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4 Days in Salzburg, Austria: The Ultimate Itinerary

To help you prepare for your visit, I’ve created this Salzburg itinerary that gives you all the information you need to plan the best trip for your personal travel style.

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Trip Summary

CITIES: Salzburg, Hallstatt, Vienna
# OF TRAIN RIDES: 2 roundtrips
TRIP COST: ~Approx. $1108.19 or $555/per person
*incl. hotel, transport, food, entrance fees

Breakdown of your Salzburg itinerary

View of Salzburg Fortress Hohensalzburg

Day 1: Arrive in Salzburg

We arrived to the main train station and we stayed at the H+ Hotel Salzburg right on the Südtiroler Platz. I picked a hotel directly next to the train station for our two planned day-trips to Vienna and Hallstatt.

The city of Salzburg isn’t very big and most attractions can be reached on foot. We mapped out our walk to get to the Old Town area. Our first stop was walking through Schloss Mirabell – or the Mirabell Palace & Gardens.

Schloss Mirabel

Schloss Mirabel Schloss Mirabel

Mirabell Palace & Gardens

We walked through the grounds and gardens as we made our way towards the Old Town. We walk straight through the Schloss Mirabell, or Mirabell Palace and Gardens. Schloss Mirabell is a historic palace built in 1606 by Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau as a token of his love for Salome Alt, his mistress. You can learn more about Schloss Mirabell Palace & Gardens.

Mirabell Palace & Gardens Details:

  • Hours: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Address: Mirabellplatz 4, 5020 Salzburg
  • Buy Tickets

The Salzach River & the Makartsteg Bridge

The Salzach River & the Makartsteg Bridge Makartsteg Bridge

Stroll Along the Salzach River & the Makartsteg Bridge

We continued walking towards the Old Town and we made it to the Salzach River. From the bridge, you can get this gorgeous shot of Fortress Hohensalzburg.

The Makartsteg Bridge crosses the Salzach River and connects the historic Altstadt (Old Town) with the Neustadt (New Town) district. The bridge is known for its “love locks” where couples attach padlocks to the bridge as a symbol of their love. I love the look of the locks, but I know that other cities have these bridges (like Paris).

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Cafe Tomaselli Cafe Tomaselli Cafe Tomaselli

Cafe Tomaselli

When we reached the Old Town, we walked casually through all the shops. And we made it to Café Tomaselli, the city’s oldest Coffee House.

The Café Tomaselli is situated in the heart of Salzburg’s Old Town on the Alter Markt and has been run for over 150 years by the Tomaselli family. Cafe Tomaselli is the oldest coffee house still in operation in Austria and its history goes back to 1700.

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Fortress Hohensalzburg

Fortress Hohensalzburg View of Salzburg Fortress Hohensalzburg

Fortress Hohensalzburg

After our snack, we continued walking through the city. We stumbled upon the Festungsbahn ticket office and we purchased to ride up to the top of the Fortress.

Hohensalzburg Fortress is the biggest fully preserved castle in Central Europe and also the emblem of Salzburg City. The 900-year-old fortress is located at the top of the Mönchsberg. It can either be climbed on foot, or you can comfortably take the Festingsbahn. You can learn more about Fortress Hohensalzburg – Salzburg’s Historic Castle.

Fortress Hohensalzburg Details:

  • Hours: October-April: 9:30 am-5 pm, May-September: 8:30 am-8 pm
  • Address: Mönchsberg 34, 5020 Salzburg
  • Our Cost: $29.86
  • Purchase Entry Tickets

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Salzburg Old Town

Salzburg Old Town Salzburg Old Town

Walk through the Altstadt

We continued walking through the Altstadt (Old Town) of Salzburg. The Alstadt is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, with its cute stone streets, cathedrals, and domes. It has many narrow, winding streets and many charming courtyards and passageways leading off the main street. These courtyards are home to smaller shops and restaurants, and they provide a quieter escape from the busy shopping street.

Walk through Getreidegasse, most famous shopping street in Salzburg. The first thing we noticed is the beautiful architecture of the buildings. Many of the buildings are several centuries old, with ornate facades and decorative wrought-iron signs hanging above the shops.

One of the most famous shops on Getreidegasse is the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, which is now a museum dedicated to the composer’s life and works. The building is easily recognizable by its yellow façade. We didn’t visit on the first day, but we did visit on our last day in Salzburg – I have it mentioned closer to the end of this article.

