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Things to do in Salzburg

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Historic Site
“Retrace the steps of the Mozart family on three floors with original exhibits and gain insights into life in Salzburg in the 18th century. See Mozart’s children’s violin and clavichord, documents, letters, portraits, furniture and everyday items from life during Mozart’s times. Round tour with cell phone guide, guided tours. Approx. duration of a visit one hour. Opening hours Open every day 9 am to 5.30 pm ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Castle
“It's just this awesome medieval place to be ;) . The view is magnificent! Recommended: You can go up with a funicular from the city center and after visiting take a 'hike' over the Mönchberg to Modern Arts museum (which also has a lift) or even further north towards home..”
  • 42 locals recommend
Historic Site
“muss man sehen, sehr touristisch. Beachte die schönen alten handgemachten Schilder über den Geschäften. Pedestrian area. A must! Have a look at the old handmade plates over the shops.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Clothing Store
“Adress: Europastraße 1, 5018 Salzburg Europark is, next to the designer outlet, the biggest shopping center in Salzburg. There are many known brands like "H&M", "Zara" etc. If you want to do some shopping, it is a good option for rainy days. For food we reccomend "DIDIlicous" and "YaoYao". For desert/ coffee we reccomend "The Bakery by Didi Maier".”
  • 32 locals recommend
Castle
“An unique castle with water games ideal to visit in the warm summer months. Be prepared for large crowds as it is a popular attraction. My tip - get up earlier and and visit Hellbrunn before the masses arrive then after go park in Salzburg's park and ride nearby and visit the old city (P+R Salzburg Süd).”
  • 44 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Guests of all ages will marvel at the aquarium with more than 40 tanks, the reptile zoo with approx. 60 enclosures and the multifaceted exhibitions. Space hall, Science Center with 80 experiment stations, themed rooms, e.g. about mammals, Ice Age or minerals, terrace with a view and a café. Highlights: feeding in the aquarium (shark, octopus, archerfish), special exhibitions, interactive adventures, guided tours, workshops, events, experiment shows and much more. Opening hours Every day from 9 am to 5 pm ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Landmark
“The impregnable landmark of the city of Salzburg rises high above the historic city centre on the Festungsberg and can’t be missed. Stretching over 7,000 m², the site with origins dating back to the 11th century is among Europe’s largest fortifications, and is also one of Austria’s top three visitor attractions. You can get up to the castle and back down again with the Festungsbahn (cable railway).”
  • 45 locals recommend
Bar
“If you want to try some traditional beer from Salzburg, this is the place to go. Plus: there's a very nice garden to sit and eat in the summer.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Outlet Mall
“berühmtes Shoppingcenter mit zahlreichen Marken-Boutiken und aggressiven Preisaktionen.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Museum der Moderne is located on the Mönchsberg, high above the rooftops of Salzburg’s Old City. On a total of four levels, international art treasures from the 20th and 21st centuries are presented in a stylish setting.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Palace
“Mirabell Gardens was completely redesigned under archbishop Johann Ernst von Thun in 1690. The underlying geometrical form, which is so typical of the Baroque, can still be easily recognized. The visual orientation towards the cathedral and fortress adds to the grandeur of the gardens – simultaneously incorporating them into the overall historical ensemble of the city. Opening hours Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8 am-4 pm, Tuesday, Friday: 1-4 pm. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Entertainment
“interesting mix of motorsport / museum / drink&food / design and a lot more :) must see if you are in Salzburg, ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“A taste of hiking with multiple trails reachable by bus. You can admire the sunset and the beautiful view of Salzburg lights from the top!”
  • 19 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“starts close by at the "Sterneckkreuzung", steep path up to the top, stunning view over the city, chamois living in the wild, pure nature within the city, descent directly in the old town.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Zoo
“Not only a very nice zoo with lots of animals, but also a huge park with playgrounds, meadows and ponds. Great place to relax and play in the summertime.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Movie Theatre
“At summer time THE PLACE for opera lovers ... 2-3 operas every day on different places - really "MUST SEE"”
  • 22 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Outlet Mall
“berühmtes Shoppingcenter mit zahlreichen Marken-Boutiken und aggressiven Preisaktionen.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Austrian Restaurant
“"Enjoy lovely authentic Austrian food and (home brewed) beer in a comfy and relaxed atmosphere. There is also a beer garden in summer and if you want to stay late have a dance in the Sudwerk. Great value for money!"”
  • 22 locals recommend
Trattoria/Osteria
“. Italian food (if you are done eating Schnitzel). One of the best in town.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great view of the city, wonderful terrace for the warmer months with great breakfast etc. Below is the modern museum and you can walk above the crowds to the fortress Hohensalzburg!”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
“You don’t have to board a plane in order to discover the culinary diversity of Africa – a visit to the AFRO Cafe Salzburg is enough. Besides the whole AFRO COFFEE, AFRO TEA and Cocoa range, there are also modern, African inspired Dishes waiting for you – no matter if for breakfast, lunch or dinner and they have special great drinks there. Opening hours: Mon. - Thu.: 9.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. Fri. - Sat.: 9.00 a.m. - midnight Sun.: closed ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Brewery
“Restaurant Sternbräu is the place to go for really yummy traditional food. You should definitely try "Schweinsbraten", "Kaasnocken" or the famous "Schnitzel". ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Gastropub
“The "Humboldt Stubn" is a traditional Austrian restaurant just around the corner, where they serve delicious local food.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of the best views of the Altstadt. Best place to eat and relax in the summer time after a long day of sightseeing. Tip: Go to the top level to enjoy the great view.”
  • 14 locals recommend

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