Old Town Salzburg Walking Tour (Includes Viewpoints) + Map

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Crafting a self-guided walking tour of Old Town Salzburg, in a way, is not a huge task, not just because we have these handy travel apps, but also because Old Town Salzburg is naturally compact and easy to navigate.

The historical landmarks, notable architectural attractions, and even the viewpoints are all within walking distance from each other. Plus, the Hohensalzburg Fortress, sitting atop Festungsberg, is mostly visible from the streets, serving as a handy reference point as you navigate the city.

However, travelers often aren’t aware of all the notable attractions in Salzburg. They tend to spend more time walking and see less than they could. Even worse, they sometimes miss out on incredible views that are just a quick detour from the streets they’re currently exploring. As I put myself in the shoes of future travelers who might make the same mistakes, I can’t help but feel a sense of regret. So, to help them (which I think might include you) make the most of their visit, I’ve created this self-guided walking tour of Old Town Salzburg.

Most importantly, if you’re looking to discover as many beautiful sights in Salzburg as possible, including picture-perfect scenery, while simply walking, this guide is for you. Exploring Salzburg on foot can take anywhere from half a day to a full day. So, these walking tours can be easily incorporated into your plans, whether you’re visiting Salzburg for just one day, staying for two days, or planning a 3-day getaway. Even if you’re taking a day trip to Salzburg from Vienna, these plans should fit perfectly.

Actually, I’ve put together three self-guided walking tours, each with a map to visually guide you through the city’s attractions and viewpoints.

Summary

The walking tours I’m going to share with you will focus on the top sights in Old Town Salzburg, as well as the scenic spots located on the mountains that are accessible from the historic center. In summary, these attractions include: Mirabell Palace, Mozart’s Birthplace along Getreidegasse (one of the most beautiful places in Salzburg), Salzburg Cathedral, Hohensalzburg Fortress, Nonnberg Abbey, scenic spots and tourist attractions in Mönchsberg, and viewpoints and hiking trails in Kapuzinerberg.

Here’s a tip: To truly appreciate Salzburg, I recommend watching the classic movie, The Sound of Music. It’s a beautiful film, which has several filming locations in Salzburg, with a meaningful message that you’re sure to love.

Let’s quickly go over each of the attractions mentioned… (click here to proceed to the maps — skip the summary)

If you’re arriving in Salzburg via the central train station, the first highlight of the Old Town that you can visit is Mirabell Palace. Dating back to the early 17th century, this palace is one of the oldest landmarks in Salzburg and is renowned for its stunning architecture and beautifully designed gardens.

Mirabell garden, one of the most beautiful places in Salzburg, Austria
Mirabell garden

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While every corner of Mirabell Palace exudes charm, it’s perhaps best known as a filming location for the classic movie, The Sound of Music. Fans of the film will feel a sense of nostalgia as they explore the palace’s gardens and take in its beauty. If you like stunning architecture, you may come inside the palace and see the Marble Hall.  Don’t miss it — there’s a reason why it’s one of the most sought after wedding venues in Austria. 

Quick information:

  • Entry: Free
  • Duration: 30 minutes to 1 hour
  • Opening Hours: 6:00 am until dusk (varies per day or season) 
The birthplace of Mozart located along the beautiful Getreidegasse in Salzburg, Austria
The birthplace of Mozart located along the beautiful Getreidegasse in Salzburg

Some streets in Salzburg are truly special, like Getreidegasse, which is also a highly rated shopping district in Old Town Salzburg. As someone who loves old-world architecture, this part of the city really caught my attention as I explored it. With its fancy and elaborate wrought iron guild signs hanging above you as you stroll through Getreidegasse, you’re sure to find this street fascinating too.

While the iron guild signs are certainly interesting, don’t forget to look sideways as you walk down the street. You’ll find passageways leading to picturesque courtyards and traditional shops. If you’re interested in experiencing the spellbinding beauty of Salzburg, check out the Seven Beautiful Things That I Discovered in Salzburg.

