Salzburg is the birthplace of Mozart, but there are so many other attractions to see! Salzburg has art, history, and nature just waiting to be explored. No matter what time of year you visit, Salzburg has plenty of things to do.
Things to Do in Salzburg
The buildings around this square are all tied to Mozart’s life in some way. If you’re looking for Mozart’s birthplace, head to the charming Getreidegasse.
The city’s most sacred building is home to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese, as well as some of the most beautiful interior art.
German artist Stephan Balkenhol installed this sculpture in 2007. The man on top of the golden globe is expressionless and plain, inviting a range of interpretations.
The biggest, fully preserved castle in Central Europe has an incredible view of the city (as any castle should). And to this day, the fortress has never been captured by foreign troops. Once you reach the top by tram, enjoy museums, restaurants, lookout points, and the World of String Puppets!
Welt der Marionette
The World of String Puppets in a quirky little museum inside Fortress Hohensalzburg. Many of the puppets are in dioramas depicting historical events or movie scenes.
The gardens are a must-see if you visit during warmer seasons! But if the gardens are closed, you can still tour the Marble Hall inside this cultural heritage monument.
Right outside of Salzburg Old Town, you will find an abundance of beautiful Austrian lakes. You can grab a bus to Wolfgangsee, and then ride a boat from St. Gilgen to St. Wolfgang! It’s a great way to experience the natural beauty of Austria.
M32 is an intersection of modern art and a traditional Austrian dining experience. And this is more than just a restaurant that offers a view of the city – there is also a museum one floor down!
Cultural tip: Throughout European streets, you may find these small gold placards with names, dates, and locations etched into them. Each stolperstein (stumbling stone) records the birth date and persecution date of a Nazi victim. They are usually installed in front of apartment buildings, and each one is handmade.