2 Days in Salzburg: An Itinerary From Old Town to the Sound of Music

Rachel Frum | Live the World

March 9, 2023

The enchanting city of Salzburg is the perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural sophistication, and exquisite cuisine where Mozart meets the mountains and sachertorte meets the senses.

A city with a history as rich as the chocolate in their famous Sachertorte! Salzburg started with the Roman Empire, which strategically positioned the city among the trade routes between Germany and Italy. And boy, did it pay off! During the Middle Ages, Salzburg developed into a significant religious and cultural hub, governed by strong Prince-Archbishops who turned the city into a stunning Baroque splendour. Imagine it like a Cinderella tale, but with Salzburg receiving a Baroque makeover in place of the glass slipper! In the 18th century, Austria came knocking and annexed Salzburg, making it a hub for music and culture. It makes sense given that the area has given the world well-known composers like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Yet, it's not just the music that makes Salzburg sing. The city of Salzburg is ideal for outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, and mountain biking because it is located in a lovely valley surrounded by mountains. Try the 2.5 Hour Guided Walking Tour: Mozart, Old Town, and More to see as much as possible!

Speaking of music, Salzburg is a cultural goldmine with plenty of festivals like the famed Salzburg Festival, Jazz and the City Festival, Mozart Week, and the Salzburg Advent Festival. Don’t overlook the theatre and performing arts scene either! The Salzburg State Theater is a fantastic delight and there are many other smaller venues in the city to discover. Let’s not forget about all the mouth-watering food! Everyone can find something to enjoy, from the sweet soufflé Salzburger Nockerl to the cheesy Kasnocken. Of course, we also have to include Schnitzel, a type of breaded and fried meat cutlet that gives your taste buds a warm hug. The legendary Sachertorte is just one of Salzburg's delectable pastries and cakes it’s famed for. Don't forget about the breweries and beer gardens, either! Visits to the Stiegl Brewery are unquestionably worthwhile or take an Old Town Private Beer Tasting Tour. Of course, your weekend getaway to Salzburg will not be complete without the Sound of Music Tour.

Know Before You Go

Getting There:

Salzburg Airport (SZG) is served by several airlines, including Austrian Airlines, Ryanair, and Lufthansa. There are direct flights to Salzburg from a number of significant European cities, including London, Paris, Amsterdam, and Berlin.

The major European cities of Vienna, Munich, and Zurich can all be reached by train from Salzburg. Trains travel between these cities and Salzburg often, with travel times varying from 2 to 5 hours depending on the route and kind of train.

Moreover, a number of bus companies, including Flixbus and Eurolines, run routes between Salzburg and other European cities. These services can take longer and might be less comfortable than train services, but they are typically less expensive.

Due to the city's proximity to numerous important motorways, Salzburg is simple to reach by vehicle from other parts of Europe. However, during rush hours, traffic can be congested and parking in the city centre can be difficult and pricey.

Public Transportation

Local buses in Salzburg connect to the city's centre and neighbouring suburbs. Services are available from early in the morning until late at night, and the buses operate regularly. Tickets can be purchased at the main bus station, at ticket machines, or while boarding the bus. Moreover, the Salzburg Card offers unrestricted usage of regional buses.

Moreover, Salzburg has a small tram system that runs through the heart of the city. The trams operate from early in the morning until late at night, running every few minutes. Tickets can be purchased at ticket machines or on the tram itself.

A system of suburban railways (S-Bahn) that connects Salzburg to neighbouring towns and villages is also available. From early in the morning until late at night, the trains run regularly. Both ticket machines and train stations sell tickets.

It is simple to travel the city on a bicycle in Salzburg due to its vast network of bike lanes. TThe Salzburg Card offers free bike rental for up to 4 hours, and there are numerous bike rental outlets in the city centre.

Most of the major sights and attractions are concentrated in the small, pedestrian-friendly Old Town district, making Salzburg a fairly walkable city. It is simple to navigate the city centre on foot because the streets are winding and small, with lots of pedestrian-only zones.

Driving or Taxis

Driving in Salzburg can be difficult, particularly in the city centre, where parking can be hard to come by and expensive. Nonetheless, renting a vehicle can be a practical choice if you want to visit the adjacent countryside or towns and villages.

