Salzburg, Austria is one of the most beautiful, romantic and enchanting cities in all of Europe. Well known for its breathtaking scenery, the birthplace of the famous composer Mozart and the film setting for ‘The Sound Of Music’, there was no doubt in my mind that I was going to make a visit!
I spent three fabulous days exploring Salzburg, and today I am sharing with you a useful 3-day itinerary for those wanting to travel to Salzburg for the first time, or for those wanting to add more “totally-Salzburg” sights and attractions to their bucket list.
Buy The Salzburg Card
The best way to maximise your time in Salzburg and see as much as you possibly can within a short time frame (and with a few sizely discounts!) is to purchase the Salzburg Card. This was my biggest time-saver and money-saver while I was exploring Salzburg, and it worked out perfectly that I could purchase a 72-hour card for 42 Euros! Most (and almost all) of the sights and attractions on this itinerary can be visited for free with the card!
If you would like more information about the Salzburg card, visit their website!
Salzburg In 3 Days: An Itinerary For First Time Visitors
The Sound Of Music Tour
One of the first things that I was dying to do once I had arrived into Salzburg was to book myself on a Sound Of Music Tour! Many beautiful locations around Salzburg were the backdrop for the 1965 film starring the highly acclaimed Julie Andrews and for many travellers, especially who are making their first visit to Salzburg, the Sound of Music Tour is something not to be missed!
The tour visits some of the film locations including the famous white pavilion, Mondsee Abbey (where Captain Von Trapp and Maria were married) and the beautiful Schloss Lepoldskron. In addition, the tour offers behind the scenes information from the movie, an exceptional guide for the day and of course, a sing-a-long of some of your favourites such as “My Favorite Things” or “Sixteen Going On Seventeen”.
If you would like more information on the tour or you would like to see some photos of the film locations, click on the link above for the website where I booked my tour AND click on the link below to one of my recent posts!
The great part about booking a ‘Sound Of Music’ Tour is at the end of the tour you are dropped off at the beautiful Mirabell Gardens. The Mirabell Gardens is by far the most beautiful attraction in Salzburg and the best time to see the gardens in all their glory is in either Spring or Summer! Make sure you spend a beautiful afternoon strolling through the gardens (and if you’re a huge ‘Sound of Music’ fan like I am, you might re-enact some scenes!).
Mozart Wohnhaus (Mozart’s Residence)
The city of Salzburg is renowned around the world for the birthplace of Mozart. The exquisite musical compositions and the life of Mozart are widely celebrated in Salzburg, and the Mozart Wohnhaus (Mozart’s old home) located only a five minute walk from the Mirabell Gardens is a great way to start your Mozart journey! A visit to the Mozart Wohnhaus is also free with the Salzburg card!
If you would like more information, visit their website here!
Take a Stroll Around the Salzach River
One of my favourite things to do in Salzburg was to take an afternoon walk by the Salzach River. From your stop at the Mozart Wohnhaus, the Salzach River is only a short five minute walk away! Along the Salzach river are some of the most beautiful views of the city (especially the Salzburg Fortress) and the bridges joining the two sides of Salzburg together are a sight to see! I recommend visiting the Mozartsteg (Mozart bridge) located near Mozartplatz, it was definitely one of my favourites.
Mozart Geburtshaus (Mozart’s Birthplace)
Continue your Mozart journey by visiting Mozart’s Birthplace, which is another five minute walk over the bridge along the Salzach River. Mozart’s Birthplace is a very surreal experience, where you are given an insight into the childhood of Mozart himself and into his journey to becoming one of the most gifted and talented musical composers of all time. This attraction in Salzburg is also free with the Salzburg card.
If you would like more information, feel free to visit their website here!
Fortress Hohensalzburg (Salzburg Castle)
One of the most popular attractions to visit in Salzburg is the Salzburg Fortress. The views from Salzburg itself of the fortress are spectacular, but once you arrive at the top the views get even better!
Entry to the Salzburg Fortress is free with the Salzburg card; you have a free return ride on the cablecar up to the top, and in addition, you have free access to the Salzburg Fortress Museum AND the World of Marionettes museum (which are definitely worth a visit!).
Views of the Salzburg Fortress from Salzburg
Views from the top of the Salzburg Fortress
Salzburg Fortress Museum and The World of Marionettes Museum
Nonnberg Abbey is the oldest nunnery north of the alps and it was this abbey in particular that inspired the abbey Maria was from in the Sound of Music film. If you are a die-hard Sound of Music fan like I am and you are dying to see Nonnberg Abbey, it is a long and steep walk down from the Salzburg Fortress. I suggest hitting two birds with one stone and visiting the Salzburg Fortress and Nonnberg Abbey on the same day.
