Welcome to Salzburg

Guide to Salzburg, Austria
If a child was given the best Hornby railway set in the world, and several days to arrange it, they’d never come up with anything quite so charming as Salzburg.

If a child was given the best Hornby railway set in the world, and several days to arrange it, they’d never come up with anything quite so charming as Salzburg.

Its toytown beauty makes any visitor feel as if they’ve strayed onto a chocolate box lid; with its rolling mountains, the famous Salzbach river a soft jade green- locals say it changes colour when it rains- and little onion-domed churches, alongside cosy restaurants and medieval palaces.

No wonder Maria Von Trapp wanted to escape the convent and skip through the town squares, singing. All of Salzburg is in love with music; jazz, classical, opera... the birthplace of Mozart, there are concerts every night of the year, a festival every January, and in Summer, luminaries of the classical and jazz worlds gather for the two-month Salzburg Festival, when the streets and squares vibrate with melodies. Even when briefly silent, the Salzburg air is like the distillation of a mountain spring, as cool and clear as new-formed ice.

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Mozart's House

Don’t get too misty-eyed about visiting Mozart’s birthplace, or the Spar supermarket now situated on the ground floor of Getreidegasse 9 may come as a shock. more
Getreidegasse 27 5020 Salzburg Bus routes 1 and 4 from the station.

Salzburg Castle

Salzburg lies under layers of history, like a blanket of snow. And much of it is concentrated in the ancient stones of Salzburg castle, (Hohensalzburg) which overlooks the city from the Alpine slopes. more
Monchsberg 34 5020 Salzburg Festungsbahn Funicular - From the old town.

Salzburg Dom Cathedral

The stones may have changed, but the Cathedral remains a remarkable study in resurrection and determination- and also contains the font where Mozart was baptised. more
Domplatz 1a 5020 Salzburg



Despite sounding like a motorway, this is the modern, chic restaurant at the top of Salzburg’s excellent Museum Of Modern Art... more
Monchsberg 32 5020 Salzburg

Cafe Tomaselli

Wood panelled walls, exquisite patisserie and waiters in bow ties make the historic Café Tomaselli an essential visit. more
Alter Markt 9 5020 Salzburg 0662 8444880


Austrian food is often as hearty as a woodcutter’s packed lunch more
Sollheim 3 5300 Salzburg 0662 66 12 42

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Music lovers gravitate to the Triangel restaurant... more
Wiener-Philharmoniker-Gasse 7 5020 Salzburg 0662 842229

Afro Cafe

The extremely jolly Afro café looks a little like the set of a childrens’ TV show more
Burgerspitalplatz 5 5020 Salzburg 0662 844888


The bar of the chic Hotel Stein is more Mad Men than traditionally cosy. more
Giselakai 3-5 A 5020 Salzburg 0662 8743460


Hotel Sacher Salzburg

This huge, glamorous hotel, built in 1866, is now a Leading Hotel Of The World more
Schwarzstrasse 5-7 5020 Salzburg

Hotel Auersperg

Despite its age- the hotel was built in 1900- this is a chic, modern boutique hotel. more
Auerspergstrasse 61 5020 Salzburg Bus No 2 / Stelzhamerstrasse

Hotel Bristol

This grand hotel is right by the Mirabell Palace and its huge, baroque rooms have a touch of the Disney princess about their dramatic elegance. more
Marktplatz 4 5020 Salzburg 8 mins by taxi from the main station.

Guide to Salzburg, Austria

In The Mood


The Salzburg Tales (Virago Modern Classics) by Christina Stead


The Sound Of Music



Mozart: Great piano concertos Mozart: 3 Salzburg symphonies


The right bank of the Salzach River offers better value for money than the charming but tourist-friendly Old Town. Around Linzerstrasse and Steingasse, restaurants are good but affordable.

Don’t ask for tap water in restaurants- you will be charged, as it’s considered rude. Ask for still mineral water or "Soda Zitron" -carbonated water with lemon juice.

Take a walk around the little cemetery behind the Festival Hall. Ancient and odd, the tombstones are carved into astonishingly graphic depictions of death, yet they are surrounded by profusions of beautiful flowers. It’s a fascinating place for a stroll.

Be respectful- Salzburg is old fashioned and expects good manners. Brash tourist outfits, excessive loudness and any other antisocial behaviour are not viewed kindly.

Be prepared for the truth about the Von Trapps- the film took several liberties. In fact, the real family left in 1938, when all the children were grown up, and they took a train to Italy from the station- there was no Alpine escape. Ironically, the film’s final scene was filmed close to Hitler’s Summer residence…

Take a boat down the river, or a horse and carriage ride- you’ll get 25 minutes; sightseeing around the Old Town, and both are highly enjoyable, if touristy.

Getting Around

The train station is in the ‘new town’ and has a bus station directly outside.



You can buy bus tickets in strips of five from Tabaks (newsagent/tobacco shops) at €1.60 each which are cheaper than buying singles (€1.80) on the bus. Routes 1 and 4 start at the station and take passengers round the edge of the old town.


Car Parking isn’t great in Salzburg as much of the old town is pedestrianised. There are several park and ride schemes- ask the hotel for your nearest. The biggest carpark is the Altstadt Garage under the Mönchsberg. Street parking is cheaper, but there is a three-hour maximum. If possible, leave the car near your hotel and explore on foot or bus.


Taxis are affordable, with starting prices from about €3. There is a rank at the station.


You can hire a bike by the station from Top Bike (06272-46 56) for about €15 a day.

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