Located in northwest Austria, Salzburg is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, both for its stunning architecture and its magical setting. The city stretches along both sides of the River Salzach, which comes from the breathtaking Salzburg Alps. Salzburg is also known as the birthplace of the world’s most famous composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Throughout his life, he wrote over 600 pieces, and you can find some of them in the museum dedicated to his life and work.
The Old Town of Salzburg is the crown jewel of the city. It is a magical neighbourhood that consists of narrow medieval streets and historical arcaded courtyards which are very fun to explore. Because of its historical value and having outstanding architectural buildings, Salzburg is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The city also hosts many festivals and events throughout the year, like the famous Summer Festival, Mozart Week and Whitsun Festival. So if you ever decide to visit this beautiful city, these are the top five unmissable attractions.
Located on top of a hill, Hohensalzburg Fortress dominates Salzburg, and it is the first thing you see when you visit the city. This picturesque fortress is the largest fully preserved castle in Central Europe which attracts many tourists. Archbishop Gebhard ordered it in 1077, but it was finished in 1500, and its prime purpose was the protection of archbishops from hostile attacks. You can get to the castle by a funicular railway or by a 25-minute walk from the Old Town. On the inside of the fortress, there are many museums which show the history of the archbishops and Salzburg.
The grand Mirabell Palace is one of the most romantic spots in Salzburg, perfect for a dream wedding. Built by prince-archbishop Wolf Dietrich in 1606, the original design of the palace was in Baroque style but after 1819 it was restored in Neoclassical style. The highlights in the castle include the spectacular Grand Staircase, featuring statues by Georg Raphael Donner, the Marble Hall and the Schloss Mirabell Baroque Museum.
The son of Salzburg, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on January 27th, in 1756, inside the house that today serves as a museum for his life’s work. In the museum, there are several mementoes from his life, including original music composed by him and also his violin and clavichord.
Museum of Modern Art
One of Salzburg’s most visited contemporary art galleries is in the Museum of Modern Art. The museum features work of some of the best modern domestic and international artists. Located above the rooftops of Salzburg’s Old City, the museum has four levels that spread over 2300 square meters.
Schloss Hellbrunn and its trick Fountains
Another stunning palace is Schloss Hellbrunn and its trick fountains. It is a unique place that has all kinds of surprises in store with its trick fountains. Built by the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg, Markus Sittikus, the palace other than its trick fountains it features beautiful flower gardens and green parks. You can tour the inside of the castle where you can see the permanent exhibition “SchauLust” and also you can explore the rooms and learn a little bit more about the history of Hellbrunn.
Getting to Salzburg
Salzburg’s W.A. Mozart airport is 3 km away from the city centre. You can get to the city by bus, airport taxi or private airport transfer. Bus service n. 2 and 10 runs between the airport and the central station every 10 minutes and the journey takes approximately 25 minutes.
Airport Taxi Transfers offers transfers from W.A. Mozart airport to the city centre as well as other popular destinations like Saalbach, Hinterglemm, Zell am See, Bad Gastein and Kitzbuhel. We have an extensive fleet of vehicles that includes standard cars, minivans, vans and minibuses. You can make the reservation online and choose the vehicle according to the number of passengers and luggage. It is especially convenient for larger groups because the cost is split among the passengers.