Salzburg, Austria has some of the best views I’ve ever seen in a city. Being surrounded by giant, snow-capped mountains definitely has its perks. The city is small enough that you can make your way around easily, and yet big enough that you won’t soon run out of things to do or see. Here are a few things that I had the pleasure of experiencing that I’m sure you will love as well!
1. Mozart’s Birthplace
Perhaps the most famous man in Salzburg was born in this house on January 27, 1756. House No. 9 Getreidegasse is sure to attract any tourist in the area. In this unique museum, you can walk through all of the original rooms where Mozart lived. This third-floor apartment will take you around an hour to walk through. When we arrived, there were a lot of no-photography signs around, so keep this in mind!
2. Fortress Hohensalzburg
Sitting at the top of Salzburg, you can’t miss seeing the Fortress Hohensalzburg. Open year round, you can take the funicular to the top or you have the option of using the original path and taking a walk to the top. During this particular trip, I had already walked to one castle. I decided that taking the funicular would be a fun change of pace!
Here, you will undoubtedly find some of the most spectacular views of both the surrounding mountains and the city. The fortress is filled with museums so this could be an all-day adventure!
3. Salzburg Cathedral
This Baroque-style cathedral was built and dedicated to Saint Rupert and Saint Vergilius. The church was founded by Saint Rupert in 774. It is considered to be the most sacred building in all of Salzburg. Here you will find no shortage of stunning features. Many think of this cathedral as the centerpiece of Salzburg. This is also the place where Mozart was christened.
4. St. Peter’s Abbey & Catacombs
This is an area that you can take quite some time to explore. From the graves outside of the church, to walking up the steep stairs of the catacombs, to simply admiring the church, this area is full of history and beauty. The cemetery is one of the world’s oldest and is nothing short of fascinating to visit. The caves of the catacombs are both hermitages and final resting places.
This small but unique city can occupy you for several days, but if you only have a short period of time to spend there, you can still take in some of the most interesting things that the city has to offer! I was able to see all of this and more during my short 24-hour visit, so don’t let time discourage you while visiting this particular city!