No matter the season, Salzburg is always worth a trip. And I promise you, it has so much more to offer than just Mozart and Sound of Music. I have put together a mini-itinerary based on the best-off from my Ultimate Guide for your weekend trip. All you need to do is save my tips, use my map and head over to this beautiful Alpine gem!
Friday – Arrival in Salzburg
Start your weekend with dinner and drinks at Steinterrasse, a classic with some of the best views of Salzburg. (Giselakai 3-5)
Saturday – Explore and Shop
Enjoy the breakfast at your hotel or head over to 220 Grad Nonntal which is located at a former industrial site and has a charming garden.(Nonntaler Haupstraße 9A)
Walk along the Salzach, to Schloss Mirabell and visit Galerie Thadaeus Ropac. (Mirabellplatz 2) Make sure to have a walk at Mirabellgarten, the park of the palace. If you are in need for a break, enjoy the tasty coffee and tramezzini at Bellinis.(Mirabellplatz 4)
Head over the Salzach river into the city centre and get ready for some simultaneous shopping and sightseeing. Just as a warning: Getreidegasse, the major shopping street and also location of the Mozarthaus can be really crowded.
Eibl – Mode am Kajetaner Platz is popular among local fashionistas for business apparel with a twist. (Schanzlgasse 4)Schröcker Fashion is “the” address for extraordinary and cool fashion items. (Nonntaler Hauptstraße 45) You can find more shopping tips in my Ultimate Guide.
There is no visit to Salzburg without mingling among the artists and musicians at Triangel (Wiener Philharmonikergasse 7) Further lunch alternatives are K&K Restaurant(Waagplatz 2) or Sternbräu (Griesgasse 23)(both serving local food).
Do not forget to buy the original Mozartkugeln – the best souvenir from Salzburg. These are marzipan pralines covered in chocolate. Get the handmade ones at Konditorei Fürst(Brodgasse 13)
(Note: I used Saturday as the shopping day because shops are closed on Sundays in Austria.)
Day 2 Walk and Enjoy
Enjoy the breakfast selection at the hotel or enjoy your breakfast with a great view of the fortress at the above-mentioned Glüxfall if you did not have drinks there the day before.
Take up the elevator to the Mönchsberg and visit Museum der Moderne Mönchsberg. (Mönchsberg 32) Walk along the trail to the Fortress Hohensalzburg and enjoy the view over the city and of the mountains.
Walk down and pass the St. Peter’s Cemetery, across the Residenzplatz.
Have a mocca ice cream or a Nusskipferl (pastry with nuts) at the traditional Café Tomaselli (Alter Markt 9) – when you walk towards the café, don’t overlook the historic weather station on the left.
A “hipper” alternative is to have coffee and sweet mini-cones paired with some people watching at Carpe Diem. (Getreidegasse 50)
Head out of the city and visit Schloss Leopoldskron. Weiherwirt is located on the other side of the lake of Schloss Leopoldskron and ends your trip with some imperial views. (Koenig-Ludwig-Straße 2) If you are still in the mood for a walk, explore the park around the palace.
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Original article published 9/2015, last updated 5/2019. All information as of the date of publishing/updating. We cannot accept responsibility for the correctness or completeness of the data, or for ensuring that it is up to date. All recommendations are based on the personal experience of Elisabeth Steiger and Amelie Gross, no fees were received.