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    Salzburg – a brief overview

    Mozart and The Sound of Music, medieval forts and modern art, traditional coffee houses and stylish bars; variety is the spice of Salzburg. It’s a city steeped in history with a hilltop fortress looking down onto the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town or Altstadt, crammed with centuries-old shops and museums.

    Foodies will find a surprising choice of restaurants, cafés and beer houses, while green space is never far away, with Mirabell Gardens on the River Salzbach and Kapuzinerberg Mountain for city views. As the birthplace of Mozart, it celebrates its prodigal son through music and food with the chocolately Mozartball.


    Top 10 sights in Salzburg

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    Mozart’s Birthplace

    Getreidegasse 9
    5020 Salzburg
    Tel: (0662) 844 313
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-2000 (Jul-Aug)
    0900-1730 (Sep-Jun)

    The three-storey house where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on 27 January 1756 is packed with exhibits, including portraits, his childhood violin and the clavichord on which he composed several pieces.

    Mozart’s Residence

    Makartplatz 8
    5020 Salzburg
    Tel: (0662) 8742 2740
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-2000 (Jul-Aug)
    0900-1730 (Sep-Jun)

    Rebuilt after its destruction in WWII, Mozart lived here with his family from 1773 until he left for Vienna in 1781. Exhibits include portraits, compositions and his original fortepiano.

    Hohensalzburg Fortress

    Mönchsberg 34
    5020 Salzburg
    Tel: (0662) 8424 3011
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1900 (May-Sep)
    0930-1700 (Oct-Apr)

    High above Salzburg city is the 900-year-old citadel, Hohensalzburg Fortress, with its funicular mountain railway, medieval apartments, Fortress Museum and summer concerts.

    The Sound of Music tours

    Tourismus Salzburg, Mozartplatz 5
    5020 Salzburg
    Tel: (0662) 8898 7330
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    Opening times:
    Daily tours; times vary

    Film fans can book tours through the tourist office to visit film locations such as Leopoldskron Palace, the Von Trapp family home and the wedding setting of Mondsee Church.

    Salzburg Museum

    Mozartplatz 1
    5010 Salzburg
    Tel: (0662) 620 8080
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0900-1700

    In an impressive building on Mozart Square, the interactive Salzburg Museum uses art, facts and multimedia to tell the city’s story. There’s a World of Children for younger visitors.

    Hellbrunn Palace and Trick Fountains

    Fürstenweg 37
    5020 Salzburg
    Tel: (0662) 820 3720
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1630 (Apr and Oct-Nov)
    0900-1730 (May-Jun and Sep)
    0900-2100 (Jul-Aug)

    A summer residence commissioned in 1612 by Salzburg’s Prince Archbishop, tours go around the elegant pleasure palace and its unique Wasserspiele fountains.

    Museum der Moderne Salzburg (MdM)

    Mönchsberg 32
    5020 Salzburg
    Tel: (0662) 842 220 403
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    Opening times:
    Tue and Thurs-Sun 1000-1800
    Wed 1000-2000

    Formed of two spectacular buildings, Museum der Moderne Mönchsberg on Mönchsberg cliff, has a vast modern art collection, while the city’s MDM Rupertinum hosts changing exhibitions.

    Salzburg Cathedral (Dom)

    Domplatz 1a
    5020 Salzburg
    Tel: (0662) 8047 7950
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0800-1700
    Sun 1300-1700 (Jan-Feb and Nov)
    Mon-Sat 0800-1800
    Sun 1300-1800 (Mar-Apr and Oct-Dec)
    Mon-Sat 0800-1900
    Sun 1300-1900 (May-Sep)

    The baroque masterpiece of Salzburg’s cathedral has Mozart’s baptismal font while the adjoining Dommuseum is packed with art and Renaissance curios.

    Stiegl – World of Brewing

    Bräuhausstrasse 9
    5020 Salzburg
    Tel: (0662) 8387 1492
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1900 (Jul-Aug)
    1000-1700 (Sep-Jun)

    Guided tours of this interactive beer exhibition, brewery and museum include the World of Enjoyment where visitors can try young beer (jungbier) and take photos by the beer tower.

