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Shopping in Salzburg

A mix of boutiques, international outlets and more traditional shops can be found in the Old Town's venerable lanes. Although Salzburg's inhabitants are modern and generally fashionable, there are still traditional tailors, bakers and liquor producers operating in and around the historic centre.

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Salzburg's Old Town, with over 400 shops and boutiques, offers a unique shopping experience. Jewellery, handicrafts, designer wear, high fashion, books, music, souvenirs - there is an abundance of items for sale along the pretty, narrow lanes and the charming squares in Salzburg's historic centre. The Getreidegasse is the most famous shopping lane here, but there are many others as well, and in between all the shops and boutiques there are plenty of places selling refreshments or a bite to eat.

Markets

Salzburg's Green Market on University Square and the adjacent Wiener Philharmoniker Gasse is open daily except for Sundays and features an abundance of meat, fruit, vegetables, seafood, fish, bread and cheeses, as well as flowers and local handicrafts. Every Thursday morning there is a lively and popular market in front of St Andrew's Church called the Schranne, which is well worth visiting.

Shopping centres

The Europark Shopping Centre is almost worth visiting alone for its curvaceous steel-and-glass structure designed by Italian architect Massimiliano Fuksas. But this stunning mall contains more than 130 shops with largely high-street chains, as well as a few designer labels and even an Ikea.

Opening hours

Shops in Salzburg are generally open Monday to Friday 0900-1800/1900 and Saturday 0900-1800.

Souvenirs

For high-quality souvenirs, peruse some of the clothing stores providing handmade alpine-wear. Traditional waistcoats, hats and shorts can be bought (at no small cost), made the same way for centuries. Salzburg's buzzing coffeehouses are also full of curious odds and ends to take home, including diverse Swiss chocolates.

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Hotel Bristol

Looming over the river this stately property preserves the feel of a classic 19th-century hotel. First built in 1619 it opened for guests in the late 1800s and was the first hotel to have electricity in the city – earning it the name 'Electric Hotel'. It has hosted everyone from monarchs to Sigmund Freud. Today expect a blend of traditional atmosphere with contemporary service.

Castellani Parkhotel

Ideally located hotel on the edge of the Old Town, this handsome hotel has comfortable, modern rooms and top facilities including a fitness centre and steam room. The breakfast is a vast buffet, which includes cooked food, and the restaurant is pleasant. For extra luxury, try one of the 15 suites that are based in its 17th-century priory.

Hotel Stein

One of the hottest hotels in town is, without doubt, Hotel Stein. Commanding terrific views of the river and reached by bridge from the Old Town, it combines sexy modernity with classic style. Boasting a history dating back to 1399, its rooms range from the glamorous to the super-chic.

Yoho

Among the cheapest digs in town, Yoho is perhaps the most unique lodging in Salzburg. The rooms are comfortable and boast impressive mountain views, while the bar is always busy with young backpackers. What’s more, The Sound of Music is screened every day at 7pm in the TV room – take that as you will.

Hotel Goldener Hirsch

The hotel of choice for celebrities and royalty over the years, the Goldener Hirsch (the Golden Stag) is a Salzburg institution. Highly exclusive yet exuding genuine hospitality, the hotel has a unique old-world atmosphere combining the rustic with the luxurious. The hotel boasts two superb restaurants and a wonderfully decorated bar.

Wolf-Dietrich Hotel

The Wolf-Dietrich Hotel comprises the Altstadthotel and the Residenz, two houses that face each other near the city centre. In addition to being very comfortable, it is also healthy and environmentally friendly, being powered only by green electricity, serving organic food in the restaurant and incorporating feng shui into the design.