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Tourist Offices

Tourismus Salzburg GmbH

Address: , , ,
Telephone: +43 662 889 870.
Opening times:

Daily 0900-1800 (Apr-Jun); Daily 0900-1830 (Jul); Daily 0900-1900 (Aug); Daily 0900-1830 (1 Sep-8 Sep); Daily 0900-1800 (9 Sep-16 Oct); Mon-Sat (17 Oct-31 Mar).

Website: http://www.salzburg.info

Salzburg's official tourist office is supplemented by additional tourist offices at street level dealing directly with any queries from tourists. There is one at Mozartplatz 5 (tel: +43 662 8898 7330) and another on platform 2A at the central railway station (tel: +43 662 8898 7340), both of which are open all year round.

Tourist passes

The Salzburg Card (valid either for 24, 48 or 72 hours) includes free admission to all the city's attractions and free use of public transport (including the fortress funicular, the panorama boat on the river and the Untersberg cable car) as well as discounts for cultural events and for various tours and excursions. You can pick one up at all customer service centres, in hotels and at tourist information booths.

Attractions

St Peter's Abbey and Monastery

Salzburg's historic monastery has its roots in the earliest monastic community in the German-speaking world, founded by the Frankish missionary St Rubert after he arrived in Salzburg in the early 8th century. St Peter's Abbey is one of the main attractions in the city with its gorgeous Romanesque interior. There are also catacombs, probably of early Christian origin, in the area.

Address: , , ,
Telephone: +43 662 844 576.
Opening times:

Daily 0800-1200 and 1430-1830.

Website: http://www.stift-stpeter.at
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Salzburg Cathedral

Salzburg's beautiful cathedral is one of the most significant pieces of early baroque architecture in Europe. The first cathedral was built here in the 8th century, but was rebuilt twice over the centuries. It survived a direct hit during WWII when a bomb struck its dome but did little other damage. Highlights inside include the font in which Mozart was baptised.

Address: , , ,
Telephone: +43 662 8047 7950.
Opening times:

Mon-Sat 0800-1700, Sun 1300-1700 (Jan-Feb); Mon-Sat 0800-1800, Sun 1300-1800 (Mar-Apr); Mon-Sat 0800-1900, Sun 1300-1900 (May-Sep); Mon-Sat 0800-1800, Sun 1300-1800 (Oct); Mon-Sat 0800-1700, Sun 1300-1700 (Nov); Mon-Sat 0800-1800, Sun 1300-1800 (Dec).

Website: http://www.salzburger-dom.at/salzburger-dom
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Hohensalzburg Fortress

Salzburg's chief landmark has a history going back to 1077. Guarding the city from high above, this extraordinary building is the largest fully-preserved fortress in Central Europe. It can be accessed by using the funicular railway (festungsbahn) up the hillside from Festungsgasse 4. Don't miss the prince-archbishops' apartments and fortress museum.

Address: , , ,
Telephone: +43 662 8424 3011.
Opening times:

Daily 0900-1900 (May-Sep); daily 0930-1700 (Oct-Apr).

Website: http://www.salzburg-burgen.at
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Salzburg Museum

This interesting modern museum seeks to tell the story of Salzburg's history and culture in novel ways. The first floor features exhibitions on important architects, writers and scientists of the city, while the second floor deals with the city's history. Archaeological finds and medieval collections can be found in the Mirror Hall.

Address: , , ,
Telephone: +43 662 620 8080.
Opening times:

Tue-Sun 0900-1700.

Website: http://www.salzburgmuseum.at
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Museum of Modern Art Salzburg

Salzburg may be steeped in tradition and history but it also hosts one of the boldest and most impressive contemporary art galleries in Austria. Opened in 2004, the Museum of Modern Art Salzburg can be reached by elevator on a steep hill opposite the fortress and features all kinds of mind-boggling installations, video art and controversial efforts by big-name artists.

Address: , , ,
Telephone: +43 662 8422 20403.
Opening times:

Tue-Sun 1000-1800, Wed 1000-2000.

Website: http://www.museumdermoderne.at
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Salzburg's Festival Halls

Guided tours are given (once daily in winter, twice in June and September, and three times in July and August) of Salzburg's splendid and world-famous Festival Halls, where all main ballet, opera and musical concerts during the Salzburg Festival are performed. The establishment of the Salzburg Festival in 1920 turned the city into an artistic beacon.

Address: , , ,
Telephone: +43 662 849420.
Opening times:

Daily 1400 (tours).

Website: http://www.salzburgerfestspiele.at
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Getreidegasse

The Getreidegasse is the most famous shopping street in Salzburg. Aside from its stock of modern boutiques, jewellery and clothing shops, it's also the city's traditional commercial centre, so pretty narrow houses with iron guild signs overlook little passageways and courtyards. This is also where you'll also find Mozart's birthplace.

Address: , , ,
Telephone:
Opening times:

Daily 24 hours.

Website:
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Mozart's Birthplace

Wolfgang Mozart was born on the third floor of the Hagenauer House on 27th January 1756. The geburthaus, or birthplace of the musical genius, has been revered since 1880 when the International Mozarteum Foundation first established a museum here. Today it exhibits items from Mozart's childhood, including his violin and several other instruments.

Address: , , ,
Telephone: +43 662 844 313.
Opening times:

Daily 0900-1730 (Sep-Jun); daily 0830-1900 (Jul-Aug).

Website: http://www.mozarteum.at
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

DomQuartier

As well as the Salzburg Residenz, the DomQuartier holds the stunning Cathedral Museum which is full of religious icons and artistry and has unique views of the cathedral itself. The Cabinet of Curiosities, meanwhile, is a quirky museum dedicated to obscure prizes and rare oddities; such displays were popular in the Baroque era.

Address: , , ,
Telephone: +43 662 8042 2109.
Opening times:

Wed-Mon 1000-1700 (Sep-Jun); Wed 1000-2000, Thu-Tue 1000-1700 (Jul-Aug).

Website: http://www.domquartier.at
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Salzburg Residenz

The former official apartments of the Salzburg prince-archbishops still make up an impressively lavish building complex, which have benefited from the work of Renaissance and baroque artists and architects. One of its highlights is the Residenz Gallery, which boasts an excellent collection of masterpieces by Rembrandt, Rubens and Brueghel.

Address: , , ,
Telephone: +43 662 8042 2690.
Opening times:

Daily 1000-1700.

Website: http://www.salzburg-burgen.at
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

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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.