City Orientation Walk, Salzburg

The Austrian city of Salzburg straddles the Salzach River near the German border in the Eastern Alps. It went down in history primarily as the hometown of great composer Mozart, whose birthplace is now a museum and the main local attraction. Other than that, Salzburg is also famous for its medieval and baroque architecture, as well as for the abundance of “platzes” (squares) that make up much of this orientation walk. If you wish to find your way around Salzburg with ease, follow this walk and learn more about its history along the way.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Austria » Salzburg (See other walking tours in Salzburg)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 20
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Author: julian
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Domplatz

1) Domplatz (must see)

The Domplatz or Cathedral Square is flanked by the Salzburg Cathedral and other buildings belonging to the church. It is used today as a venue for performances and as the site of the annual Christmas market.

The Cathedral Square was commissioned by Archbishop Wolf Dietrich in Salzburg’s Old Town. The arches that connect the square to the Residence Square and Chapter Square were built by Giovanni Antonio Dario. The main attraction is the statue of the Virgin Mary. The cast iron and marble statue were created by brothers Wolfgang and Johann Baptist Hagenauer. The statue is made from the local Untersberg marble and stands on a mountain of clouds and a globe. It is surrounded by allegoric figures of angels, the devil, truth and the Church.

The Jadermann play is staged annually in the Domplatz during the Salzburg festival. The annual Christmas market has taken place here annually for the last 500 years. It opens in the last week of November and closes on Boxing Day. Temporary traditional wooden huts are erected and visitors can buy trinkets, rural crafts and typical Austrian food & drinks like hot mulled wine and roasted chestnuts.

Tip:
Don't miss the 'turmblasen' which is a traditional feature of Christmas Eve, with brass instruments playing chorale music from the city tower or the steeple of the church.
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Salzburg Cathedral (Dom)

2) Salzburg Cathedral (Dom) (must see)

The Salzburg Cathedral is the most significant church in Salzburg. It is a magnificent Baroque structure built in the 17th century.

The site of the Salzburg cathedral once had a Celtic settlement and a portion of the ruins of the Roman City of Juvavum. The first cathedral was built by St. Virgil and improvements were made by St. Rupert between 767 and 774. It served as a place of worship for over 60 years before it was burned in a lighting storm in 842. Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenhau decided to build a new cathedral in 1612 but the project was delayed by the conflicts with Bavaria. His successor, Prince- Archbishop Markus Sittikus commissioned the architect, Santino Solari to design and build the present Baroque church in 1614. The cathedral was consecrated in 1628. In 1944, a World War II bomb damaged the building and it was restored to its former glory in 1959.

Excavations under the present cathedral have unearthed mosaics and artifacts from the Roman city of Juvavum. Notable features in the present structure are a 14th-century gothic baptismal font from the earlier cathedral where Mozart was baptized, a majestic main organ with sculptures of angels playing instruments and statues of St. Rupert and St. Virgil. The cathedral also has magnificent portals created by the sculptors, Schneider-Manzel, Matare and Manzu.

Why You Should Visit:
Absolutely massive, incredibly ornate, free (although they ask for a donation), and very welcoming towards all kinds of people including tourists.

Tip:
Take a downward trip to the crypt – there is as much underground as above.
Worth attending a Sunday mass at 10am, as you get a full orchestra and chorus.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 8am-7pm; Sun: 1-7pm (May-Sep); Mon-Sat: 8am-6pm; Sun: 1-6pm (Mar, Apr, Oct, Dec); Mon-Sat: 8am-5pm; Sun: 1-5pm (Jan, Feb, Nov)
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Kapitelplatz

3) Kapitelplatz (must see)

Kapitelplatz is a large square located next to Salzburg Cathedral. It is flanked by administrative, church and university buildings.

The square was established in 1600 by Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau who re-developed the entire area around the cathedral. The Archbishops and other important members of the clergy lived around Kapitelplatz until the abolition of the Archbishopric in 1803. The grand austere residences and offices of the clergy serve as reminders of the powerful archdiocese that once ruled Salzburg.

