The city of Salzburg (meaning “Salt Fortress”) was so named for the barges that carried salt on the Salzach River, but music is its true claim to fame. Austria’s finest musicians, Mozart and Haydn lived here, the legendary film The Sound of Music based on the true story of Maria Von Trapp is set here, and most importantly, it is the venue of one of the world’s most famous music festivals, The Salzburg Festival, which takes place in the city every July and August.
Salzburg’s Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Even with the city’s turbulent past, much of the Altstadt (old town) is left intact. Its largely Baroque architecture takes one back to another era, and you can experience its splendor with a visit to the Dom Quartier and the Cathedral Quarters. The Hellbrunn Palace and gardens with its trick fountains is worth visiting for its beautiful park alone. It is also home to Europe’s oldest outdoor theater – the Steintheater. If you like beer and cannot make it to Munich, Germany, Salzburg is Austria’s beer capital and the beverage has been brewed here for over 600 years!
The Salzburg Strudel is another celebrated culinary tradition. Explore this wonderful city and hear the stories that make it so special with Exeter International’s seasoned guides.
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Salzburg, home of famous classical musical composers, Hayden, and Mozart, is the perfect city to travel to all year round depending on what you want to see or do.
For the perfect weather, travelling to Salzburg in September or October is recommended. Much of the touristic summer crowd will have dispersed and the temperature will be comfortable for you to enjoy the strolls in the beautifully groomed gardens that you will find throughout the city.
If you want to enjoy the flowers blossoming and the coming of spring, March or April would be recommended, even though the temperature can still be quite chilly. The Salzburg Easter Festival take place in April as well and one can find hand decorated Easter items, such as Easter eggs. If you would love to get into the Easter Spirit, this is a festival that you cannot miss out on.
From May – August, the summer weather is perfect to be outside, but it will also be in the heart of the tourism season. The famous Salzburg Summer Music Festival will be taking place in July where one can find performances (Opera, Ballet, Concerts) in abundance and people flock to this famous event. Book in advance because tickets sell out quickly.
In December, in honor of Christmas, Salzburg old town becomes a Christmas fairy wonderland. The streets are filled with lights, Christmas trees, Christmas décor and market stands can be found throughout. One can enjoy the mulled wine and shop for handcrafted Christmas items to décor your home. If you are an avid skier, slopes and ski resorts will be open at this time as well.
Our handpicked guides lead you on tours along the inside track of Salzburg. Our behind-the-scenes, closed-door Exeter International Extraordinary Experiences take you a step beyond the ordinary, creating the ultimate luxury Austrian vacation. Enjoy a private lesson with a local chocolatier to make your own Mozart Ball sweet that you can find throughout the city. These chocolate Marzipan filled sweets are a true Salzburg delicacy!
Our team of travel experts can customize a unique program for you for travel to Salzburg, Austria based on your exact preferences and interests. Austria can be a country specific destination and it can be combined with other Central European nations, especially along the Danube river. Also, because of its superb highway network and country location, you can combine Salzburg with Switzerland or Germany.
If you are on a Danube River cruise, and in the port of Passau, Germany; we can arrange a private shore excursion to Salzburg with your own Exeter hand-picked private guide. Our private shore excursion ensure that you will receive, not only the best experience possible, but a personalized excursion throughout your stay at Passau port to enjoy the ambiance of Salzburg, Austria.
Enjoy the freedom of driving yourself and discovering small towns and villages throughout the Austrian countryside and Salzburg is the ideal self-drive destination. Our self-drive programs allow you to do just that with the help of a pre-programmed GPS delivered to you before you leave home and with the services of our 24-hour local staff. We can craft the perfect self-drive itinerary to fit your taste, pace, and budget. Let us introduce you to the essentials of each city and give you suggestions of what to do on your own. Just plug in your Exeter pre-programmed GPS and let your adventure begin!
Take a walk through the one of Europe’s best-preserved city centers and home of Mozart, Salzburg, which is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Much of the Baroque architecture has survived the centuries and you feel like you have fallen back in time as you stroll through this musical medieval city. On you tour, you will stop at the large Hohensalzburg fortress that looms over the town on the foothill above. This extremely well-preserved fortress originates from the 11th century and has been expanded to what you see today. It is one of the most well-preserved castles in Europe because it never came under military siege, even when Napoleon took the city during his European conquest campaign.
Salzburg is also home to 27 churches in the city because of it being home to the Counter – Reformation during the religious struggles of the 17th century. You will see these Baroques churches and monasteries on your stroll and stop at a few of them. Stop at the Salzburg Cathedral, which is the site of Mozart’s baptism and stop at the Benedictine St. Peter’s abbey. This is the oldest monastery in Europe and houses the oldest library in Austria.
Lastly, if you are a Sound of Music fan, you will notice sites from the film throughout the city, where the Trapp family hid from the Nazis.
One of our favorite restaurants in Salzburg is one of the oldest restaurants in Europe. Stiftskeller St. Peters is in the Benedictine Abbey located in the center of old town and is known for its traditional Austrian cuisine. This restaurant is also known for its wine which is locally owned and grown wine located in the UNESCO Wachau valley not far from Salzburg.
Want to get the ultimate souvenir to remember your time in Salzburg, Austria? Take home some of the famous Mozart Balls, which are traditional Austrian sweets. These chocolate creations are wrapped in foil featuring Mozart’s face and are center filled with marzipan. You can find them throughout Salzburg in supermarkets and in Café Konditorei Fürst.