Salzburg is the fourth-largest city in Austria and is also the name of the regional capital of the province of Salzburg. The town was re-established as Bishopric city on the ruins of the old Roman town of Iuvavum. It came into wealth by mining and trading salt, and much of its architectural splendour as a home of regents is accredited to the work of Wolf Dietrich and his successors. The regency of Salzburg's Prince-Archbishops lasted more than a thousand years. Salzburg's old town is now protected by its status as a UNESCO world heritage site and boasts a long history of cultural tradition. Today the city is home to over 150,000 inhabitants. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the Salzburg Festival and ‘The Sound of Music' are just 3 reasons for Salzburg's world fame as a city of music and culture. The baroque city exudes a special kind of magic that even makes working here and attending meetings an enchanting experience.
Salzburg is much more than the City of Mozart and home of the Salzburg Festival. At the most important tourist attractions, not only are you able to experience Salzburg's rich history, but there are also countless fascinating insights and surprising moments around practically every corner. Hohensalzburg Fortress, the Mozart museums, the Getreidegasse and Hellbrunn Palace are among Salzburg's most popular attractions. A visit to the Top 10 provides an ideal overview of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed city.
Top 10 Sights in Salzburg
- Hohensalzburg Fortress: Hohensalzburg Fortress is enthroned on the Festungsberg, high above the rooftops of the Baroque historical district. The biggest fully preserved castle in Central Europe, this emblem of Salzburg draws millions of tourists every year.
- Mozart's Birthplace: W.A. Mozart was born in 1756 in the "Hagenauer Haus” at No. 9 Getreidegasse in Salzburg. Today, Mozart's Birthplace is one of the most visited museums in Austria and is an absolute highlight, above all for Mozart fans.
- Mirabell Palace and Gardens: Mirabell Palace was built in 1606 by prince-archbishop Wolf Dietrich for his beloved Salome Alt. Today, it serves as the backdrop for the most romantic weddings you could possibly imagine.
- Getreidegasse: The Getreidegasse is the bustling heart of Salzburg's Old City, its unmistakable charm as well as Mozart's Birthplace making it an irresistible destination for countless visitors from around the world. Aside from an array of international fashion chains, the Getreidegasse also charms passers-by with its traditional inns and unique businesses steeped in history.
- Hellbrunn Palace & Trick Fountains: For more than 400 years, Hellbrunn Palace has enchanted and amazed its visitors with its trick fountains. A unique experience with all kinds of surprises in store!
- Museum of Natural History and Technology: Giant dinosaurs from prehistoric times come together at the Haus der Natur with milestones of space travel, diverse underwater worlds and reptiles from the most distant corners of the globe. The journey into the human body is guaranteed to astonish you, as will the interactive experiments in the Science Center.
- Museum of Modern Art Salzburg Mönchsberg: The Museum der Moderne is located on the Mönchsberg, high above the rooftops of Salzburg's Old City. On a total of four levels, international art treasures from the 20th and 21st centuries are presented in a stylish setting.
- DomQuartier Salzburg: The DomQuartier is a unique cultural highlight in the heart of Salzburg City. In the magnificent state rooms, history comes alive, while a museum tour also allows you to enjoy imposing views of the city itself.
- Salzburg Museum | Neue Residenz: The Salzburg Museum has garnered numerous awards, an institution with its own unique character housed within the magnificently restored Neue Residenz. Aside from aesthetic presentations and valuable art objects, a number of multimedia installations also invite visitors to marvel and learn.
- Salzburg Zoo: From exotic lions to the domestic lynx: Salzburg Zoo captivates visitors, big and small, with its wealth of animal species. An ideal excursion destination in the south of Salzburg City.
Additional information can be found on the Salzburg Tourism website: https://www.salzburg.info/en