Like most other squares in Salzburg, Kapitelplatz has its share of important buildings and monuments. The Drompropstei was the administrative headquarters of the cathedral. The Erzbischöfliches Palais is the official residence of the Archbishop of Salzburg since the 19th century. It was built in 1690 by linking two former buildings. The Kardinal-Schwarzenberg-Haus was a former granary used for storing corn and grain. It is now a library and storehouse for the archives of the cathedral. The Dompfarramt is a medieval building that dates back to the 1500s and also houses administrative offices of the cathedral. The Kapitelplatz has a small horse pond and a fountain built in 1732. Locals come here to play chess on a giant chessboard and a modern sculpture of a man on a golden ball is a recent addition to the ancient square.

Why You Should Visit:
This square is notable for having a very beautiful view of the Hohensalzburg Fortress (perfect for taking pictures) and for the sculpture of the 'emotionless man' on the golden ball ('Sphaera').
There are, of course, vendor stalls in the square as well as a large chess game. The fountain and horse pond is spectacular. Fun place to walk around!
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Residenzplatz

4) Residenzplatz (must see)

The Residenzplatz is a large square located in Salzburg’s Old Town. It is flanked by the old and new residences of the archbishops and the Salzburg Cathedral.

Archbishop Wolf Deitrich von Raitenau commissioned the building of the Residenzplatz in front of the old residence of the Archbishops. Over fifty-five medieval burgher houses and an ancient cemetery were demolished to make way for the square. The design was based on the style of Baroque Italian piazzas and was built according to the plans of Italian architect, Vincenzo Scamozzi. Besides the residences and the cathedral, the square is also flanked by a row of burger houses that now house shops and a café.

The most beautiful part of Residenzplatz is the ornate fountain called the Residenzbrunnen. It is the largest Baroque fountain in Central Europe. It was commissioned by Archbishop Prince Archbishop Guidobald von Thun and created by Tomasso di Garona between 1656 and 1661. The base of the fountain has three sea horses around a central rock. The rock is covered with figures of marine plants and animals. The statues of four men carrying a bowl stand on the rock and the figures of three dolphins rise from the bowl carrying another bowl where there is a figure of the Greek sea God Triton holding the shell of a snail. The burgher houses around the square have uniquely ornamented facades and Residenzplatz is the venue for an open air cinema that takes place annually in July and August.

Why You Should Visit:
Has a very beautiful fountain from the 17th century in the middle (considered one of the most significant Baroque monuments in Europe), and a perfect view of the Salzburger Dom.

Tip:
Grab some lunch from bakeries/shops nearby and sit on one of the benches near the fountain, enjoying the view.
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St. Michael's Church

5) St. Michael's Church

The St. Michael’s Church is a small pink church located between Residenzplatz and Waggplatz in Salzburg. It is the oldest parish church of the city.

Records show that the St. Michaels Church existed back in the year 800. At the time, it was the principal place of worship for all sections of society. The St. Peters monastery maintained the church and it suffered damage and was rebuilt after the fires that ravaged the city in 823 and 1167. It remained the main parish church and palace chapel until 1223 when it was replaced by the Franciscan Church. Although it lost its position as parish church and its former significance, St. Michaels church remains a functioning house of worship till today.

The St. Michael’s Church has a rococo architectural design. It has two floors. The upper floor was reserved for the emperor and other high officials with easy access from the palace while the lower floor was accessible from the market square for the lower classes. The structure was remodeled between 1767 and 1776 with the addition of a baroque onion dome and an ornamental screen by Philpp Hinterseer. The main altar has a beautiful painting of St. Michael killing Lucifer and the side altars have paintings of the two archangels, Gabriel and Raphael.
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Mozartplatz

6) Mozartplatz (must see)

Mozartplatz is the square in Salzburg dedicated to its most famous son, the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It is one of the most visited locations in the city today.

