Second only to the Summer Festival in preeminence, Mozart Week is one of the major musical highlights here in Salzburg. Since 1956, the Mozarteum Foundation has hosted this festival on and around 27 January, Mozart’s birthday, providing a stage for Austrian and international artists and musicians.
Since being founded by Herbert von Karajan in 1967, the Easter Festival has been an integral component of the Salzburg events calendar. Providing a complement to the Festival during the summer months, in this case the primary focus is on opera. The Easter Festival begins on the Saturday before Palm Sunday and lasts until Easter Monday.
In addition to the Easter- and Summer Festivals, Salzburg has also featured a Whitsun Festival since 1973. In this case, Herbert von Karajan’s original idea was to give those people who had not been able to obtain tickets for the Easter Festival an opportunity to listen to acclaimed international orchestras between Whit Saturday and Whit Monday.
In September, the call is clear for everyone to hear: All aboard for the “Take the A-Train” festival at, and close to the main station in Salzburg. On several different stages, the international music scene and hot live acts from across Europe rub shoulders with top local musicians.
First-class performances and concerts are on the 14-day program of Culture Days, which is organized by the Salzburg Cultural Society. This music festival is famous for its Classical performances as well as its embrace of experimentation, not shying away from exciting mixtures of genres including hip-hop and hits from the world of musicals.
The Jazz & The City festival takes place at rather out-of-the-ordinary venues that include manufacturing businesses, churches and hotels, along with bars and cafes. Performers include international artists and newcomers, while entrance is free. Aside from World Music and jazz, the program also features electronic music.
Winterfest has developed into one of the biggest festivals for modern circus artistry in the German-speaking world. From the end of November until the beginning of January, only the very best circus troupes get to perform under the big tents in the Volksgarten. Visitors can look forward to an exciting program of side events, compelling acrobatics and a colorful culinary offer.
A deeply rooted vocal and musical legacy, Alpine melodies and traditions: This is what Salzburg Advent Singing in the Grosses Festspielhaus is all about. Over 150 musicians, actors and child performers conjure up a perfect Christmas atmosphere for the public to enjoy. Similar events in and around Salzburg include Salzburger Hirtenadvent and Original Salzburg Advent.
Numerous Advent markets during the run-up to Christmas draw visitors from near and far to the City of Mozart. The most famous of these include the Christkindlmarkt on Cathedral- and Residenzplatz squares, along with Advent Magic at Hellbrunn – which is particularly popular with families – and the Advent market on Mirabellplatz.
Wolfgangsee Ferries Around 50 km from Salzburg, in the middle of the idyllic Salzkammergut, glistening Lake Wolfgangsee awaits you. The fleet operated by WolfgangseeSchifffahrt shuttles back and forth across the water between the picturesque towns of St. Wolfgang, St. Gilgen and Strobl, putting this magical region right at your fingertips. Tip: For an especially beautiful excursion experience, we suggest combining a cruise on the Wolfgangsee ferries with a ride on the historic SchafbergBahn cog railway in St. Wolfgang.
The SchafbergBahn, the steepest cog railway in Austria, takes you from St. Wolfgang to the top of the 1783 m tall Schafberg. In just 35 minutes, the SchafbergBahn climbs 1190 m and makes it possible for you to enjoy breathtaking 360° panoramas of the mountains and lakes of the Salzkammergut. With its striking summit, the Schafberg is one of the most scenic mountains in Austria, treating visitors to enchanting views along with numerous opportunities for hiking and refreshments.
The first thing to do is to take the cableway up to Hohensalzburg fortress. It is the best-preserved medieval fortress in Central Europe, and the views from atop the 1,660 foot-high Festungsberg Mountain are remarkable. To the north is the city with its church spires, and to the south the Alps.
Most of Salzburg’s tourist attractions are in Altstadt, the Old Town. However, the charm of the area itself is possibly the biggest draw of all. It is a listed UNESCO world heritage site, full of quaint squares, fountains, Baroque churches, chubby medieval buildings, wrought iron signs, and much more.
THE MOST IMPORTANT CARD FOR ALL SALZBURG VISITORS! The Salzburg Card entitles holders to a wide range of free and reduced-price visits to various attractions in and around Salzburg – such as free admission to Salzburg’s museums, free use of the Festungsbahn funicular railway and the Untersbergbahn cable car; a ride on Salzach ship (tour 1) and free use of public transport. Salzburg Card holders also benefit from discounts on a number of concerts, theatrical performances and sightseeing destinations in and around Salzburg.
