Salzburg is naturally chic and elegant. Dominated by the Hohensalzburg Fortress, it still offers, among other attractions, the Mirabell Gardens, a historic center with great shops and patisseries, as well as beautiful landscapes for visitors to enjoy.
I’ve been in Salzburg twice. At first with my mother and Luiza still a kid and recently with Mello, my husband. It is possible to enjoy Salzburg in 1 day, visiting the main attractions.
If you are in Vienna and just want to spend the day in Salzburg, you can take a guided tour.
Are you doubtful about what to do in Salzburg Austria? Here I will give you all the tips of the best attractions of Salzburg that so many love and that you can visit in 1 day.
1) WHERE TO STAY – THINGS TO DO IN 1 DAY IN SALZBURG AUSTRIA
In our first visit, we stayed in Salzburg Austria itself. In the second visit, we stayed 1 week in Hallstatt, as our base and it was wonderful.
Do not forget that staying in Hallstatt, you can make day trips to Salzburg, as well as crossing the border with Germany to visit the beautiful KÖNIGSSEE and Berchtesgaden, with the Salzberwerk and the Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest.
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2) FORTRESS HOHENSALZBURG -THINGS TO DO IN 1 DAY IN SALZBURG AUSTRIA
I suggest you to start your visit to Salzburg Austria in 1 day here.
Imposing, dominating the city from the top of the mountain, the Hohensalzburg Fortress is more than 900 years old and was built to protect the archbishops princes, as well as serving as barracks and prison.
The first time I went, I made the most complete visit. In the second, due to overcrowding of tourists, it was more difficult to enjoy. Although we had bought the full ticket, the queues to make the visits were gigantic and would take hours. We gave up and enjoyed other attractions in the city.
To move around the fortress courtyard and enjoy the views, you do not need to buy a ticket. Even buying the most expensive entrance ticket, the access is restricted to the capacity of each location. In other words, if you have limited time to stay, you may not be able to visit everything.
– COGWHEEL TRAIN OR BY FOOT – HOW TO GET TO THE FORTRESS HOHENSALZBURG – THINGS TO DO IN 1 DAY IN SALZBURG AUSTRIA
To optimize your time in Salzburg, use the cogwheel train. Unless you want or need to save the ticket value. There are no more beautiful views than the ones you’ll find up there. I went up and down on foot and by funicular. Not worth wasting time and getting tired. Besides melting down in the hot summer of Austria. The cogwheel trip is super slanting and interesting. Worth the experience by itself.
– AWESOME VIEWS – THINGS TO DO IN 1 DAY IN SALZBURG AUSTRIA
Walk calmly through the fort and discover every corner from where you can have incredible views. This does not cost anything. For me, 2 views are special: The view of the Austrian and German Alps (above) and the view of the city cut by the Salzach River (below).
CURIOSITY – THINGS TO DO IN 1 DAY IN SALZBURG AUSTRIA: The cow! Yes! There is a statue of a cow in one of the fortress’s courtyards. Legend says that the Hohensalzburg Fortress had long been besieged and the inhabitants had only one more cow. Strategically, instead of eating it, they painted the cow! Yes! Every day the cow was painted in different colors and placed in a place where it could be seen by the enemy. They, thinking that there were many supplies in the fortress, gave up the siege and left. The cow became the heroine!
A great idea when visiting the Hohensalzburg Fortress is to sit at the Biergarten and have a delicious beer enjoying the sightseeing.
– PUPPET MUSEUM – THINGS TO DO IN 1 DAY IN SALZBURG AUSTRIA
Luiza, our daughter, loved it. Besides seeing various types and sizes of puppets, you can even handle a few. Fun guaranteed for little ones and adults! Too bad the place is small and cramped because of the amount of people who visit it.
– ROOMS OF THE PRINCE ARCHBISHOP – THINGS TO DO IN 1 DAY IN SALZBURG AUSTRIA
The rooms are richly ornate in wood and gold foil, to demonstrate power. The salamanders to warm the place are magnificent. See the photo above.