Mozartplatz is located in the center of the old town near the New Residence of the Archbishops of Salzburg. It is dominated by a statue of Mozart created by sculptor Ludwig von Schwanthaler. The present Mozartplatz was known as Michaelsplatz before the monument was unveiled. A baroque fountain with the statue of St. Michael on its central pillar facing St. Michael’s Church was replaced by the Mozart monument. The monument was constructed at a time when the city was economically depressed because of the Napoleonic Wars. King Ludwig I of Bavaria, a great admirer of Mozart’s works donated the funds to erect the monument. The monument to Mozart in Mozartplatz was unveiled in 1842 in the presence of his two sons.

Mozartplatz today is a place where visitors to Salzburg get their photographs taken. Next to the marble base of the statue is a Roman mosaic found by workers while erecting the monument. Several souvenir stores, coffee shops, a tourist office, and an information office are located around the square.

Why You Should Visit:
Great place to visit after dark and often there are musicians playing near the statue.
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Mozartsteg

7) Mozartsteg

The Mozartsteg is a filigree art nouveau iron bridge over the Salzach River connecting the Rudolfskai and Giselakai areas of Salzburg. The pedestrian bridge gained international fame after being featured in the 1965 Hollywood film, The Sound of Music.

The Mozartsteg was built in 1903 by a private group called the Mozartstegverein. The bridge was the result of the efforts by a wealthy owner of a café, Georg Krimml who lobbied and donated the funds for its construction. His object was to increase customer traffic to his café, the Café Corso. It was inaugurated by the Governor of the Duchy of Salzburg and the then Mayor of the city.

The Mozartstegverein group owned the bridge until 1920 and charged a toll. The small toll house ceased to function in 1921. It still exists and is now a store that sells crafts and jewelry. It was purchased by the City of Salzburg in 1921 and converted into a bridge for pedestrians and cyclists. In the movie, the Sound of Music it was the footbridge over which the Von Trapp children skip. Today, the picturesque Mozartsteg is a spot for photographs by tourists and part of the tours that take visitors around locations where the Sound of Music was filmed.
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Waagplatz

8) Waagplatz

The Waagplatz is one of the oldest squares in Salzburg and was once the site of the city’s Haymarket. It gets its name from the Waaghaus where the city’s public weighing scales were housed.

The Waagplatz was the site of the main courthouse of Salzburg from 1328 to 1407. At the time, public executions took place here. Dungeons were located southwestern corner and a pillory was placed in front of the court building. There were also many goods warehouses around Waagplatz at the time. From 1430, a bread market was established in the square. It was also the site of the first tavern in Salzburg.

The Waagplatz has many well important buildings. The old tavern established in 1500 burned down in 1635 and was rebuilt. Today the façade of the building has a striking mural called Sowings and Harvest painted by Karl Reisenbichler. Another well known building is the three story Traklhaus with two courtyards and arcades. It is one of the best examples of a typical 16th century burgher house in Salzburg. It is also the birthplace of the poet George Trakl and houses a museum dedicated to his life and works, the house of Hypo Bank that is used for cultural events and the Waaghaus that dates back to the 17th century.
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Judengasse

9) Judengasse

The Judengasse was the old Jewish Quarter in Salzburg. The shopping street connects the Old Market Square with the Waagplatz Square.

During the middle ages, there was a thriving Jewish population in Salzburg. They were prominent traders and bankers and transacted business with the ruling Archbishops of Salzburg. The Jewish population was persecuted and often executed for their faith by the rulers. Judengasse ceased to be the Jewish quarter after a pogrom in 1404. The building at No: 15 was once the military headquarters of Emperor Friedrich Barbarossa in 1270. Later No: 15 Judengasse became a synagogue in 1370. It also housed a school for religious instruction. After the pogrom, the building housed a brewery until the early 20th century when industrially manufactured and distributed beer gained popularity. It closed its doors in 1922. Franz Schubert lived in the street and the composer Heinrich Biber lived in No: 13 Judengasse between 1672 and 1684.

