dramatic plays, and operettas.
Conservatory and concert hall named after V.A. Mozart. The Mocerteum was founded in 1870 as an international foundation that helped young talented musicians. Ten years later, a music school was opened on its basis. In 1924, the Mozarteum received the status of a conservatory. Here students learn how to play various instruments, the profession of conductor, music theory, and the creation of musical works.
An impressive shopping center with more than 100 stores. Here you can find both expensive designer items and products at more affordable and affordable prices. There are cafes on the territory of the shopping center, various entertainment events for adults and children are organized, and concerts are held. The Europark shopping center is a major leisure center for families in Salzburg.
The cemetery is located next to St. Peter’s Abbey in the historic center of Salzburg. This place has long become a unique and priceless historical heritage of the city and has been included in the list of the most popular attractions. The remains of many famous citizens are buried here. The first graves, according to research, appeared in the first centuries of our era. Now in the cemetery, you can find the preserved burial places of the XII century.
10. Schloss Leopoldskron
The palace is located in the southern part of Salzburg. It was erected for Archbishop Leopold Firmian in the 18th century. The architectural project was developed by a monk of the Order of St. Benedict. Who was also a talented architect. Leopoldskron was intended for the residence of the archbishop and his family. The interior of the palace is dominated by a slightly pretentious rococo style with rich wall paintings.
9. Getreidegasse Street
A picturesque street in the old town. Which has long been considered the center of Salzburg’s trade. To this day, the best (and most expensive) shops in the city with bizarre signs and almost museum-like interiors are located here. Getreidegasse houses boutiques of world brands and local shops. Which are already a couple of hundred years old. The street starts at the Residenzplatz and crosses the entire old part of Salzburg.
8. Hangar 7 Red Bull
A modern and rather an unusual museum, created on the basis of the collection of aircraft of the founder of the Red Bull energy drink. The museum is located on the territory of Salzburg Airport. There are many rare items in Angara-7, sports models of aircraft, light pleasure aircraft, and much more. The museum has a restaurant with excellent author’s cuisine.
7. Franciscan Church
One of the most ancient temples of Salzburg, erected in the distant VIII century. The church has been rebuilt many times, which is why its appearance has absorbed several architectural styles. Thanks to this fact, the Franciscan church looks unusual and quite interesting. In the XVIII-XIX centuries, the interior of the building acquired dominant baroque features, and a serious restoration of the facade was also carried out.
6. Mozart’s Birthplace
House located at Getreidegasse, No. 9. Here in the period 1747 to 1773. The family of the great musician lived. In this house, the future genius was born. The museum was established in 1880 with the support of the International Mozart Foundation. The museum exhibition consists of various items belonging to the family and personally to Wolfgang Amadeus. Among the exhibits are the musician’s children’s violin and harpsichord, letters, portraits, and scores.
On the main city square, there are two residences of the Archbishop Old and New. The old building was erected at the beginning of the 12th century and was rebuilt many times. In the 15th century, the residence was restored under Dietrich von Reichenau. Now there is an art gallery. The building of the New Residence was erected at the beginning of the 17th century, today it is given over to the city museum of Sattler. The architectural ensemble of the area was formed in the 17th century. Around the square is the residence of the archbishop. The cathedral, and burgher mansions of the XVI-XVII centuries. The central place is occupied by a magnificent baroque fountain. It was commissioned by Guidobald von Thun, Archbishop of Salzburg, in the 1660s. Skilled Italian craftsmen worked on the sculptures.
4. Hellbrunn Palace
Elegant Hellbrunn is 6 km away from Salzburg. It was erected at the beginning of the 17th century for Archbishop M. Zittikus according to the project of the architect S. Solari. In front of the palace, there is a park in the Mannerist style, decorated with figures of stone monsters, fountains, secret grottoes, and artificial ponds. The interior decoration of Hellbrunn is quite luxurious, especially the main hall and the music room.
3. Salzburg Cathedral
Salzburg Cathedral is one of the most visible and picturesque sights of the city. This temple houses the font in which the great Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was baptized. The majestic facade of the building is made in the early baroque architectural style. The building of the cathedral is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The very first church in its place appeared in the 8th century until the 17th century the cathedral survived several fires and destruction. After which it was demolished and completely rebuilt.
2. Mirabell Palace and Gardens
The palace and park complex was erected at the beginning of the 17th century and rebuilt in the Baroque style in 1727. After the fire of 1818, it was practically rebuilt, based on the calm neoclassical style. “Mirabel” means “beautiful” in Italian. The palace was erected for the secret wife of Archbishop von Reichenau. After his deposition, other Salzburg archbishops lived here until the 19th century. The complex was later handed over to the city authorities.
1. Hohensalzburg Castle
Romanesque castle of the 11th century, erected under Archbishop Gebhard. The severe bulk of the fortress rises above the city and is it’s architectural dominant. Over the past centuries, the castle was completed and strengthened many times, gradually turning it into an almost impregnable bastion. For nine centuries, Hohensalzburg has been standing against the backdrop of the picturesque Alps, during which time it has withstood several sieges, and managed to serve as a barracks and gloomy prison.