History to touch and feel
One thing’s for sure: You will never be bored when visiting Salzburg. In and around Salzburg, there is a lot to discover. Behind the historical facades, exciting stories, and some riddles, enchanting gardens, and incredible views are waiting to be discovered. The sightseeing highlights are manifold – for culture aficionados, adventurer, lovebirds, single travellers, families with children, there is something for anyone. You can discover the city in many different ways, with a tour guide, on a guided bike or segway tour, with the Hop On Hop Off Bus or your own. And if you are looking for a hidden gem, just ask our front office team.
The historical city centre and the Salzburg Cathedral
The baroque city centre with charming alleys and impressive church buildings is one of the most beautiful places in Austria – and part of the UNESCO world heritage. The heart of the historic city is the Salzburg Cathedral. It is considered a Baroque masterpiece and is the backdrop of the “Jedermann” play during the Salzburg Festival.
Getreidegasse (Grain Lane)
The Getreidegasse alley is a must-see on every tour through the old town of Salzburg. Although it accommodates modern stores and shops, it has the look and feel of long foregone times. The most famous one of the historical buildings is No 9: Mozart’s birthplace.
With its sublime location on the Fortress mountain, high above the old town, the Hohensalzburg Fortress is the most famous landmark of Salzburg and its surrounding areas. Its construction began in the 11th century, today it is one of the largest and best-preserved palace buildings in Europe. From there, you have a spectacular view of the city and the Alpine mountain ranges. You can get to the Fortress either by foot or super comfy with the cable car.
Salzburg Residenz palace
In the heart of the historic city centre of Salzburg, you will find the Salzburg Residenz palace. In former times, it accommodated the representation and living rooms of Salzburg’s Prince-Archbishops, today the State Apartments are part of DomQuartier museum and can be visited. The Residenz gallery features numerous fine art pieced of European painters from the 16th to the 19th century.
Mozart birthplace and residence
Follow the footsteps of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his family: The music prodigy was born on January 27, 1756, in the house of Getreidegasse No 9. In 1773, the family moved to its residence at Makart place. Today, both buildings accommodate exhibitions with deep insights into Mozart’s childhood as a prodigy, his family life, and his mysterious death.
A small oasis in the middle of the city. The Mirabell palace with its world-famous gardens takes you back to former times. The pleasant gardens offer a fantastic view of the Fortress. The Marble Hall inside the palace, which was once built by Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich for his lifetime mistress Salome Alt, is one of the most popular wedding locations for couples from all over the world.
Modern art, artsy classics, natural scientific milestones: in the Salzburg museums, the world in all eras is on display. The Salzburg Museum displays changing exhibitions from the Roman times until today. The Museum of Modern Art, prominently located on the Mönchsberg mountain, contains modern and post-modern art exhibitions, installations, and performances. Children will especially enjoy the natural history museum Haus der Natur and the Toy Museum right next to it.
Hellbrunn Palace, Park, and Trick Fountains
At the southern city fringe of Salzburg and only 15 mins by foot from the Amadeo Hotel, lies Hellbrunn Palace with a lavishly large park and the world-famous trick fountains. The Maison the Plaisance by Prince-Archbishop Markus Sittikus offers some surprises up to today and is a popular destination for visitors as well as citizens. The large park invites to extensive strolls, in snowy winters, you can even go cross-country skiing.
Right next to the Hellbrunn Palace live wild lions, pink flamingoes, roaring bears, and head-strong ibexes. With more the 1,500 animals from 150 different species, the Salzburg Zoo is a popular destination for young and old visitors as well as citizens. The petting zoo is a special highlight, where you can pet and feed dwarf goats mini pigs, chicken, and alpacas.