Salzburg Streets Walking Tour, Salzburg (Self Guided)

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.
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Salzburg Streets Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Salzburg Streets Walking Tour
Guide Location: Austria » Salzburg (See other walking tours in Salzburg)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Author: julian

1) 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.

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.
Sigmund Haffner Gasse

2) 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.
Wiener Philharmoniker Gasse

3) 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.

4) Goldgasse

The small and narrow Goldgasse is a curved street that runs from the Old Market Square to the Residence Square. It is flanked by burgher houses and shops selling jewelry antiques and souvenirs.

The houses in Goldgasse were the favorite lodgings of workmen and artisans who came to Salzburg in search of work. Its proximity to the cathedral and markets made it easy for them to search for customers and employers. They had to pay a tax called the collata to stay in the street that was at first called Collatagasse or Tax Street. Its present name comes from the goldsmiths who opened their shops here.

Notable buildings in Goldgrasse are the Reitsamerhaus where the French merchant Jean Fontaine established the first coffee house that later relocated and became the renowned Café Tomaselli. Many of the houses have religious ornamentation on their facades. At Goldgasse No: 6 is the Fragnerhaus with a head of an angel on a baroque corbel dating back to the 17th century, the house at No: 9 has a framed painting of the coronation of the Holy Virgin and the house at No: 16 has a painting depicting the Holy Trinity with St. Florian and St. Sebastian.

5) 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.

6) Kaigasse

Outside the busy, crowded streets of Salzburg Old Town, you will find Kaigasse, location of the University Administration Center. You will find more students and businessmen than tourists here. Historical buildings found here include the Baroque style sacristan's house of the Red Brotherhood and the Court Hogelworther and Mozartkino (the oldest movie theater in Salzburg).

7) Pfeifergasse

The Pfeifergasse is a winding street in the historic district of Salzburg. It leads from Mozart Square to Kajetanerplatz. It was once the street of linen weavers and after that the street of musicians. Among the famous buildings found here are Stumpfeggerhaus, Papageno Fountain, Kumpfmühlhaus and Hofhaimerhaus.

8) Steingasse (must see)

One of the oldest roads in Salzburg, the Steingasse is a small alley that lies between Kapuzinerberg and the Salzach River. It is flanked by medieval houses and has retained its medieval atmosphere until today.

Steingasse dates back to the time when Salzburg was the Roman city of Juvavum. In the middle ages, it became an important trade route and was the main entry point for salt consignments from the Hallein Township. Travelers passed the Steingasse on their way to Italy in the medieval era. The narrow Steintor Gate built in 1280 was the point of entry for travelers and traders.

Residents of Steingasse included potters, dyers and tanners who required water for their work because of its proximity to the Salzach River. No:9 Steingasse was the house where Josef Mohr, the composer of the Christmas Carol, ‘Silent Night’ was born. There is a small private museum in the building dedicated to the composer. Another notable building is the St. Johann am Imberg Church that was Mozart’s favorite place of worship. At one end of Steingasse is a small marble fountain called the Engelwirtsbrunnen which was installed in 1660 in front of the Engelwirt Inn was placed in its present location in 1890. Today, there are many bars, quaint shops, bookstores and galleries in the well preserved medieval buildings that line the street.

Why You Should Visit:
If you look for silence and some nice little bars & restaurants, this is the place.
Linzer Gasse

9) Linzer Gasse

Linzergasse is a busy street in Salzburg flanked by medieval buildings. It is called Linzergasse because it was once the main road from Salzburg to Linz in Austria.

Linzergasse was an important road in Juvavum, the Roman city that later became Salzburg. In the Middle Ages, travelers and tradesman going to Linz passed through the Linzertor Gate that stood at the end of the street until 1894. The houses that flank Linzergasse date back to the 14th or 15th centuries and were always occupied by small craftsmen and their families.

There are many important buildings in Linzergasse. At No:1 is the St. Andrews Church that was built in 1898. No: 3 was the home of the scientist Paracelsus who lived here from 1540 to 1541. He was buried in the cemetery of the nearby St. Sebastian’s Church. House No: 7 was an old pharmacy where the poet George Trakl worked in 1887. House No: 9 is an old brewery and a scion of the family who owned it, Richard Mayr became a famous opera singer. One can climb the steps to the Kapuziner Abbey for breathtaking views. House No: 43 was a medieval bath house. The street ends with the St. Sebastian Church. The cemetery of the church also contains the graves of Mozart’s father Leopold and his wife Constanze.

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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.