A Beginner’s Guide To Exploring Salzburg

The city of Salzburg, Austria has a lot to offer those who aim to explore the city in a few short days.

Whether you are visiting the city aiming to explore the local culture or you are just seeking a little break from hectic city life, Salzburg is a destination that you will truly enjoy!

Salzburg Marionette Theater

The little puppets at the Salzburg Marionette Theater will dance their way right into your heart through their wonderful show! Every night, these tireless little wooden puppets put on different shows ranging from The Sound of Music to The Nutcracker.

The Salzburg Marionette Theater is located at Schwarzstraße 24 and tickets start at €20,-/ person.

Salzburg Mozart Concert Dinner

Mozart Dinner Concert

Listen to music by candlelight while enjoying a hearty three-course meal at the Mozart Dinner Concert. Let the singers serenade you as you are transported back in time to the era in which Mozart lived.

The Mozart Concert Dinner is located at Peter Stiftskeller’s Baroque Hall, Sankt-Peter-Bezirk 1/4. Tickets range from €36,- to €98,- / person

Sing Your Heart Out to the Sound of Music

First, go on an official Sound of Music Tour that will take you out of the town of Salzburg and into the Austrian countryside. During the tour, you will see some of the movie’s famous filming locations.

When you return to the city, go on a self-guided walk and visit some of the most well-remembered scenes from the movie. Three really great areas of interest that should be included on your self-guided walk around Salzburg are:

  • Schloss Mirabell (Mirabell Palace) – Mirabellplatz 4: The location where Maria and the children sang the famous ‘Do-Re-Mi’ song

  • Petersfriedhof (St. Peter’s Cemetery) – Sankt-Peter-Bezirk 1: The filming location of the extremely dramatic scene at the end of the film where the family was escaping Austria

  • Residenzplatz & Residenzbrunnen (Residenz Square and Residenz Fountain): On the way from Nonnberg Convent to the Trapp Villa singing, Maria passes through Residenzplatz and stops at Residenzbrunnen while singing ‘I have confidence in me’.

View From Hohensalzburg Salzburg

Take A Funicular up to the Festung Hohensalzburg

Festung Hohensalzburg (the Hohensalzburg Fortress) is a 900-year-old fortress that dates back to the medieval period.

Take the funicular railway up to the entrance of the fortress and see sweeping views of the city of Salzburg and the Austrian Alps. A particularly great time to visit the fortress is near dusk as the sun is setting; the view is magnificent and one that is not to be missed!

Festung Hohensalzburg is located at Mönchsberg 34. The Fortress is free to visit. The funicular is FREE with Salzburg Card or €12,- General Admission for a roundtrip ride.

Visit Mozart’s Geburtshaus

Did you know that Mozart was born in the city of Salzburg?

When in Salzburg, stop in the center of town to visit Mozart’s Geburtshaus (birthplace)! While you are there, learn about his family life and musical career and stand in the room where he was born!

Mozart’s Birthplace is located at Getreidegasse 9. Entering is FREE with Salzburg Card or €11,- General Admission.

Go Shopping on Getrieigegasse

Set on a narrow street under the Mönchsberg mountain with a stunning view of the Sankt Blasiuskirche church, Getrieigegasse is Salzburg’s most famous shopping street.

In addition to housing Mozart’s birthplace, the street is also filled with different restaurants, clothing shops, and souvenir shops.

THE Original Mozartkugel

Eat Mozartkugel at Cafe Fürst

Simply put, a Mozartkugel is a small round ball of chocolate with a pistachio filling. There are a lot of imitation balls floating around the city of Salzburg, but if you want the real thing, head over to Café Fürst.

Location: Café Fürst, Brodgasse 13

Navigating Salzburg

Salzburg is a very small city that can be covered entirely by foot. For those who cannot manage to get around by foot, Salzburg has an excellent public transportation system.

A great investment during your stay in Salzburg is the Salzburg Card, which provides travelers with free single admission to all of the city’s attractions, free use of the public transportation system, and discounts in and around the city.

Where to Stay in Salzburg

Hotel Am Mirabellplatz

My room at Hotel Am Mirabellplatz

Salzburg has a number of different options when it comes to accommodation catering to everyone from the budget to the luxury traveler.

During my trip to Salzburg, I stayed at the Hotel Am Mirabellplatz, conveniently located right across the street from Mirabell Palace. Hotel Am Mirabellplatz is a family-run 4-star boutique hotel that was a former palace built by Prince Archbishop Paris Londron.

Today, Hotel Am Mirabellplatz is a member of the Historic Hotels of Europe and is full of ‘cultural tradition and historic heritage’. The rooms are quaint but very simple. One of the main things that I liked about the hotel, which is located directly across from Mirabell Palace, is its convenience to the train station, the historic part of town, and the newer part of town.

The rates of the hotel start at € 175,00 per night.

I was a guest of the Salzburg Tourism Board and Hotel am Mirabellplatz during my stay in the city, however as always, all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate booking links, which are at no cost to you.


By | 2017-08-27T23:41:05+00:00 January 26th, 2015|Salzburg, Travel Guides & Itineraries|6 Comments


  1. Susan Jan 27, 2015 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    I adore Salzburg! Did the Sound of Music tour with my nieces and I had just as much fun as they did. It’s so gorgeous!

    • Chanel Jan 28, 2015 at 11:00 pm - Reply

      The SOM tour is definitely a good time for all Susan 😀

  2. Jess @UsedYorkCity Jan 29, 2015 at 10:08 am - Reply

    I would LOVE to go on that Sound of Music tour! Seriously, I just put that on my life to-do list, thanks!;-)

    • Chanel Jan 30, 2015 at 12:06 pm - Reply

      You definitely have to go Jess! It is totally worth it 😀

  3. Lindsay @ Frugal Frolicker Feb 1, 2015 at 6:27 am - Reply

    HOLD UP – you can see the SOM puppets put on a show?!! Like… Lonely Goatherd style? AH-MAZING!

    And obviously I agree on the SOM tour being totally worth it. I ditched the Salzburg day tour we had and did it instead, which means I need to return and actually see the city someday because it looks so purty! 😀

    • Chanel Feb 1, 2015 at 2:37 pm - Reply

      Yes! Just like that haha 😀 You definitely should visit again, sunshine or rain (there is a lot of that!)

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