Salzburg’s top sightseeing attractions at a glance

Sights in the city of Salzburg and the surrounding area

From Puch, you are just a few minutes from the sightseeing attractions of Salzburg City – and thanks to the TennengauPLUS Card, you will enjoy free travel there on buses & trains!

The unique silhouette of Salzburg City, including Hohensalzburg Fortress, and the special atmosphere of the historic district will enchant you, especially at Christmastime as you visit the Salzburger Christkindlmarkt or a performance of Salzburg Advent Singing.

Immerse yourself in a world full of history, art and magnificent buildings. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the Salzburg Festival and “The Sound of Music” have made Salzburg City world famous.

An impressive view of Salzburg City can be enjoyed during a walk across the “city mountains” – Mönchsberg, Kapuzinerberg and Gaisberg!




Tip: With the Salzburg Card, you enjoy free admission to all attractions, free travel on public transportation, attractive discounts and additional benefits!



The top sightseeing attractions in and around Salzburg City

The attractions of Salzburg City are within easy walking distance. A little outside the city, various sightseeing highlights are quickly reached using public transport or a car. Learn more about the top sightseeing attractions in Salzburg & environs here:

Hohensalzburg Fortress
Hohensalzburg Fortress

Built in the year 1077, this fortress isn’t only part of Salzburg’s world-famous silhouette, it is also the biggest fully preserved castle in Central Europe. The unique 360° panoramic views across Salzburg City can be reached either on foot or on the funicular, which first went into operation in 1892.

Take a journey back in time as you stroll through the Fortress Museum, Zeughaus, Museum of the Rainer Regiment and the Marionette Museum.

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Mozart’s Birthplace
Mozart’s Birthplace

Famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in the “Hagenauer House” at No. 9 Getreidegasse on 27 January 1756. The apartment of the musical Mozart family has been a museum since 1880 and shows you the original rooms where they once lived.

In 1773, the family moved to the “Mozart Residence” on Makartplatz. This building was reopened as a second Mozart museum in 1996.

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DomQuartier
DomQuartier

Experience the history of Salzburg on a 1.3 km long walking tour of the DomQuartier. The tour leads from the Baroque halls of the Alte Residenz, through the Residenz Gallery and Cathedral Museum, to the museum of St. Peter’s Arch-Abbey.

With just one admission ticket, you can visit four Salzburg museums at once, constantly accompanied by imposing views of the city below.

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Hellbrunn
Hellbrunn

Hellbrunn Palace became famous as a pleasure palace of the Salzburg prince-archbishops. Visit the permanent exhibition "SchauLust" installed inside the magnificent Late Renaissance rooms. Just before Christmas, the castle courtyards are transformed into a Christmas market aptly named “Hellbrunn Advent Magic”.

For over 400 years, the mystical grottos, water-powered mechanical figures and sneaky water jets of the Hellbrunn Trick Fountains have guaranteed laughing faces. The broad palace grounds, also including an adventure playground, lead you to Salzburg Zoo.

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Schloss Mirabell & Mirabell Gardens
Schloss Mirabell & Mirabell Gardens

Schloss Mirabell was built in 1606 for Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich. With its magical Mirabell Gardens and the impressive Marble Hall, the palace is especially popular for weddings.

A famous scene from the movie "The Sound of Music" was filmed in Mirabell Gardens. The often-sung "Do Re Mi" was performed and danced by the Hollywood von Trapp family around the Pegasus Fountain in front of the palace.

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Haus der Natur
Haus der Natur

In the Haus der Natur, discover nature at its most impressive! On more than 7000 m², you will be able to immerse yourself in a fascinating underwater world, experience the cosmos up close, gaze on enormous dinosaurs, and even take a journey through the human body.

The interactive Science Center is especially popular. Here, you can experiment to your heart’s content, ride on a hydraulic ramp or use turbines to generate electricity.

