Salzburg, the city where the famous composer Amadeus Mozart was born, is the quintessential medieval Austrian city. A dream city surrounded by the Alps where its monuments, history, festivals, gardens and museums will make you fall in love.

The fourth most populous city in Austria is Salzburg. Close to the border with Germany, it has the most beautiful old town you can imagine. That is why it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Salzburg is the “gateway” to northwestern Austria, and is also an important crossroads for roads and railways.

Let’s take a quick tour of this beautiful city that will undoubtedly make you go back several centuries in time as you walk through its streets and squares in the historic center.

Hohensalzburg Fortress

This fortress protected against attacks by foreign troops thanks to its walls and towers. It is the largest and best preserved fortress in Europe. Its construction began in the year 1077 but it was not until 1500 that it acquired its current appearance.

Hohensalzburg Fortress

It has been the former residence of archbishops, with medieval-style rooms. From it, the views of the city and the Salzach River are magical moments that you cannot miss at sunset.

Nonnberg Abbey

A Benedictine monastery that you cannot miss. Founded in the year 717 by Saint Rupert of Salzburg, it has been, among other things, the setting for the movie Smiles and Tears.

Nonnberg Abbey

Getreidegasse in the historic center of Salzburg

The most famous street in the historic center of Salzburg, declared a World Heritage Site, where it is also located at number 9, the house where the musician Wolgang Amadeus Mozart was born and lived for 17 years, being another of the essential places to visit.


Salzburg cathedral

Salzburg is a city full of churches but stands out above the others, the baroque cathedral of the seventeenth century. Located in its historic center, it was the place where Mozart was baptized and where he later became its organist.

Salzburg cathedral

Mirabell Palace and Gardens

Mirabell Palace, a World Heritage Site, is one of the most iconic buildings in Austria. Located in the center of the old town, its interior is impressive due to the details you will find.

Mirabell Palace

In addition, the visit to the Mirabell gardens is an addition that becomes an essential place to visit. It is another well-known setting where the movie “Smiles and Tears” was shot.

Don’t miss out on visiting this beautiful city, and don’t miss out on visiting more picturesque places like its cemetery, which looks more like a garden than a graveyard, or try one of the thousand-flavored pretzels you’ll find at Alter Markt. Without a doubt, it is a city worth visiting. Enjoy it!

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