A Day in Salzburg
Sightseeing Programme for 24 h
What to do in Salzburg in one day?
One day in Salzburg is enough to succumb to the charm of this baroque city. From breakfast to sightseeing and of course the evening programme – read what you should not miss out on when in Salzburg and how you can do all that without spending too much money.
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In the morning of your short stay in Salzburg an indulgent breakfast welcomes you on the sunny Kolping House terrace before you start your sightseeing programme.
For a relaxed sightseeing tour why not take the bicycle – you can conveniently rent one directly at the Kolping House.
On rainy days public transport is a great alternative; enjoy free access with the Salzburg Card. Salzburg loves its trolley busses, powered by the River Salzach, some of the busses even got their own special decoration. Look out for the bus with the life-size ravens on its roof – only in Salzburg!
Let's Start the Day: Discover Sights
Cycle along the River Salzach, where for hundreds of years the “white gold” used to be transported from the regional mountains. Cycle past the prestigious town houses to the historic city centre that stretches left and right of the Salzach.
Quickly you will start to see Hohensalzburg Castle shining white on the horizon and the distinctive silhouette of the old town on the right side. Hollywood productions like the blockbuster Knight & Day with Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise were shot in this stunning scenery.
Now it's time for your first (photo)stop at Mirabell Palace and its famous gardens left of the Salzach. Stroll through the gorgeous gardens with the Pegasus fountain, the quirky garden gnome garden, the hedge theatre and the rose hill. If you are lucky you might even see a wedding taking place; Mirabell Palace with its marble room is after all one of the most beautiful wedding venues far and wide.
The Makartsteg leads you over the Salzach to the other side of the old town – the bridge itself is a great attraction. The bridge railing is embellished with countless love-locks; a great sign of love by couples from all over the world. This is also a great point to take a picture of Salzburg's scenery for your photo album.
Mozart & Shopping on Getreidegasse
In the left part of the old town you can walk through the typical passages or one of the arcades on Getreidegasse, where people from all over the world bustle around. The High Street is known for its wrought-iron guild symbols; walk underneath them past traditional costume shops, modern boutiques with international (luxury) brands and souvenir shops.
Apart from Mozart's work, the brand “Red Bull” is probably the second most famous export from Salzburg. At the Red Bull Shop on Getreidegasse 36 you will get almost anything with the world-famous two-bull logo.
Continue towards east and soon you will find Mozart's birthplace, where you can learn more about the life of the well-known composer (free entry with the Salzburg Card). You should definitely get a Mozart souvenir for home. You will be spoilt for choice, art, kitsch or sweet seduction in form of the famous chocolate Salzburger Mozartkugeln.
Walk past the impressive historic house facades and stroll over Alter Markt and Residenzplatz through the cathedral's arches to magnificent Salzburg Cathedral. Every summer since 1920 “Everyman” has been performed in front of the cathedral during Salzburg Festival. In Advent the Domplatz square is venue for the enchanting Salzburg Chistmas Market.
Visit Mozartplatz square opposite the Residence at 7am, 11am or 6pm and you will be able to listen to the chimes of the 18th century and enjoy a coffee at one of the traditional coffee houses while doing so.
Up to Hohensalzburg Castle
Have you always wanted to be a royal officer or a lovely Salzburg girl from the 19th century? At the start of the footpath, shortly before the Stieglkeller, you will find a little nostalgia photo studio, where you can have a picture taken of you in historical attire.
Afterwards the Hohensalzburg Castle is already waiting for you, walk all the way up or take the castle lift. The ascent is worth the effort, for the stunning views over the city and the Salzburger Land alone. We recommend a visit at the castle museum, where visitors dive into the medieval life-style.
Continue your sightseeing tour with a walk to Mönchsberg, a path will then lead you back to the old town. Once you return it will probably be time for a nice and relaxed lunch in one of the lovely beer gardens. A visit at the Augustinerbräu brewery and garden is always a highlight. Enjoy Salzburg's most famous beer in the shady beer garden under the big chestnut trees or in the original rooms in the brewery.
Austrians love their coffee after lunch. Take a coffee in one of the traditional coffee houses, for instance at the unique Café Tomaselli (Salzburg's oldest cafe, founded in 1705) on Alter Markt. Enjoying coffee and cake here takes you back to former times.
Hellbrunn Castle and Jeux d'Eau
With a belly full of lovely food you should definitely plan on going to Hellbrunn in the afternoon. If you take the bicycle, it will take you about 20 minutes. The route takes you through the city and the gorgeous Hellbrunn Allee from the 17th century; the bus 25 is a great alternative if you prefer public transport.
An extraordinary way of getting to Hellbrunn is a boat trip on the Salzach (best book in advance). The trip starts at Makartsteg – you know, the one with the love-locks – from there you go past Salzburg's mansions and mountains, always accompanied by the marvellous views, until you reach the pier at Hellbrunn Castle. A shuttle will take you to fairytale Hellbrunn Castle with its famous jeux d'eau, the huge and lively park and the world-famous gazebo from the film Sound of Music.
The Most Stunning Parking Space in the World
If you have got a bit of time left or look for an alternative to Hellbrunn Castle, you should not miss out on Hangar 7, the world's most impressive “parking space”. It is a bit further outside close the Salzurg airport. There is free entry and you will be able to marvel at the car and aeroplane collection of Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz. On the brightly polished floor in the middle of various Formular One cars and planes you will find Tito's “Air Force One” or Felix Baumgartner's Red Bull stratosphere capsule. The bright, architecturally impressive glass building also accommodates various pieces of art and Austria's most famous gourmet restaurant – the Restaurant Ikarus.
Back in the city enjoy a cosy end to a day full of sightseeing. If the weather is nice the wonderful green areas on the Salzach riverside are very popular places to hang out, for younger and older people, guests and locals. Grab a delicious snack from the snack stall for a lovely picnic and enjoy the flair. In Volksgarten, a park east of the city centre, there is always something going on, especially for young people: slack-lines, volleyball or just chilling at the pond.
The Steinterrasse on Giselkai and also the M32 at the Museum of Modern Art on Mönchberg provide you with the best views over Salzburg city. A cool drink or a lovely dinner combined with views over the beautiful city on the River Salzach when the sun sets – that's what makes a perfect evening.
In the lanes, streets and countless small and bigger bars the nightlife starts right there and then, for instance on the Rudolfskai party-mile.
If you want to spend your evening after a long sightseeing day at the Kolping Hostel, why not enjoy a BBQ evening. The fire pit behind the house is perfect during the summer. Another cosy and very popular place for reminiscing about the day 's adventures and experiences is the beautiful roof terrace at the Kolping House.
And to be very honest: 1 day in the city of Mozart is probably not going to be enough ;-)