Visit Salzburg: what to see in 2 days

From Salzburg’s Hohensalzburg Fortress to the most famous chocolate cake in the world and the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: all my tips on what to see in Salzburg, the Austrian city of music, in just 2 days.

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In the distance, the bridge of padlocks that crosses the river of Salzburg

Day 1

Located on the slopes of two hills, Salzburg (the salt village), is undoubtedly the ideal city for a romantic weekend. With its glimpses of medieval charm, great examples of modern architecture and the typical Austrian dishes. Curious about what to see in Salzburg? I’ll tell you right away!

To admire it in all its beauty, you can take advantage of the innumerable panoramic terraces: 3 platforms on the fortress of Salzburg, the Reckturm, the highest tower of the fortress and the Humboldt terrace at the Museum der Moderne Mönchsberg.

And it is precisely from the Salzburg fortress that we will start our visit. With the “all inclusive” ticket (€ 16.50) you can use the cable car to reach the fortress and enjoy a breathtaking view. Included in the ticket price is the audio guide, the entrance to the princes’ rooms, the fortress museum and the marionette museum. The visit lasts about 3 hours and is a must see of the city!

One of the views from the panoramic terrace of the Salzburg Fortress

The Princes hall inside the Salzburg Fortress

On the way back from the fortress, head into the St. Peter district, visit the Salzburg Cathedral, the small cemetery with its little convent and the catacombs inside the Mönchsberg mountain.

The carriages in front of Salzburg Cathedral

What to see in Salzburg: the wonderful Salzburg Cathedral

Next on the list is the Salzburg Museum which tells the story of the city and Mozart Wohnhaus, birthplace of the well-known musician and composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The bridge of the padlocks in Salzburg

Day 2

If you are visiting Salzburg during the weekend you should probably know that on Sundays everything is closed except the museums! Enjoy the fresh morning breeze of the surrounding mountains by taking a walk in the Mirabell Garden where you will see the wonderful Pegasus Fountain and the gnome garden.

What to see in Salzburg: the Mirabell Palace
Pegasus Fountain, Mirabell Garden

In the afternoon, visit the famous Hotel Sacher. Here, where the bourgeoisie of the city shows itself with great vivacity, you can enjoy the delicious Sacher cake, accompanied by homemade cream and a glass of Prosecco!

The original Sacher cake at the Hotel Sacher in Salzburg

If you are not tired yet, I recommend to visit the Hangar 7. A very unique building that houses the historic Flying Bulls fleet and a collection of Formula 1 racing cars by Red Bull. Hangar-7 also offers a space for art exhibitions and the Ikarus restaurant, which hosts every month a new multi-starred chef. A venue for events, but also a great meeting point for art and sports lovers!

Entrance of the Hangar 7

Interior of the exhibition at the Hangar 7

Tip 1: the Salzburg Card is not very convenient.

The Salzburg Card is not very convenient, or rather it depends on what you really want to visit. If you are interested in historical places but you do not want to visit all the museums of the city, if you are going to stroll around small alleys without having to take public transport (and in Salzburg everything is very close) then the card is not for you. For the others, I suggest to activate it for 48 hours. With this card you will have free admission to all the places of interest in the city. You can use the funicular to the fortess, the cable car on the Untersberg mountain, the boat on the Salzach river and all public transports, as well as a number of facilities for concerts and theatrical performances.

Tip 2: a budget hotel in the city center.

The hotel that I recommend for your stay in Salzburg is cheap, right in the center, close to all the city’s attractions, with gym, sauna and a super breakfast! -> Nh Hotel. Not interested in hotels? I have seen many little houses that will be able to host you on Airbnb.