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Salzburg City Mountains
Salzburg City Mountains

Explore the local mountains inside Salzburg City and enjoy the unique scenery. From the heart of the city, hike right up to the top of the Mönchsberg, site of the Museum der Moderne, or continue your walk out to Hohensalzburg Fortress. From Linzer Gasse, make your way up the Kapuzinerberg, then along the path leading to the Franziskischlössl.

Greeting you a little outside of the city is a popular recreation area on the Gaisberg, where, on a clear day, you can see all the way to Lake Chiemsee in Bavaria and the Dachstein alpine massif. The unforgettable 360° views from the Untersberg can be reached either on foot, or simply enjoy a comfortable lift ride on the Untersbergbahn.

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Salzburg Open-Air Museum
Salzburg Open-Air Museum

The Salzburg Open-Air Museum outside Salzburg is also Salzburg’s biggest museum. On a total of 50 hectares, visitors are shown farm buildings, rural homes and businesses from Salzburger Land from the 16th through 20th centuries – including the 19th-cent. Prähausen-Häusl from right here in Puch!

Awaiting you are over 100 authentic buildings from the five Salzburg districts, along with crafts demonstrations and traditional festivals. Highlights also include a museum railway with 3 stops and an adventure playground for the children next to the museum inn, known as the "Salettl."

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Salzburg Museum
Salzburg Museum

On around 3000 m² in the magnificent Neue Residenz on Mozart Square, Salzburg City & Province present art & cultural history. The multiple-award-winning Salzburg Museum features valuable art objects as well as rotating special exhibitions.

The underground Panorama Passage leads to the Panorama Museum. There, you can gaze on the famous circular painting by artist Johann Michael Sattler, depicting Salzburg as it was in the year 1829

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Museum der Moderne
Museum der Moderne

Museum der Moderne Salzburg shows acclaimed contemporary and modern art on 2300 m² of exhibition space. Works from their own collections are exhibited on a rotating basis.

Discover art treasures from the 20th and 21st centuries on the Mönchsberg at an elevation of 485 meters, high above the city. The fastest way to get from the historic district to the museum is a ride on the Mönchsberg lift. The valley station is located on Anton-Neumayr-Platz.

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Churches & Abbeys
Churches & Abbeys

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Salzburg City offers you an impressive wealth of churches, abbeys and ancient cemeteries.

In addition to Salzburg Cathedral, also visit the Collegiate Church, St. Andrew’s Church, the Capuchin Monastery, the Franciscan Church, and especially St. Peter’s Arch-Abbey, with its catacombs in the Mönchsberg.

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Toy Museum
Toy Museum

The Toy Museum in Salzburg is more than “just” a museum with historical toys to look at. Here, the children can actively play, craft and have fun. Awaiting the youngsters on the ground floor are a giant matador, numerous marble tracks, push cars and more.

One highlight is the Speed Slide dropping from the second to the first floor, as well as a slot-car racetrack. For a much-need rested break, we suggest the comfy reading corner or a short film in the cinema. This museum is the very definition of a hands-on experience!

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Stiegl-Brauwelt
Stiegl-Brauwelt

Visit the biggest private brewery in Austria! At Stiegl Brauwelt, you can discover the world of beer with all your senses on 5000 m², whilst in the Bräustüberl or beer garden you can sample beer specialties at the same place they were manufactured.

The tour of the interactive museum as well as the Stiegl Cinema take you through every step of the brewing and bottling process, while the Brew Shop offers an array of accessories and treats for beer lovers.

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Salzburg Zoo
Salzburg Zoo

Around 1500 animals and 150 species are just waiting to be discovered inside the Hellbrunn zoo. On 14 hectares, creatures of all sizes are represented – from A for alpaca to Z for zebra!

The unique zoo grounds are certain to excite your whole family! A petting zoo, playgrounds, children’s birthday parties and pull-carts make a visit to this zoo perfect for youngsters. Also discover a whole world of animals, from the smallest mouse to the biggest lion.

