Along the banks of the Salzach River, this musical capital is nearly as celebrated for its magnificent cross-section of architecture – from the Middle Ages, Romanesque, Baroque, and Renaissance periods – as it is for its natural beauty and artistic prowess.
Since the 13th century, the lively hum of commerce has echoed through Salzburg's scenic Altermarkt, off of which branch the narrow medieval streets of the Old Town, lined with hundreds of shops selling traditional clothing, fine jewelry, antiques, and leather goods. Find here, too, the shop selling the original Salzburger Mozartkugel chocolates.
The Austro-Hungarian Empire’s capitals pioneered café culture, and Café Tomaselli is one of Salzburg’s oldest and most iconic, dating back to 1700. Sample its decadent Austrian pastries and coffee, admire the 18th-century portraits on the walls, and revel in the memories of the luminaries like Mozart who have gathered here throughout history.
While the traditional shops with their wrought-iron guild signs along Salzburg’s most famous shopping street offer a glimpse into Salzburg’s history, it’s the architecture of the Getreidegasse that makes it stand out. Dating back to the 12th century, the medieval thoroughfare is lined with alleyways that lead into ornate, expansive courtyards, each distinctive. Don’t miss the house at No. 9, where Mozart was born.
A stately 19th-century mansion in the heart of historic Salzburg has been transformed into the city’s premier modern art gallery. Here, limestone mantlepieces and chestnut herringbone floors contrast with Andy Warhol’s prints of General Mao, Lawrence Schiller’s photograph of Marilyn Monroe, and Richard Pettibone’s “Flowers” painting.
Follow Baroque stairways to ornate marble halls in Schloss Mirabell, a Neo-Classical palace dating from 1606, surrounded by sprawling, manicured gardens filled with classical statues, sculpted hedges, a colorful flowers. Once a regular performance space for Mozart, the palace still regularly holds concerts for the public, especially during the Salzburg Festival, one of the world’s foremost classical music festivals.
In a city known for its markets – both holiday and weekly, selling food, handicrafts, traditional clothing, and everything in between – the Schrannenmarkt stands out. Held weekly since 1906, it’s one of the largest in Austria, attracting vendors selling typical Salzburg snacks and farmers from all over the region. Other popular markets include the Green Market and the Bio-Bauernmarkt.
The oldest monastery in German-speaking Europe, St. Peter’s Abbey was founded around 700, though little remains of the original Romanesque building, with much of the current structure dating to the Baroque period. Carved into the Mönchsberg cliff, the abbey’s catacombs have retained their original atmosphere, while the ornately decorated headstones of the serene cemetery proclaim renowned musicians and artists as permanent residents.
Celebrate the life and work of Salzburg’s most famous resident, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, through performances, concerts, films, lectures, and readings.Learn More
Founded in 1967, the ambitious festival highlights opera and classical music during Easter week.Learn More
A much anticipated festival of music and dance held during Whitsun (Pentecost) week.Learn More
Classic venues throughout the city play host to world-class opera, music, and theater performances across a range of genres from classic to contemporary.Learn More
Drop in for chamber music, church music, and full orchestra performances across the city.Learn More
World music, jazz, and electronic music festival hosting 80 concerts that spill out to 40 diverse venues–from traditional performance spaces to cafes to galleries–across the city.
What began one cold night during Advent in 1946 when singers and instrumentalists joined together to remember fallen or missing friends in song is a now a favorite holiday tradition.Learn More
Prepare to be amazed by fantastic feats of tumbling, juggling, acrobatics, and other gravity-defying acts as part of this contemporary circus festival.
A former blacksmith shop has become Salzburg's most illustrious restaurant, Restaurant Goldener Hirsch, where composers, musicians, and dignitaries often dine after giving and attending musical performances.Learn More
Explore the picturesque surroundings of The Sound of Music landscape, including the Salzach River and Mšnchsberg Mountain, with our jogging paths and tailored maps.Learn More
Built in 1407, the Goldener Hirsch became a hotel in 1547 and its architecture has barely changed since. The interiors have been painstakingly restored and outfitted with traditional Salzburger antiques.Learn More