Today Judengrasse is a shopping lane. Some of the most expensive boutiques and stores are located here. There is also a store that sells Christmas and Easter ornaments and Easter eggs and visitors can purchase fine chocolates, pretty furnishings and souvenirs. No: 15 Judengasse was renovated in 1992 keeping many of the old components of the structure and is now part of the Radisson Group of Hotels.
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Alter Markt (Old Market Square)

10) Alter Markt (Old Market Square) (must see)

The small and cozy square called Alter Markt is one of Salzburg’s most important locations. It is the site of weekly markets from the 13th century and was also used for events and celebrations.

The Alter Markt was the third market established in Salzburg in the 13th century; as such, it’s the oldest weekly market in the city. Besides serving as a marketplace, the square was used for celebrations like the Whitsun festival and dances, the Sword Dance by the Durrnberg Miners and the annual barefoot dance by the bakers. It was also the site of the lent market until 1889. The name of the square was changed to Ludwig Victor Square between 1873 and 1927 when Archduke Ludwig Victor the youngest brother of Emperor Franz Josef I of Austria took up residence in Salzburg.

The Alter Markt remains a shopping area until today. The St. Florian Fountain is located in the center with the statue of St. Florian von Lorch at the top of its column. The square is flanked by a row of baroque burgher houses, the old market house, the old court pharmacy, the oldest coffee house in Salzburg, the café Tomaselli and the smallest house in the city at No 10 A, Alter Markt.

Why You Should Visit:
It's a fun way to get rid of a few Euros.

Tip:
Skip the restaurant and have something from one of the many vendors.
You can try delicious local as well as all other types of (inexpensive) food here.
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Sigmund Haffner Gasse

11) Sigmund Haffner Gasse

The Sigmund Haffner Gasse is one of the oldest streets in Salzburg. The buildings flanking the street were once homes of wealthy merchants and the 700 year old Elefant Hotel is located here.

The Sigmund Haffner Gasse is a wide street that connects two other important streets, the Getreidegasse and the Franziskanergasse. The Old City Hall marks the lower end of the street and the Franciscan Church is at the upper end. The street was laid in 1140 when the Franciscan Church was made a parish church. Before 1620, the street marked the end of the merchants residences and the St. Peter’s Convent. It is named after Sigmund Haffner, a wealthy merchant and benefactor in Salzburg who was its mayor between 1768 and 1772.

Important buildings on Sigmund Haffner Gasse are the Elafant Hotel which was established as an inn by the keeper of an elephant gifted to Archduke Maximilian of Austria and his bride by the King of Portugal. Houses that formerly belonged to wealthy merchants include the Haffnerhaus, the Lamberhaus, the Gusettihaus, the Ritzerhaus, Dachsbergerhof and the Cheuzleins House. The Langenhof was established by Archbishop Max Gandolf von Kuenburg for his family and the Kapellhaus was used as a residence of the chapel choirboys.
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Rupertinum Museum of Modern Art

12) Rupertinum Museum of Modern Art (must see)

Housed in a historic 17th-century building, the Rupertinum Museum of Modern Art is one of the two galleries dedicated to modern art in Salzburg.

The Rupertinum is located in the historic city center of Salzburg. In 1633, a college for young priests was built over an earlier structure that existed from 1350. After the Archdiocesan rule of the city, it became a student dormitory until 1974. In 1983, the Rupertinum was converted to house one of the museums of modern art. It has a beautiful arcaded courtyard where visitors can rest and contemplate after viewing the artwork.

The museum was founded by Friedrich Welz and his friend Oskar Kokoschka. It holds temporary exhibitions of modern art and is also a repository of graphic art and 20th-century contemporary art. There is always a changing themed contemporary art exhibition at the venue. Permanent exhibits include works with paper, sculpture and photographs and works by contemporary artists like Klimt, Kokoschka and some lesser known modern artists. Besides the Museum of Modern Art, the Rupertinum also has a library, a restaurant, and a bookshop.

