Introducing the city

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About Salzburg

A lively arts scene, good food, magnificent parks, historic concert halls and storybook scenery. No one would blame you for spontaneously bursting into song a la Julie Andrews when visiting Salzburg.

Salzburg is a city famous for its musical heritage. And we're not talking about the kind of music down with the kids these days. It was the birthplace and scenic backdrop for none other than Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, perhaps the most influential and prolific composer of the Classical era, with over 600 works to his name. And if Hollywood musicals are more your cup of tea, that’s covered too, as Salzburg was also the setting for the classic musical, The Sound of Music.

This diverse musical legacy has made Salzburg famous the world over. And with its 900-year-old citadel dominating the skyline, it’s not hard to picture the city in a fairytale.

The River Salzbach divides the city between the Old Town (Aldstadt) and the New Town. The former is famous for its baroque architecture, with its old world charm preserved for centuries - it’s well worthy of its status as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Some would say that like Mozart, Salzburg is an acquired taste - but that's not to say you won't learn to appreciate this city's storybook charm.

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When Should You Visit?

Salzburg is an extremely popular city so it can get overcrowded in the height of summer. Crowds peak around July and August when the Salzburg Festival is held and the summer shines bright, as well as in December when Christmas markets abound. So for quieter times and lower prices, visit the city in spring, early summer and autumn.

Salzburg is close to the Alps so has a typical Central European climate with hot summers (over 30 degrees Celsius) and cold winters (dropping below freezing). However, most of the year Salzburg has moderate weather conditions.

There is, however, a lot of rainfall. The annual average rainfall has sat at 1184 millimetres per year for the past four decades. To put it in perspective, that’s about 50% more than London or Vienna. So it is definitely wise to pack an umbrella and/or a decent raincoat.

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Travioor top tips

Cheap tickets
Steingasse
Sound of Music

Insider Info

  • If you are a student under 26, you can get cheap tickets at the Landestheater box office for all productions 30 minutes before the performance starts. Perfect for a low-budget, cultural evening.

  • Whilst Getreidegasse makes for a fun walk, we also recommend taking a stroll along Steingasse in the evening. It’s less busy, narrow and winding, and with the buildings towering above you, it has a pleasant, almost ethereal atmosphere.

  • If you’re a giant Sound of Music fan (and many visitors to the city are), you can catch the famous film every single night at 7pm if you stay at the Yoho youth hostel.

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Food and drink

Main Course £10.11 | 11.50 €

3-Course Meal £52.75 | 60.00 €

Cappuccino £2.70 | 3.07 €

Beer £3.34 | 3.80 €

The Scene

Austria is known for its rich, homely and traditional fare, so we recommend grabbing an authentic and warming dish (or two) in Salzburg at Gasthaus Zwettler’s or Triangel, popular with both locals and tourists.

The city is also well known for its cafe culture. So where better to grab a drink than in the oldest coffeehouse in Austria, Café Tomaselli. A cultural icon in Salzburg, Cafe Tomaselli has been operating since 1705 and was a frequent stop for Salzburg’s favorite son, Amadeus Mozart, as well as generations of the royal family.

And while we’re on the subject of the musical prodigy, we should probably mention Mozartkugel, a delicious chocolate treat you can’t leave the city without trying. Salzburg chocolatier Paul Fürst invented the Mozartkugel (meaning ‘Mozart ball’) in 1890 and named it after the famous composer. The pistachio, marzipan and nougat core is coated in milk chocolate and is, quite frankly, a delight.

It’s probable you'll try a beer (or several) too. There are a wide range of places to drink, but we like the Augustiner brauhaus, where you can enjoy a cold, thirst-quenching beer in the enormous, leafy beer garden. Alternatively, grab a traditional 1-litre-Stein of Märzen (lager), and sit under chestnut trees in the beer garden of the Bräustüberl in the city district of Mülln. Equally popular by students, locals and tourists, it’s a lively place and a perfect setting to hang out on a warm summer evening.

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History

Salzburg’s Story

There are traces of a settlement in Salzburg thousands of years before the human race even started tracking time. But at some stage in the New Stone Age, the first settlers arrived at the river Salzach and created a colony.

Then came the arrival of the Romans around 15 BC, bringing the development of infrastructure, trading and culture. The settlement slowly drifted into the Middle Ages, where it was first called ‘Salzburg’ in 755 AD.

In the year 1120 Salzburg was officially named a city, which makes it the oldest still existing city in Austria.

Fast-forward to the 18th century, and the city came into its own with music culture. With the First Viennese School (a special classical period in Western art music) developed here, the city played a huge part in this era of music history.

The two world wars hit the city hard, but most of Salzburg was rebuilt relatively quickly.

Today the city keeps its musical spirit very much alive and values its unique and lengthy history.

Language

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Danke | Thank you

German

The primary language of Salzburg is German, though most residents have a basic command of the English language too. Here are some basic German phrases to see you through your stay:

  • Goodbye: Auf Wiedersehen
  • Do you speak English?: Sprechen Sie Englisch?
  • Excuse me: Entschuldigen Sie

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Need to know

+43 Dialling Code
112 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • For the fire brigade, call 122.
  • Salzburg Airport is just 4 kilometres west of the city, and there are regular buses and taxis available to take you to the city centre.
  • Whilst there are great transport links, the best way to get around the city is on foot, with many of the must-see attractions close together. For this reason, we recommend a decent pair of walking boots/shoes.
  • If you plan on seeing a lot of Salzburg’s main sights, you should consider buying a Salzburg Card. Each card covers entrance for one person to most of the main attractions and museums plus the city bus lines 1-14, 20 – 35, 151, 170, and 180.

 

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for Austria here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Schloss Mirabell

See baroque grandeur at its best at the Schloss Mirabell (The Mirabell Palace and Gardens). The geometrically arranged gardens date from 1730 and are stunningly beautiful.

2. Getreidegasse

Take a stroll down Getreidegasse, the main (albeit narrow) shopping street in the Old Town part of Salzburg. It’s an entertaining labyrinth of shops, bars and people.

3. Concerts

Salzburg is the city of world class music, so get your fix and catch a classical concert while you’re here.

4. Hohensalzburg

Take a tour of The Hohensalzburg Fortress, the historic castle that looms majestically over the city.

5. Wolfgangsee

If you're heading out of the city, take the train to the beautiful Wolfgangsee lake.


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