Salzburg is a city with a rich heritage, and music plays a significant role in its culture. And simply, a visit to Salzburg wouldn’t be complete without experiencing its musical heritage, which centers around Mozart. That’s why you’ll find Mozart-themed concerts at various locations throughout Salzburg, with the Mirabell Palace and Hohensalzburg Fortress being among the most famous venues. However, there’s no better place in Salzburg to gain insight into Mozart and the city’s musical heritage than at Mozart’s Birthplace.

Musical instruments of Mozart in the exhibits of Mozart's birthplace, Salzburg, Austria
Musical instruments of Mozart

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This three-story museum, located along Getreidegasse, preserves the most important details of Mozart’s life. By visiting Mozart’s Birthplace, you’ll learn about his career, personal life, and how he took risks to pursue his passion for music. For me, visiting Mozart’s birthplace can be inspiring, especially if you have a big dream that you want to achieve.

Quick information:

  • Entry: 12 EUR
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Opening hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (longer during peak season)
View of Salzburg Cathedral’s longhouse from the entrance area, Salzburg, Austria
View of Salzburg Cathedral’s longhouse from the entrance area

Salzburg Cathedral is the religious heart of the city and an architectural highlight that will take your breath away. While Salzburg Cathedral may seem similar to other famous churches in Europe, especially if you’ve visited other major cities on the continent, this 17th-century Baroque church has uniqueness you still would love to see.

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This church boasts some of the most stunning ceilings of any church north of the Alps, making it a must-see during your visit to Salzburg. Its stuccoes are truly unique, thanks to their gray outlines that create a deeper sense of dimension. The artwork inside its crypt, called Vanitas, is also one-of-a-kind. It may look creepy at first glance, but it’s actually meant to encourage us to reflect on our limited time in this world and how we can make the most of it.

Quick information:

  • Entry: 5 EUR
  • Duration: 1 hour (not more than 2)
  • Opening Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (longer during peak season)

To me, Hohensalzburg Fortress is the ultimate destination in Salzburg’s Old Town. Perched high atop Festungsberg at an elevation of 506 meters, this 11th-century fortress dominates the city’s skyline. Not only is it an important historical and visual landmark in Salzburg, but it also offers a wealth of discoveries. From the history of Salzburg to scenic views, and from medieval weapons to marionettes, there’s so much to learn and discover at Hohensalzburg Fortress.

Different things to see and discover in Hohensalzburg Fortress in Salzburg, Austria
Different things to see and discover in Hohensalzburg Fortress

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During your visit, you can even discover a medieval alarm system that creates a sound similar to a bull. And as you explore its princely chambers, you’ll surely marvel at the architecture. Don’t miss the library door and the golden stove inside these chambers — they’re like something straight out of Narnia and are truly the little gems of Salzburg. 

Quick information: 

  • Entry: 10.80 EUR (starting price)
  • Duration: 1-2 hours (basic ticket) or 3-4 hours (full experience)
  • Opening Hours: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm (earlier or longer during peak season)
  • Getting there: by foot or funicular (depends on the tickets)
The entrance and the Sound of Music's filming location in Nonnberg Abbey, Salzburg, Austria
The entrance and the Sound of Music’s filming location in Nonnberg Abbey

After visiting Hohensalzburg Fortress, why not make a quick detour to Nonnberg Abbey? Located on Festungsberg beside the fortress, this off-the-beaten-path destination in Salzburg is a great place to find some peace and quiet. The church and cemetery are free to visit, and as you wander around the abbey, you’ll discover little gems that are sure to pique your interest.

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Two highlights that I think are worth seeing are the beautiful wrought iron grave markers and the 12th-century Romanesque frescoes. And if you’re on a quest to see all the filming locations of the Sound of Music movie in Salzburg, be sure not to miss Nonnberg Abbey!

Quick information:

  • Entry: Free
  • Duration: less than an hour
  • Opening Hours: 6:30 am until nightfall

The mountain beside Festungsberg, where Hohensalzburg Fortress and Nonnberg Abbey are located, is called Mönchsberg. It is approximately 500 meters high and offers some of the best vantage points for views of the Alps and Salzburg’s Old Town. If you enjoy watching the sunset when you visit Salzburg, Humboldt Terrace and the M32 restaurant, located on top of Mönchsberg, are the places to be.

