The undefeated Hohensalzburg Fortress is the defining feature of Salzburg's skyline, towering high above the Old Town on its lofty perch atop the Mönchsberg. Originally constructed in 1077 by Archbishop Gebhard, the castle was expanded over the years, taking its current form in the year 1500 under the guidance of Archbishop Leonhard von Keutschach. Built to monumental proportions, the castle is one of Europe's largest Medieval structures, its sprawling embrace a cornucopia of Medieval artistic and architectural riches. The State Rooms and Princely Chambers are the most lavishly adorned, closely followed by the Chapel of Archbishop Leonhard von Keutschach. Today, the castle houses the Museum of the Rainer Regiment, the Fortress Museum and the Marionette Museum, and hosts the annual Salzburg Fortress Concerts amid the mount's ancient trees. Multimedia displays and interactive experiences bring the Medieval Era alive at the Hohensalzburg Fortress, historic Salzburg's crowning glory.
Situated just to the south of Schlosspark Hellbrunn, Hellbrunn Zoo contains a variety of animals from all over the world. The main attraction are the wild vultures which are free to fly around but continually return to the zoo to be fed. Another highlight is the cheetahs' feeding time, whereby the cheetahs have to catch a piece of meat being propelled along the ground at a speed of 56.32 kilometers per hour (35 miles per hour). On certain occasions the zoo is open after dawn to allow visitors to observe the nocturnal animals.
Set in the center of Altstadt, Residenzplatz is a must visit when visiting the city. Dating back to the 16th Century, it was built by the then Archbishop of Salzburg, Wolf Dietrich Raitenau. Enclosed by archiepiscopal residences, both old and new, this beautiful square is a sight to behold. Equally mesmerizing is the baroque Residenzbrunnen. The square is a popular haunt for cultural events such as the St. Rupert's Fair, open-air cinema in the summer, concerts and parties.
The perfect place to come on a rainy day, this museum was founded in 1834 and named after Caroline Auguste, wife of Emperor Franz I. Now shifted to a new and modern location and spanning 3 floors and a basement, the museum highlights the cultural history of Salzburg from the prehistoric era through to the present day. Each floor is dedicated to a particular theme and the basement is used for temporary exhibits.
A veritable landmark with its futuristic design, Spa & Familien Resort RupertusTherme is a great spot for wellness and fitness enthusiasts. Using Alpine brine from nearby saltworks, their thermal baths are a wonderful way to soothe muscles and alleviate pain. The glass façade of the spa offers magnificent vistas of the surrounding mountains. Their sauna areas are also inspired by the area's landscape. From pampering massages and beauty regimes to therapeutic thermal pools, this family friendly facility is worth the indulgence to be away from the bustle of everyday life.
A must-visit for all World War II fanatics, Dokumentation Obersalzberg offers a comprehensive and an in-depth insight into the rise and decline of the Third Reich. Located on a site which housed an erstwhile guesthouse of the Nazis, Dokumentation Obersalzberg contains an assemblage of more than 950 objects including audio clips, pictures, maps and films. The guesthouse was a vacation home of Adolf Hitler during the 1930s. Visitors also explore a life-size replica of the area of Obersalzberg with its present structures and ancient Nazi buildings.
A praça principal da cidade antiga é emoldurada por velhas casas burguesas do período barroco.
Exposição permanente 'Trajes típicos de Salzburgo, de outrora e do presente'.
A casa natal do poeta (1887-1914) abriga um museu com um arquivo das suas obras.
Escavações da antiga catedral medieval e restos de edifícios romanos.