City Guide - Mozart city of Salzburg
In 2020, all eyes will be on Salzburg. Why? Because this wonderful city at the edge of the Austrian Alps was recently chosen as the number one hottest city destination.
With their Best in Travel 2020, the experts at Lonely Planet have published their list of the top 10 countries, cities, regions and best-value destinations for the coming year. Salzburg was ranked 1st in the Top Cities category, giving it pride of place on the podium.
The baroque old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a medieval fortress sits perched on the hill high above, and the city is home to some of Europe’s most beautiful concert halls set against an enchanting mountain backdrop. Salzburg has always retained its charm. Lying on the blue Salzach, it is the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and home to all the beautiful locations from the musical film The Sound of Music. And as the Salzburg Festival celebrates its 100th birthday, the small city will become a large world stage.
Children & Family
Salzburg not only has a lot to offer in terms of culture, but also numerous attractions for families! Your children will be thrilled - you too can be surprised by the variety in Salzburg!
The Mirabell Palace with its beautiful, extensive gardens is one of the most famous sights of Salzburg. The "Zauberflötenspielplatz" has been created in the gardens for children to play around the Mozart opera.
In the Haus der Natur you will find a classic natural history museum, a high-quality zoo departmentand a versatile science centre.
In addition to exploring the museum houses, the Freilichtmuseum has many other attractions to offer young visitors, such as the historic museum railway, an adventure playground, a nature pub and much more.
An adventure for the whole family in any weather: close to Salzburg in Hallein you follow the traces of the miners in mysterious, ancient tunnels in the oldest salt mine in the world.
The Speilzeugmuseum invites you to play ball, balance and move around and has many toys to look at and try out.
A visit to Salzburg Zoo is always an experience for animal lovers of all ages, all year round! Afterwards, the Hellbrunn Palace Park is the perfect place for a walk through time - along the path of the city's most beautiful playground with plenty of space to romp around.
Leisure & Sport
In and around Salzburg there are a variety of possibilities for leisure activities. Recharge your batteries by hiking up the Mönchsberg or running along the Salzach! Take your time for a city tour! No commercial "hop on hop off", but something extraordinary, challenging - and amusing.
A magnificent view awaits you above the roofs of the city. First you take the lift up the Mönchsberg, then a relaxed walk shows Salzburg from many different angles.
From the end of March to the beginning of November you can experience Salzburg from a very unusual perspective. The panoramic speedboat "Amadeus Salzburg" offers a different view of the city of Mozart on its trip along the Salzach.
Only a few kilometres south of Salzburg, the Untersberg, one of the Salzburgers' local mountains, rises imposingly out of the valley. At 1,853 metres, the Salzburg High Throne is the highest point of the Untersberg in Austria. Seen from above, the city of Salzburg lies literally at the foot of the mighty Untersberg.
In and around Salzburg, there are many ways to enjoy nature. 1200 km of cycle paths lead through the Salzburger Land, hiking trails lead to the Untersberg and its surroundings. In summer, 163 lakes and in winter numerous ski regions attract visitors.
The Getreidegasse is Salzburg's most famous shopping street with a wide range of offers. The tall, narrow and closely nestled houses with wrought-iron guild signs and the romantic courtyards radiate a very special charm.
Choose from 80 international brands at the Designer Outlet Salzburg and find your favourite pieces up to 70% reduced. The shopping centre is only a 10-minute drive from the city centre. And if you are hungry from shopping, you can treat yourself to a culinary break on site.
Salzburg is the capital of traditional costume. In 26 traditional costume tailor shops and many shops you can find your perfect Dirndl or Lederhosen. The selection ranges from traditional costumes to modern, trendy fashion pieces.