Salzburg is a timeless European town that caters to art lovers, historians and music lovers all over the world. Getting around and seeing the city is very easy because most of the sights are within a pretty small area. Altstadt, the Old City, is where you’ll find The Residenzplatz, which is a large square and the best place to start exploring. The star of this square is the Residenzbrunnen, a beautiful, Baroque marble fountain that is seen at the beginning of The Sound of Music. The Alter Markt is the old marketplace lined with colourful 17th century middle-class houses and the smallest house in Salzburg, which can be spotted by the slanting roof decorated with a dragon gargoyle. Nearby is the Café Tomaselli, a famous café known for their specialty drinks like the Doppelter Einspänner and Mélange.
You can’t miss the Getreidgasse Shopping Street, a medieval shopping street with cool shops, an active blacksmith, a fancy McDonald’s and signs with the icon of the business instead of the name, which is a tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages when almost no one could read. Mozart’s bright yellow childhood townhouse is also located on this street, known as Mozarts Geburtshaus and is now a museum dedicated to him. The Mirabell Palace Gardens is one of the best views of Salzburg and where the final scene of “Do Re Mi” in The Sound of Music was filmed. Salzburg Cathedral and Saint Peter’s Abbey can’t be overlooked. The former is a Baroque-style cathedral finished in 1628 with a 233 feet tall green dome and a beautiful Virgin Mary Statue in the centre. The latter hosts nightly Mozart concerts and the Stiftskeller Restaurant is widely considered Europe’s oldest restaurant. Behind the church is a small and serene cemetery dating back to 700 A.D. and underground catacombs that go back even further. This is also where the Von Trapps hid from the Nazis in real life. A little bit outside Salzburg is the most unique and fun place to visit: Schloss Hellburn, a Renaissance-inspired pleasure palace with trick fountains, lush green lawns and the gazebo from The Sound of Music. The fountains spurt water from strange places at unexpected times and can only be seen as part of a one hour tour. Once you’ve seen all the landmarks, your last stop should be the Fortress Hohensalzburg. You can ascend to it by foot or by funicular, but either way once you reach the peak and you’ll be blown away by the view of the city. Salzburg is one of the few European towns that is amazing to visit all year round, but at the end of September you can experience the famous Salzburg Festival along with the colourful fallen leaves to make it even more magical.