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Salzburg, Austria - Top Tips

Super Seven

1. The Sound of Music Tour

One of the most legendary films of all time is hailed from Salzburg. It is of course, The Sound of Music. On this basis, it means that there's plenty of tours that operate daily and take you to all the iconic points of interest. Whether you're a fan of the film or not, you'll find the tours enjoyable due to their music sing sing along comedy style. A good website to use as a starting point is

2. Hangar 7

Hangar-7 is a museum style building owned by Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz. It hosts a full collection of historical aeroplanes, helicopters, and Formula One racing cars. Located around 6km from the centre of Salzburg and can easily be reached by many of the bus routes. It's surprising the amount of people that don't even realise this place exists. Best of all, it's free entry!

3. Untersbergbhan Mountain Top

For panoramic views across a great landscape, the Untersbergbhan Cable Car is definitely worth it!

Not the easiest to locate if using a local bus service and at 25 Euro, not the cheapest cable car. Bus 25 is what got me there, but worth speaking to any of the bus guides outside Mirabell Palace for assistance. The views of snow capped peaks for miles are incredible, as is the journey to the top. The cable car is scheduled for maintenance late 2018, so click here for up-to-date info.

4. Mirabell Palace

Regarded as the most historical building in the whole of Salzburg. The beautiful gardens were regularly features in The Sound of Music so are the first photo spot for many tourists. The marble hallways within the palace itself are equally as beautiful, with the palace declared a UNESCO site.

5. Mozart Birthplace

There are various monuments across the city dedicated to one of Austria's most famous sons, Wolfgang Mozart. This includes No. 9 Getreidegasse in the old town, which is the birthplace of Mozart himself. The family lived on the third floor, with the building itself, deemed one of the busiest museums in the whole of Austria.

6. Altstadt Salzburg (Old Town)

The Old Town of Salzburg is a definite must on any itinerary to the city. It's compact in size, so it's very easy to explore on foot.

There's plenty of shops, chocolate stores, colourful buildings, and attractive architecture. This is of course, also the same area as Mozart's birthplace (no.5).

7. Hohensalzburg Fortress

The fortress sits atop the Festungsberg, which is a small hill in Salzburg. This place is regarded as one of the largest medieval castle's in the whole of Europe. There's various wings and a courtyard that make up the fortress as a whole. Due to the elevation, you do get a view of the city from a different perspective, but not full panoramic views, as you're only at an altitude of 506 metres.

Accommodation Advice

My choice of accommodation was Hotel Zum Hirschen. The price was reasonable and it was a central location, but more importantly, it was an easy walk from the central station, as I visited Salzburg via train from Munich. The rooms are pretty basic with en-suite, but it definitely does the job when you consider the minimal time spent in the hotel on a city break.

Food Factor

Delicious breads, pastries, and sandwiches from Flockner Brot Cafe. There's a few of these scattered around, but the one in the Old Town has a small outdoor seating area. For dessert lovers, there's a chocolate shop a couple of doors down.

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