Salzburg, Austria: Top Things to Do

Salzburg Old TownMozart's BirthplaceMozarts WohnhausSpielzeugmuseumFestung HohensalzburgSchloss HellbrunnTrick Fountain, Schloss HellbrunnSchloss MirabellGarden, Schloss MirabellMarble Hall, Schloss MirabellDom Zu SalzburgSt. Peter's ChurchSt. Sebastian CemeteryCable Car at UntersbergKapuzinerbergGiant Chess Board

Salzburg is one of the most important places in Austria. It is the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart that makes his birth house and his residence included as major attractions of the city. The city is filled with music, operas, concerts, and theater plays. It is also the setting of the film "The Sound of Music" starring Julie Andrews. Aside from the musical history of the city, its Old Town is filled with baroque structures and historical architectures making it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are a lot of attractions in the city that includes museums, castles, and churches. With these attractions, there are tours and other things to do that attracts the tourists. Another important event in the city is the Salzburg Festival that invites thousands of visitors.

 

 

Salzburg Card

With all the attractions and sights in the city, it is recommended that a tourist purchase a Salzburg Card since most of the tourist attractions require an entrance fee. The card offers free admission to all of the city's attractions and free use of any public transportation including the fortress funicular, panorama boat, and cable car in Untersberg. Discounts for cultural events and various tours and excursions are also inclusive. The card costs €26 for 24 hours, €35 for 48 hours, and €41 for 72 hours.

Museums

As Mozart's birthplace, the Mozarts Geburtshaus and the Mozarts Wohnhaus are some of the city's most visited attractions. The Mozarts Geburtshaus or Mozart's birth house is located in the heart of the city. The Mozart family lived here from 1747 to 1773 and on January 27, 1756, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born here. Nowadays, it is a popular museum that is devoted to the Mozart family. Without the Salzburg Card, admission costs €10 for adults, €4 for youths and school groups of 15 - 18, €3.50 for children and school groups of 6 - 14, €21 for a family ticket. The Mozarts Wohnhaus or Mozart's Residence has the same admission fee with the Mozarts Geburtshaus. It was reconstructed after being destroyed during World War II.There are other museums in the city that are worth the visit. The Toy Museum, also known as Spielzeugmuseum, has the largest collections of European toys. Every Tuesday and Wednesday, the Kasperltheater puppet show is held in the museum. There is an admission fee of €2.70 for adults, €2 for seniors and children, and €0.80 for students. Other museums that showcase history and contemporary art works are the Salzburg Museum, Museum of Natural History, Salzburg Museum of Modern Art, and Residenzgalerie.

 

 

Castles

The landmark of the city is the Festung Hohensalzburg. It is the largest intact fortress in Central Europe offering breathtaking views of Salzburg and the Alps as it is located on top op the mountain. To avoid the vertical hike up, there is a funicular ride available at €11 and free if Salzburg Card is handy. Other major attractions that contributes well to the city's rich history are other castles like the Schloss Hellbrunn and the Schloss Mirabell. The Schloss Hellbrunn was once the summer palace of the Archbishops of the city. The palace has lots of trick fountains and gardens. It is also housing the Steintheater where the first opera in Central Europe was conducted. There are also children's playground and zoo for the amusement of children. The Schloss Mirabell is a beautiful castle with gardens loacated next to the Salzach river. The castle features gardens like the Garden of Dwarfs and the Garden of Roses, the marble stairs of Raffael Donner, and the Marble Hall; the world's most beautiful wedding hall.

Church & Cemeteries

The Salzburg Cathedral or the Dom zu Salzburg houses the Cathedral Excavations Museum where the objects excavated from a Roman villa and foundations of the west towers of the Romanesque cathedral can be seen. It is one of the top attractions the city. Other remarkable place is the St. Sebastian Church and Cemetery. It was built by Kassian Singer from 1749 to 1753. In the entrance passage to the cemetery, the grave of Theophrastus Bombastus of Hohenheim that is called Paracelsus is located. Other famous people that are included in the cemetery are the father and the wife of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Leopold and Constanze, and Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau, who was denied his spot in the crypt of the Dom. The St Peter's Church, Cemetery, and Catacombs is another famous place in the city that has small catacombs carved into the nearby cliff side.

Activities

A popular activity in the city is climbing the top of the Untersberg. There is a variety of paths that lead to the top. Most people, however, use the cable cars that lift passengers to the Geiereck peak from the St Leonhard station. There is also a steep hill called the Kapuzinerberg that can be accessed through Linzergasse. It offers several viewpoints. Another popular thing to do in the city is to play chess on the giant chess board painted on the ground near the Dom.