7 Best Places to visit in Salzburg on your Family Holiday

Salzburg is a lovely city in Austria on the border with Germany. Famous for its salt mines and fantastic views of the eastern Alps, this city also boasts of its medieval and baroque buildings. In addition, Salzburg is the birthplace of Mozart and Christian Doppler, which makes it attractive to tourists. Its proximity to popular tourist destinations like Halstatt and Dachstein makes it a preferred location for tourists to stay and explore these places.

Here is a list of the 7 best places to visit and things to do when you visit Salzburg with your family for a holiday.

7 Best Places to visit in Salzburg on your Family Holiday

  1. Explore the old city -Salzburg Altstadt

    Exploring the old city is a must-do activity in Salzburg. Visit Mozartplatz, Residenzplats, and Getreidegasse to explore prominent buildings there, like the large statue of Mozart, The Salzburg Museum, Mozartgeburtshaus (Mozart’s birthplace), and the Salzburg cathedral. All these places are located within a kilometer of each other, and one can easily explore everything on foot.


  2. Visit Hohensalzburg Fortress

    Hohensalzburg Fortress is a large medieval fortress in Salzburg located at an altitude of 506 m. The enormous length and width of the Fortress make it one of the largest medieval castles in Europe. It can be reached by climbing steps or more easily by rail. Apart from offering beautiful views of the city, the Fortress also houses museums and princely chambers worth visiting. The Fortress is enormous and offers lovely views of the city.


  3. Visit Mirabell garden

    Mirabell garden is a baroque-style historic garden adorned with fountains, well-manicured lawns, and plenty of places to walk or relax under the shade of a tree. From here, you also get a fantastic view of the Hohensalburg fortress. It is a photo enthusiast’s treasure because of this lovely backdrop. The garden is beautiful too and is a treat for the eyes.


  4. Make a day trip to Hallstatt – Visit the village and Salzwelten

    Hallstatt is a small village about 70 km southwest of Salzburg on Lake Hallstatt’s western shore in Austria’s Salzkammergut region. It is famous for its lovely landscapes, Alpine houses, and Salt mine called Salzwelten. The village with a backdrop of lake Hallstatt is lovely, and a walk on the narrow streets, exploring the village, and admiring its beauty is a must-do activity in Hallstatt. After exploring the village, visit Salzwelten-the salt mines, and learn more about these prehistoric mines.


  5. Visit Schloss Hellbrunn

    Hellbrunn Palace is a big Baroque Villa built in the early 17th Century by the then Archbishop -Markus Sitticus. Today’s key tourist attraction is the many trick fountains- the idea came to Markus Sittikus, who thought it would be fun to perform practical jokes on his guests. He got many water sprays designed, which would mechanically get activated. At all of these games, there is always a spot that was never wet and where the Archbishop stood or sat and watched as his drenched guests took my surprise.


  6. Make a day trip to Dachstein

    Located just a few kilometers from Halstatt are the Dachstein Caves. Dachstein caves are ice caves located high up in the mountains and are one of the largest in the world. Here, you can visit the ice caves, the mammoth caves, and the museums and get a lovely view of the valley below from the viewing platform.


  7. Visit Hangar 7

    Hangar-7 at Salzburg Airport is a unique building that houses the Flying Bulls aircraft fleet and a Formula 1 race car collection. Hangar-7 also offers space for art exhibitions. It is a treat for car lovers. 


Here is a summary of the 7 best places to visit and things to do in Salzburg on your family holiday.

7 Best Places to visit in Salzburg on your Family Holiday

  1. Explore the old city -Salzburg Altstadt
  2. Visit Hohensalzburg Fortress
  3. Visit Mirabell garden
  4. Make a day trip to Hallstatt – Visit the village and Salzwelten
  5. Visit Schloss Hellbrunn
  6. Make a day trip to Dachstein
  7. Visit Hangar 7

If you wish to learn how to plan your holiday in Salzburg, including itinerary, travel, accommodation, etc., read my article about our 4 days family holiday in Salzburg. It has all the information you may need to plan your family holiday.

Also, check out some more pictures of Salzburg on my gallery page. There, you will also find many more pictures from other holiday destinations.

To read about other holiday destinations, click here.

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