Since I’ve been fortunate to be working as a contractor for Red Bull Global, I have had the opportunity to visit its headquarters in Salzburg, Austria multiple times.
But as mentioned in a previous post titled, “How To Work & Travel – At The Same Time“, playing tourist in Salzburg while working has proven even more difficult than in Portugal. Visiting Salzburg for work means work. The running joke I have with other colleagues is that I am now an expert on all things in Salzburg related to the airport, Red Bull offices, hotels in the city and where to eat around these hotels.
This isn’t to say that I haven’t been able to see and explore Salzburg after the various visits but it’s certainly nice to not experience traveler FOMO knowing that you will be able to return to a city and that with every visit, you have the opportunity to see a little bit more.
Best Of Salzburg Table Of Contents
Why Visit Salzburg
Salzburg is certainly beautiful and still picturesque as it was in the popular film, “Sound of Music” which has helped make Salzburg one of the top cities to visit in Austria after Vienna. (Being the birthplace of Amadeus Mozart certainly helps as well.)
And so, after continued visits to Salzburg, I finally feel comfortable to share what I have seen, done and ate at which I think are worth exploring if you find yourself here once, twice or even more times.
If you’ve visited Salzburg as a tourist or you’re a local and have any more recommendations of must see places to visit, eat or drink; share in the comments section as I’m adding to my list for my next visit and always take traveler/local recommendations very seriously. Danke Schön!
Plan Your Best Of Salzburg Visit
Taxi’s are everywhere in Salzburg and thankfully, now many have card readers so no need to take out cash.
Uber finally operates in the city of Salzburg. (Note: I have yet to use so unsure how easy it is to secure a ride.
There are many bus routes in Salzburg making bus’s a great option to get around the city. Single ride tickets are 1.90 euro ($2.15 USD) and a 24-hour day pass is 3.80 euro ($4.30 USD). Big plus is that tickets may also be purchased online in the Salzburg Verkehr site/app.
German is the language spoken in Austria but many people (within a certain age range) should be able to speak to you in English. Regardless, still have the basics under your belt to at least show you’ve made some effort to speak to them in their spoken language.
|Good day!||Guten Tag|
|Thank you very much||Danke Schön|
|I don’t speak German||Ich Weiss nicht Deutsch Sprechen|
Where To Stay
- Hyperion – Hands down the best staff I’ve meet in Salzburg. Beautiful rooms, in a central location with a staff that truly goes above and beyond. The little touches to make my stay feel that more at home and welcomed go a long way.
- Hotel Stein – Chic boutique hotel along the Salzach River with a beautiful rooftop restaurant/bar. Do note this is an adult only houtel so not good for families.
- Imlauer Hotel Pitter – Beautiful hotel close to Mirabell Palace offering a gym with city views, sauna and where Imlauer Sky restaurant may be found.
- Motel One – For budget travelers, this is a great option. While rooms are small, breakfast is tasty and the hotel itself is modern and cool.
Where To Visit
- Mirabell Palace & Mirabellgarten – The historical palace and gardens surrounding the palace are ones not to miss. This is a wonderful activity to experience a Mozart concert at the palace.
- Fortress Hohensalzburg – An 11th century fortress built on top of a hill in the city. (Note: I haven’t personally been inside but it’s a beautiful backdrop to the city every time I’m visiting.) You can buy tickets to enter.
- Mozart’s Birthplace – His home, now turned museum and open to the public. (Note: I haven’t entered the building itself but have passed quite a bit of times while in Salzburg.)
- Salzburg Cathedral – Baroque-style 17th century cathedral. Grab your entry tickets.
- RESIDENZ PALACE / RESIDENZPLATZ – Formerly where the prince archbishops held court and now a 180-room museum that doubles up as an event space. Visit for yourself.
- RESIDENZ PALACE / RESIDENZPLATZ – Formerly where the prince archbishops held court and now a 180-room museum that doubles up as an event space. Visit with this Residenzplatz tour.
- Getreidegasse – This is where the most famous and historical streets in Salzburg can be found and doubles up as an UNESCO World Heritage Site and the section of town where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born. Do a guided city tour to experience and learn more about the city.
- HORSE BATH – This is the largest of Salzburg’s surviving medieval horse baths. As its name suggests this was a horse bath used during the middle ages. Now it’s a beautiful place for a “I came to Salzburg” picture which I unfortunately still don’t have…yet.
- STIEGL – BRAUWELT – The Stiegl brewery and pub offering brew history with a side of Austrian
- HANGER-7 – This iconic building is home to the Flying Bulls collection display. Additionally, it hosts events such as Red Bull Paper Wings World Finals (Shameless plug as I was in Salzburg in May working this event.) and where Michelin rated restaurants and bars can be found.cuisine.
- AUGUSTINER BRÄU – Austria’s largest beer inn comes with a gorgeous garden and still keeps with tradition having your beer poured into stone made pitchers from beer filled wood barrels.
- RED BULL HEADQUARTERS IN FUSCHLSEE – Its quite the sight and the little village next to the office is quite a charming one.
- Gaisberg – Scenic mountain offering beautiful views over the city and visited by many locals and tourists alike. Try this paragliding activity for the ultimate outdoor experience.
- Dwarf Gnome Park – Next to Mirabell Palace you will find this quirky Gnome park of locals carved out into dwarf form and scattered throughout this park.
- Lake Wolfgangsee – One of the best-known lakes in the Salzkammergut resort region and personally one of my top favorite sites to take in the beauty of Austria.
- Sacher Café – Home to the original Sacher torte aka the chocolate cake created for Prince Wenzel. Often imitated, but they all fall short to the original which can be found in Vienna and now in Salzburg too.
- Die Cabreras – Real Authentic Mexican food and a fav while I am in Salzburg. Always jealous a place like this is here and not in Manchester.
- Andreas Hofer Weinstube – For authentic Austrian cuisine, this is the place to go. Many recommend the Milano Schnitzel.
- Pescheria Backi – Their ever-changing set seafood menu is based off course numbers and while you may not know what is going to be sent out (or at least my colleague and I didn’t) it absolutely didn’t disappoint.
- Kombu – While a bit of a drive compared to other eateries on this list, this Japanese fusion eatery with tasty sushi witll not disappoint..
- Cup & Cino – Lovely for breakfast.
- Imlauer Sky – A great place for a fancy dinner.
- Afro Café – Great coffee house chain found throughout Salzburg.
- The Heart of Joy – Delicious place for a healthy and wholesome breakfast.
- L’Osteria Salzburg – Italian anyone?
- The Green Garden – A very well-known vegetarian restaurant in Salzburg and I certainly can see why. Definitely recommended regardless if you are vegetarian or not. Recommend the lavander prosecco and buddha bowl.
- My Indigo – A healthy alternative from the meat heavy Austrian cuisine. Various locations available around the city.
- Coffee-House – Fabulous place for coffee, cakes and a friendly staff. (Certainly can see myself spending hours here if I had the chance.)
Salzburg Attraction Map & Guide – Google Map
This handy Salzburg google maps that lists the full location of restaurants, attractions, etc. including further tips in the notes section. Be sure to add this list to your Google Maps.