In Salzburg, there are a number of car rental businesses, including Hertz, Avis, Europcar, and Sixt. The cost of renting a car varies based on the type of vehicle and length of the rental, and you can do so at the airport or in the city centre. It should be noted that driving in Salzburg necessitates the display of a vignette, or toll sticker, on your vehicle's windscreen.

In Salzburg, there are also taxis available. Taxi stands may be found around the city's centre and at important transportation hubs like the airport and train station. Besides that, you can call for a cab on the street or reserve one in advance using a ride-hailing service or app like Uber. In Salzburg, cabs are metered, and the city government controls fares.

Weather

Temperatures in Salzburg's spring (March to May) can be pleasant, ranging from about 5°C to 15°C (41°F to 59°F). Even so, it can also be fairly rainy and occasionally snowy.

Temperatures in Salzburg during the summer (June to August) are often warm and sunny, ranging from about 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F). However, during heat waves, temperatures can occasionally soar as high as 30°C (86°F).

Temperatures in Salzburg throughout the fall (September to November) are typically comfortable, ranging from about 5°C to 15°C (41°F to 59°F). Sunny days can occasionally be paired with rainy days and snowfall, making the weather highly unpredictable.

Temperatures in Salzburg's winter (December to February) range from about -5°C to 5°C (23°F to 41°F). In the winter, the city is typically blanketed with snow, and the nearby mountains are a popular destination for skiing and other winter sports.

Ultimately, your choices and interests will determine the best time to visit Salzburg. Summer, when the weather is warm and there are many outdoor activities, is the busiest travel season. If you want milder weather and fewer visitors, spring and fall can be wonderful times to go. Although it can get extremely chilly and snowy, winter is a popular period for holiday markets and winter sports.

City Centre

Day 1: City Centre

If you enjoy elaborate Baroque buildings and expansive public spaces, Salzburg's city centre will make you feel at home. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has a rich history that dates back to the Roman Empire and some of the most well-known landmarks in Austria. The Prince-Archbishops dominated Salzburg with an iron fist and a zeal for building a splendid Baroque metropolis starting in the 16th century. The impressive structures, elaborate churches, and stunning public spaces in the city centre are proof certain that they were a success beyond their wildest expectations. Take a trip through the city's centre if you enjoy architecture and take in the spectacular paintings, exquisite sculptures, and magnificent domes.

The Salzburg Cathedral, a magnificent Baroque church that will have you believing you've travelled back in time, is one of the city centre's highlights. The exquisite sculptures and gorgeous frescoes will astound you, and the towering dome will leave you speechless. Nearby, the Residenzplatz is a huge public square that is flanked by exquisite Baroque structures. If you want to see how the other half lived, visit the Salzburg Residenz, the former residence of the Prince-Archbishops. But the Salzburg city centre includes more than just opulent structures and open spaces. It also has many charming little corners and streets, such as the Getreidegasse. This pedestrian street is surrounded by stunning Baroque structures and classic stores, and it is well-known for being Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's birthplace. Today, the house where he was raised is a museum that draws countless travellers each year.

Local Places to Eat:

  • Bärenwirt serves traditional Austrian food with generous portions, good service, and a great setting.
  • JOHANNESKELLER provides carefully crafted and delicious food. The decor is set like an underground tavern and really connects you to the local culture.
  • Zwettler's Wirtshaus has a welcoming atmosphere and service is quick and friendly. Some menus are available in English and some of the staff speak English as well. The goulash is to die for.

Fortress Hohensalzburg photo by Rachel Frum

Fortress Hohensalzburg

Fortress Hohensalzburg is a massive medieval stronghold located in Salzburg, Austria. Archbishop Gebhard von Helfenstein began construction on it in 1077, and other archbishops added to it over the years. At various points over its history, the stronghold served as a house and a prison in addition to being a crucial part of the city's defence. The fortress is a notable example of medieval military architecture because it was never taken over or destroyed. Skip-the-line for Fortress Hohensalzburg and get a tour or if you would rather tour at your own pace just grab an admission ticket!

Although the building at the Hohensalzburg Fortress is predominantly in the Gothic style, it also features Romanesque and Renaissance features. The castle has a chapel, a torture chamber, and a museum of weapons in addition to other towers, walls, courtyards, and buildings. The stronghold, which offers breathtaking views of Salzburg and the surrounding area, is accessible via funicular railway. A number of museums, including the Fortress Museum, the Marionette Museum, and the Rainer Regiment Museum, are located within the fortress. The Salzburg Festival, which is held every summer, is one of the many events that take place at the fortress.