Museum of Natural History and Technology, aquarium with 40 display pools, 56 terrariums with live reptiles and amphibians, a dinosaur hall, a space display, a world of crystals, a journey around the human body, a tour of the ocean and a science centre. The aquarium is quite rightly said to be one of the most attractive aquariums in Central Europe. More than 40 display pools provide an insight into the magical underwater world. Every Monday visitors can watch the feeding of the reef sharks.
OPERA, THEATRE & CONCERTS OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY! The Salzburg Festival is famous all over the world and a highlight in the cultural year every time. Every summer the Salzburg Festival transforms the city of Mozart into a gigantic stage for a number of weeks. On 'first nights' the Hofstallgasse along the front of the main festival hall is packed with luxury limousines and members of high society! A WIDE RANGE OF EVENTS FOR A COLOURFUL FESTIVAL PROGRAMME! Every year the Salzburg Festival stages around 200 events. Several great venues are used to find the best stage for a colourful range of events. Some of the best known venues include the main festival hall, the Felsenreitschule, the House for Mozart and Domplatz square, upon which the famous morality play 'Everyman' is staged. HERBERT VON KARAJAN AND THE SALZBURG FESTIVAL! The era of Herbert von Karajan began in Salzburg in the post-war years. In 1948 he conducted his first operatic production in the city – Gluck’s Orpheus. In 1956 he was appointed artistic director and in 1957 he directed Beethoven’s Fidelio for the first time. In 1960 Herbert von Karajan opened the new main festival hall, heralding the dawn of a new era when he conducted Richard Strauss’s 'Der Rosenkavalier'. Although Karajan was no longer the sole artistic director from autumn 1960 onwards, and was part of a board of directors from 1964, he was still the one pulling all the strings and making the key decisions. He was the very last 'absolutist ruler' as one obituary remarked following his death in 1989. In 1967 he established the Easter Festival, which he managed until his death. Every year he worked on a new operatic production with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, who were made available by the Berlin Senate for the occasion. He also founded the Salzburg Pfingstkonzerte at Whitsuntide.
Mozart’s family lived on the 3rd floor of the "Hagenauer Haus" at Getreidegasse no. 9 for 26 years, from 1747 until 1773. On the 27th January 1756 it became the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, their famous son. The building was named after its owner, a friend of the Mozart family, the tradesman and spice emporium owner Johann Lorenz Hagenauer.
In Salzburg there are medieval areas of the town, bright and colourful floral gardens, and modern architecture – all just a few minutes’ walk from each other. One of the great things about Salzburg is that many of the most fascinating and beautiful sights can be discovered on the way from A to B. Day 1: On the first day we recommend a walk up to Fortress Hohensalzburg, a tour of the stately apartments and the museum, a look around the cathedral and a visit to the Franciscan church, followed by a stroll around St. Peter’s district taking in the graveyard, monastery and catacombs in the Mönchsberg hillside. Day 2: On the second day we propose a walk to Mirabell Gardens to see the Pegasus fountain, rose hill and gnome garden; then a tour of Mozart’s home on Makartplatz square, a trip to Schloss Hellbrunn palace to witness the old 'Wasserspiele' trick water jets, or you can ride up the nearby Untersberg mountain for breath-taking sweeping vistas of the city and province of Salzburg. Options for a short trip to Salzburg: • Visit the popular 'Haus der Natur' museum • Visit the Museum of Modernity • Enjoy a boat trip down the Salzach • Take a tour of the festival halls • Visit the Panorama Museum Tip: Use the 48-hour Salzburg Card to enjoy a wide range of sights.
A three-day stay in Salzburg will allow you to feel the rhythm of the city. Day 1: Start the first day of your trip by walking up to Hohensalzburg Fortress or visiting Mozart's Birthplace in the Getreidegasse followed by a stroll through St. Peter's district with its Cemetery, Church, Monastery and the Catacombs hewn out of the Mönchsberg. The Salzburg Museum also offers interesting insight into the city's history, offering changing exhibitions. Day 2: In the morning you might want to visit the Mirabell Gardens with its Pegasus Fountain, Rose and Dwarves Garden and take a tour of the Mozart Residence on Makart Square. In the afternoon you can ride the cable car up on the Untersberg to get a panoramic view of the city of Salzburg or visit Hellbrunn Palace with its Trick Fountains and Salzburg Zoo. Day 3: Salzburg offers a wide range of interesting museums which should not only be an option in case of inclement weather but are always worth visiting, e.g. the Museum of Modern Art on the Mönchsberg or the Domquartier. Tip: Use the 72-hour Salzburg Card to enjoy a wide range of sights.
