A Beginner’s Guide To Exploring Salzburg

Salzburg Austria

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

Whether you are visiting the city to explore the local culture or you are just seeking a little break from hectic big 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!

Each night, these tireless little wooden puppets put on a different show ranging from The Sound of Music to The Nutcracker.

The Salzburg Marionette Theater is located at Schwarzstraße 24 and tickets start at 20€ per 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 Dinner Concert is located at Peter Stiftskeller’s Baroque Hall, Sankt-Peter-Bezirk 1/4.

Ticket prices start at 40€ per person.

The Sound of Music Tour

While in Salzburg, it is essential to go on a guided Sound of Music Tour that will whisk you away to the Austrian countryside. During the tour, you will see several 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-known scenes from the movie.

Three great areas of interest that should be included on your self-guided walk around the city are:

  • Schloss Mirabell (Mirabell Palace) – Schloss Mirabell is the location where Maria and the children sang the famous ‘Do-Re-Mi’ song. Love the song? Watch it here and relive those SOM memories!

  • Petersfriedhof (St. Peter’s Cemetery) – Petersfriedhof is the filming location of the extremely dramatic scene at the end of the movie where the family had to escape to 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’.

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 the city 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!

The Fortress is free to visit and riding the funicular is FREE with the Salzburg Card.

Mozart’s Geburtshaus

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

During a trip to the city, stop in the center of town to visit Mozart’s Geburtshaus, the birthplace of the famed musician. While you are there, learn about his family life and musical career and stand in the room where he was born!

Visiting Mozart’s Geburtshaus is FREE with Salzburg Card.

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.

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.

Navigating Salzburg

Salzburg is a very small city that can be covered entirely by foot.

For those who cannot manage to get around on 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

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 the city, 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.

My favorite thing about the hotel was its centralized location close to the center of town.


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.
By |2018-07-12T13:52:46+00:00January 26th, 2015|Salzburg, Travel Guides & Itineraries|6 Comments

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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