Set against the backdrop of the Alps, Salzburg is a scenic hotpot which makes for a thoroughly enjoyable city break. Birthplace of Mozart and setting for The Sound of Music, it’s a city of culture, romance and drama. Luxury Salzburg holidays promise fine cuisine, 5-star hotels, and an atmosphere of old-world opulence.
Bordered by open plains to the north and dramatic alpine peaks to the south, Salzburg is an urban oasis in a region of wild beauty. At its heart, straddling the Salzach river, is the Altstadt (the Old Town) which is home to the city’s most historic buildings.
On the west banks you can visit the Salzburg Museum, marvel at Salzburg Cathedral and explore the formidable hilltop Fortress Hohensalzburg. On the east bank, you can wander through the beautiful gardens of the Mirabell Palace and take a stroll down the Linzergasse, a famous thoroughfare lined with boutiques, chic restaurants and luxury hotels.
For classical music fans, a tour of the city’s key Mozart sites is a must. Visit his birthplace, now a museum detailing his early years, the Mozart-Wohnhaus, a former residence of the Mozarts, and Mozartplatz, which houses a statue of the man himself.
Outside of the historic centre, Salzburg offers plenty of attractions. Kapuzinerberg, a tree-studded mountain lying along the eastern banks of the Salzach, is the ideal place for a scenic hike. Head south and you can spend a day exploring the 17th-century Hellbrunn Palace, which is famous for its spectacular fountains and being a filming site for The Sound of Music.
Salzburg is a city that sparkles year-round. In March and April, you can trawl the Easter markets and enjoy the spectacle of the flowers blooming in the public gardens and on the hillside meadows.
In the summer – when temperatures can break into the mid-twenties – you can attend the Salzburg Festival, listening to live music and theatre in a number of venues around the city. For a beautiful winter setting, travel between December and March when you’re guaranteed the best snow.
Salzburg’s 5-star hotels are the ideal place to enjoy exceptional culinary experiences. Menus here serve up perfectly executed Austrian staples and modern dishes from around the globe, which can be enjoyed in plush hotels across the city.
Enjoy traditional dishes such as kasnocken (pasta dumplings with cheese and onion), or sweet treats like Mozartkugel (marzipan chocolates named for the composer) and a dessert soufflé known as Salzburger Nockerl.