Mozart’s Birthplace

Salzburg, Austria, is home to the historic structure known as Mozart's Birthplace. It was the birthplace of the famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who was born there in 1756. After being owned by Mozart's family for a while, the structure was transformed into a museum in 1880. The museum is filled with artefacts from Mozart's life and career, including the composer's childhood violin, portraits, and the original manuscripts of some of his most well-known pieces. A small theatre in the museum also offers daily Mozart music performances. Going into Mozart’s Birthplace was absolutely surreal for me. Being in the same place one of the best composers was born in? Yes please.

The classic Salzburg mansion known as Mozart's Birthplace was built in the 12th century. The building's exterior has a simple, elegant style with a gorgeous balcony made of wrought iron. The museum's interior has been brought back to its former glory, complete with antique furnishings and decorations. Visitors can tour the museum's many spaces, which include Mozart's birthplace, his childhood living quarters, and his father's music studio. The building known as ‘Mozart's Residence’ also contains the apartment where Mozart and his family resided from 1773 to 1780. Mozart's Birthplace is a part of this complex.

Salzburg Cathedral

The Salzburger Dom, also referred to as Salzburg Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral situated in Salzburg, Austria. The cathedral was first constructed as a simple church in the eighth century, but it was afterwards restored and expanded numerous times over the ages. The current Baroque building was finished in 1628 and has a striking green dome that was once clad in copper but turned green due to oxidation over time. Many historic occasions, such as Mozart's baptism and the coronations of numerous archbishops, took place at Salzburg Cathedral. The pipe organ in the cathedral, which was constructed in 1704 and is among the oldest in Europe, was played by Mozart himself.

Although the construction of Salzburg Cathedral is predominantly in the Baroque style, it also has aspects of Gothic and Romanesque design. In addition to frescoes, paintings, and sculptures by renowned painters like Johann Michael Rottmayr and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's father, Leopold Mozart, the inside of the church is embellished with sculptures and reliefs on the facade. A museum with a variety of liturgical items and historical artefacts is also located inside the cathedral. If you want to explore the Cathedral more in-depth, get a Guided Tour with an Entry Ticket.

St Peter's Abbey

St Peter’s Abbey

Salzburg, Austria is home to the Benedictine monastery known as St Peter's Abbey. Saint Rupert, a missionary and bishop dispatched by the Bavarian Duke Theodo II to the region, established St. Peter's Abbey in the year 696. On the site of an old Roman cemetery, Rupert built a monastery that was dedicated to St. Peter, the patron saint of Rome. St. Peter's Abbey underwent extensive expansion and modernisation over the years. Although the majority of St. Peter's Abbey is built in the Baroque style, it also has Gothic and Romanesque features. The abbey has a regal outside with elaborate stucco work, frescoes, and statues, while the interior has several exquisitely adorned chambers and halls.

The spectacular library at St. Peter's Monastery is renowned for housing more than 100,000 books and manuscripts, many of which are priceless and rare. The tombs of some well-known Salzburg citizens, including Mozart's sister Nannerl and the composer Michael Haydn, are located in the abbey's cemetery. The abbey contains a brewery that has been producing various different kinds of beer since the 17th century and is well-known across Austria. A number of museums are housed in St. Peter's Abbey, including the St. Peter's Museum, which has displays on Salzburg's religious history, and the Museum of the Abbey, which highlights the history and artwork of the abbey. The church in the monastery, which houses a magnificent Baroque altar and paintings by Johann Michael Rottmayr, is another place to note.

Getreidegrasse

Since the Middle Ages, when it was a significant centre of trade and commerce, Getreidegasse has been a key centre in Salzburg. German for ‘grain lane,’ Getreidegasse was formerly a major hub for grain and other products. The street gained popularity as a shopping destination throughout time, and it is now one of Austria's most well-known shopping avenues. Together with a variety of common Austrian cafes and eateries, the street is also home to upscale boutiques and expensive stores. Both visitors and residents enjoy visiting Getreidegasse, which is particularly busy at Christmastime when it is decked out in festive lights and ornaments.

