Top Destinations: Salzburg Part 2 – Top 5 Sights To See In Salzburg
Salzburg is a beautiful city in Austria and very quickly became one of my favourites! I spent a total of 3 days exploring this enchanting city and there was definitely no shortage of things to see and do! Here are 5 of my favourite sights that are a must-see in Salzburg!
Top 5 Sights to see in Salzburg
1. Hohensalzburg Fortress
The Hohensalzburg Fortress (also known as Salzburg Castle) is one of central Europe’s largest, completely preserved fortresses dating from the 11th century. The castle sits atop the Festungsberg, a small hill in the city of Salzburg at an altitude of 506 metres. The Salzburg castle is also the central landmark in any photos taken of the city!
How to get up to the Salzburg Castle
To get up to the Salzburg Castle you will need to take the Festungsbahn (a cable car).
What can I expect to see at the Salzburg Castle?
2. Hellbrunn Palace and Trick Fountains
Hellbrunn Palace (or Schloss Hellbrunn in German) is an early baroque villa built between 16113-1619 by Markus Sittikus von Hohenems, Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg as a Summer residence. Designed and inspired by Italian architecture Schloss Hellbrunn remains as one of the most magnificent Renaissance buildings north of the Alps.
What can I expect to see at Hellbrunn Palace?
Italian inspired architecture
Beautiful castle surrounds
The Hellbrunn Palace trick fountains (also known as Wasserspiele in German) have been the main attraction at Hellbrunn Palace for almost 400 years. It was the keen sense of humour by Markus Sittikus who had the bright idea of designing a series of “water games” in order to play a few practical jokes on his dinner guests. In Salzburg, you can take a tour of the famous trick fountains and you WILL GET WET! (Stay tuned for a future blog post showing you a snapshot of this tour!). I highly recommend you take a guided tour of the trick fountains!
3. Mirabell Gardens
The Mirabell gardens are the most beautiful and stunning gardens in Salzburg. The gardens are full of gorgeous flowers with the most vibrant colours, and you can take some stunning photographs of the city!
4. Everything Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is one of the most prolific and influential classical composers during the classical era. He is world famous for composing over 600 works in his lifetime including piano concertos, orchestra symphonies and 22 opera masterpieces. Mozart is widely celebrated in Salzburg as it is where he was born and lived for most of his life.
Mozart related sights you need to see
Mozart’s Birthplace (Geburtshaus in German)
Mozart was born on January 27, 1756 and his birthplace today displays documents and portraits of the Mozart family and instruments of W.A Mozart.
Mozart’s Residence (Wohnhaus in German)
The former residence of the Mozart family. Mozart lived in the building from 1773-1780.
Mozartplatz (Mozart square)
In this square is a monument dedicated to the life of Mozart.
The Mozartsteg is a bridge dedicated to Mozart!
Domquartier of Salzburg
The Domquartier of Salzburg is where you can visit the state rooms and the gallery at the Salzburg residence, the Salzburg Cathedral, along with other interesting and informative museums about the history of Salzburg. When visiting the Domquartier I would allow at least two hours to explore as there is plenty to see! Here are a few snapshots of what you can expect to see when you visit!
Here is a quick video of the Domquartier for some inspiration!
Want more information?
All of these sights were FREE with the Salzburg Card: Check out my previous post “Why you need to buy the Salzburg card”
I would highly recommend to check out the Salzburg Card Website if you would like more information on these sights and attractions.
Stay tuned for Part 3 of Salzburg, where I will talk about 9 Sound of Music Locations In Salzburg!
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