Salzburg is ideal for a city break or a day trip with the whole family. The relaxed rhythm of the town, the short distances and numerous things to see and do provide plenty of variety for children. The short distances between the various sights are easy for children to negotiate and easily manageable for parents with pushchairs. There are several museums designed to interest and entertain children, and some of the other establishments also provide special tours for kids. Salzburg is surrounded by lakes, mountains and great day-trip destinations. So there’s plenty of variety, whatever the time of year and whatever the weather. The Salzburg Card is an affordable all-inclusive pass for families. It enables visitors to enjoy free admission to Salzburg’s museums and sights, and entitles holders to free transit on the Salzach ship, Festungsbahn castle lift, Untersbergbahn mountain cable car and all municipal public transport.
Salzburg has something for everyone and, of course, that includes homosexuals. Although first impressions might suggest the picturesque streets and lanes of the old town of Salzburg are mostly reserved for heterosexual fans of the baroque period and of Mozart – appearances can be very misleading. There is a wide range of places to go, and things to see and do for gays and lesbians in Salzburg, including bars, cafes and parties.
Romantics will find Salzburg provides a wonderful stage for a wedding or a honeymoon. May, the month of lovers, is certainly not the only time white liveried horse-drawn carriages can be seen riding through the streets of Salzburg, as weddings take place here throughout the entire year. Whether the sun is burning from high in the sky, the reds and golds of the horse chestnut trees have drawn the mantle of autumn across the city, or the old town of Salzburg lies under a blanket of driven snow – there can hardly be a more beautiful place on earth to marry! Registry office weddings are held in the baroque marble hall of Schloss Mirabell palace. This venue provides an elegant backdrop for the most important day of your life. Couples are greeted by myriad heavenly messengers on the 'Angels' Staircase'. The mood is then captured on camera for eternity out in the palace gardens, while the happy couple marvels at the wonderful view out towards the castle and the old town.
Salzburg offers an unsurpassably rich variety of art and culture. There are numerous museums and galleries of international repute and over 4000 cultural events every year. The works of many great artists are on show in the heart of the historical of the city; there are famous academies such as the International Summer Academy of Salzburg, premium standard fairs and exhibitions, and not least the world famous Salzburg Festival – all of which makes Salzburg a horn of plenty for visitors in search of items of cultural interest. Salzburg has a very lively art scene offering everything from sophisticated culture to alpine customs, the traditional and the modern, the controversial and the universally popular. People of all ages have the opportunity to explore, marvel, discuss and enjoy.
Augustiner Bräu is the largest brewery tavern in the whole of Austria and has an enchanting leafy beer garden. Guests queue up for beer in the brewery, which is served straight from wooden beer barrels. Hungry visitors stroll up and down the 'Schmankerlgang' hallway to choose from a wide range of typical fayre at the various kiosks.
Around twenty years ago this inn was transformed into an immensely popular, award-winning restaurant. Consistent quality, honest hospitality and an eye for detail have ensured the Auerhahn is in great demand with its many regular customers in Salzburg. Enjoy a meal out in the wonderful garden in the shade of the horse chestnut trees.
Gasthof Schloss Aigen is one of Salzburg’s haute cuisine restaurants. The restaurant at the villa in Aigen is particularly well known for the various freshly prepared dishes of local organic beef made every day. Pleasant and rustic farmhouse atmosphere and an idyllic garden dining area.
This brewery restaurant and bar is ‘in’ with everyone in Salzburg and is well-known for its own weissbier – 'die Weisse'. Visitors are just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of town and can relax in the shade of the beer garden, enjoy a meal, or drink in the brew house and at the bar as the evening progresses.
Since 1548 Krimplstätter has remained true to its traditional philosophy: "Beer needs a home". Typical down-to-earth Salzburg cuisine, hearty hospitality and a homely atmosphere are what every guest can expect at what is probably the most convivial brewery tavern and restaurant in Salzburg
Triangel is just across the road from Salzburg’s festival hall. It is a restaurant that offers the essence of Austrian restaurant culture. Triangel’s owners believe in the importance of purchasing top quality produce from local suppliers and prioritises organically farmed products.
The Urbankeller is the most popular of all the pubs in Schallmooser Hauptstraße and is open to all kinds of cultural output and to guests of all ages – be it at a G'stanzl rhyming battle, jazz performance or listening to rock grooves. Expect refreshing and down-to-earth regional atmosphere, whether you’re a diner, bar guest or concert-goer.