Some of Salzburg's most exquisite Baroque structures can be found along Getreidegasse. Many of the structures are embellished with elaborate stucco work, decorative balconies, and lovely façade. The street is also recognised for its iconic wrought-iron shop signs. The street is renowned for its secret courtyards and passageways, which house quaint cafes, artisan stores, and other hidden treasures. Fans of the classic film "The Sound of Music" frequently visit Getreidegasse, which served as the backdrop for the "Do-Re-Mi" scene during filming. The street, which is flanked with lovely structures and architecture, is a wonderful location to meander and take in Salzburg's Old Town's allure.

Mirabell Palace (left) and the Hedge Tunnel (right) photos by Rachel Frum

Mirabell Palace and Gardens

Salzburg, Austria is home to Salzburg's Mirabell Palace and Gardens, a significant historical site. Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau constructed the palace in 1606 as a present for Salome Alt, the woman he loved. The palace had several renovations and additions over the years while serving as the Archbishop's family home in the future. The palace and grounds are now a well-liked tourist destination where concerts and cultural activities are held. Mirabell Palace and Gardens are best known for their appearance in the film "The Sound of Music." The gardens were included in the song ‘Do-Re-Mi,’ and the palace was the site for the iconic ‘I Am Sixteen Going on Seventeen’ scene. I cannot explain the utter joy of skipping through the Hedge Tunnel while singing with my mom and sister brought me. Of course, we also had to walk around Pegasus Fountain like Maria and the children in ‘Do-Re-Mi’. The Salzburg Marionette Theater, a marionette theatre that presents vintage operas and musicals, is also located at Mirabell Castle and Gardens.

Although the architecture of Mirabell Palace is predominantly in the Baroque style, it also has aspects of Neoclassical and Rococo design. The palace is ornately decorated inside and out, with large rooms, frescoes, and paintings by well-known artists like Johann Michael Rottmayr and Franz Anton Danreiter. The exterior of the palace is decorated with intricate sculptures and reliefs. The gardens were originally created in the Italian Baroque style, but in the 19th century, they underwent another makeover in the English landscape style. The gardens feature a hedge maze, a number of decorative flower beds, fountains, and statues. To immerse yourself in the culture of the palace book Dinner and a Classical Concert!

Mozartplatz

Mozartplatz is a public square located in Salzburg and is named after the famed musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who was born in the city. A sizable statue of Mozart that was built in 1842 and a lovely fountain that was installed in 1862 may be found in the square. Travellers frequently stop by the monument to snap pictures with it (me included), and the fountain adds to the elegance and attractiveness of the square. A number of historic structures, including the renowned Salzburg Cathedral, one of the city's most recognisable sights, surround Mozartplatz. The square serves as a popular gathering place for locals and visitors alike because of its abundance of cafes and eateries.

Mozartplatz hosts various cultural activities and performances all year long, including concerts, festivals, and fairs. It serves as one of the primary locations for the Salzburg Festival, one of the most prominent classical music festivals in the world, during the summer. Ultimately, Mozartplatz honours the life and legacy of one of history's greatest composers in a stunning and historic public space. It is a must-see location for anybody with an interest in music, culture, or history and it’s a tribute to Salzburg's rich artistic traditions and cultural legacy.

Altstadt

Altstadt (Old Town)

Salzburg, Austria's historic district is called Altstadt or Old Town. It is renowned for its stunning architecture, quaint alleyways, and extensive history and is situated on the left bank of the Salzach River. Old Town's origins may be traced to the Middle Ages, when it was a significant hub for trade and business. Although the city was established by the Romans in the first century AD, the Prince-Archbishops of Salzburg are credited with defining its appearance and character in the 17th and 18th centuries. Powerful rulers and lovers of the arts, the Prince-Archbishops left their mark on the city with impressive structures, lovely squares, and opulent streets. The Old Town area has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is recognised for the distinctive fusion of architectural forms and historical significance. Try the Austrian Food Tasting with Old Town Tour or the Private Old Town Highlights Tour.

Old Town's buildings are primarily in the Baroque style, but they also have Gothic and Renaissance features. Beautiful cathedrals, palaces, and other public structures, many of which were created by well-known architects of the era, are among the city's most well-known architectural features. The Salzburg Cathedral, the Mirabell Palace, and the Residenz Palace are a few of Old Town's most noteworthy structures. The Hohensalzburg Fortress, a huge castle that towers over the city and provides beautiful views of the surroundings, is also located in Old Town.