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Salzburg Old Town goldene kugel

Walk through all the Platz

  • Mozartplatz – originally known as Hagenauerplatz, after the Hagenauer family who owned several buildings around the square
  • Residenzplatz – the former residence of the prince-archbishops of Salzburg
  • Universitätsplatz – square dates back to the medieval period and was once the site of a Roman forum
  • Domplatz – home of the Salzburg Cathedral, a Baroque masterpiece known for its stunning architecture and rich history
  • Kapitelplatz – named after the Salzburg Cathedral Chapter, which was a group of clergy responsible for the administration of the Salzburg Cathedral & home to the Goldene Kugel

Augustiner Braugasthof Krimpelstätter

Augustiner Braugasthof Krimpelstätter goulash Augustiner Braugasthof Krimpelstätter potatoes Augustiner Braugasthof Krimpelstätter sausages and sauerkraut

Dinner at Augustiner Braugasthof Krimpelstätter

We ate dinner the first night at Augustiner Braugasthof Krimpelstätter. It was first mentioned in 1548 and is one of the last traditional inns in Salzburg Mülln. It was a very small dining hall, but they also have a large garden when the weather is warmer. It is home cooking combined with a homely atmosphere and warm hospitality. We drank locally brewed beer and dined on authentic Austrian cuisine.

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Read next: Culinary Delights: Discover 7 Restaurants in Salzburg

Salzwelten World Heritage Side

Day 2: Day trip to Hallstatt

Travel duration: 2.5 hours each way including a 10-min ferry ride

Famous Hallstatt in Austria belongs to one of the most popular excursions from Salzburg. This place is one of the most beautiful in Austria and is a must on every trip.

If you look up Austria, you’ll probably find photos of this magical little lakeside town. Today, it is filled with tourists, particularly from Asia. The Chinese loved it so much they even built a replica town back in China! Though it is rather touristy now, it’s still worth a trip, especially if you divert away from the main walking street where you get to enjoy the town all to yourself. Alternatively, you could spend a night here and have the town all to yourself in the evening once most tourists busses have left, or early in the morning before the day trippers arrive!

Things to do on a day trip to Hallstatt:

  • Salzwelten – Just like the Fortress Hohensalzburg, you can take a panorama funicular railway up the mountain mine. Tour the mountain mine donning protective gear and ride two long slides inside. Take gorgeous panoramic views of the Lake via the Skywalk.
  • Wander through the idyllic town – The town is full of pastel-colored houses and winding cobblestone streets located on Lake Hallstatt’s western shore and surrounded by the Northern Limestone Alps.

Our Cost: $146.83

View my detailed guide of visiting Hallstatt in one day!

This half-day tour to Hallstatt starts at $75 on Get Your Guide.

Die Cabreras entrance

Die Cabreras pork tacos Die Cabreras guacamole

Dinner at Die Cabreras

We got back into Salzburg around 6-7 p.m. and quickly searched for places to eat. We planned on walking – like always – and we picked a place where we didn’t have to cross the river.

The small, cozy restaurant promises more than to please the palate: The intimate and cozy atmosphere invites you to browse and enjoy – a little off the Linzergasse and yet centrally located in the Priesterhausgasse, original Mexican cuisine, refreshing Aguas Frescas, Homemade cake and fragrant coffee await you.

Die Cabreras Details:

Schloss Schönbrunn

Day 3: Day trip to Vienna

Travel duration: 3 hours

If you like, you can also combine your vacation in Salzburg with a visit to Vienna, the Austrian capital, which is 3 hours away.

Things to do on a day trip to Vienna:

Our Cost: $203.82

View my detailed guide of visiting Vienna in one day!

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Dinner at Braurestaurant IMLAUER

We made it back to Salzburg in the early evening. We didn’t eat on the train, so we picked someplace closer to our hotel for dinner. The food was okay.

Braurestaurant IMLAUER Details:

Salzburg Old Town

Day 4: Explore Salzburg & Say Goodbye

The Salzach River runs through the center of Salzburg and offers beautiful views of the city and the surrounding mountains. It’s easy to leisurely stroll along the riverbanks.

Mozart’s Birthplace Mozart Residence

Mozart’s Birthplace & Residence

The city is world-famous for its prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In Getreidegasse No. 9 there is one of the most important attractions of Salzburg, the Mozart House. You can learn more about my visit to Mozart’s Birthplace & Residence.

Mozart’s Birthplace & Residence Details:

  • Hours: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Mozart’s Birthplace Address: Getreidegasse 9, 5020 Salzburg
  • Mozart’s Residence Address: Makartplatz 8, 5020 Salzburg
  • Our Costs: $39.28 (for both Residence and Birthplace)

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Salzburg Snow Walk

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Salzburg Snow Walk

kollegienkirche st blasius church

university square

Enjoy the City

Salzburg is a popular tourist destination, so it’s important to plan your trip ahead of time. This will help you make the most of your time there and ensure that you can see all the things you want to see.