Tip:
Take the lift up, stroll around the museum then walk across the hillside to the Fortress.

Opening Hours:
Tue, Thu-Sun: 10am-6pm; Wed: 10am-8pm
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Franciscan Church

13) Franciscan Church (must see)

The Franciscan church is one of the oldest churches in Salzburg and served as a parish church as early as 774. It remains the most popular place of worship for the people of Salzburg until today.

The Franciscan Church was first established as a small church dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It was renovated by Bishop Virgil and in 1139 it became the main Parish Church of Salzburg. In 1167, the original building was burned along with five others in the city and only the nave survived. It was rebuilt in the 13th century and taken over by the Franciscan order.

The main gate was built in 1700 and has a carved hand in the position of taking an oath. The interiors have a gothic style with the main altar designed by architect, Fischer von Erbach in 1700. The choirs have many side chapels with distinct gothic styles. The paintings by artist Johann Michael Rottmayer depict the life of St. Francis and the statues of the angels are by sculptor, Ottavio Mosto. The church is connected to the Franciscan Abbey by an arched bridge over the road. The Romanesque side gate depicts Christ between St. Peter and St. Rupert. Visitors flock to listen to the sound of the church bells including the Marien bell that tolls at 3pm, the time of the death of Christ and the Armeseelen bell.

Why You Should Visit:
One of the oldest churches in Salzburg, and of course it is free to go inside.
A nice place to see the architecture of the region in its elegant simplicity.
If you are lucky you can attend an organ concert or listen to the organist practice.

Tip:
Make sure you head up towards the altar as the ceilings rise to double the height of the area where the pews are.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 6:30am-7:30pm
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Wiener Philharmoniker Gasse

14) Wiener Philharmoniker Gasse

The Wiener Philharmoniker Gasse was named after the Vienna Philharmonic, in recognition of its 125th anniversary. The street had been called Market Street since 1873, and before that it was known as Fashion Street. Wiener Philharmoniker Gasse is about 200 meters long and lies between Max Reinhardt Square and University Square.
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Collegiate Church

15) Collegiate Church

The Collegiate Church was built as the place of worship for the adjacent Benedictine University. It is the finest example of Baroque architecture in Salzburg and became the model for other churches in Austria and Southern Germany.

Prince Archbishop Paris Londron established the Benedictine University in 1623 and made plans to build a church for the university. Renowned architect, Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach was commissioned to design the building and the result was one of his finest works. The church was constructed between 1694 and 1707. It was used as a hay store when Napoleon’s army invaded Salzburg and was disbanded in 1810 when the city came under Bavarian rule. During the Austro Hungarian rule, it was a secondary school and military church. It was the venue of the Great World Theater in 1922 and in 1964 it regained its original purpose after the University of Salzburg was reestablished.

The interior has a modified Greek cross plan with a convex façade. In 1740 a high altar created by Alton Pfaffinger was added with classical columns representing the seven pillars of wisdom. The altar paintings were by celebrated religious artist, Johann Michael Rottmayr. The chapels inside are dedicated to the patron saints of the four university disciplines, St. Thomas Aquinas of theology, St. Ivo of jurisprudence, St. Luke of medicine and St. Catherine of philosophy.
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Mozart's Birthplace

16) Mozart's Birthplace (must see)

Hagenauer House in Getreidegasse is the building where the most famous son of Salzburg, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born. Maintained as a museum dedicated to his memory, it is the most famous among the city's tourist attractions.

The Mozart family lived on the 3rd floor of Hagenauer House for 26 years. The composer was born here in 1756. It consists of a kitchen, a small room, a bedroom and a study. The museum dedicated to Mozart was installed here in 1880 by the Mozarteum Foundation. It was enlarged by the donation of musical instruments and other objects by his widow and two sons.