Salzburger Glockenspiel

In 1702, work began on the Salzburger Glockenspiel as part of the Neue Residenz, a building that housed the Prince-Archbishops of Salzburg. A tiny carillon, or set of bells, that played music periodically throughout the day was once housed in the tower. A mechanised figurine exhibit and an additional 35 bells were added to the carillon in 1933. One of Salzburg's most visited sites, the Salzburger Glockenspiel is well-known for its daily performances at 07:00, 11:00, and 18.00. I think the Glockenspiel is completely worth watching and was one of my favourite stops (besides anything that had to do with ‘The Sound of Music’). Twelve miniatures that illustrate scenes from Salzburg's history and folklore spin around the clock face as part of the performance, which is accompanied by music played on the carillon. The figures include a prince-archbishop, a baker, a farmer, and other characters from Salzburg's past.

The clock face on the tower is embellished with golden figurines and other artistic elements, and the tower is ornamented with elaborate stucco work. The tower has a striking onion dome on top that dominates Salzburg's skyline. After undergoing renovation in 2003, the Salzburger Glockenspiel is now outfitted with cutting-edge equipment that enables more sophisticated performances and other effects. The tower is situated in Salzburg's Old Town's Residenzplatz, a sizable plaza surrounded by ancient structures and sites.

Places to Stay:

Budget Friendly - YoHo - International Youth Hostel

Just ten minutes' walk separates the main train station from YoHo-International Youth Hostel. The Mozarteum is 650 yards away, and Mirabell Palace is about 550 yards from the site. YoHo-International Youth Hostel has a bar and shows ‘The Sound of Music’ every day for guests’ entertainment.

Mid-Range - Altstadthotel Wolf-Dietrich

A small, upscale hotel with a unique flair. It is made up of two structures: the Altstadthotel and the Residenz, which are placed next to one another in a peaceful side street in the city's pedestrian zone. Mozart's Home and Mirabell Palace are both easily accessible on foot.

Luxury - Altstadt Hotel Stadtkrug

In a 700-year-old structure at the base of the Kapuzinerberg mountain, this hotel is just a 5-minute walk from attractions, including Mozart's Birthplace and Mirabell Castle. The Stadtkrug Altstadt Hotel's opulent rooms include a flat-screen cable TV, a minibar, a safe, and a roomy, fashionable bathroom with a hairdryer.

Outside of the City Centre photo by Rachel Frum

Day 2: Outside the City Centre

Prepare to discover Salzburg's outskirts, where modernism and history coexist to form an amazing architectural tapestry. First up, we have the Hohensalzburg Fortress, one of the biggest and best-preserved strongholds in all of Europe. The 11th century saw the construction of this magnificent structure, which has since undergone expansion and renovation. Explore the stronghold and enjoy the expansive views of Salzburg and its lovely surroundings. Who says you can't have a fortress and a view? Next, the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg commissioned the construction of the stunning early 17th-century Baroque holiday home Hellbrunn Palace. A hot summer day is an ideal time to cool off at the palace, which is surrounded by gardens and fountains.

The Europark shopping centre is a bona fide temple of consumerism, where you can shop 'til you drop. If you're searching for something a little more refined, you must visit the Hangar-7 exhibition venue. It is an architectural marvel created by renowned architect Jean Nouvel and is home to a collection of classic vehicles, Formula 1 racing cars, and modern art. Yet, Salzburg's surrounding natural beauty is what makes the area truly spectacular. You'll never run out of outdoor destinations to explore with mountains, forests, and lakes all nearby and easily accessible. You're sure to have a blast whether you're climbing Untersberg Mountain, admiring the Krimml Waterfalls, or swimming in the Lake District's pristine waters. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the 4-Hour Guided Canyoning Trip for Beginners or the 4-Hour White Water Rafting on the Salzach River. So grab your hiking boots and head outside to explore!

