Salzburg

Austria

Salzburg is the capital city of the State of Salzburg and fourth-largest city in Austria.

The town is located on the site of the former Roman settlement of Iuvavum. Salzburg was founded as an episcopal see in 696 and became a seat of the archbishop in 798. Its main sources of income were salt extraction and trade and, at times, gold mining. The fortress of Hohensalzburg, one of the largest medieval fortresses in Europe, dates from the 11th century. In the 17th century, Salzburg became a centre of the Counter-Reformation, where monasteries and numerous Baroque churches were built.

Salzburg’s historic centre was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. The city has three universities and a large population of students. Tourists also visit Salzburg to tour the historic centre and the scenic Alpine surroundings. Salzburg was the birthplace of the 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Because of its history, culture, and attractions, Salzburg has been labeled Austria’s “most inspiring city.

Main sights

Salzburg CathedralGardens in Mirabell Palace, with Hohensalzburg Fortress in the distanceView of shoppers on Getreidegasse, which is one of the oldest streets in SalzburgThe Red Bull Hangar-7

Salzburg is a tourist favourite, with the number of visitors outnumbering locals by a large margin in peak times. In addition to Mozart’s birthplace noted above, other notable places include:

Old Town

Outside the Old Town

  • Schloss Leopoldskron, a rococo palace and national historic monument in Leopoldskron-Moos, a southern district of Salzburg
  • Hellbrunn with its parks and castles
  • The Sound of Music tour companies who operate tours of film locations
  • Hangar-7, a multifunctional building owned by Red Bull, with a collection of historical airplanes, helicopters and Formula One racing cars

Greater Salzburg area

  • Anif Castle, located south of the city in Anif
  • Shrine of Our Lady of Maria Plain, a late Baroque church on the northern edge of Salzburg
  • Salzburger Freilichtmuseum Großgmain, an open-air museum containing old farmhouses from all over the state assembled in an historic setting
  • Schloss Klessheim, a palace and casino, formerly used by Adolf Hitler
  • Berghof, Hitler’s mountain retreat near Berchtesgaden
  • Kehlsteinhaus, the only remnant of Hitler’s Berghof
  • Salzkammergut, an area of lakes east of the city
  • Untersberg mountain, next to the city on the Austria–Germany border, with panoramic views of Salzburg and the surrounding Alps
  • Skiing is an attraction during winter. Salzburg itself has no skiing facilities, but it acts as a gateway to skiing areas to the south. During the winter months its airport receives charter flights from around Europe.
  • Salzburg Zoo, located south of the city in Anif

Education

Salzburg is a centre of education and home to three universities, as well as several professional colleges and gymnasiums (high schools).

Universities and higher education institutions

Events

Discover Salzburg…

See & Do

Immerse yourself in the city’s rich history and countless personal stories, as you get to know this internationally acclaimed World Heritage-listed city from its most charming, historical and cultural side!

Eat & Drink

Delectable foods, imaginative recipes and those beloved sausages are as much a part of dining out in Salzburg as our ubiquitous beer.

Accommodation

With so many hotels in Salzburg to choose from, you can be certain there is something for every taste and holiday budget. 

Contact

Magistrat der Stadt Salzburg
email
post@stadt-salzburg.at
address
Mirabellplatz 4, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
phone
Tel. +43 662 8072-0