Salzburg Old Town Walk, Salzburg

Salzburg Old Town Walk (Self Guided), Salzburg

The mesmerizing old town of Salzburg is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site and rightly so for its beautiful jumble of cobblestone streets, old churches, delightful squares and Medieval and Baroque buildings. This is one of the best-preserved old city centers north of the Alps and there are so many highlights. Stop by historic churches with spires and cupolas that dot the city skyline.

Visit Domplatz (Cathedral Square), at the center of which is a beautiful statue of the Virgin Mary. At Christmas, a huge market is held here. Go to Kapitelplatz, one of the biggest Baroque squares in the city and admire its old buildings, including the bishop’s palace. There is more Baroque splendor on display at Residenzplatz, a beautiful square with a fountain made of marble. This area hosts numerous concerts as well as screenings of big sporting events. Another notable square is Mozartplatz, a tribute to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a famous son of the city. This plaza is decorated with a statue of the composer.

Stop by Makartplatz where the Mozart family used to live, and tour their old house which is now dedicated to the musician's life and work. Witness more aged buildings at Alter Markt, the old marketplace which dates back to the 13th century. For shopping, head over to Sigmund Haffner Gasse, one of the city's oldest streets. Browse its many galleries, jewelry stores and luxury boutiques. A particularly intriguing Salzburg location is the medieval Steingasse Lane, which is where there are numerous brothels. They’re identified by little red lanterns in front of their main entrances. The oldest bordello is Maison de Plaisir which is said to have been in business during Mozart's time.
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Salzburg Old Town Walk Map

Guide Name: Salzburg Old Town Walk
Guide Location: Austria » Salzburg
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Discovery)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Author: emily
Kapitelplatz,

2) Kapitelplatz, "Sphaera" Statue

Pferdeschwemme Fountain

3) Pferdeschwemme Fountain

Alter Markt 6, Bürgerhaus

8) Alter Markt 6, Bürgerhaus

Sigmund Haffner Gasse

9) Sigmund Haffner Gasse

Herbert von Karajan Platz

10) Herbert von Karajan Platz

Universitätsplatz, Kollegienkirche

11) Universitätsplatz, Kollegienkirche

Mirabell Garden Entrance

12) Mirabell Garden Entrance

Walking Tours in Salzburg, Austria

Create Your Own Walk in Salzburg

Create Your Own Walk in Salzburg

Creating your own self-guided walk in Salzburg is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Mozart Walking Tour

Mozart Walking Tour

Salzburg was Mozart's home throughout most of his short life. For those who wish to immerse themselves in the Mozart world, there are several locations in the city well worth exploring.

Born on Grain Street (Getreidegasse) and baptized in the nearby Cathedral, Mozart played his first big concert, at age 6, at the Residence Palace.

Later, he served as an organist for the Cathedral,...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Salzburg Introduction Walking Tour

Salzburg Introduction Walking Tour

Dubbed the "City of Mozart", the enchanting Austrian city of Salzburg has gone down in history primarily as the hometown of its greatest son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. His birthplace on Getreidegasse, a busy shopping street, is now a museum, much like the Mozart Residence, a place where the 18th-century composer spent much of his early life.

Apart from Mozart, however, Salzburg is also...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Historical Religious Buildings Walking Tour

Historical Religious Buildings Walking Tour

The historic center of Salzburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996, is home to numerous landmarks, including religious sites. Collectively, these historical sanctuaries, from small churches to the impressive Baroque-style Salzburg Cathedral, bear witness to the city's fascinating past and contribute a great deal of charm to its alluring present.

The local Saint Peter's Abbey is...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
Old Town Gift Shops

Old Town Gift Shops

Specialty shops make up an integral part of tourist life in Salzburg. The picturesque Old Town of Salzburg boasts a delightful array of gift shops, all within a pleasant walking distance, offering a diverse range of souvenirs and local treasures. Let's take a stroll through some of the notable establishments in this historic area.

We start at Kirchtag, a quaint gift shop known for its...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 Km or 0.6 Miles
Sound of Music Tour

Sound of Music Tour

As the hometown of Mozart, Salzburg is a true mecca for music fans, with no shortage of visitors. In the past few decades, though, Salzburg's Old Town has gained international fame thanks to the Hollywood film "The Sound of Music," shot in 1965. Set on the eve of World War II, the movie follows the lead characters, the Von Trapp family and their nanny played by Julie Andrews, all...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 Km or 2.6 Miles