    Salzburg Zoo

    Anifer Landesstrasse 1
    5081 Salzburg
    Tel: (0662) 820 1760
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1630 (Nov-Feb)
    0900-1730 (Mar)
    0900-1800 (Apr-May and Sep-Oct)
    0900-1830 (Jun-Aug)

    Home to around 1,200 animals in a 14-hectare (35-acre) zoological garden, residents include white rhinoceros, poison arrow frogs and free-flying griffon.

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    Country overview

    Austrias landscape is of a beautiful and great diversity. As a travellor, you will find the majestic Alps as well as the green valleys of the Danube. Austria is known for it’s historic architecture, impressive museums and galeries but also for it’s high class ski regions. Mozart, Schubert and the inventor oft he psycho-analysis, Sigmund Freud,

    were born here and are some of it’s most famous and influential sons. When it comes to architecture, the buildings oft he Habsburgers are especially valuable. This dynasty dominated central europe for seven centuries and left a great heritage which includes for example the opera house in Vienna.


    Mountainous Austria is a landlocked country at the heart of Europe, bordered by Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, Hungary, Slovenia and Italy. The diverse landscape can be divided into five sections: the Eastern Alps (62.8%), the Alpine and Carpathian Foothills (11.3%), the Pannonian Lowlands (11.3%), the Vienna Basin (4.4%) and the Granite and Gneiss Highlands or Bohemian Massif (10.1%). Austria’s highest mountain is Grossglockner (3,798m/12,465ft) found in the Alps’ Hohe Tauern range, and, on its way from the Black Forest in southern Germany to the Black Sea, the winding River Danube flows for approximately 360km (220 miles) through the country.

    Nearly half of Austria is covered with forests, with the lower regions particularly densely wooded. Fir predominates above 488m (1,600ft), and gives way to larch and stone-pine beyond 1,219m (4,000ft); the Alpine foothills consist predominantly of arable land and grassland (above 610m/2,000ft); the Pannonian region is characterised by scrub and heathland.

    General knowledge

    Key facts

    Population: 8430000

    Population Density (per sq km): 100

    Capital: Vienna (Wien).


    German is the official language. Regional dialects are pronounced and within the different regions of the country one will encounter marked variations from Hochdeutsch, ie ‘standard’ German. There are Croatian and Slovene-speaking minorities in the Burgenland and southern Carinthia respectively.


    Euro (€) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2, 1 and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.


    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin European plugs are standard.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0800-1230 and 1330-1730.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2017 – December 2018 period.


    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2017
    Epiphany: 6 January 2017
    Easter Sunday: 16 April 2017
    Easter Monday: 17 April 2017
    National Holiday: 1 May 2017
    Ascension Day: 25 May 2017
    Whit Sunday: 4 June 2017
    Whit Monday: 5 June 2017
    Corpus Christi: 15 June 2017
    Assumption Day: 15 August 2017
    Republic Day: 26 October 2017
    All Saints’ Day: 1 November 2017
    Immaculate Conception: 8 December 2017
    Christmas Day: 25 December 2017
    St. Stephen’s Day: 26 December 2017


    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2018
    Epiphany: 6 January 2018
    Easter Sunday: 1 April 2018
    Easter Monday: 2 April 2018
    National Holiday: 1 May 2018
    Ascension Day: 10 May 2018
    Whit Sunday: 20 May 2018
    Whit Monday: 21 May 2018
    Corpus Christi: 31 May 2018
    Assumption Day: 15 August 2018
    Republic Day: 26 October 2018
    All Saints’ Day: 1 November 2018
    Immaculate Conception: 8 December 2018
    Christmas Day: 25 December 2018
    St. Stephen’s Day: 26 December 2018

    All information subject to change.


    Nightlife in Salzburg


    Riverside cocktails, beer houses, live music and the sounds of Mozart are all part of Salzburg’s diverse nightlife.

    Die Weisse

    Rupertgasse 10
    5020 Salzburg
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    Using only traditional recipes to brew beer, you can also dance until the early hours here.

