What is more satisfying than checking off to-do lists? Checklists aren’t just for everyday work, they can also be useful when visiting destinations. Salzburg’s sights contain a lot of insider tips – it would be a pity not to discover them all and check them off of your virtual bucket list.
Bucket List for Salzburg
For a few years now, the DomQuartier in Salzburg has made it possible to explore previously closed rooms. A new tour leads through many passages that were inaccessible for centuries. In the former center of the archiepiscopal power in the middle of the Salzburg old town, church- and art history as well as architecture are impressively presented. A special highlight are the 15 state rooms of the Residenz palace, where opulent ceiling stucco work and valuable interiors are exhibited. The collection of the Museum of St. Peter includes 40,000 exhibits, a small part of which can be seen on the tour.
Residenzplatz 1/Domplatz 1a, A-5020 Salzburg
As incredible as it may seem, 400 years have passed since the Dürrnberg welcomed guests for the very first time. Can you imagine what they might have seen before their eyes, deep below ground, when mining was in its heyday? Nowadays, a visit to Salzwelten Salzburg is certainly a lot more pleasant than it was then – though no less adventurous. Where else, after all, do you have the opportunity to take a ride into the mountain on an authentic mine train? And that’s far from all. The path taken by visitors through the millennia-old tunnels also leads down slides and across a subterranean lake. Along the way, you will learn all about the significance of salt in the history of the province. Not surprising, really, when you consider that white gold, salt (“Salz” in German) is even part of Salzburg’s name.
Ramsaustraße 3, A-5422 Bad Dürrnberg
The Hohensalzburg Fortress is probably the best known landmark in Salzburg. The castle from the Middle Ages is one of the largest of its kind in Europe and is also very well preserved. The more than 900-year-old fortification sits high on the fortress mountain southwest of the old town of Salzburg. In the courtyard you’ll already feel as if you’ve been transported back a few centuries and at the latest you’ll feel that way during a guided tour, in which the history contained in the thick walls and irregularly shaped rooms is brought to life. The Fortress Museum also provides an insight into the history of the architecture and life in the castle. With some courage, a visit to the torture chamber is also worthwhile – goosebumps are guaranteed!
Mönchsberg 34, A-5020 Salzburg
Hellbrunn Palace was planned and built in the early 17th century. Under the supervision of Prince Archbishop Markus Sittikus a pleasure palace was created – an area that invited one to celebrate, enjoy and relax. A special highlight of the Hellbrunn Palace Park are the famous trick fountains. These work just as they did 400 years ago. When it’s least expected water from all of the nozzles and fountains spray and surprise visitors with a refreshing shower. Don’t worry – the water pressure is kept within limits and only causes a delighted outcry from you or someone else.
Fürstenweg 37, A-5020 Salzburg
About 15 kilometers from the city of Salzburg, in the municipality of Grossgmain, is the lovely Salzburg Open Air Museum. On a total of 50 hectares of museum area, old buildings from the province of Salzburg have been collected, reconstructed and furnished. The way of life and the living conditions between the 16th and 20th centuries are preserved and presented in the open-air museum. The area is divided into the five regions of the province of Salzburg and is home to over 100 buildings from the fields of agriculture, crafts, trades and industry, which are just waiting for a visit.
Hasenweg 1, A-5084 Großgmain
The Hohenwerfen Fortress flies high in the truest sense of the word. Atop the 155 meter high rocky prominence stretches the castle complex, which in the late Middle Ages served mainly as a defensive fortification. In addition to exciting adventure tours for the whole family, in which the armory, the castle chapel, the state room and the bell tower are placed under the magnifying glass, the birds of prey demonstrations are a special highlight. At the shows, falcons, vultures, kites and other birds of prey present their impressive flying skills. At the birds of prey show and at the falcon show you can look deeply into the eyes of the animals and become spellbound.
Burgstraße 2, A-5450 Werfen
Fascinating and gigantic ice forms and imposing ice sculptures await visitors inside the Eisriesenwelt in Werfen. The entire cave system extends over 40 kilometers in length and is like a cave labyrinth. The Eisriesenwelt is not called “the largest ice cave on earth” in vain. Guides lead groups through the ice palaces and monumental formations between May and October. Do not forget to wear sturdy shoes and warm clothing during the trip to the ice kingdom!
Eishohlenstrasse 30, A-5450 Werfen
Would you like to travel back in time to the 15th century? Then come to Mauterndorf Castle, where the everyday work life in the Middle Ages is experienced first hand. On an adventure tour through the castle exhibition, the area can be individually explored by means of an audio guide. For the little ones there is even a special children’s version, as well as a specially designed knight’s playground. Especially fun is a visit to the wardrobe, where you can dress up in medieval clothing. Other interesting places are the rock cellar, the 700-year-old defense tower, the castle tavern and the Lungau Regional Museum.
Markt 27, A-5570 Mauterndorf
The Krimml Worlds of Water are located directly at the entrance to the Krimml waterfalls. Here everything revolves around the elixir of life, water, which is impressively and entertainingly presented. The innovative area houses a water theme park including an outdoor area for children to play in and the “Aquaszenarium” projection show. Incidentally, the Krimml Waterfalls are the highest falls in Europe and the water plummets down from a height of 380 meters. You’ll have great views in the course of a 1.5-hour hike or on the panorama terrace of the Worlds of Water, where the water masses can be listened to while enjoying a cup of coffee.
Oberkrimml 45, A-5743 Krimml
The Kaprun high mountain reservoirs are an impressive experience for the whole family. Between high mountains and alpine meadows they are set like fjords in the middle of the glacier world of the High Tauern mountains. At over 2,000 meters above sea level, electricity is generated and there is an opportunity to visit this “wonder of technology”. This includes entering the dam wall, which can be visited from the inside. Inside the huge structure a lot of interesting information about its construction, operation and maintenance is provided. In the Electricity Adventure World you will also learn a lot about the interplay of glacier, power plant construction and power generation.
Kassa: Kesselfallstraße 98, A-5710 Kaprun
The Grossglockner High Alpine Road connects the two Austrian provinces of Salzburg and Carinthia. It runs from Bruck an der Großglocknerstraße over the mountain passes Fuscher Törl and Hochtor. Stops can be made at the two branches to the Edelweiss peak and Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe. The Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe is the most popular stop. From there, a hiking trail leads to the Gamsgrube, where you can relax in nature. With a little luck, even rare ibexes and chamois can be seen in the wild!
Taxenbacher Fusch 96
A-5672 Fusch a.d. Großglocknerstraße