Salzburg and surroundings
A world-class city
A stroll through the city in baroque style on the river Salzach allows you to experience both history and amazing modern buildings at the same time. From Mirabell Palace and the adjoining Mirabell Gardens, there is a magnificent view of the symbol of Salzburg, known from postcards - the mighty Hohensalzburg Fortress, a building from the 11th century. It rises majestically across from the Museum of Modern Art on the Mönchsberg. The heart of the old town is in the medieval Getreidegasse, where the most famous resident of this city was born - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Nowadays it is considered the most beautiful pedestrian street in the world. People in Salzburg like to meet in traditional places in the city, such as in the Café Tomaselli (Alter Markt 9, 5020 Salzburg), the oldest café in Austria, or directly opposite in the Café Fürst. Here you can try the "Original Salzburger Mozartkugeln", which are still made by hand by the descendants of their inventor. They are, by the way, the ideal souvenir, because the real Mozart balls can only be bought in Salzburg.
You can end the evening in the Stiftskeller St. Peter restaurant (Sankt-Peter-Bezirk 1/4, 5020 Salzburg), the oldest restaurant in Central Europe, and listen to the Mozart Dinner Concert. Here the most beautiful arias from Mozart's operas are played and dishes are served according to recipes like in Mozart's time.
Those who prefer something more modern shouldn't miss Hangar-7 Red Bull (Wilhelm-Walk-Straße 7a, 5020 Salzburg). The founder and owner is Dietrich Mateschitz - the richest Austrian with a fortune of over 5 billion dollars (as of 2012). Initially planned for a collection of historic Formula 1 aircraft and racing vehicles, Hangar-7 today stands for avant-garde architecture and modern art.
The Salzburg Festival is considered to be the world's most important festival of classical music and performing arts. They have taken place every summer in July and August in Salzburg since 1920. Every year more than 200 events are attended by more than 250,000 guests during the six weeks of the festival. Nowadays, stars like Anna Netrebko, José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, the best orchestras as well as the premieres of operas known all over the world make the Salzburg Festival an international figurehead of Salzburg.
In addition, the tradition of the Krampus parade arose in Salzburg. A Krampus is a legendary figure in the folklore of the Alpine region, the companion and at the same time the adversary of Saint Nicholas, as is the name for a custom on the night of December 5th to 6th. Krampus accompanies Saint Nicholas, punishes disobedient children and threatens them. He thus represents the counterbalance to Saint Nicholas, who distributes gifts to good children. It is said that when the Krampus finds a moody child, he gives him coal and stones or puts it in his sack and takes the frightened child into a cave, presumably to devour it as a Christmas dinner. In reality, Krampuses are devils and accordingly they look terrible.
Hellbrunn Palace in Salzburg distinguished by its numerous unique water features: there are fountains, caves and water dispensers, of which you will be surprised.
Hellbrunn Palace dates back to the early 17th century. It was built in 1613–19 by Markus Sittikus von Hohenems, Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg, and named for the "clear spring" that supplied it.
At Mauterndorf Castle, a former toll station and temporary summer residence of the prince archbishops, the Middle Ages are still alive: A perfectly staged castle show delights young as well as old visitors.
Numerous playfully designed stations and recreated scenes from the old life guarantee an unforgettable experience - for example, get to know the host, Archbishop Leonhard von Keutschach, and his entourage “personally” - a marvellous travel through time!
Großglockner High Alpine Road
The mountain pass Großglockner at the foot of Austria's highest mountain leading 48 kilometers to the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park is one of the most fascinating panoramic roads in whole Europe.
Towering high above the Pasterze Glacier, the Grossglockner (3,798 m) seems almost within reach. Many instructive trails, exhibitions, tours and children's playgrounds promise an unforgettable day!
Infopoint Kassenstelle Ferleiten
Taxenbacher Fusch 96
5672 Fusch a.d. Großglocknerstraße
Kaprun Alpine Reservoirs
Experience the power of water and eternal ice: Enter a breathtaking world high up in the mountains by transfer buses. The Kaprun Reservoirs offer a unique interaction between the forces of nature and brilliant technological achievements. Adventure physics - close up and tingling!
Krimml Worlds of Water
Pure fascination: Water is the unique attraction here. Whether nature spectacles, waterfall centre, an aquatic scenario or an aqua-park - the experience delights young and old alike and guarantees an inspiring view of the power of water.
Werfen Giant Ice Caves
Not only mountains, also caves can be found in Salzburg; for example, the greatest ice cave on earth. Inside ice palaces, rock formations that are millions of years old, dazzling ice sculptures and glittering crystal worlds expect you. Welcome to the adventure!
Experience the middle ages up close! The imposing fortress from the 11th century invites you to travel back in time.
Some breathtaking highlights are the aerial displays of the mostly regional birds of prey in free flight at the historical state falconry center, as well as a great offer for children with a special children’s scavenger hunt & audio guide!
One of the symbols of Salzburg: The fortress catches attention already from far way.
In turn the visitors of the fortress will be rewarded with wonderful views to the city and the mountains surrounding Salzburg. Who has not been on the fortress, has not been in Salzburg!
In 1492, the "House Bey der Stiegen", was for the first time mentioned as a brewery in documents. In 1650 the Stiegl brewery was the largest of the twelve breweries in Salzburg, and today it is the largest privately owned brewery in Austria with the motto "quality over quantity".
