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Sightseeing in Salzburg - what to see. Complete travel guide

The City of Salzburg Before we start our brief description of Salzburg sights, it is worth mentioning that this city has been completely rebuilt by order of Archbishop Wolf Dietrich, who was by his nature a braggart and a fan of luxury. Therefore, he built many monasteries, parks, churches, and Salzburg Cathedral. Not only the archbishop himself, but also his followers were very, very rich. They ended up acquiring all the salt mines of the Salzburg land. They also were the owners of numerous large farms. However, Wolf Dietrich was, without a doubt, the richest. When the number of children of the archbishop reached 12, he ordered to build the Mirabell Palace for them. After this the Pope decided that this was too much. Wolf Dietrich spent his last years in prison in the Hohensalzburg Fortress. Without several generations of rich archbishops Salzburg would have never looked the way it looks now.
Salzburg is home to numerous unique historical attractions. The beautiful Hellbrunn Palace never ceases to attract tourists. The famous place of interest was built in the middle of the 16th … Open
The Cathedral.
The Cathedral was constructed by order of the aforementioned Archbishop Wolf Dietrich, who had ordered to build this monumental structure on the site of the old cathedral. However, his original plans have not become the reality - during the construction of the cathedral its size was slightly reduced. Despite this fact, today this is still a very large church that can accommodate up to 10,000 people. The grand opening of the cathedral took place in 1628. Today this is one of the most beautiful sights of Salzburg. The decoration of the cathedral can be seen in a separate museum.
The Church and Churchyard of St. Peter.
While in Salzburg, do not forget to visit the Church of St. Peter and the cemetery near it. At one time the church was completely rebuilt and luxuriously designed, but comparing to the cathedral this is a small and a cozy church. Many years ago the church was owned by the Benedictine abbey of St. Rupert. St. Rupert himself has been buried in the churchyard, the younger brother of the famous composer Haydn is also buried there. The oldest cemetery in Salzburg is located next to the church. This place has often become the venue for “on location” filming of various movies. This is the place where you will see catacombs carved in the rock. The catacombs are open on certain hours. Copyright
Salzburg is a real finding for fans of outdoor activities. The city features incredibly huge number of parks, gardens and pedestrian streets, so there’s no wonder why walks and cycling … Open
Getreidegasse – Pferdeschwemme Street.
If you cross the city bridge and go to the other bank of the river, you will come directly to Getreidegasse Street . This narrow and very beautiful street with numerous shops is the place where the birthplace house of Mozart is located. Walk towards Mönchsberg, and not far from the same named tunnel you will see a beautiful fountain. Many years ago Pferdeschwemme was the bathing place for 120 horses of Archbishop Wolf Dietrich, who had ordered to build new stables on this site (now this place is called the Festspielhaus).
Salzburg by night Residenzplatz Square - Mozart Square (Mozartplatz) - Kapittel Square (Kapittelplatz).
These squares are connected and can, therefore, confuse any tourist wandering there. Kapittel Square is home to a wonderful fountain and Residenzplatz has a fountain located right in its center. Previously, this place was home to a cemetery and a residential area, but by order of Archbishop Wolf Dietrich the area was demolished and released for the beautiful square and the Residence Palace. The palace can be visited with a guide. This beautiful building will give an idea of the luxury in which archbishops lived. There is also a museum in the palace. Mozart Square is decorated with the statue of Mozart right in the center. Here visitors will be certainly attracted by the church of St. Michaels and Café Glockenspiel.
1. The best time to visit the city is during warm months of a year. It’s quite cold in Salzburg in winter, and this fact can prevent you from enjoying various excursions and … Open
The Franziskaner Church and the Collegium Church.
Both the churches are located close to each other, and both are definitely worth visiting. The Collegium Church is a university church, so its main altar is mostly decorated with science related motives. This is a beautiful church made in the baroque style in contrast to somewhat formless Franziscaner Church built in the XIII century and rebuilt several times. During some time the Franziscaner Church was the cathedral one, but then the building of the cathedral was finished.
Salzburg Hohensalzburg.
The Hohensalzburg Fortress can be reached by funicular that rides along Festungsgasse Street in the old town. One more way to reach it is to walk up on the same street. The fortress was built in the XI century and was designed primarily as a hiding place for the archbishop. Its present form is the result of numerous renovations, which lasted for centuries. The fortress had many functions, and in the end it turned into a small village of with a dozen of houses. Currently, visitors of Hohensalzburg are welcome to make a walk to this place and visit the museum together with a guide.
The old and aristocratic Salzburg is suitable not only for sightseeing and admiring historic landmarks. There are many unusual and even odd places of interest in the outskirts of the city, … Open
The House of Nature.
The Nature House is a museum, located near the end of the old town, in Muzeumplatts. This is a big museum that exhibits a collection of items that tell about the nature of Salzburg and its surroundings in a pleasant and lively manner. The exposition of the museum is very diverse and covers a variety of topics that can attract the attention of both adults and children.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Salzburg and surroundings

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Map of all shopping areas
Shopping streets in Salzburg
♥   Shopping area ' Getreidegasse' Salzburg, 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Salzburg
♥   Castle 'Festung Hohensalzburg' Salzburg, 1.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Ruine Kalsberg' , 10.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Burgruine Gutrat' , 10.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Burgruine Plainburg' , 11.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Burgruine Wartenfels' , 20.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Salzburg
♥   Nature Park 'Untersberg' , 11.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Park 'Naturpark Buchberg' , 17.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Berchtesgaden' , 28.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Park 'Naturpark Weißbach' , 37.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Park 'Naturpark Attersee Traunsee' , 57.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Salzburg and around
♥   Art museum 'Museum der Moderne Salzburg' Salzburg, 0.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Residenzgalerie' Salzburg, 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Salzburg from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Hallstatt Village

From the series “Small Flamboyant Towns Painted with Van Gogh Colors”
Today, tourists spend a tour in one of the old mines. Within the framework of the tour they can see the world's oldest pipeline that was built in the 16th century. The pipeline connects Hallstatt with the town of Ebensee that is located forty kilometers away. Dissolved salt has being transported there for hundreds of years. The permanent population of the town is less than 1 000 people. The main problem for the locals is an acute shortage of land; it is in many ways holding back the development of the place. … Read further

Dachstein Sky Walk

From the series “Elegant Architectural Structures for Fans of Skywalks”
The length of the bridge on the Dachstein glacier is 100 meters. Entrance to the attraction is completely free for children, and adults have to pay about 3 euros for a ticket. During warmer months, a special entertainment option is available for tourists. They can go down the stairs to a special observation deck with a floor and railings made of durable glass. This observation deck was fitted over a precipice. Even visitors with nerves of steel will have a lot of impressions from a walk. This observation deck is usually open in July and is available before the cold starts. … Read further


From the series “15 Sparsely Populated Places for Solitude with Wildlife”
The main entertainment for tourists in Hallstatt is the old salt mines. Before the excursion you have to wear a special protective outerwear suit. During the excursion you will see a complex labyrinth of old mines. The local architecture also attracts tourists. There were saved a lot of wonderful Medieval buildings. Fans of nature will also fall in love with this town. It is possible to order a boat trip or to walk in the piedmont area and adore with the private atmosphere. … Read further
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