The Mozart Festival city of Salzburg is a favourite day trip, and is only one hour’s drive away, really very convenient. The beautiful old part of the city is perfect for window shopping, and there is a wide range of cultural highlights on offer and shopping opportunities to suit every budget.
Museums, cafes, and a host of tourist attractions
A walk through the old part of the city offers plenty of variety, with the cathedral, Mozart’s birthplace, the “Getreidegasse” shopping street, the “Haus der Natur” museum, the Mönchsberg museum, and the Hohensalzburg Fortress. Walks on the Mönchsberg and the Kapuzinerberg are highly recommended, giving you the most beautiful views over the historic city.
Of course, a visit to a café should be included in the day’s programme. Traditional places to do this would be enjoying a melange in the Cafè Fürst and at the Tomaselli am Alten Markt, or more “hip” (with the best chocolate cake around) just around the corner 220 GRAD in the Chiemseegasse. We would recommend the Afro Cafe on the Bürgerspitalplatz if you are after a coffeehouse visit that is a little different, right at the start of the Getreidegasse.
A zoo, a palace, and sooo much water
A visit to Schloss Hellbrunn with its trick fountains is always popular, especially for younger visitors. Archbishop Markus Sittikus was responsible for this estate about 400 years ago, and created it to entertainment his guests. To this day guests from all over the world come to enjoy the "best Italian water park of the 17th century" (May Woods).
Just around the corner from this is the Hellbrunn zoo, with 140 different species of animals from all over the world. Salzburg zoo is not only open in summer, but in winter too.
Of course, the capital of the province of Salzburg has plenty of shopping to offer. There are the exclusive shops in the Getreidegasse, souvenir shops in the old part of the city, the Europark Shopping Centre a little outside the city, or the popular Designer-Outlet. It is very rare that visitors to the city of Salzburg return empty-handed.