The 'Zum Eulenspiegel' restaurant has been a unique feature of the old part of Salzburg for 680 years. The rooms and the location work their own very special charm on guests as they enjoy the many select wines and honest culinary fayre. Several dishes are still pan-fried with melted butter just like grandma used to do.
The Bärenwirt has been open for business in the city of Salzburg since 1663. It’s a tavern restaurant with all the traditional features no guest would wish to do without. It is well-known for serving a typical, traditional spit-roasted chicken and other Austrian culinary classics in a traditional atmosphere.
Tomaselli is truly unique. It has been located in the same place since 1705, and it is said that a young Mozart would come here for his tea and ice cream. The interior is from the 19th century. In addition to the Apfelstrudel and the Sacher cake, the menu also has the hard to pronounce sweet cake Guglhupf.
Cafe Glüxfall is a charming and diminutive breakfast cafe with a sunny inner courtyard at the heart of the old town of Salzburg. Alongside a rich and refined range of breakfasts, there are also various smaller dishes available. In the evenings guests can enjoy freshly made cocktails or partake of a sophisticated glass of wine.
Cafe Bazar is typical of the tradition of coffee houses in Salzburg. Down the years it has been a haven for artists, poets and thinkers, and is renowned for its period fixtures and fittings. There is a wide range of beverages on offer, sweet and savoury delicacies, cakes and classic pastry desserts.
Cafe Classic is located in Mozart’s world famous former home. It’s a great place for guests of all ages and lovers of classical music to enjoy a bounteous breakfast. There are also plenty of smaller specialities and a fine selection of desserts and sweet pastries to accompany your cup of coffee.
Cafe Fingerlos is renowned all over Salzburg, not least for its range of bountiful breakfasts. The in-house sweet pastry bakery has lots of special treats for customers with a sweet tooth. The pleasant outdoor courtyard seating at the heart of the idyllic Andräviertel area of Salzburg is a great place to let the time drift by.
The home of Fürst confectioneries is well-known in Salzburg and still produces the world famous 'Original Salzburger Mozartkugeln' chocolate-coated marzipan balls by hand. The cafe is just a stone’s throw from Salzburg’s cathedral, and can offer guests a delicious cup of coffee on the wonderful patio during a well-earned break. There is also a large collection of typical Salzburg pastries and steam-baked desserts. Attractively wrapped Mozartkugel marzipan balls make a wonderful gift for your nearest and dearest.
Enjoy breakfast gazing down from Cafe m32, the restaurant at the Museum of Modernity on top of mount Mönchsberg, onto the rooftops of the city at. Indulge in a whole range of delicacies while taking in the wonderful views of Mozart’s home town. m32 can be reached using the Mönchsberg lift or by taking an invigorating walk up the Mönchsberg hillside.
Monkeys is a cosy pub down by the River Salzach. It’s the perfect place to meet up, whether you’re looking for a tasty glass of wine, an evening of cocktails or you’re intending to dance the night away. In the summer the patio offers wonderful sunsets and a splendid view of Fortress Hohensalzburg.
The Shamrock is the best known Irish Pub in the historical part of Salzburg. As well as providing a full range of all the most popular drinks there are, of course, several typical Irish beverages. Enjoy an unforgettable evening in the friendly and lively atmosphere of the Shamrock.
Fittingly, 'Lederhaus Schliesselberger' leather goods shop is situated on Lederergasse lane and has a family-owned business since 1422. It was established as a tannery and leather was dyed there until the beginning of the 20th century when the finished leather was then sold. Subsequently. Leather goods were produced for 70 years in the Maxglan area of the town. Today the portfolio includes leather goods, travelling cases. The business also trades in all kinds of leather, furs and a variety of footwear supplies.
The gentile charm of the display windows looking out onto Rathausplatz can hardly begin to betray the cornucopia of treasures within. The Mayer family has ruled over an emporium for handicraft utensils, decorative lace borders and buttons for almost 250 years – the latter product being of a significance above and beyond its place in the company’s name. Countless minutiously organised boxes contain an immense number and variety of buttons, probably unrivalled within and far beyond the borders of Austria.
Built in 1407, the narrowest building in the Getreidegasse, next to what is now the Blaue Gans art hotel, is home to Sporer’s specialist wine and spirits shop. It was founded in 1903 and is now run by the third and fourth generations of the Sporer family. Popular classics include the 'Hausmischung', made according to family recipes handed down across the generations, a fine herb liqueur, and an orange punch concentrate made according to grandmother’s own recipe dating back to 1927. Connoisseurs appreciate the selection of wines chosen by certified sommelier Michael Sporer. Wine tasting sessions are held every Wednesday.