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Streets & Squares
Streets & Squares

Enjoy the special flair of Salzburg’s city squares & streets. Unique highlights include the Linzergasse and Makartplatz, Karajan-Platz with the “Horse Pond” and Cathedral Square with the statue of Mary standing in front of the cathedral itself.

Stroll across Mozart Square and the Residenzplatz, site of the Residenz Fountain, then down Judengasse to the world-famous Getreidegasse. Awaiting you here, in addition to the birthplace of W. A. Mozart, is a historic ambience enhanced by wrought-iron guild signs and Salzburg’s typical “through-houses”.

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Paracelsus Bad
Paracelsus Bad

Standing on the edge of Mirabell Gardens is Salzburg’s most modern swimming pool - the “Paracelsus Bad & Kurhaus”. The swimming baths also include impressive sauna facilities as well as a sports pool with climbing wall.

Add to that a kiddie pool, family pool with counter-current, a climbing wall and a 45 m long tube slide. In other words, fun for the whole family. As a special bonus: the unique view from the sauna on the roof terrace of the Salzburg historic district.

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Nature Experience Glasenbachklamm
Nature Experience Glasenbachklamm

Located between Puch and Salzburg City, in the neighboring town of Elsbethen, is a gorge by the name of Glasenbachklamm. This natural jewel features a geological history path with resting areas, info boards, a balancing course, all kinds of fossils and much more.

The Klausbach of today reveals 250 million years of Earth history. Significant fossil finds, including an ichthyosaur, are exhibited at the Haus der Natur in Salzburg.

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Hangar 7
Hangar 7

"Hangar 7" at Salzburger Airport is home to a big collection of historic aircraft once flown by the Flying Bulls, which you can gaze on in wonder. Admission is free. Because the aircraft are still air-worthy and regularly appear in airshows, not all of them can be displayed at the same time.

In addition to the extraordinary architecture, many guests are also drawn by the unique “Guest Cook” concept of Restaurant Ikarus. Every month, a different international top chef takes over the reins at Hangar 7.

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Gut Aiderbichl
Gut Aiderbichl

More than 1000 rescued animals look forward to your visit at "Gut Aiderbichl" in Henndorf am Wallersee. In summer, you can also ride the miniature train “Biggy” to the outer pens, while guided tours of this paradise for animal fans are offered hourly.

Especially popular: the Christmas market during Advent and the Easter market in spring. This family-friendly excursion destination is around 20 km form Salzburg City.

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Salzkammergut
Salzkammergut

Glistening lakes, mighty mountains, unique museums and castles await you in the Salzkammergut. Set out on the trail of “The Sound of Music”, take a bus ride from Salzburg City to the “Mozart Village” of St. Gilgen. And be sure to visit the filming location for the beloved movie musical, “The White Horse Inn”, right on the shore of Wolfgangsee.

Or, during a day trip, explore World Heritage Hallstatt, the magical Ausseerland region, the Dachstein massif and Bad Ischl – where Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress "Sissy" loved to spend their summer holidays.

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Advent & Silent Night
Advent & Silent Night

During the peaceful Christmas season, Salzburg City radiates a special charm all its own, enhanced by the Christkindlmarkt and traditional Salzburg Advent Singing. Also enjoy the exhibition of Nativity scenes at Salzburger Heimatwerk and the Christmas Museum above Café Glockenspiel on Mozart Square.

You will discover the magic of Christmastime practically everywhere as you take a Christmas stroll through the city. It is also here that Joseph Franz Mohr, the poet of the world-famous Christmas song "Silent Night", was born and grew up.

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Your holiday close to Salzburg City

Do you love the tranquility of nature, yet still want to spend your holiday in Salzburg close to the city? In that case, Puch is definitely the right choice for you! In just a few minutes, you will be able to reach Salzburg City by car or on the bus or train for free. Take a leisurely bike ride along the Tauernradweg into the heart of the historic district and enjoy the very special historical atmosphere. Meanwhile, find your perfect, peaceful accommodations in Puch – just a few kilometers from Salzburg City.




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