- 1 Things to do on a day trip to Salzburg
- 1.1 Visit the Hohensalzburg Castle
- 1.2 The Old Town in Salzburg.
- 1.3 Visit the birth place of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Salzburg.
- 1.4 Cross over the Love Lock Bridge in Salzburg
- 1.5 Visit the Mirabell Palace and Garden in Salzburg
- 1.6 Visit the location of The Sound of Music in Salzburg.
- 1.7 Must Do on a day trip to Salzburg
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Salzburg – The birth place of Mozart and The Sound of Music, is one of the most visited cities in Europe and perhaps the world. A small city with extraordinary heritage nestled on the banks of the Salzach River. You can do a Day trip to Salzburg from Vienna.
Salzburg is filled with Baroque architecture and adorned by a dominating fortress which claims to be the largest preserved fortress in Europe. Tucked between the Alps and Germany Salzburg has some gorgeous mountain scenery and a charming Old town which is UNESCO World Heritage site.
The best time to visit Salzburg.
Though Salzburg is beautiful all year round it is most popular with tourists in the summer months. The Salzburg Festival every summer is very popular and brings in large crowds.
It also showcases some of the most popular international stars from around the world. The best time to visit Salzburg would be between September and October when the summer crowds have returned.
How to get to Salzburg
Salzburg is well connected with Europe. Salzburg has the second largest airport in Austria and is well connected with the rest of the World. It is 300 km from the capital so you can do a Day trip to Salzburg from Vienna easily. Salzburg is well connected by roads but the best way is to take a train and marvel at the Austrian countryside.
The best fares for a day trip to Salzburg from Vienna is by Westnbahn a private train company.
Things to do on a day trip to Salzburg
There is so much to do in Salzburg. From cathedrals, museums, and elaborate palaces to cafes, parks and castles but all this can be done in a day trip to Salzburg if you plan it.
Visit the Hohensalzburg Castle
We started with the Hohensalzburg Castle built in 1077 and still standing strong overlooking the city.
With magnificent views of the city and the surrounding natural beauty I would highly recommend this. Marvel at the old town to the North and stunning views of the Alps it is the perfect place to start you tour of Salzburg.
Hohensalzburg Castle sits atop the Festungsberg, a small hill and in its 800 year history, the castle has never been attacked or conquered. During peaceful times it was used as a storage depot as well as a dungeon.
The best way to reach Hohensalzburg Castle is by taking the funicular that whisks you away in a few minutes and costs a few €.
You can also walk to the top for free but if you are on a tight schedule like we were it is best to enjoy the views from the funicular.
There are 2 restaurants at Hohensalzburg Castle. Both offer breath taking views and some traditional Austrian cuisine or simply sip on a coffee and enjoy the views.
The Old Town in Salzburg.
As you defend from the castle you are in the Old Town which is on the left bank of the river with narrow roads and beautiful architecture. Rows of shops and cafes where you can purchase some of the finest Austrian products.
Dedicate the afternoon to a pleasurable stroll through the old town and experience the colorful history and some of the most important sights such as the Festival Hall, The Cathedral, St. Peter’s Abbey Church along with the birthplace of W. A. Mozart.
Enjoy the Mozartplatz a large square with a statue of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
We stopped for lunch at the popular Austrian restaurant call the K+K. The restaurant is located within a historic merchant’s home right next to Salzburg Cathedral on the famous Mozartplatz Square.
The seating outside on a sunny day is out of this world and combined with some authentic Austrian cuisine with a modern twist you can’t ask for more. The K+K is an amazing place to enjoy your lunch, coffee or afternoon tea and do some people watching.
No. 9 Getreidegasse Salzburg, the birth place of Mozart
Visit the birth place of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Salzburg.
He was born here in 1756 and the house has been converted into a museum. The house introduces visitors to his early life and some of the first musical instruments the genius used. The third floor exhibits Mozart’s childhood violin as well as portraits and documents from his life.
The second floor houses the famous clavichord on which Mozart composed The Magic Flute.
Cross over the Love Lock Bridge in Salzburg
Salzburg is full of scenic walks but my favourite one was across the pedestrian Love Lock Bridge.
We decided to walk across this pedestrian bridge to our next stop the famous Mirabell Garden. The bridge is nicknamed “The Love Lock Bridge” because of the many loving couples who like to put a lock on this bridge to show their affection and commitment to each other.
The Love Lock Bridge in Salzburg has become a popular site with tourists and a very Instragramable place.
Walk across the Love Lock Bridge to get some picture perfect views of the old town and Salzburg Fortress overlooking it.
Visit the Mirabell Palace and Garden in Salzburg
As you walk across the bridge you enter the 19th century Neustadt, or New Town and home to the popular Mirabell Palace and Gardens.
The Mirabell Palace was built around 1606 at the behest of Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich Raitenau as a pleasure palace for him and his mistress Salome.
The palace is home to the current mayor’s office. The Marble Hall inside still plays host to concerts and dates back to the time when Mozart performed here with his sister.
The Palace is surrounded by beautiful Baroque styled gardens with its highlights being the Donnerstiege (stairway) and the Pegasus Fountain.
Visit the location of The Sound of Music in Salzburg.
One of the main reasons for my visit to the Mirabell Palace and garden was because it was the film location of “The Sound of Music”
The palace is featured in the film as the Von Trapp family home along with the Horse Pond. The Sound of Music is probably one of the biggest musicals and if you are a fan like I am you must visit it. There are numerous location where scenes were shot both in and around Salzburg.
The Mirabell Palace is one of the most popular destinations in the city and entrance is free.
Visit St. Peter’s Abbey & The Catacombs on a day trip to Salzburg
St. Peter’s abbey and its cemetery dates back to the 7th century and is the spiritual heart of the city of Salzburg.
The oldest tombstone that you can find in the cemetery is of Abbot Dietmar who died in 1288.
Walking through the cemetery you will discover the graves of Mozart’s sister Nannerl and the composer Michael Hayden.
The builder of Salzburg Cathedral, Santino Solari, is also buried here.
Visit the catacombs here that date back to the Early Christian era and are cut into the rocks of the Festungsberg Mountain.
To discover some of the best viewpoints in Salzburg have a read of – The Best Viewpoints in Salzburg by Trail-Stained by Ankita & Mohit
Must Do on a day trip to Salzburg
- Walk the streets of the Old Town one of the largest UNESCO World Heritage sights by area.
- Ride the funicular to Hohensalzburg Castle and enjoy a bird’s eye view of Salzburg.
- Pay a visit to “Mozarts Wohnhaus” in Makartplatz the birth place of Mozart.
- Shop in the narrow street of Getreidegasse
- Marvel at the Salzburg Cathedral which has been demolished and rebuilt several times from its initial creation in 774.
- Sing along to the Sound of Music at the Mirabell Palace.
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