Local Places to Eat:

  • Meet2Eat has mouth-watering steaks, a cosy ambience, and friendly, welcoming staff. What more could you need?
  • WeiherWirt has exquisite food from seafood to fusion with a central European flair. A lovely restaurant across the water from where they filmed the Sound of Music.
  • Restaurant Brunnauer is the place to experience fantastic Austrian-style hospitality and cuisine. The dishes draw on French and international influences but give pride of place to the region and the seasons – vegan options included. An attractive and stylishly modern interior and a fabulous view of the fortress from the terrace!

Schloss Hellbrunn (left) and the Gazebo (right) gazebo photo by Rachel Frum

Schloss Hellbrunn

Markus Sittikus von Hohenems, the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg, commissioned the construction of Schloss Hellbrunn as a summer retreat. The architect Santino Solari created the palace in the early Baroque style. A stunning park with numerous gardens, fountains, and water elements surrounds the castle. The ‘Trick Fountains’, a collection of water-powered sculptures and fountains that delight and surprise visitors with unexpected water sprays, are one of the gardens' most well-known features. The Prince-Archbishops of Salzburg lived in Castle Hellbrunn as a summer home until the end of the 18th century. The palace was used as a private dwelling for several noble families after the Archbishopric was abolished before it was made public as a museum in the 20th century.

Schloss Hellbrunn's architecture combines Baroque and Mannerist features with an emphasis on whimsical and humorous details. The palace has beautiful wood carvings, ornate stucco decorations, and frescoes by well-known artists including Johann Michael Rottmayr. In addition to the Trick Fountains, Schloss Hellbrunn's other highlights include the opulent church, the vast banquet hall, and the well-known ‘Giraffe Room’, which has a collection of artwork depicting exotic animals. In addition, Schloss Hellbrunn has served as the backdrop for various films and television shows, such as ‘The Great Escape’ and ‘The Sound of Music’. The famous gazebo used for the song ‘Sixteen Going on Seventeen’ is also located at Schloss Hellbrunn, and I will never forget my sister being fake proposed to while re-enacting the song.

Salzburg Zoo Hellbrunn

The popular Salzburg Zoo Hellbrunn is located in Salzburg on the grounds of the famed Hellbrunn Palace, which dates back to the first half of the 17th century. Almost 1,200 animals from about 140 different species call the zoo, which has a surface area of about 14 hectares, home. Animals including lions, tigers, elephants, giraffes, monkeys, penguins, and many more may be seen at the zoo.

The Salzburg Zoo Hellbrunn's emphasis on the preservation and protection of endangered species is one of its unique features. The zoo participates in a number of international breeding programmes and has successfully produced several threatened species throughout the years, including Rothschild's giraffes and Siberian tigers. The zoo offers guests a number of other amenities and attractions in addition to the animal exhibits. A petting zoo, a playground, a restaurant, as well as various educational initiatives and guided tours, are a few examples.

Schloss Frohnburg

An affluent Salzburg family commissioned the construction of Schloss Frohnburg in the 17th century as a private house. Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, an architect, created the palace in the Baroque style. The palace is close to Salzburg's historic district and is situated in the city's southern region. It is surrounded by gorgeous gardens and parkland. Castle Frohnburg has had a number of different owners and purposes over the years. It served as a German army hospital during World War Two. It was bought by the University of Salzburg in the 1950s and transformed into a residence for students.

Baroque and Rococo features combine to create Castle Frohnburg's distinctive architectural design. The castle has a sweeping staircase, a huge entrance hall, and other elaborate reception rooms with stucco accents and frescoes by well-known artists like Johann Michael Rottmayr. The "Mirror Room," one of the palace's most well-known spaces, has a beautiful ceiling painting of the goddess Minerva. The space served as a location for "The Sound of Music" filming. Castle Frohnburg's lovely chapel, which is embellished with delicate stucco work and features a superb altarpiece by the artist Franz Xaver Riepl, is another intriguing aspect of the building. Castle Frohnburg is renowned for having a long history and stunning architecture in addition to being connected to the Salzburg Festival. Since the 1950s, the palace has served as a location for performances of operas, concerts, and other cultural events.

Steiegl Brauwelt

Stiegl Brauwelt

The Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg founded the modest brewery Stiegl Brauwelt in 1492. It expanded throughout the years to become among Austria's biggest and most well-known breweries. The brewery is situated in Salzburg's Maxglan neighbourhood, not far from the city's historic core. It is housed in a cutting-edge structure with a contemporary aesthetic. Visitors can learn about Salzburg's brewing history as well as the actual brewing process at Stiegl Brauwelt. The museum offers guided tours of the brewery premises, displays of vintage brewing apparatus, and interactive exhibits.

