Salzburg is one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in Europe. Even if you only have one day – go! Luckily, Salzburg is a compact city allowing you to experience most of it in one day. Salzburg sits close to the German border, with spectacular views of the eastern Alps in the background. It’s a popular day trip for those travellers who are touring Bavaria.
So how do you spend just one perfect day in Salzburg you ask? Well, follow along as I share how you can make the most of your day.
Start your day at Mirabell Palace and Gardens…
One of the most beautiful sites, and one you will want to enjoy all to yourself, is Mirabell Palace. To beat the crowds, start here first as it will get crowded. This UNESCO World Heritage Site dates back to 1606 when Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau built it to impress his mistress. And, it’s definitely impressive. The best part of all – it’s free to visit.
If you’ve seen the Sound of Music, you will likely recognize the rose garden and the Pegasus Fountain where Maria and the von Trapp children dance around singing “Do-Re-Mi.”
Stroll by Mozart’s residences…
Just across the park south of the Mirabell Palace you will find Mozart’s residence. From 1773 to 1787, the Mozart family lived in the so-called “Dance Master’s House”, formally a dance hall, on Makartplatz. For classic music enthusiasts the entire 8-room apartment has been turned into a museum dedicated to Mozart. We simply strolled by admiring the pretty pink façade of the residence.
Next, make your way to Mozart’s birthplace at No. 9 Getreidegasse. Along the way you will pass through a lovely square called Linzer Gasse Platz. You can’t miss the bright yellow “Hagenauer Haus” where Mozart was born in 1756 and lived his first 17 years. There is a small museum, that we didn’t explore. On we went to explore more of the city.
Visit the most visible landmark…
Sitting up high above the city dominating the skyline is Hohensalzburg Castle. We elected to walk up the steep hill to get to the top, although you can opt to take a funicular.
Built in 1077, it was once the largest castle in Europe. We decided not to tour inside, based on time and interest, but the views are incredible and definitely worth the climb to the top. If you do decide to tour the castle, go close to opening hours to beat the crowds.
Directly below the Hohensalzburg Castle is the Stiegl-Keller restaurant. This restaurant offers the best views on their large terrace over looking the city. Sit under a trellis of flowering vines and enjoy a delicious meal with your favourite Stiegl beer.
Wander through Altstadt…
There is nothing better than simply wandering through the Altstadt (or old city). Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, here are some landmarks you are bound to see.
As a holidaymaker…
Just in case you weren’t convinced that Salzburg isn’t one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in Europe. Here is a little dose of some pretty pink buildings you will find in the Altstadt. Any city that uses an abundance of pink will always capture my heart. So, there you have it. How to spend one perfect day in this beautiful city.