    Republic Café

    Anton-Neumayr-Platz 2
    5020 Salzburg
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    This restaurant-café transforms into a bar by night with live music, cocktails and on some nights, contemporary cultural performances.

    Rockhouse Salzburg

    Schallmooser Hauptstrasse 46
    5020 Salzburg
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    An ever-changing schedule of live bands, club nights and after-show parties, Rockhouse also opens as a bar when no events are scheduled.

    Monkeys Bar

    Imbergstrasse 2a
    5020 Salzburg
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    On the banks of the River Salzach, this relaxed bar is a great sundowner spot for views over the Old Town of Salzburg.


    Schwarzstrasse 22
    5020 Salzburg
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    Showing opera, concerts and ballets since the 18th century, this legendary theatre is also home to the Mozarteum Salzburg Orchestra.


    Restaurants in Salzburg


    From rustic restaurants serving Austrian fare to historic restaurants and concept dining, Salzburg isn’t short on choice.

    Zirbelzimmer at Hotel Sacher Salzburg

    Schwarzstrasse 5-7
    5020 Salzburg
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    Price: Expensive

    Elegant surroundings, tasting menus and terrace views of Salzburg’s Old Town. Stop at the café for a slice of Sachertorte.

    Carpe Diem Finest Fingerfood

    Getreidegasse 50
    5020 Salzburg
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    Price: Expensive

    Gourmet finger food and classic dishes at this stylish restaurant and bar.

    St Peter Stiftskeller

    St Peter Bezirk 1/4
    5020 Salzburg
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    Price: Moderate

    Believed to be the oldest restaurant in Europe, seasonal local cuisine makes this a good choice.

    Gasthaus Zwettler’s

    Kaigasse 3
    5020 Salzburg
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    Price: Moderate

    In a building dating back to 1516, Zwettler’s serves Austrian food and beer brewed with water from the Untersberg mountains.

    Afro Cafe

    Bürgerspitalplatz 5
    5020 Salzburg
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    Price: Cheap

    African-inspired food and township art sets the tone in this colourful, socially minded café.


    Calendar of events

    New Year's Concert

    1 January 2017

    Venue: The Grosses Festspielhaus (Large Festival Hall).

    As part of the Salzburg Festival’s winter programme, revellers can welcome in the New Year in elegant style listening to some of Mozart’s most famous works at the spectacular New Year’s Concert. It takes place in the Grosses Festspielhaus (Large Festival Hall) in the centre of this magnificent town, the birthplace of the famous composer. After the classical performance, visitors can head out into the square amongst the beautiful baroque buildings to watch the spectacular fireworks display light up the night sky on the stroke of midnight. The fun continues on New Year’s Day when the streets are filled with musicians and orchestras performing for the crowds.

    Salzburg Easter Festival

    1 – 17 April 2017

    Venue: Large Festival Hall.

    Annual festival founded by Herbert von Karajan in 1967 and focusing on one opera production. Also includes several other choir and orchestra concerts.

    Lunch Concerts

    May – September 2017

    Venue: Gothic Hall.

    Visitors to the stunning city of Salzburg can enjoy lunchtime Mozart concert performances every Friday from May to September in the city’s Gothic Hall. Performed by some of Austria’s leading musicians and instrumentalists, this is a great environment in which to enjoy some top-class performances. A buffet lunch is available afterwards.

    Salzburg Festival

    21 July – 30 August 2017

    Venue: Various venues across Salzburg.

    The festival has a long and established history that dates back to 1920 and has been staged every year since. Having grown in popularity over the years, the modern day event is now held over five weeks during the summer. It puts on a packed programme of opera, drama and concerts in venues across the city.

    Chamber Concerts at the International Mozarteum Foundation

    July – August 2017

    Venue: Mozarteum.

    Hosted by this prestigious organisation, the Chamber Concerts at the International Mozarteum Foundation presents a performance programme that includes chamber concerts and a ‘Young Artists’ concert cycle. Audiences are given the opportunity to experience a range of different performances ranging from outstanding soloists to rousing group orchestral performances.

