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Holidays in Salzburg

Boasting one of the best preserved city centres in Europe, Salzburg’s Old Town has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for over a decade.

Situated to the west of Austria, Salzburg is the country’s fourth largest city and renowned for its baroque architecture. As the birthplace of Mozart, and where a little known film called The Sound of Music was filmed – Salzburg holidays allow you to embrace all of these elements.

The city’s architectural grandeur is evident in the many palaces and fortresses that adorn Salzburg, while Mozart’s birthplace and consequential museum offer a fantastic insight into one of Austria’s favourite sons. The cultural attractions keep on coming, with various informative museums and engaging art galleries awaiting your attention during your holidays to Salzburg.

A Gem of an Old Town

The fantastic old town provides one of the highlights of holidays in Salzburg, with numerous sites of interest in the historic centre sitting amongst striking architecture and set beside an attractive riverfront. Popular sights here include the city’s cathedral and museum, Alter Markt Square with its old style shops, Mozart’s family home and museum and the pretty Mirabell Palace. Staying in a hotel in the heart of the old town will add a bygone vibe to your Salzburg holidays.

The city is home to many informative and interesting museums, and you could spend an entire day devoted to hopping from exhibit to exhibit. Salzburg Museum informs visitors of the history of this pretty city. The Museum of Natural History is a great option if you’ve brought the kids and the Toy Museum will add a bit of quirk to your afternoon of history.

One of the biggest attractions is the magnificent Hellbrunn Palace with its beautiful fountains and picturesque gardens. The palace is located to the south of the city and is a great place to spend a day exploring the lovely grounds and taking a tour of the magnificent fountains.

Discover Salzburg’s Natural Highlights

For the ultimate relaxation experience, head 20 minutes out of Salzburg to the Bad Reichenhall spa town where rest is guaranteed at the Bavarian State Spa. The beautiful scenery surrounding the town will provide just as much relaxation as your spa treatments. The area is also ideal for cyclists and hikers as there are a number of marked trails for active holidays to Salzburg, exploring some of Europe’s most stunning natural landscapes.

Untersberg is the closest mountain peak just a few kilometres from Salzburg, and is a fabulous trip taken by cable car. From here, climbers and walkers enjoy the trip to the Mountain Climbers Memorial or the Salzburg Hochthron Mountain.

Salzburg, especially those combining cycle and hiking, are best enjoyed in the warmer and sunnier summer months experienced between June and August. Winter can get cold, with the lowest temperatures hitting the city in December, January and February.

Out and About in Salzburg

The whole family will enjoy the Salzburg Open Air Museum. Not only are there over 60 farmhouses, barns, mills and cottages dating back over the last 500 years, but also special exhibits, handicraft demonstrations, traditional dance displays and folk exhibits.

The Hohensalzburg Fortress is located upon a hilltop and overlooks the city. The castle is built so high that it also provides wonderful views of the Alps. Inside the fortress you’ll find a great exhibit displaying medieval weapons, torture instruments and details of life within the fortress.

Many visitors spend their holidays in Salzburg exploring the many locations used to film the iconic musical The Sound of Music. There are numerous tour options that fans can join when they get into Salzburg. Panorama Tours head to various filming locations and specialise in exploring the production of the film.