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A storybook city with a rich musical heritage—from Mozart’s birthplace to the The Sound of Music— Salzburg enchants with quiet cobblestone streets, charming cafes, and indulgent chocolate shops.
Situated on the river Salzach in the Old Town district, Hotel Sacher Salzburg the perfect starting place for visiting many of Salzburg’s most famous sites such as Mozart’s childhood home, Mirabell Palace, and the State Theater.
With a skyline dominated by graceful church spires, domes, and palaces, it’s no wonder Salzburg is often referred to as the “Rome of the North.” Rising above these centuries-old secular and sacred buildings is the formidable clifftop Fortress Hohensalzburg, built in 1077 by the archbishop, and beyond that, the Eastern Alps of The Sound of Music fame. The city is divided by the Salzach River, with Altstadt (Old Town) on its western bank and the 19th-century Neustadt (New City) on its right. Throughout its history, Salzburg has been a melting pot for the cultures and arts of northern and southern Europe, evident in its Italian-style plazas dotted with quaint shops and cafes and its rich musical traditions—making this old-meets-new Austrian city an enchanting destination for all types of travelers.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Salzburg’s Old Town is the best-preserved city center in the Alps. This charming central district is home to shops, cafes, and churches dating back to the Middle Ages.
Situated high on a cliff above Salzburg is this thousand-year-old fortress. The largest intact fortress in Central Europe, Hohensalzburg is now home to multiple museums and a self-guided tour offering a peek into the lavish life of royalty at the time.
Tour the birthplace and childhood home of Salzburg’s most famous resident. Furnished as it would have been in Mozart’s time, the museum also contains the composer’s childhood instruments and original compositions.
Visit landmarks important in the life of the real-life and movie-version von Trapp family such as their original villa, Mirabell Gardens, Hellbrunn Palace, Nonnberg Convent, and Mondsee Basilica.
Drawn from wooden barrels and served in stone-made steins, beer has been brewed and enjoyed at this monastery-turned-meeting-place since 1621. Austria’s largest tavern also offers several regional dishes sold in market stalls called the "Schmankerlgang."
Located just outside the city, this mountain is a popular spot for recreational sports and family-friendly hiking. There are also numerous restaurants and huts with refreshments.
Summers in Salzburg are consistent and pleasant, with the temperature rarely rising above the mid-80s. Snowfall during the colder months turns the town into a picturesque winter spot, and temperatures hover in the low-20s. On average, the warmest month is August and the coldest January, both offering unique views of this spectacular city.