Sights of Salzburg
The most important card for your visit in Salzburg
Salzburg Card is your key to the city of Salzburg: It provides free admission to Salzburg's museums, free use of the Fortress funicular, the Untersberg cableway, Salzach ship service and public transport. Salzburg Card holders can also take advantage of a number of discounts on concerts, theater performances or excursions to destinations in the Salzburg vicinity.
Mozart's birth house & Mozart's residence
The Mozart family lived on the third floor of the "Hagenauer House" at Getreidegasse 9 for twenty-six years, from 1747 to 1773. The celebrated composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, was born here on January 27, 1756. The building is named after the merchant and toy dealer, Johann Lorenz Hagenauer (1712-1792), who owned the building and was a friend of the Mozart family. Click here for more information.
The Salzburg Cathedral
The city's most significant sacral building is presumably the Salzburg Cathedral. Its magnificent frontage and the mighty dome present an impressive early Baroque monumental building on this side of the Alps. Destroyed by fires - rebuilt, enlarged and extended, it testifies the might and independence of the Salzburg's archbishops. Click here for more information.
The Fortress Hohensalzburg was built in 1077 by archbishop Gebhard. Comprehensively extended by archbishop Leonhard von Keutschach (1495-1519), it is the biggest completely preserved castle in Middle Europe. Well worth seeing are the medieval prince chambers and the fortress museum. Since 1892, the Fortress Hohensalzburg can be comfortably reached by funicular railway, starting from the Festungsgasse. Click here for more information.
The Palace Hellbrunn & Water Garden
In 1612, a few months after accession to power, the prince-archbishop of Salzburg Markus Sittikus von Hohenems commissoned the building of a country residence at the foot of the water-rich Hellbrunn mountain. As an admirer of Italian art and culture, Markus Sittikus engaged the famous cathedral-builder Santino Solari to construct a "Villa suburbana", a summer residence, in no way inferior to the splendour and generosity of the magnificent mediterranean paragons. Thus, after a relatively short construction period, an architectural pearl was created at the southern periphery of Salzburg, this is still among the most magnificent Renaissance buildings north of the Alps - the maison de plaisance Hellbrunn, with its extensive park and the worldwide unique water garden with trick fountains. Click here for more information.
Mirabell Palace & Mirabell Gardens
It was a gift of love, that prince-archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau had built for his wife Salome Alt. In 1606, the Altenau Palace was built and it served its purpose - the couple had 15 children of whom ten survived. After Wolf Dietrichs death, the palace was renamed to "Mirabell" by his successor Markus Sitticus von Hohenems. Click here for more information.
The Festival Quarter
The Grosse Festspielhaus in the Hofstallgasse street, designed by the architect Clemens Holzmeister, was built between 1956 and 1960 and is one of the most impressive theatre halls of the Salzburg Festival. The High Society of the Salzburg Festival annualy meets up with curious onlookers and an international flock of photographers in front of the Festspielhaus. Click here for more information.