There is a lot to discover: desides brewing movies, Stiegl museum and brewery, where you can watch the brewing process.Also there is organised differnet events - from Music evenings to puppet theater.
For those who likes shopping, not far from Salzburg Airport located a great designer outlet McArthurGlen.Hier you can find all the year round your favorite designer brands with reduction 30% to 70% discount. Besides shopping, there are also a lot of restaurants and cafes with various culinary delights: from local food over Asian to Italian - for everyone's taste. There are a lot of possibilities to keep your children entertained at Designer Outlet Salzburg, among them the Dinoland and a carousel.
The outlet is located five minutes from Salzburg airport and ten minutes by car from Salzburg centre.
The Salzburg Zoo is located in the south of Salzburg and opens its doors every day at 9 a.m. In the area of about 14 hectares there are around 1200 animals of 140 different species from all over the world!. At the zoo you can see the animals from Eurasia, America, Africa and Australia etc.
Salzburg Open-Air Museum
The Salzburg Open-Air Museum is the largest museum in Salzburg. Here you can see in the open air 100 original buildings from agriculture, crafts, rural, commercial and industrial, rebuilt on the museum grounds. Take an unforgettable ride on the historic steam engine heritage railway through the scenic natural landscape of the museum grounds, which cover 50 hectares.
Salzburg Open-Air Museum
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Haus der Natur - Nature Museum
There is a good reason why the House of Nature is one of Salzburg's most popular attractions: Giant dinosaurs from long ago inhabit the same space as milestones of space travel. The diverse underwater world of the aquarium encounters rare reptiles from around the world. Furthermore, just as exciting as the journey into the human body are the interactive experiments in the Science Center. Discover nature from its most fascinating side!
The cathedral and the Residenz palace form the historic city centre of Salzburg. For 200 years the passages between the archiepiscopal palace, the cathedral oratories, the cabinet of curiosities and the art galleries were closed or walled up. Then, with the establishment of the DomQuartier, the original unity of the cathedral and Residenz complex, including the Benedictine monastery of St. Peter, was renewed. A tour offers new views of the city as well as hidden insights into architectural monuments and baroque treasures.
Hangar-7 at Salzburg Airport is a unique architectural work of art. Originally planned to accommodate the Flying Bull's steadily growing collection of historic aircraft, Hangar-7 has become synonymous with avant-garde architecture, modern art and exquisite dining. There is also a restaurant, two bars, an outdoor lounge and a cafe. 7 The Hangar-7 was opened in of 2003. Hangar-8, which is directly opposite Hangar-7, ensures that all the winged aircraft and helicopters are one-hundred-percent airworthy.
In Museum Hangar-7 at Salzburg Airport there is a free entrance. Here are exhibited a number of historic aircraft, helicopters and Formula 1 racing cars. There is also to see the aircraft productions Boeing, Eurocopter and Sukhoi.
A different top chef each month. When Restaurant Ikarus opened its doors in 2003, most people couldn‘t imagine that this ambitious plan would actually work in reality. For the chefs of Restaurant Ikarus, the guest chef concept means adapting to a new menu, a new top chef and a new philosophy each and every month.
Eat and drink
Besides the numerous sights, Salzburg also offers culinary delights like, for example, the famous praline Mozartkugel or the dessert Salzburger Nockerln. In the middle of Salzburg's city centre the café Tomaselli - the oldest still working café in Austria, which was already visited by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - can be found.
Salzburger Nockerln, which are made from eggs, sugar and flour, are a speciality from Salzburg. This dessert has a distinctive form that is supposed to represent snowy mountains of Salzburg. Traditionally the dessert consists of three "Nockerln", which have after baking a goldish-brown colour. Salzburger Nockerln are sprinkled with icing sugar.
Already in the 17th century the history of the Salzburger Nockerln started, when the then archbishop of Salzburg, Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau, fell in love with the the grocer's daughter Salome von Alt. In spite of social classes and other complicating factors, Salome tempted him with this delicate dessert. They were a couple for all their life and had 15 children - if the reason for it were the Salzburger Nockerln, is not clear.
You can try Salzburger Nockerln, for example, in the restaurant Restaurant S'Nockerl of the hotel Elefant in the centre of the old town.
Contacts: Hotel Elefant
The praline Mozartkugel, which was invented in 1890 by the confectioner Paul Fürst, consists inside of marzipan, pistachios and chocolate hazelnut paste, covered by a chocolate coating. Paul Fürst wanted to create a perfectly round praline; for that, he put the praline on a small wooden stick and dipped it into chocolate.
The original praline - that is named after the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - is still today made by hand in the Café Fürst in Salzburg. This café has a few branches in Salzburg; the main house is located directly at the "Alter Markt" in the old town.
Café Tomaselli, which is located in the middle of the old town of Salzburg (at "Alter Markt"), is the oldest still working café in Austria. The history of the café dates back to the year 1700. Already Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart could be met there in those days, and still today, especially during the Salzburg Festival, actors, opera stars, and international prominent figures can be seen in the Café.
Also the name of Mozart's wife - Constanze von Nissen - is connected to Café Tomaselli: After Mozart's death she lived for six year in the house where already back then the café was located.
Besides coffee, bakery produce and ice cream today you can also enjoy small one-course meals in the Café Tomaselli.