DomQuartier Salzburg (Salzburg’s Cathedral Quarter)
A short walk from the Salzburg Fortress is Salzburg’s cathedral quarter complex, which includes the Salzburg Residenz Palace, Residenz Gallery, Cathedral Museum, St Peter’s Abbey and the Salzburg museum, which are all worth a visit especially if you’re a museum fanatic! A highlight of the DomQuartier is the 360 views of Salzburg from the top! A great photo opportunity!
Wander through the streets and squares of Salzburg
Take some time in your busy itinerary to wander the streets and squares exploring the beautiful architecture Salzburg has to offer! These are a few of my favourites!
Getreidegasse is one of Salzburg’s most famous shopping lanes!
Hellbrunn Palace and Trick Fountains
The Hellbrunn Palace and Trick Fountains is an attraction in Salzburg that I would highly recommend to anyone. Its located a little further out from the main city of Salzburg, but with your Salzburg card you can get a bus to the palace for free!
While Hellbrunn Palace is a beautiful sight to see, the main attraction all travellers come to see is the Trick Fountains. A man by the name of Markus Sittikus had a keen sense of humour and decided to design a series of water games in order to play a few practical jokes on his dinner guests. Read this post for more information about my Trick Fountains tour and experiences by clicking on this link: Hellbrunn Trick Fountains | Guaranteed To Get You Wet
Make sure you book a guided tour of the Trick Fountains as it is the only way you can see them, and of course, it is free entry with your Salzburg card. It is an experience that is guaranteed to get you wet, and I highly recommend you take the tour in the warmer months!
Mönchsberg is one of five mountains in the city of Salzburg. With your Salzburg card you get free access to the lift, which will not only take you to the Museum der Moderne, but will also take you to the top of the mountain to capture some spectacular views of Salzburg.
Other Salzburg Experiences
Go to a Mozart Concert
Salzburg is definitely the best place to see your first Mozart concert; what could be better than seeing a Mozart concert in the city where he was born and lived his life?! It is an experience that is totally worth it!
There are many different options to see a Mozart concert in Salzburg. I chose to see a Mozart concert at the beautiful Golden Hall at the Hohensalzurg Fortress. I chose a concert only ticket and paid 34 Euros, but if you would like to enjoy a lovely dinner as well as the concert it will cost you around 54 Euros.
If you would like more information about booking a Mozart concert, visit these helpful websites! There are many options available for you to choose what best suits you!
Go To A Marionette Show
One of my ultimate nighttime highlights in Salzburg was going to my first ever marionette show! The Salzburg Marionette Theatre was established in 1913 and is currently one of the oldest marionette theatres in the world.
The theatre performs an extensive repertoire of operas, ballets and productions for both children and adults to enjoy, all with marionette puppets! Some of these include: The Sound of Music, The Magic Flute (Mozart), The Nutcracker, Peter and the Wolf, and other classics such as Snow White or Alice in Wonderland. Many of the marionettes used in performances are on display at the World of Marionettes museum at the top of the Salzburg Fortress.
It just so happened that when I was in Salzburg, the Salzburg Marionette Theatre was playing the Sound of Music, so I bought my ticket and witnessed one of the most amazing performances I have ever seen. The performance was in English, and I got to sing along to some of my favourite Sound Of Music classics!
If you would like more information about the Salzburg Marionette Theatre or you are looking to book tickets here are some helpful links!
Salzburg Marionette Theatre Website: http://www.marionetten.at/
Salzburg Marionette Theatre Repertoire (list of shows and productions): http://www.marionetten.at/repertoire-en/repertoire
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- 3-day itinerary
- film locations
- Hellbrunn palace
- Hohensalzburg castle
- marionette museum
- Mirabell gardens
- Mondsee abbey
- Mozart birthplace
- Mozart concert
- Mozart Geburthaus
- Mozart Residence
- Mozart Wohnhaus
- Nonnberg Abbey
- Residenz Gallery
- Salzach River
- Salzburg Card
- Salzburg castle
- Salzburg Cathedral
- Salzburg Fortress
- Salzburg Marionette Theatre
- Salzburg Museum
- Salzburg Residenz Palace
- Schloss Lepoldskron
- Sound of Music
- Sound of Music Pavilion
- Sound of Music tour
- St Peter's Abbey
- trick fountains