Welcome to Salzburg

Undoubtedly one of Europe’s loveliest cities, Salzburg is a Baroque masterpiece set against an operatic backdrop of mountains, forests and rivers. The birthplace of Mozart, it boasts a rich history of music and art whilst the city’s Summer Festival and Christmas market are particular highlights.

When to visit

Founded by Max Reinhardt and Richard Strauss in the 1920’s, the Salzburg Music Festival takes place every summer and is one of the world’s finest musical gatherings. Salzburg also comes alive in winter when the medieval ambiance shines with the festive glow of its celebrated Christmas market. From late November to December the lights will be lit, there’ll be incense in the air, choral singing from the cathedral steps, and stunning nativity scenes are annotated with the warming sounds of brass and traditional wind instruments.

Residenzplatz, the historic centre of Salzburg

Residenzplatz, the historic centre of Salzburg

Experience Salzburg

We’re delighted to highlight a few holiday experiences to enhance your visit to Salzburg. Simply confirm at the time of booking or prior to travelling.
For further details and prices of private excursions and small group escorted tours, to visit some or all of these places of interest, please ask our Personalised Travel Team about pre-bookable experiences and excursions on 0800 008 7288.

We highly recommend…

An iconic Salzburg establishment

Food doesn’t get more traditional in Salzburg than at Barenwirt Inn, a popular
restaurant that’s been trading since 1663. Sample favourites such as
Kasnocken pasta, a Nockerin souffle and bread dumplings.

Salzburg private city tour (half day)

Travel to Leopoldskron Castle and Hellbrunn, before heading into Salzburg’s old town. Visit Mozart Square, the cathedral and Hohensalzburg Fortress. Explore Mozart’s birthplace and residence, the Festival Halls and State Theatre.

From £140 per person

Salzkammergut (half day)

A private tour of Salzkammergut, the impressive heart of Austria: stunning scenery, glorious views and 76 lakes. This most beautiful region offers plenty of opportunities for unforgettable photography.


From £186 per person

Hallstatt (half day)

An afternoon tour to one of Austria´s most picturesque villages. Travel through the famous Salzkammergut (lake area) and enjoy the magical alpine region including a walk to the Muhlbach waterfall. Hallstatt is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

From £59 per person

Mozart city tour (2½ hours)

Discover the beautiful city of Salzburg through the eyes of its most famous son: Mozart. This tour travels to the locations most associated with the composer, from Mirabell and Hellbrunn palaces, to Frohnburg Castle and the townhouse of his birth.

From £26 per person

Bavarian mountains (half day)

Follow the Kings Lake-Ache towards Obersalzberg where Eagles Nest, the second headquarters of the Third Reich was located. Enjoy a walk, and the views, amongst the steep and imposing mountains of the Bavarian Alps

From £46 per person

The Sound of Music and Salt Mines (full day)

Combining two of Salzburg’s most popular activities, follow in the footsteps of the Von Trapp family and feel the magic of Salzburg as the hills come alive with the sound of music. Then don mining gear in search of the white gold that is salt.

From £89 per person

Out and about

Considered the Baroque jewel of the Austrian Alps, Salzburg sits on the banks of the Salzach River with the looming Hohensalzburg Fortress giving the city its unique silhouette; initiated by Archbishop Gebhard in 1077, this is the largest completely preserved castle in central Europe. Below, Salzburg’s charming Old Town, is a recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site where the maze of narrow cobbled streets gives an undeniable medieval atmosphere contrasting in part with the many grand tall houses and arcaded courtyards that have been re-faced and updated in Italianate Baroque and Neoclassical styles.

Art galleries, gardens and museums are plentiful with the Museum der Moderne exhibiting works from the 19th century to present, with Salzburg Museum providing insight into the city’s art and cultural history. The impressive DomQuartier complex encompasses the mighty Salzburg Cathedral, St Peter’s Monastery with its striking architecture, catacombs and beautiful cemetery, and the regal Residenz Palace with lavish staterooms and art gallery. The bustling heart of the Old Town, the charming Getreidegasse street offers plenty of shopping and dining opportunities, whilst the stately Residenzplatz square is filled with horse-drawn carriages and street entertainers and graced with an impressive Baroque fountain.

Good to know

Salzburg is the perfect city to explore on foot or bike, or by the enviably reliable public transport system. A Salzburg Card permits free and discounted use of transport and entry into most museums and attractions.

Luxury hotels in Salzburg

Sheraton Grand Salzburg


  • Stunning Views
  • Ideally Located
  • Fitness and Spa Facilities

Goldener Hirsch


  • Central Location
  • Acclaimed Dining
  • A Luxury Collection Hotel

Salzburg musts

Salzburger Dom Cathedral

The magnificent Salzburger Dom Cathedral, with its richly decorated marble façade and mighty dome, is the ecclesiastical heart of the city and an unmissable architectural highlight.

Mozart and Music

Music is everywhere in Salzburg and, as much of the city is now as it was when Mozart lived here 250 years ago, you can visit his place of birth, the cathedral where his parents married, his family residence and even the café, Tomaselli, where he indulged his passion for almond milk.

Untersberg Mountain

A cable car whisks visitors up to the peak of the 1853 metre Untersberg for spectacular views of the city, Rositten Valley and surrounding alpine mountain ranges.

Schloss Hellbrun

This palatial 17th century summer palace is renowned for its Mannerist style gardens with grottos, statues, ponds, an impressive hydro-powered mechanical theatre and unique trick fountains that surprise and delight visitors.

Sound of Music

Not surprisingly, given that the life of the von Trapp Family is inseparably linked to Salzburg, there is a wide variety of lively Sound of Music tours: on foot, on bicycle, or by horse drawn carriage, with or without a singing guide.

Schloss Mirabell

A Baroque masterpiece in the heart of the city; wander its stunning gardens and try and catch an evening chamber concert in the opulent Marble Hall, the former banquet hall of the palace.

Twin centre

Ask our travel consultant about combining a stay in Salzburg with a visit to Vienna.
See our dedicated City Breaks brochure for further details.