The museum at Mozart’s birthplace consists of documents, musical instruments and portraits of the great composer. An important portrait is an unfinished oil painting of Mozart at the Piano by his brother in law, Joseph Lange. Other notable exhibits are the violin he used in his childhood, his concert violin, his clavichord and a harpsichord. There are also many letters relating to the great composer on display. The museum was renovated by the Viennese architect, Prof. Elsa Prochazka to conform to modern standards and to protect the exhibits from damage. Temporary themed Mozart-related exhibitions are held by the museum.

Tip:
If you've got a Salzburg Card you need not join the long ticket queue.
If planning to go to the Mozart Residence (a 5-minute walk away) as well, there is a special reduced-price ticket for both museums.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-5:30pm (Sep-Jun); 8:30-7pm (Jul-Aug)
Last admission 30 mins before closing
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Hagenauerplatz

17) Hagenauerplatz

The Hagenauerplatz is one of the most visited places in Salzburg not because of its historic significance but because the house where Mozart was born flanks the square. It is located in the Getreidegasse Lane in the Old Town which now forms part of the city’s pedestrian shopping zone.

The Hagenauerplatz gets its name from the Hagenauer family. The family consisted of rich Salzburg merchants, grocers and artists who owned buildings around the square. They were landlords of the Mozart family at the time when the great composer was born. It was initially called the Hagenauerplatz Löchlplatz and was the site of the city fish market. At the end of the square is an ancient gate. A fountain dedicated to Neptune was located here from 1599 until 1641 when it was removed to another square in the city called the Hanuschplatz.

Hagenauerplatz has many medieval and baroque burger houses. Typical features of these houses are tall and narrow facades with inner courtyards. The inner courtyards were used for keeping horses. Visitors can also see wrought iron guild signs of old shops in the lane near the square. It is also the site of a former inn called the Zum Lochl and a stately medieval mansion called the Roittnerhaus.
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Makartplatz

18) Makartplatz

Makartplatz or Markart Square is a busy part of the city of Salzburg surrounded by some of its important buildings. The main attraction in the square today is a museum dedicated to Mozart and his works.

Makartplatz was developed by Archbishop Paris Lodron and architect Bernhard Fischer von Erlach. At the time it was called Hannibalplatz after Hannibal von Raitenau, the brother of the Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich. Later, it was named after Hans Makart, a celebrated 19th century Salzburg born artist and son of a chamberlain at the Mirabell Palace.

The most visited part of Makartplatz is the Tanzmeisterhaus where Mozart’s family lived when he was a young boy. The former residence was rebuilt after having been destroyed by bombs in World War II. It is located at No: 8 Makartplatz and houses the museum dedicated to the great composer. The next house to the museum is the Doppler House where eminent physicist, Christian Doppler who founded the Doppler effect of sound was born in 1803. The façade of the Church of the Holy Trinity faces the square and the Landestheater, built by Archbishop Colloredo is located here. The main entrance to the Mirabell Gardens is also located in Makartplatz.
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Mirabell Palace and Gardens

19) Mirabell Palace and Gardens (must see)

The Mirabell Palace and Gardens are located north of the Salzach River. It was used by the Prince Archbishops to entertain guests and now houses government offices including the office of the Mayor of Salzburg.

The palace was constructed and the extensive gardens were laid in 1606 as the residence of the mistress of Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau, Salome Alt. At the time it was called the Altenau Palace. His successor renamed it as the Mirabel Palace. Successive Archbishops improved and added to the structure and the gardens. It was damaged by a fire in 1818 and most parts were burned except the marble staircase and marble hall. After the reign of the Archbishops came to an end, it became the residents of the royal family of Austria.

