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This beautiful jewel in the country of Austria is a city break that you won’t forget. Salzburg, surrounded by beautiful mountains and divided by the flowing river Salzach, is an elegant city with ornate baroque architecture and delightful Christmas markets. Salzburg is also home to the famous composer Mozart who is still celebrated around the city today. If none of that tickles your fancy though, adventure sports are popular here too during winter and summer months.

Things to Do

In Salzburg, venture to Fortress Hohensalzburg, one of the largest medieval castles in Europe, to see a jaw dropping, panoramic view of the city. You can walk up to the top in 30 or take a leisurely ride in a funicular railway that runs every 10 minutes. If you’re a fan of the Sound of Music, don’t miss out on visiting the grand Mirabell Palace where several of the film’s scenes were recorded!

Food and Drink

The choice of food is endless in Salzburg. Try out a traditional Schnitzel, a flattened piece of veal or pork which is then covered in breadcrumbs and fried to be served with buttery parsley potatoes. For dessert, strudels are a good choice whether they’re in the traditional cheese or apple version or a more adventurous cherry variety. Bosna is also a great local dish, a double bratwurst sausage wrapped in an open white bread bun.


Culture is at the heart of Salzburg’s community and this can be seen in the baroque architecture of the grand palaces and buildings dotted around the city. Salzburg festival throughout the summer celebrates music and art, and Mozart Week in January remembers the famous classical composer. The Christmas markets here are also some of the best in the world if you are visiting Salzburg from the end of November to Boxing Day.

Location of Salzburg

Key Facts

  • Language: German
  • Currency: Euro
  • Time Difference from UK: 2
  • Flight time: 2 hours
  • When to go: Year-round