The Old Town of Salzburg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to many historic buildings and landmarks, including the birthplace of Mozart. Take a walking tour to fully appreciate the beauty of this area.

Trattoria La Stella

Lunch at Trattoria La Stella

In-between the two museums, we stopped to have lunch nearby the Mozart Birthplace. It was just beginning to snow again, so we were happy to sit inside. We chose to split a prosciutto and arugula pizza so we could keep moving on with our afternoon.

Trattoria La Stella Details:

Cafe Sacher

Cafe Sacher

Drinks at Cafe Sacher

After the Mozart Residence museum, we stopped at Cafe Sacher for a quick drink to get out of the cold.

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Ludwig Burger Salzburg Ludwig Burger Salzburg

Dinner at Ludwig

We were hungry for something other than Austrian food and decided to try a burger joint. The menu was in English as well as German and had something for everyone. The restaurant has a good atmosphere and nice service. There was a good choice of side dishes and sauces the burger was juicy and delicious. The cheese was rather salty.

Ludwig Details:

  • Address: Linzer G. 39, 5020 Salzburg
  • Our Cost: $53.62
  • Ludwig Website

Google Map for your Salzburg itinerary

Below you can find a customized map that includes all the locations you’re going to visit on this Hallstatt itinerary. I marked each time of the day with different colors – I used blue for the morning, red for the afternoon, and green for the evening so you can easily see which places you’re going to visit during your one day Hallstatt itinerary.

If you open up this post on your phone and you click on the bracket in the upper right corner of the map, it will open up in your Google Maps app so you can always have it with you. Super convenient, right?

Other things to do in Salzburg

While we saw a lot in our one day adventure, we didn’t get to see everything. Here’s a list of other things to do during your visit to Salzburg.

  • Salzburg MuseumMozartpl. 1, 5020 Salzburg
  • Schloss HellbrunnFürstenweg 37, 5020 Salzburg
  • Salzburg CathedralDomplatz 1a, 5020 Salzburg
  • Salzburg Marionette TheaterSchwarzstraße 24, 5020 Salzburg
  • Schloss LeopoldskronLeopoldskronstraße 56/58, 5020 Salzburg

Salzburg door

Tips for Visiting Salzburg

Salzburg is a beautiful city located in Austria that is known for its historical landmarks, picturesque scenery, and cultural attractions. Here are some tips for visiting Salzburg:

  • Plan your trip ahead of time
  • Explore the Sound of Music landmarks
  • Visit the Old Town
  • Try the local cuisine

salzburg hauptbahnhof

Is Salzburg worth the trip?

Absolutely! Salzburg is definitely worth a trip. It’s a beautiful city with a rich history, stunning architecture, and plenty of cultural attractions. The city really has something to offer for everyone.

Salzburg snowy morning

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What to wear in Salzburg in Winter

Salzburg can be quite cold and snowy in the winter, so it’s important to dress warmly and appropriately for the weather. Here are some tips on what to wear:

  • Warm coat: A warm, waterproof coat is essential for staying comfortable in Salzburg’s winter weather. Look for a coat that is insulated and has a hood to keep you warm and dry.
  • Layered clothing: Layering is key in cold weather, so wear a base layer made of wool or synthetic material, a sweater or fleece, and a coat or jacket.
  • Scarf, hat, and gloves: Accessories like scarves, hats, and gloves are important for keeping your head, hands, and neck warm. Look for ones that are made of warm materials like wool or fleece.
  • Waterproof boots: Salzburg can be wet and snowy in the winter, so it’s important to wear waterproof boots that can keep your feet dry and warm. Pack boots with good traction to prevent slipping on icy sidewalks!
  • Warm socks: Warm, thick socks are important for keeping your feet warm and comfortable in cold weather. Look for socks made of wool or synthetic materials.
  • Down jacket or vest: Down jackets or vests can be a great way to add extra warmth without adding bulk. Look for ones that are lightweight and packable for easy travel.

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Salzburg Street Crossing Sign

Looking to stay in Salzburg? Hotel Recommendations

Luxury: Hotel Stein
Mid-Budget: Pension Ballwin
Budget: Hotel Europa

Final Thoughts

I truly hope that you’ve got the information you needed now to make your trip Salzburg a true success!

If you have any questions about visiting Hallstatt, please feel free to reach out. You can email me, direct message via social media, or drop a comment below. If you’ve already visited, let me know what you thought and if there’s anything else you’d like to recommend!


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Hailing from the great state of Wisconsin, Katie Kinsley is a content creating, email marketing, overambitious plant-lover (read: killer). She's obsessed with planning detailed vacations and finding and building an affordable wardrobe. She's an individualist at heart discovering self-growth, a parent to a dog and a cat and in love with productivity hacks.
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