    The Salzburg Jazz Autumn (Herbst) Festival

    25 – 29 October 2017

    Venue: Various venues.

    Features concerts, films, exhibitions and international jazz stars.

    Salzburg Christmas Market

    November – December 2017

    Venue: Cathedral Square.

    Traditional Christmas market dating back to the 15th century.

    Hour of Commemoration - Mozart's Mother's Birthday

    December 2017

    Venue: St Aegidius Parish Church.

    Mozart’s mother’s was born on Christmas Day in 1720, and the city of Salzburg celebrates her birthday with a special service and performance at St Aegidius parish church in St Gilgen where she was christened. Visitors can enjoy performances of pieces by Mozart, Haydn and other great composers by a chamber ensemble.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.


    Hotels in Salzburg


    Grand hotels in historic buildings, rustic Alpine-style guesthouses, riverside rooms and boutique options,

    there is something for all budgets in this picturesque town.

    Hotel Bristol

    Makartplatz 4
    5020 Salzburg
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    Category: Expensive

    Run by the Huber family for 75 years, this grand, luxury hotel is opposite Mozart’s Residence.

    Hotel & Villa Auersperg

    Auerspergstrasse 61
    5020 Salzburg
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    Category: Expensive

    Luxury family-owned hotel with rooftop spa, 55 rooms and suites plus 23 rooms in the renovated villa.

    Am Dom

    Goldgasse 17
    5020 Salzburg
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    Category: Moderate

    Boutique design hotel in an 800-year-old townhouse in Salzburg’s historic centre.

    Motel One Salzburg Mirabell

    Elisabethkai 58-60
    5020 Salzburg
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    Category: Cheap

    Excellent value modern hotel with spa, lounge bar and some river-facing rooms.


    Rupertgasse 25
    5020 Salzburg
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    Category: Cheap

    Rooms and suites, some with small gardens, in this modern, city-centre hotel at great prices.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +43


    Call boxes are grey and found in all areas. International calls can be made from payphones with four coin slots.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good.


    Available throughout Austria. There are many Internet cafes.


    Shopping in Salzburg

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    Key Areas

    Salzburg is a treasure trover for shoppers. Long-established shops, global chains and independent stores can be found in the Old Town on the streets of Getreidegasse and Judengasse. It’s worth exploring the narrow passageways in the Old Town for unusual and traditional shops such as the old archbishops’ pharmacy on Alter Markt, the Holzermayr chocolate shop and Anton Koppenwallner’s goldsmith’s shop.


    Salzburg’s farmers’ markets include the daily green market (Grünmarkt) at Universitätsplatz, organic food Bio-Bauernmarkt at Kajetanerplatz on Fridays, plus Thursday’s Schrannemarkt at Mirabellplatz, Austria’s third largest street market selling leatherwear, clothes, food and trinkets. From the end of November, Salzburg’s Christmas markets take over the town.

    Shopping Centres

    Austria’s award-winning Europark Shopping Center (Europastrasse 1) has won awards for its architecture and is home to over 130 stores. Other places include FORUM 1 next to the train station and McArthur Glen Designer Outlet near the airport.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Austrians tend to be quite formal in both their social and business dealings. They do not use first names when being introduced, but after the initial meeting first names are often used. Handshaking is customary when saying hello and goodbye. It is considered impolite to enter a restaurant or shop without saying Guten Tag (good day) or, more usually,

    Grüss Gott (common greeting which literally means ‘greet God’); similarly, to leave without saying Auf Wiedersehen (goodbye) can cause offence. If invited out to dinner, flowers should be brought for the hostess. The Church enjoys a high and respected position in Austrian society, which should be kept in mind.

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    Ticks often live in heavily forested areas during the summer months in some of the more easterly parts of Austria and can create discomfort and, in very rare cases, serious infection to people who are bitten. Tick-borne encephalitis is endemic and travellers likely to find themselves in wooded areas from spring to autumn should take a course of injections. Rabies is present in Austria, although there have been no incidents reported in recent years. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered. If you are bitten seek medical advice without delay.

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