The birthplace of Mozart, Salzburg is located near the German border in Central Austria and is the country’s fourth largest city. Dominated by a 900 year old cliff-top fortress, the city, is dominated by castles, palaces and churches.
Other than Mozart, Salzburg is also famed for the 1965 musical the Sound of Music, which was set in the city and surrounding mountains. Each year, more than 300,000 people visit the region and explore the Trapp Family homes and film locations.
Visit the Altstadt (the old city) where you can explore the UNESCO World Heritage site Hohensalzburg – the largest intact fortress in Central Europe, and just south of the old town’s centre you will find Schloss Hellbrunn, an early Baroque villa of palatial size that includes the famous 'wasserspiele' section with trick fountains and water games.
Stiftskeller St. Peter is the oldest restaurant in Europe and one of the oldest in the world; Mozart’s birthplace is an interesting museum and it is located near the popular shopping street Getreidegasse; while the Museum of Modern Art has fantastic contemporary exhibitions and restaurant overlooking the old city.
When visiting Salzburg, you must also take the time to step out of the city and explore. The Salzburgerland region is popular with travellers and there are many tours or self-drives that will take you into the lush and pristine regions around the city.
Places worth exploring include the Saalachtal region, made up of 4 towns - Lofer, St. Martin, Unken and Weissbach; Fuschlseeregion with its 7 villages hidden amongst a beautiful world of hidden valleys, alpine pastures, enchanting forests and majestic mountains; and Salzburger Sportwelt - a perfect base for active summer or winter holidays with plenty of walking trails, bike tracks and ski slopes.
Salzburg Lake District is a popular summer destination with its bike paths, range of hikes (from easy to challenging), beautiful beaches and lakeshore swimming facilities; while Obertauern region is an exciting alpine world where you can enjoy perfectly groomed ski slopes in winter and numerous hiking trails in the summer.