Top 5 Things To Do in Salzburg, Austria
Updated: Jul 28, 2020
Salzburg is renowned for being the filming location of The Sound of Music and the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, but there’s so much more to this charming city nestled in the foothills of the Alps. Often dubbed “Rome of the North”, Salzburg is tourist-friendly, very walkable and surrounded by both natural and manmade scenery. Luckily, this makes visiting all of the best sights very feasible. Here are the top 5 things you can’t miss out on while visiting Salzburg, Austria.
1. Hohensalzburg Castle and Fortress
A trip to Salzburg isn’t complete without visiting Hohensalzburg, one of the cities key landmarks and most visited attractions. Whether you decide to walk or take Austria’s oldest funicular, don’t miss out on the impressive scenery overlooking the city and the largest medieval castle in Europe.
2. Getreidgasse Shopping Street
Getreidgasse is the bustling heart of Salzburg's Old Town, directly across the Salzach river. It’s Salzburg’s main shopping street, lined with cafes, boutiques, traditional inns, designer fashion chains, and other unique businesses.
3. Mirabell Palace and Gardens
The Mirabell Gardens are a favourite gathering spot for both tourists and locals alike. Often referred to as one of the world’s most beautiful gardens, this is where the entire end of the song ‘Do Re Mi’ in the Sound of Music movie was shot! The palace itself is nothing short of breathtaking either and a popular spot for wedding ceremonies.
4. Connect with Nature in Mayrhofen
Mayrhofen is known for its winter sports and year round skiing, but there’s plenty to do in the
summer too. Take in the magical mountain scenery by riding on Ahornbahn, Austria’s largest
cable car, or go hiking or cycling. The amazing scenery and great roads make Mayrhofen easily
accessible for tourists and a must see destination.
5. Salzburg Lake District
Visiting the Austrian Lakes might be the closest thing you’ll ever get to total bliss. Mondsee is the closest and most famous lake to Salzburg (only 20 minutes!), but whether you’re looking for water sports or history, there’s a lake for everyone.