Irene Clunie, City Breaks Specialist

"Salzburg is a magical city infused with breathtaking vistas, romantic architecture and historically significant sights. A walk through Cathedral Square will place you in the heart of it all where you can take in the city’s famous gothic cathedral and St. Peter’s Abbey as well as the nearby grand Residenz State Rooms, a regal baroque palace once occupied by the archbishops of Salzburg and the location of Mozart’s first musical performance."

Salzburg at a glance

Inspiring vistas, fantastic Baroque architecture and an enviable art and culture scene makes Salzburg a must visit city break destination. Whether you are a fan of ‘The Sound of Music’, want to visit the birthplace of Mozart or savour the picturesque cityscape, Salzburg is a wonderful mixture of beauty, class and theatrical kitsch.

Salzburg, meaning ‘Salt Fortress’, derived its name from the salt often carried on barges through the city on the Salzach River. The profitability of the salt mines, located to the south of the city, enabled Salzburg to achieve an architectural grandeur often compared to Rome. Many of the city’s Baroque buildings survived the bombings of World War II and today make up the beautifully preserved Old Town recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Art, music and theatre lovers can indulge in a number of fantastic venues offering world famous music festivals, operas, and even a marionette theatre, while those looking for inspiration outdoors will find a host of lovely gardens, forested walking paths and excellent vantage points from which to view the Alps. 

Perfect if you’re looking for:

  • Arts and culture 
  • Stunning archetecture
  • Historic attractions 

Getting around

Much of Salzburg’s city centre is pedestrian only, making it easy to get around by foot.

There is also a city bus network that operates throughout the city. Single and 24-hour tickets can be purchased in advance at a discounted rate or from the driver at full price.

Dining in Salzburg

The cuisine in Salzburg is a blend of Austrian and Bavarian tradition, but with a culinary capital prestige that maintains a high concentration of Michelin Star restaurants there is always room for neue Küche (nouvelle cuisine). 

Must-try local dishes

  • Wiener Schnitzel – breaded, tender pork or beef steak
  • Kaspressknödel – fried cheese dumplings
  • Salzburger Nockerl – stiff egg whites mixed with bittersweet chocolate, hazelnut nougat and marzipan

Osprey Holidays top tips

Forget the diet and try Salzburg's famous Salzburger Nockerln, a sweet soufflé with a choice of delicious fillings!

Get your tailor-made city break itinerary

Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to Salzburg designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:

  • All travel and transfers on days of your choice
  • Accommodation from our handpicked range of Salzburg hotels, to suit your budget and requirements

Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.

Important information
Population 148,521
Languages German
Currency Euro
Visa Information No visa required for EU citizens
Average temperatures

(monthly highs °C)

Interesting facts

Visit one of the cafés on the Mozartplatz and enjoy a slice of delicious 'Salzburg Nockerl'.

Distance from airports
Salzburg Airport W.A. Mozart 4 km
Railway stations
Salzburgh Hauptbahnhof

Things to do in Salzburg

  • Hellbrunn Castle: A magical castle famous for its ‘trick water fountain’ guided tour.
  • Salzburg Fortress: With a commanding position at the top of Mönchberg Mountain, it is worth taking the funicular up for a visit.
  • Getreidegasse: Elegant and historic street with a variety of shops from the larger chains to smaller, traditional boutiques.
  • Salzburg Cathedral: A breathtakingly beautiful, awe-inspiring 17th century Baroque masterpiece.
  • Salzburg Old Town: Wander around this magical old town with reminders of Mozart at every turn.