Salzburg is an Austrian city on the German border, with views of the Eastern Alps. It’s known as the birthplace of Mozart and was the setting for the film “The Sound of Music.” The city is divided by the Salzach River, with medieval and baroque buildings of the pedestrian Altstadt (Old City) on its left bank, and 19th-century Neustadt (New City) on the right.
Linzer Gasse is one of the oldest and best-known streets in Salzburg. Visitors who want to enjoy a breathtaking view over the city of Salzburg should head to the top of the Kapuzinerberg Mountain right next to the Linzer Gasse. Although the path is quite steep, the view is fantastic.
There are many things to do and to see in this beautiful city, below are some of the most interesting activities and sight seeing:
1. Salzburg’s Old Town, it is a typical European town, small in size and big in sights with some great stories and histories behind it. This area is great for long walks, both sides of the river have their own charm and the bridges and river are very nice. Be sure to take the funicular up to the fort. The views are stunning from up there. The old town is packed with cafes, restaurants and shops where you can enjoy, chill and explore.
2. Don’t miss taking a ride on Fiaker Salzburg, horse and carriage, it can take up to five people on a tour for approximately 20-25 minute ride around the old city. The ride might be costly, but it is worth taking.
3. Salzburg is Mozart’s birthplace; many locals celebrate this life with food, music and history.
The Makartplatz with Mozart’s residence and its interesting museum is located parallel to the Linzer Gasse. Here you can enjoy a short break at the Café Classic.
4. Before you walk on the other side of the Salzach River you should definitely visit the Mirabell garden, which is located right opposite Mozart’s residence. In springtime the beautiful garden from the 17th century is full of colorful plants. Enjoy a walk through the old town of Salzburg.
5. Salzburg chocolatier Paul Fürst invented the Mozartkugel “Mozart ball” in 1890 and named it after his city’s most famous son. The pistachio, marzipan and nougat core is coated in milk chocolate and until today handmade in the Konditorei Fürst at Alter Markt square. Much cheaper and almost as tasty are numerous other brands of Mozartkugel, sold everywhere in Salzburg — if not Austria.
6. Never conquered by enemy troops, Hohensalzburg Fortress was invaded by tourists in the mid-20th century. It was originally built in 1077 in preparation for a conflict between Pope Gregor VII and Emperor Henry IV. Over the centuries, the complex has grown, serving as a prison, army camp, and, of course, a military stronghold. Today, a torture chamber, several courtyards, and three small museums — the Fortress, the Rainer Regiment and the Marionette — reside within its walls.
7. Salzburg Zoo is a great visit for families with young children, where they will be fascinated with the animal selection at the zoo. Many different animals have found a new home at the Zoo in Hellbrunn in Salzburg, some endangered species among them. In all, more than 800 wild animals from 140 species live there. All those animals live in an environment close to their natural surroundings. One of the main goals of the zoo is to combine the beauty of the landscape of the Hellbrunn Mountain with the natural environment of the animals.