– CHAMBER OF TORTURE – THINGS TO DO IN 1 DAY IN SALZBURG AUSTRIA
Well … I can not say that the energy is good in this place. In front of you, will be horrendous instruments like the wheel that stretches the person, breaking his ligaments and joints and the chair where the arms and back are pierced. Horrible. And the church claims they were never used. Yes, for this was a fortress for the protection of the archbishops … Think what suits you.
– FORTRESS MUSEUM – THINGS TO DO IN 1 DAY IN SALZBURG AUSTRIA
Here you will find weapons, armors, an age-old radio station among other things.
Includes all 30 top attractions in the city: Full Fortress entrance, cogwheel, boat ride, Mozart residences, Christmas Museum, Residenz Palace and much more! You choose for 1, 2 or 3 days.
3) DOM – THE CATHEDRAL – THINGS TO DO IN 1 DAY IN SALZBURG AUSTRIA
Descending from the cogwheel, you will already be in front of the Dom. It was being restored in the 02 times that I went to Salzburg Austria. Even so, I can say that I have enjoyed much more other churches throughout Europe. Admission is free. So it really does not hurt to take a peek. It is an option when you are visiting Salzburg Austria in 01 day.
4) RESIDENZ PLATZ – THINGS TO DO IN 1 DAY IN SALZBURG AUSTRIA
The Residenz Platz is opposite the Dom and the Residenz Palace, where the bishops lived in the day to day. The most beautiful of it is the gigantic fountain. I took numerous photos of Luiza in it. She loved the horses.
5) SHOPS AND PLACES TO IT IN THE HISTORIC CENTER – THINGS TO DO IN 1 DAY IN SALZBURG AUSTRIA
The shops are beautiful, with beautiful shop windows. Is it worth buying in Salzburg Austria? When I went with Luiza and my mother, we bought a lot. Prices were great. With Mello, I did not buy anything. It was not worth it.
And to eat? I can say that we ate the best Apfelstrudel with ice cream of our lives at Salzburg Austria. Calmly seated at a table on the sidewalk, we had by company, at the next table, a very elegant lady with her dog. She even took a mat for him to sit on.
6) MIRABELL GARDENS – THINGS TO DO IN 1 DAY IN SALZBURG AUSTRIA
I left the best for last! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful and delightful to wander. Best place to admire the Hohensalzburg Fortress. For me, the best attraction for you to visit in Salzburg Austria in 1 day.
Its name is an Italian word originated from the junction of 02 words: mirabile, which means admirable and bello, which means beautiful. Certainly the Mirabell Gardens deserve the name received.
In 1854 the Emperor Franz Joseph, husband of Sisi the Empress of Austria, opened the doors of Mirabell Gardens to the public. Wise decision. We appreciate it.
The Rose Garden (above) is beautiful, as are the vases, balustrades and flowerbeds that are perfect as motifs of many photographs.
7) RECOMMENDED TOURS – THINGS TO DO IN 1 DAY IN SALZBURG AUSTRIA
If you don’t want to drive, stay in Salzburg for some days and enjoy the following tours:
I did it twice, and loved it! You can have a boat tour in an underground lake!
See details of this beautiful region reading the MOST BEAUTIFUL LAKES OF SALKAMMERGUT.
We didn’t visit this ice cave. We went to another one close by. See the details of the Eishole at Obertraun in our post of BEST THINGS TO DO IN HALLSTATT – A DREAM DESTINATION
Another place that I loved to visit. Spectacular history and landscapes.
This tour stops at KONIGSSEE (but doesn’t include the boat tour) and at Berchtesgaden. Read our post KONIGSSEE LAKE AND OBERSEE LAKE GERMANY to have an idea of what you can see there.
Includes places where the Sound of Music film was produced in both Salzburg and Salzkammergut.
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