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Salzburg at a Glance

Salzburg's altstadt, or old town, rises up to an impressive hilltop fortress. If you've ever dreamed of a fairytale view, this would be it. The city's bright colored houses and multiple green spires back into a wall of solid rock. On the cliff high above, a walled fortress keeps watch over the city and the Salzach River.

Salzburg is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and you will have multiple richly decorated churches to explore in addition to the fort. Streets in this part of the city are filled with the sights and sounds of street performers and musicians. Check out Mozart's childhood home, learn about the lifestyles of the German bishop-princes who called one of the most opulent buildings in Salzburg their home. 

For a breath of fresh air, meander along the Salzach River on the old cobblestone streets, or rent a bike and triple your speed.

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May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Salzburg Airport W. A. Mozart

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter Austria if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. American citizens can learn more about traveling in Austria by using the U.S State Department's website.

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Railroad Salzburg Hauptbahn­hof
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Drizzly summers and windy springs define Salzburg's weather. Summers are mild and winters are cool.

      Safety Concerns Pickpockets frequent Salzburg's crowded squares and tourist attractions. Be wary of those who bump into you and keep your passport protected in a hotel safe.

      Health Concerns Salzburg has clean drinking water. Visitors should practice good hygiene to avoid catching colds or flu.