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Where is the City of Salzburg?

Salzburg, city of Mozart, is the oldest city in Austria and the capital of the Austrian state of Salzburg . It is the fourth largest city in Austria with 148.256 inhabitants and covers an area of 65,64 km².Salzburg sits on the banks of the river Salzach.

Salzburg’s W. A. Mozart Airport is the second most important airport in Austria with a constantly increasing number of passengers, especially due to winter tourism.

The old town of Salzburg with the cathedral
Mirabell Castle with the Mirabell Garden

Tourism, culture, university and sports

Salzburg’s historic centre was enlisted as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996 and is renowned for its Baroque architecture such as Sigmundstor (it is the oldest street tunnel in Austria), Hohensalzburg Fortress, Hellbrunn Castle, Old Residence, New Residence, Old University with Saecellum and big auditorium, city hall, Festspielhaus with Felsenreitschule and lots more.

Salzburg Sights

Famous streets & places

Getreidegasse is probably one of the world’s best known shopping streets and you also find Mozart’s birthplace on this street. Other places of interest are the Cathedral Square with Immaculate Column (Mariensäule), Kapitelplatz (Chapter Square), Residence Square with Residence Fountain, Mozart Square with Mozart Statue, or the Old Market with Floriani Fountain.

Famous sacred buildings

  • Salzburg Cathedral
  • Saint Peter’s Abbey, the oldest monastery in the German-speaking region
  • Nonnberg, the world’s oldest convent
  • and buildings by the famous architect J.B. Fischer von Erlach such as Kollegienkirche, Dreifaltigkeitskirche, Markuskirche or Johannsspitalkirche.

Must-see: Salzburg’s castles and palaces

Schloss Aigen, Schloss Leopoldskron or Schloss Hellbrunn with big park and trick fountains, Hellbrunn Alley - the oldest still existing alley of the world. Schloss Mirabell with its Mirabell Park and the Marble Hall – one of the most beautiful places to get married. Mirabell Palace is a listed cultural heritage monument and part of the Salzburg UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Explore the city of Salzburg from above

The landmark of Salzburg: Hohensalzburg Fortress overlooking the Old Town.

Museum to zoo – there’s a lot to see in Salzburg

Famous Salzburg museums are: Folklore Museum, Toy Museum, Fortress and Panorama Museum, House of Nature, Cathedral Museum Mozart’s Birthplace, Hangar 7 and Stiegl Brewery.

Salzburg Zoo, part of Hellbrunn Park, is home to more than 1,500 animals.

Tip: Salzburg Card includes many sights for free

Salzburg Altstadt
Hellbrunn Castle

Things to do in Salzburg

Salzburg is a city of culture and music with about 4,000 events throughout the year: from Mozart Week, Salzburg Easter and Whitsun Festival, the renowned Salzburg Festival, Salzburg Culture Days, Jazz & the City to the Salzburg Advent Singing and the Winterfest. There is always something going on in Salzburg, smaller and bigger cultural events, such as exhibitions, music, theatre, dance or programmes for children.

Salzburg also has hosted and hosts sporting events: the yearly Salzburg Marathon, the 2006 UCI Road World Championships, three games of the UEFA EURO 2008.

What’s the weather like in Salzburg?

Salzburg enjoys a warm and temperate climate. The city is famous for the so-called "Schnürlregen”, a special kind of drizzle rain, but in spite of the relatively high amount of precipitation Salzburg is worth visiting any time of the year. For the current weather have a look at our live webcams.