A local’s guide: Things to do in Salzburg, Austria

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On this post, Ben shares his top things to do in Salzburg, Austria.

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A local’s guide: Things to do in Salzburg, Austria

I’m Ben, I was born and raised in Salzburg and have lived there for most of my life up until my 20s when I decided to leave the city to travel the world.

Top 5 things to do in Salzburg Austria

There are many things to do in Salzburg, but the Hohensalzburg Fortress, Mirabellgarten, Salzburg Cathedral, Panorama Museum and DomQuartier Salzburg are some of the highlights that every traveler should visit.

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Two off the beaten path things to do in Salzburg Austria

Hike to the top of the Untersberg and take the cable car back down or vice versa, depending on how fit you are, or rent a bike and follow the Salzach River for about 45 minutes until you reach the beautiful countryside.

Beautiful town of Salzburg - Top things to do

Top 3 restaurants to eat in Salzburg

For some traditional Austrian food either head to Sternbräu, Augustiner Bräu or Zum Zirkelwirt. My favorite of the three is Sternbräu.

Top 3 bars to drink in Salzburg

I recommend Steinterrasse for the best view of the old town and the surrounding mountains, Monkeys Bar for a Hugo cocktail or a cold beer and Die Weisse for more than one beer and an authentic beer garden experience.

Mirabellgarten Salzburg - A local’s guide: Things to do in Salzburg, Austria
Mirabellgarten Salzburg

The best area to stay in Salzburg

The best area to stay in Salzburg is in the city center, near the old city. From the city center, you get pretty much anywhere you would want to go to.

Traditional dishes to try in Salzburg

Austria has many must-try dishes but my personal favorite is Schweinsbraten (roast pork). I eat it whenever I go home to visit family. If you are vegetarian, I recommend Kasnockn (kind of like mac n’ cheese but not really), as it is one of the only dishes that does not contain meat. Austrians love their meat.

The best way to get around Salzburg

If you are staying in the center of the city, which you probably will, you can easily walk from sight to sight except for places that are located outside of the city. I recommend getting a Salzburg Card. The card not only gives you free rides on all public transportation, but also free entrance to all the popular attractions in Salzburg.

Nassfeld Road, Salzburg- A local’s guide: Things to do in Salzburg, Austria
Nassfeld Road, Salzburg

The best spot to see Salzburg from above

The best spot to get a nice view over Salzburg is from Kapuzinerberg. It’s a small hill on the opposite side of the old city.

The best souvenirs to buy from Salzburg

My favorite souvenir is the “No kangaroos in Austria” t-shirt. Sometimes I wish I had one myself so I wouldn’t have to explain to people all the time that Austria and Australia are two different countries. If you want to support Austria and raise awareness about our little country, please buy one of those shirts and wear it around your hometown.

A local’s guide: Things to do in Salzburg, Austria

The best day trips from Salzburg

My favorite day trips from Salzburg are the Werfen Ice Cave and Fuschlsee. The Werfen Ice Cave is the largest ice cave in the world with some amazing natural ice sculptures and Fuschlsee is one of the most beautiful lakes in Austria. Both are easy to get to and are only about an hour away from Salzburg City.

Tourist traps to avoid in Salzburg

The Sound of Music Tour. It is a tour based on an American movie that has very little factual value. The majority of Austrians have never even heard of the Sound of Music. So how authentic can it really be?

Selected Tours in Salzburg

Ben and Jazzy run the blog Road Affair. You can follow them on Instagram and Pinterest.

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  1. Good recs. I was there 15 years ago with my family. Didn’t do the Sound of Music Tour, but did find the gazebo from the movie and dance there with my infant daughter. Fun memory and pic to keep through the years.


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