The ‘Beer World’ exhibit, which lets visitors explore the world of beer through interactive displays and multimedia exhibits, is one of the most popular attractions at Stiegl Brauwelt. Stiegl Brauwelt also allows guests the option to sample a wide selection of Stiegl beers, including some that are not available for sale in stores. In addition to offering Stiegl beer, the brewery also offers a restaurant and beer garden where guests may eat traditional Austrian fare.The Stiegl Brauwelt is well-known for its museum and visitor centre as well as its dedication to sustainability. The brewery aims to minimise its environmental impact by recycling waste materials and using renewable energy sources.

Hangar-7

Dietrich Mateschitz, the founder of Red Bull, opened Hangar-7 in 2003. Volkmar Burgstaller, a well-known Austrian architect, created the structure. The building is 14 metres tall, consisting of steel and glass. Mateschitz's private collection of aircraft, helicopters, and Formula One race cars were housed in Hangar-7, which was constructed. Almost 25 aircraft and 30 Formula One race cars are part of the collection.

Along with its collection, Hangar-7 offers a number of eateries, bars, and lounges in addition to exhibition areas and event rooms. The ‘Mayday Bar’, which is on the top floor of the structure and provides sweeping views of Salzburg and the surrounding Alps, is one of the attractions of Hangar-7. The distinctively designed Ikarus restaurant is also located at Hangar-7. A different Michelin-starred chef from a new country is invited each month to design a new dish and demonstrate their culinary prowess. Public access to Hangar-7 is available, and admission is free. Along with enjoying the restaurants and other amenities, visitors can explore the collection of aeroplanes and racing vehicles.

Schloss Leopoldskron

Schloss Leopoldskron

Leopold Anton von Firmian, the archbishop of Salzburg, commissioned the construction of Schloss Leopoldskron as a private house in the 18th century. Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt, the architect, created the palace in the Baroque architectural style. The palace is situated on the banks of the Leopoldskroner Weiher, a small lake just south of Salzburg's historic centre. Johann Michael Rottmayr, a well-known Austrian landscape architect, created the lake and its surrounding park. Castle Leopoldskron has had a number of different owners and uses over the years. It functioned as the US military's command centre throughout World War Two. It was bought by a family in the 1950s, and they turned it into a hotel. The Salzburg Global Seminar, a global non-profit organisation, now owns it.

Baroque and Rococo features are combined in Castle Leopoldskron's architectural design. The palace has a grand staircase, a huge entrance hall, and other elaborate reception rooms with stucco decorations and frescoes by well-known artists like Johann Baptist Zimmermann. The Venetian Room, one of the palace's most popular rooms, boasts a beautiful ceiling mural that illustrates the myth of Jupiter and Europa. The area served as a location for ‘The Sound of Music’ filming. Schloss Leopoldskron's ‘Gothic Room’, which was constructed in the 19th century, is another intriguing aspect of the castle. The area has a sizable fireplace and elaborate wood carvings that were added to make it look like a mediaeval hall.

Places to Stay:

Budget Friendly - Pension Elisabeth - Rooms & Apartments

Each room at Pension Elisabeth - Rooms & Apartments offers satellite TV and a work desk. Some rooms are equipped with air conditioning and some have a shared bathroom and toilet. There is free WiFi throughout the building and a bicycle rental. A buffet breakfast is available in the modern, non-smoking dining room.

Mid-Range - FourSide Hotel Salzburg

Situated right at the Messe Salzburg fairgrounds, only 2 minutes from the A1 motorway and 1.2 miles from the main station, this hotel offers easy access to the centre by public transport, free parking and free Wi-Fi. Traditional Austrian and international cuisine can be enjoyed in the restaurant of the FourSide Hotel Salzburg, which also features a nice bar.

Luxury - arte Hotel Salzburg

Rooms are complete with a private bathroom fitted with a shower, while certain rooms at arte Hotel Salzburg also offer a seating area. A buffet, vegetarian or gluten-free breakfast is available every morning at the property. Arte Hotel Salzburg offers a terrace and staff that speak German and English.

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