Salzburg is a truly charming city, made for walking around and exploring. Divided by the river Salzach into the Altstadt (Old City) and the 19th-century Neustadt (New City), it is famous for being the birthplace of Mozart and as the setting for The Sound of Music. Most of the quaint city has hardly changed over the past 200 years, and many of its treasures are free to access.
1. Stroll through the Altstadt
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the medieval and Baroque structures are truly marvelous. The historic areas are largely pedestrian, perfect for a leisurely ramble. Don’t miss Mozart’s birthplace!
2. Explore the grounds at Schloss Hellbrunn
The Hellbrunn Castle is a palatial 17th-century villa with sprawling grounds full of hidden treasures. While it may cost €10,50 to enter the Schloss, there is no fee to enter the grounds. The lush lawns are also home to the famous Sound of Music gazebo.
3. Visit Salzburg Cathedral
The 17th-century Salzburger Dom is one of the city’s most iconic buildings. Dedicated to the Saints Rupert and Vergilius, it has an impressive marble facade. While it is free to visit throughout the year, there are also free tours during the Christmas and Festival season.
4. Walk down Steingasse
This street between the Salzach River and Kapuzinerberd is known for its beautiful houses. You can also find the St Johann am Imberg Church where Mozart played as a child.
5. Go on a hike
Salzburg offers tons of trails for the hiking enthusiast. There are climbs within the city, such as the Mönchsberg, as well as a longer hike on the nearby Untersberg (pictured) – the closest big mountain.
6. Relax at the Mirabell Gardens
Salzburg’s famous Mirabell Gardens with fountains, many statues, and beds of flowers is free to enter. Amble along the shady paths, or if you’re a Sound of Music fan, climb the Unicorn Staircase where Julie Andrews and co. danced during “Do-Re-Mi”.