In modern times made famous by the classic movie “The Sound of Music”, Salzburg has been a music centre for centuries – its most renowned son being Wolfgang Armedeus Mozart, who was born there in 1756. With its rich Baroque architecture to admire, schnitzels and sachertorte to sample and the rolling green hills surrounding the city to explore, Salzburg is completely captivating.
Budget : A&O Salzburg Hauptbahnhof is centrally located in the old town of Salzburg.
Mid-range : The Austria Trend Hotel Europa Salzburg is opposite the main railway station and close to the Mirabell Gardens.
Luxury : An elegant, timeless classic, the grand Hotel Sacher Salzberg sits on the river Salzach.
Cheap – Just outside of the old town, the Bärenwirt Restaurant has been serving Austrian specialities like deep-fried chicken and goulash to locals since 1663.
Local specialty – Mozartkugel (Mozart ball) a delicious sweet made of pistachio, marzipan and nougat that is covered with dark chocolate.
Splurge – With two Michellin stars, Senns Restaurant (a former bell-making foundry) offers a truly outstanding dining experience.
If you are a fan of the classic “Sound of Music” movie, visit the filming scenes from the movie on a guided tour.
Visit the largest beer restaurant in Austria and go behind the scenes of the Augustien brewery on a tour of the Augustiner Braü.
If you love soccer you must visit the Red Bull Arena, where the UEFA Euro 2008 Championships were held. A 90 minute guided tour of the stadium is available on Saturdays at 10am. Tour includes access to the changing rooms, VIP areas and players tunnel.
For almost 100 years, Salzburg City has been bringing the arts to life with operas, theatre plays, and concerts throughout the city with the Salzburg Festival. The Salzburg Festival takes place in July and August for five weeks. If you are visiting during this time be sure to catch one of the most popular performance, Jedermann (Everyman) which is performed every year in front of the Salzburg Cathedral (Dom).
Try your hand at creating some traditional Salzburg fare with the Christmas Cookies and Apple Strudel Cooking Lesson
Hike up to Untersberg to enjoy the spectacular views, or if you are not feeling too energetic you can always take the cable car.