The Mirabel palace today is not open to the public. The marble hall that was once the concert hall and ballroom of the Archbishops is regarded as one of the most beautiful wedding halls in the world. Today it is the venue for meetings, award ceremonies, and concerts. The Mirabell gardens consist of a hedge garden, a dwarf garden with sculptures of dwarfs made of locally quarried Untersberg marble. The famous Pegasus fountain was the setting for the song Do Re Mi in the 1965 Hollywood film, 'The Sound of Music'.

Why You Should Visit:
The palace, which is also the venue for many classical concerts (need pre-booking) makes a nice backdrop to the marvelous gardens.
Standing next to the palace and gazing towards the garden, you get a spectacular view of the Hohensalzburg Fortress as well.
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Getreidegasse

20) Getreidegasse (must see)

Getreidegasse is the most important shopping street in Salzburg, as well as being the city's oldest. Most of the high-end boutiques and tourist shops are located here.

The street existed from the time of the Romans when the city was called Juvavum. It was the main road that connected Salzburg to Bavaria. The narrow street has tall medieval baroque houses belonging to the rich merchants of the city. It was in one of these houses that Mozart was born. The family of Salome Alt, the mistress of Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau also lived here. It was called Trabegasse until the 19th century.

Today, the street is lined with shops with wrought iron signboards. There are many store-lined sidestreets that lead to other parts of Salzburg. The upper floors of the buildings are still used as homes or lodgings by merchants and students. Shops in the Getreidegasse sell branded products like Louis Vuitton luggage and Polo shirts. There are smaller stores selling Mozart mementos and Sound of Music memorabilia. Quaint cafes and restaurants are found here. Mozart’s birthplace is the most visited building in the street and the other notable structure is the old City Hall which was once the residence of the Keutzl family.

Why You Should Visit:
Incredibly picturesque little street, with good shops, no cars, and a lot of people watching to do.

Tip:
If planning some shopping for gifts, take a look in a couple of stores because they often carry similar products for different prices.
Small alleys lead off the main street – do wander down these as lots of smaller shops and nice cafés can be found.

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.
Old Town Nightlife

Old Town Nightlife

Salzburg, known worldwide as the city of Mozart, offers its visitors a large spectrum of nightlife. The city is home to many clubs with a fantastic atmosphere. Get started with this walking tour of the Old Town to become acquainted with the wonderful nightlife available on your visit to Salzburg.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km
Children's Attractions in Salzburg

Children's Attractions in Salzburg

With its great history, culture and entertainment, Salzburg is a place both adults and children can enjoy. The city is home to countless places which will keep the kids happy, like fun for children museums, toy stores and a huge historic fortress. Take this walking tour and enjoy some of the many options Salzburg has to offer for the whole family.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Salzburg Streets Walking Tour

Salzburg Streets Walking Tour

The picturesque streets of Salzburg's historic city center are almost always full of tourists, a place where true Austrian traditions can be found. Besides its cultural importance, the streets of Old Salzburg offer a wide spectrum of leisure activities, including shopping, sightseeing, traditional Austrian restaurants and breweries. Take this tour to absorb the rich atmosphere of Austrian tradition.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Religious Walking Tour

Religious Walking Tour

Salzburg is listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to countless cultural, architectural, and religious landmarks. The city features numerous historic places of worship, from small churches and abbeys to the impressive Salzburg Cathedral. Take the following walking tour to discover Salzburg's holy places and their history.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Mozart Heritage Tour

Mozart Heritage Tour

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born and lived in the city of Salzburg, leaving a tremendous imprint on the history and culture of the city. The remarkable life of the classical composer was secularized in the architecture of the buildings, theaters and streets. This is a special walking tour for those who want to know more about the heritage The Salzburg Son left for future generations.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
Old Town, Right Bank Walk

Old Town, Right Bank Walk

Salzburg's "Old Town" (Altstadt) is internationally renowned for its baroque architecture and is one of the best-preserved city centers north of the Alps. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. As a tourist of this wonderful city, don't miss the opportunity to visit the streets of Old Town and sites presented on this tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Salzburg for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Salzburg has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Salzburg, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.