Best Things To Do In Salzburg, Austria
This is a guide to all the best things to do in Salzburg Austria, PLUS where to find the original Sound of Music film locations so you can take your own FREE Self-Guided Sound Of Music Tour in Salzburg! We visited Salzburg on a Danube River Cruise with Gate 1 Travel.
Salzburg is the birthplace of Mozart and where The Sound of Music was filmed. Keep reading below to see where to find The Sound of Music film locations in Salzburg.
I’ll also show you all the other best things to do in Salzburg, including where Mozart was born, where he grew up, and even his favorite cafe where he would hang out every afternoon!
Mirabell Gardens and the Pegasus Fountain
This is where Maria and the children sing “Do-Re-Mi“!
In the background you can also see the sign for the Hotel Bristol, where Christopher Plummer stayed during the filming of The Sound of Music.
After visiting the gardens, cross the river into Old Town Salzburg. Be sure to look up at the Salzburg Fortress on the way!
Love Lock Bridge
The bridge across the river is quickly becoming a Love Lock bridge. You can leave a lock where Maria and Captain Von Trapp fell in love.
St. Peter Stiftskeller
One of the most interesting things to do in Salzburg is have lunch at the oldest restaurant in Europe. The restaurant opened in 803, over twelve hundred years ago!
Definitely save room for Salzburg’s most famous dessert, the Salzburger Nockerl. It tastes like cake batter!! It was so good!!
St. Peter’s Cemetery
The next stop on your self-guided Sound of Music tour in Salzburg Austria is St. Peter’s Cemetery. This is where the the Von Trapp family hid from Nazis in The Sound of Music.
Here are the iron “cages” like the one where the Von Trapp family hid. The scenes were actually filmed on a sound stage in Hollywood, but were built to replicate these gated crypts in Salzburg Austria.
St. Peter’s Cemetery and the catacombs are some of the oldest in the world.
This is one of the most beautiful and peaceful spots in Salzburg Austria. The cemetery dates back to the 700s. The oldest tombstone is from 1288.
St. Peter’s Bakery
St. Peter’s Bakery is the oldest bakery in Salzburg. It’s been operating for over 700 years. They bake all the bread in wood fired ovens.
We tried a warm brioche bun that we watched them pull fresh from the oven. It was probably the best bread I have ever had!
Here’s another stop on our Sound of Music tour in Salzburg Austria! Maria rides through Residenz Square in the bus on her way to the Von Trapp mansion for the first time. She also splashes in Residenz Fountain singing “I have confidence in me”.
Plaza de Mozart
In Salzburg Austria you can also see many locations significant to Mozart.
Read More: Best Things To Do In Vienna Austria
The Birthplace of Mozart
This yellow building is where Mozart was born in Salzburg Austria. The Mozart family lived on the third floor in the mid-1700s. Mozart was born here on January 27, 1756.
This cafe in Salzburg Austria was Mozart’s favorite hangout. He had coffee here everyday!
Smallest House In Salzburg Austria
Right next door to the cafe is the smallest house in Salzburg. It is only 4.7 feet wide!!
Also nearby is Cafe Fürst, home of the world famous Salzburg Mozartkugel. The Mozartkugel is a chocolate truffle created by Paul Fürst in 1890. The truffle was an instant hit was duplicated all over Europe, but only the original chocolate truffles made here in this shop can be called the “Original Salzburg Mozartkugel”.
To this day, the cafe still creates each Mozartkugel by hand using the original recipe and are sold exclusively in their shops in Salzburg. Only the true Mozartkugels can be packaged in silver and blue foil. The knockoffs are packaged in red and gold and can be found all over Austria and Germany.
Old Town Hall
Old Town Salzburg is world-renowned for baroque architecture, and is also one of the best-preserved city centers north of the Alps.
The shops in Old Town were gorgeous!
I bought a hand-blown, hand-painted glass ornament for our Christmas tree here.
This is the famous pedestrian shopping street in Salzburg Austria.
Kirche St. Blasius
At the end of the Getreidegasse is Kirche St. Blasius, built in 1330.
Hotel Sacher Cafe
Another one of the best things to do in Salzburg Austria is visit the Hotel Sacher Cafe for their famous Sacher Torte.
What made our visit to Salzburg even more special is that Julie Andrews was IN Salzburg the same day we were there! She was filming a Sound of Music special for the 50th anniversary of the movie. She was staying at the Hotel Sacher, the same hotel where she stayed 50 years ago when they filmed the movie.
We didn’t see her, but her security was everywhere! I feel like we could’ve totally seen her if we waited around a bit longer. Surprisingly there were no crowds or paparazzi anywhere!
That evening we sailed out of Austria and woke up the next morning in Germany.