One Perfect Day in Salzburg, Austria

One Perfect Day in Salzburg, Austria

An Austrian city that seems straight out of a fairytale, Salzburg effortlessly weaves together its medieval past with a vibrant contemporary culture. Let us start by saying, Salzburg is one of our absolute favorite places we’ve been in Europe! From the old timey charm to the beautiful views of the mountains, it really is a must-do on your European adventure. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a music lover, a culinary adventurer, or simply someone seeking to immerse yourself in stunning beauty, Salzburg has something magical to offer for everyone. Join us as we embark on a virtual tour through “One Perfect Day in Salzburg, Austria,” so you can be informed and make the most of your time as you walk through this beautiful city.

1. Getting There

Train ride through Austria

There are multiple options on how to get to Salzburg, Austria, for a day trip. If you’re staying in the nearby cities or towns of Munich, Vienna, or Hallstatt, Salzburg is the perfect option for a unique and unforgettable day trip. For us, we were staying in Munich, Germany and booked our day trip through Viator. It was the perfect way to explore the city and was less than a 2 hour train ride away.

2. Explore the Old Town

Strolling through old town of Salzburg

Salzburg is split into two parts by the Salzach River, with the “New Town” located on the East end, and the “Old Town”, or Altstdat, located on the West end. Salzburg’s Old Town is probably the most preserved city we’ve ever been to. The Old Town is a timeless piece of historical grandeur, artistic inspiration, and captivating charm. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, along with strict preservation laws by the government, it’s no wonder why walking through the cobbled streets of Old Town feels like something out of a fairy tale.

3. Lunch at St. Peter Stiftskulinarium

While you’re in Salzburg, you absolutely MUST eat at the oldest restaurant in the WORLD, St. Peter Stiftskulinarium This restaurant was first documented in the year 803 can be found in the heart of Old Town. The dining experience at St. Peter Stiftskulinarium is a fusion of tradition and modernity. The menu pays homage to age-old recipes and culinary techniques, crafted with local ingredients from the Salzburg region. From hearty Austrian classics to refined international flavors, each dish was so elegant and refined (You would hope after 1,200+ years in business). 

The restaurant’s setting is equally remarkable, offering an array of charming spaces that cater to different preferences. Whether you choose to dine within the medieval chambers decorated with antique tapestries, beneath the serene arches of the inner courtyard, or under the open sky in St. Peter’s Square, every setting adds a layer of charm to the meal. The St. Peter Stiftskulinarium is a living testament to the historic spirit of Salzburg and if you’re a history enthusiast, a fan of fine dining, or a traveler seeking a unique Austrian experience, a visit to the St. Peter Stiftskulinarium is an absolute must.

4. Mirabell Palace Gardens

The Mirabell Palace Gardens are renowned for their meticulously maintained flowerbeds, sculptures, statues, and fountains. One of the most iconic features of the gardens is the Pegasus Fountain, which is often depicted in postcards and photographs. Walking through the Mirabell Gardens, hearing performers sing “The Hills are Alive”, was magical. Salzburg was the original filming site of the famous motion picture, “The Sound of Music”. This is one of our personal favorites, as it was the first musical I (Maddy) performed in as a child. The Mirabell Gardens were the original filming area of the famous “Do-Re-Mi”, or “Do, a deer, a female deer…”. Here you will find people dressed in traditional Austrian garb, eating Austrian delicacies and enjoying the native music. It’s truly lovely. You can also visit The Nonnberg Convent, where several more scenes from the movie were filmed.

5. Hohensalzburg Fortress

Hohensalzburg Fortress on a beautiful sunny day

Hohensalzburg Fortress is a magnificent medieval castle that overlooks the city of Salzburg, Austria. It is one of the largest and best-preserved medieval fortresses in Europe and is a prominent landmark in the city’s skyline. The fortress is perched atop the Festungsberg hill and offers stunning panoramic views of Salzburg and the surrounding landscape. The fortress was originally built in 1077 by Archbishop Gebhard as a defensive structure. Over the centuries, it was used for both military and residential purposes. Visitors can reach Hohensalzburg Fortress by taking a funicular railway, the Festungsbahn, which departs from the Festungsgasse near the Old Town. While at the fortress, you can visit various rooms and chambers that are open to the public. Some areas, such as the Golden Hall and the Rainer Regiment Museum, provide insights into the fortress’s history and the life of the archbishops. The exterior of the fortress will give you the best view of the city and is one of the best views in all of Austria.

6. Mozart's Birthplace

Mozarts Birthplace

For all of our classical music lovers, make sure you check out this iconic landmark – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s birthplace and childhood home! In the Old Town, you will find a yellow building at the address No. 9 Getreidegasse, labeled “Mozarts Geburtshaus”, meaning Mozarts birthplace. Mozarts family resided in this building between 1747 and 1773. Since the year 1800, this building has been maintained as a museum and memorial of Mozart’s family life, interests, and musical achievements. While we were there, we relaxed at this outdoor seating area listening to Austrian street performers. It was the perfect way to embrace Austrian musical culture, while being accompanied by a remarkable historical monument.

7. Eat delicious Mozartkugels!

Cafe Konditorei Fürst, located in the heart of Old Town, is a renowned pastry shop and café famous for its creation of the original Mozartkugel. Cafe Konditorei Fürst was established in 1884 by the Fürst family and has been crafting delectable pastries, cakes, and chocolates for over a century. The Mozartkugel was created by Paul Fürst in 1890 and has since become an iconic sweet treat associated with the city. So, what is a mozartkugel? A Mozartkugel is a delicious chocolate-covered marzipan confection named after the iconic composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. These were honestly one of our favorite confections we’ve ever had! Once you buy one, it’s hard to stop eating them and we still crave them all the time. Unfortunately, they do not deliver to the United States! Overall, Salzburg was one of our favorite places we’ve EVER been. It honestly shocked us at how a place so underrated could be so amazing. If you’re in the area, please do not miss out on a visit to this beautiful and historic city! 


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