Salzburg is considered to be one of the most impressive towns in Austria. With its old town that is preserved to an exceptional level, it is certainly full of lots of charm. For this reason, among others, is why it has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This beautiful town is known as being the birthplace of Mozart but it is filled with history and plenty of attractions. See below the best things to do in Salzburg.
Also known as Hohensazburg Castle, this fortress is impressive in every way as it stands proudly on top of the Festungsberg Hill. It has been in situ since the 1000’s and it has been home to many rulers throughout the centuries. Since it was introduced to the town, it has experienced a number of changes through expansions and updates. There is now a Funicular Cable Car taking visitors from the bottom, giving simple access.
A striking design and colour, it stands out in every way and with many courtyards to explore, there is plenty to do. Once inside, you can take a look at the many rooms and wings that contain artefacts and a traditional Austrian décor. There are marble pillars, intricate designs and a lot of history that makes this one of the best attractions in the city.
Salzburg Old Town
Salzburg Old Town is one of the biggest UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It encompasses many of the sights that you can find within the city. There are plenty of historical buildings and many ornate squares and side streets that meander across the old town.
The Baroque and Medieval buildings are stylish and classy making the town a great place to pass through if you want to take in your surroundings. When you come to Salzburg, the old town is considered to be the best place to begin your time in the city. Get lost, take in the sites and watch the world go by while sipping a coffee.
Mirabell Palace and Gardens
Salzburg is full to the brim with historical buildings and gardens and they don’t come much better than the Mirabell Palace. This fine and impressive building is one of the best in Austria and it is actually listed as a cultural heritage monument.
It was built in 1606 and was a palace that was used for pleasure but the marble hall will impress you in every way. It is a venue used for many palace concerts. If the weather is fine then the palace gardens are certainly worth a wander around. Here you will find amazing views to Salzburg Cathedral and with a symmetrical design, it emphasises on mythology while the many fountains and hedges make this a great place to explore.
Home of Mozart
No trip to Salzburg is complete without a trip to the residence of Mozart. Mozart’s influence can be seen and felt throughout the city but a trip to the small house where the family lived is certainly worth doing.
The building was destroyed during World War Two but it was rebuilt to resemble the original building as closely as possible. Now a museum, you will find family biographies and displays of how they lived on a daily basis. This museum is a must visit.
This amazing baroque cathedral is an amazing insight into the design of this impressive building in 774. It can be found in an enclosed square next to the Salzburg Residenz and St. Peter’s Abbey, making this a very special historical place to visit. Despite being built in 774, it has been through many demolitions and so, it has been rebuilt many times. From the striking architecture to the front facade of the dual bell tower, it is spectacular in every way.
There is also the impressive Marian column, which can be found in the middle of the Domplatz. Despite the simple design, the interior will really grip you. It contains stunning columns, an ornate organ and frescos located in the dome.
If you think that a toy museum is for children only then think again. The Salzburg toy museum covers all bases. It can be found located near to the Mozartplatz and Mirabell Palace. This is a place where you can spend many hours, even if you don’t have any children with you.
This museum is split into two sections. You can find the museum part that is made up of historical displays of old toys and games, while the second section contains interactive rides and activities. This includes the marble run and a mini racing circuit. This museum is all about trying something different and it certainly doesn’t disappoint.
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