Arts, music, culture and architectural attractions abound in historic Salzburg. Enjoy shopping on the Linzergasse or learning at the Museum of Natural History and Technology. Dine on Linzer torte or sip cappuccino at a sidewalk café. Visit the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, or catch a game of football at Red Bull Arena in neighboring Wals-Siezenheim. The possibilities are endless in charming Salzburg, Austria.
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Arts & Cultural
Great Festival Hall
The Great Festival Hall houses the summer and Easter Salzburg Festivals of music and drama annually. It was designed by architect Clemens Holzmeister and inaugurated in 1960. One of its most notable features is a 100 meter-wide stage, which is one of the largest stages in the world.
Salzburg State Theatre
Landestheater is part of a 2,000 year-old tradition, upholding works of traditional acting, operetta and opera in Salzburg. Occasionally, this theater company stands up ballet and musical productions too. Performances occur from September to June each year, breaking for the Salzburg Festival that occurs each summer.
Points of Interest
Cable Railway to the Fortress
With awe-inspiring views of the Alps and Salzburg, this cable car ride called Festungsbahn is the oldest funicular in Austria (built in 1892). It begins in the heart of Salzburg's Old Town and ascends to Hohensalzburg Castle in less than a minute.
It's always fun to see how the other half lives! Technically just a villa, Hellbrunn Palace is palatial in size, named for the clear spring that supplied this estate with water. Built in 1613, this Baroque home is still host to jeux d'eau (water games) at the property's waterpark. Regard fountains and gardens here, as well as elaborate Baroque style interior design.
Built in the 11th and 12th Centuries, this castle fortress is one of the most visible sights on the Salzburg skyline, and one of the largest medieval castles in Europe. Surprisingly, it has only fallen under siege once - during the German Peasants' War of 1525, despite centuries of constructed additions designed to keep invaders at bay. Ascend to the castle in less than a minute riding the cable car.
At 636 m, the Kapuzinerberg is the highest elevation point in Salzburg. This alpine mid-rise hosts the Capuchin Monastery and six Baroque Stations of the Cross lining a climbing path from the Linzergasse. Ascending the Kapunzinerberg, you'll also pass the Passion Chapel, Felix Gate, or St. John's Chapel. All roads lead to the Kanzel where you can look out over Salzburg.
This palace and gardens are listed cultural heritage monuments as part of Salzburg's designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in lavish Baroque style in the early 1600s, its geometrically-arranged gardens feature mythology inspired statues dating from 1730. The Palace of Mirabel is a popular location for Salzburg weddings.
Salzburg is of course proud of her most famous son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Many tributes to this revolutionary musical genius exist around town, with an elegant statue of 1842 built at the end of Getreidegasse in Salzburg Old Town in Mozart Square. Don't forget to stop at number 9 Getreidegasse: that's where Mozart was born and where he resided until age 17.
Museum of Natural History and Technology
A wonderful place to bring the kids, this sprawling museum features an aquarium; reptile zoo; dinosaur hall; world of crystal; space show; exhibits dedicated to the human body, human sexuality and human reproduction; and a science center. The science laboratory for children is a hands on activity center where school-age kids can channel their inner scientist. The museum also has an outdoor café with refreshments.
Dedicated to Saint Rupert and Saint Vergilius, this Baroque cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Salzburg is just the most recent of many iterations, dating back to 774. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was baptized here in the baptismal font, which still exists today. This historic parish is still an active congregation, though the church building itself is open for visitors daily and hosts organ and choral concerts sporadically.
Getreidegasse and Linzergasse
Visit these two historic shopping streets in Old Town Salzburg for quaint shops and boutiques, as well as delicious, eclectic cuisine at sidewalk cafes.
Sports & Entertainment
Red Bull Arena
Sports enthusiasts will want to visit Wals-Siezenheim and the Red Bull Arena for a football game played by FC Red Bull Salzburg, the 2012 winners of the Austrian Cup.
They "speak" every language at Salzburg Zoo, home to an international crowd of animals of more than 140 species. Open daily from 9:00, the zoo is fully accessible and pet-friendly.
- Alma Mater Europaea
- Mozarteum University of Salzburg
- Parcelsus Medical University
- Red Bull GmB
- Sirona Dental
- Stadlbauer Marketing und Vertrieb GmbH
- Trade Centre Salzburg
- University of Applied Sciences
- University of Salzburg