Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg is a city that I dream of visiting one day. Lucky for me I’ll be living in Prague coming this August and one of my friends is going to Salzburg College, so I’ll be able to visit her there. Before I visit, I’ve decided to learn more about the city. Here are my findings on Salzburg from the history, things to do and fun facts.  

About Salzburg 

Salzburg is a city located in Austria that is very close to the border of Germany. The city is famous for being the birthplace of W. A. Mozart and the filming place of the Sound of Music. It’s the fourth biggest city in Austria.  

Things to do

Hohensalzburg Castle- The Hohensalzburg Castle is located on top of the Festungsberg Hill and is one of the biggest medieval fortresses in Europe. Inside the fortress there are many courtyards and rooms to explore.  

Old Town- Salzburg Old town is one of the largest UNESCO World Heritage sights. It’s filled with many historical buildings, most of the main sights to see and different little side streets. There are many different shops and cafes to explore while wandering around Old Town.  

Mirabell Palace and Gardens- This is Salzburg’s most popular garden and for good reason. Mirabell Palace and Gardens date back to 1606 and were known as the Altenau Palace. Marble Hall is the most famous room in the palace and can be used for wedding ceremonies. The gardens were also featured in the movie “The Sound of Music” which makes them even more popular.  

Mozart’s birthplace and residence- If you’re visiting Salzburg, it’s important to learn about Mozart since you’re in his birthplace and he’s an important historical figure in Salzburg. The building holds a museum that depicts the early life of Mozart including his first musical instruments.  

Getreidegasse- Getreidegasse is a street in Salzburg that runs through its old town. The buildings are packed together, and it is a great place for shopping. There are also cafes and eateries to try out. 

The Sound of Music

The classic movie The Sound of Music was filmed in Salzburg meaning there’s lots of different places you can visit that are shown in the movie. Some of the places include Mirabellgarten, Schloss Hellbrunn, The Felsenreitschule (Summer Riding School), Nonnberg Abbey, St. Peter’s Monastery, Cemetery and Catacombs, and Schloss Leopoldskron 


Fun Facts 

Red bull was created in Salzburg  

Salzburg holds Europe’s oldest restaurant  

Silent Night, Holy Night was written in Salzburg  

Salzburg is only 5 kilometers (3 miles) away from the German-Austrian border 

The city is a UNESCO World Heritage site 

Salzburg means “Salt Castle” and was named that because of the barges carrying salt on the river Salzach  

Its home to the oldest dwarf garden