Sunrise view of Old Town Salzburg from Humboldt Terrace in Monchsberg, Salzburg, Austria
Sunrise view of Old Town Salzburg from Humboldt Terrace in Monchsberg

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I have to mention that the view from Humboldt Terrace is particularly unique and absolutely picture-perfect: it offers a view of Salzburg’s Old Town from its northern tip. The vantage points aren’t the only interesting places to visit on Mönchsberg, though. There are also attractions like the Museum der Moderne, Saint Peter’s Catacombs, and a couple more historic landmarks on its foothills.

Mönchsberg can be accessed from different parts, but the most convenient way is through the elevator near the western end of Getreidegasse. If you’re coming from Hohensalzburg Fortress, you can simply hike to reach Mönchsberg.

A beautiful vantage point of Old Town Salzburg along Lodronsche defensive walls in Kapuzinerberg, Salzburg, Austria
A beautiful vantage point of Old Town Salzburg along Lodronsche defensive walls in Kapuzinerberg

If you have plenty of time to spend in Salzburg, you can also include the vantage points of Old Town Salzburg in Kapuzinerberg to your walking tour. Kapuzinerberg is another mountain in the historic center of Salzburg, neighboring the Old Town. It is accessed through the pathways and stairs located in Old Town Salzburg, so it’s really easy to visit Kapuzinerberg during your walking tour.

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Aside from nature, it’s the magical view of Old Town Salzburg and Hohensalzburg Fortress which can be so convincing about Kapuzinerberg. The vantage points in Kapuzinerberg are also the walls and bastions of the city’s fortification from the medieval ages. So, going here means another time-transporting experience in Salzburg, too.

If you like, you can hike along the trail that goes along the walls. It goes straight up to Franziskischlössl, which is the little fortress on top of Kapuzinerberg. While it is only a small fortress, it also has a viewpoint which will give you an overlooking view of Salzburg’s northern areas.

Map of the Old Town’s Landmarks & Attractions

Now that you know what to expect from this self-guided walking tour of Salzburg Old Town, let’s take a closer look at where the highlights are located.

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Map Location, Old Town Salzburg’s Highlights, Salzburg, Austria
Map Location, Old Town Salzburg’s Highlights: (A) Mirabell Palace (B) Getreidegasse & Mozart’s Birthplace (C) Salzburg Cathedral (D) Hohensalzburg Fortress (E) Nonnberg Abbey
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Old Town Salzburg has five must-see attractions: Mirabell Palace, Getreidegasse, Mozart’s Birthplace, Salzburg Cathedral, and Hohensalzburg Fortress. These popular spots showcase the city’s unique character and treasures. While Nonnberg Abbey isn’t considered a highlight, it’s worth a visit since it’s just a stone’s throw away from the fortress.

Map of the Old Town’s Scenic Spots

In addition to the highlights, specifically, there are seven scenic viewpoints you can visit on your walking tour of Old Town Salzburg.

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Map Location, Old Town Salzburg’s Scenic Spots, Salzburg, Austria
Map Location, Old Town Salzburg’s Scenic Spots: (A) Müllnersteg (B) Humboldt Terrace (C) Museum der Moderne (D) Richterhöhe (E) Elisabethkai (F) Hettwer Bastion (G) Franziskischlössl
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Three are located in Mönchsberg, two along the Salzach River, and two more in Kapuzinerberg. The viewpoints facing Old Town Salzburg are especially worth visiting to watch the sunrise or sunset over the city. But don’t worry, they’re just as stunning during midday. The panoramic views make them a great stop on your walking tour.

Walking Tour Route Maps

Now, here are the three maps that feature different walking routes in Old Town Salzburg, designed to cater to different preferences. Note: You can find the technical details of the route (length, minimum total walking time, elevation gain, and more) in the resources section of this post.

Map #1 “Must-Visit Attractions” in Old Town Salzburg

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Map with a Route to the “Must-Visit Attractions” in Old Town Salzburg, Austria
Map with a Route to the “Must-Visit Attractions” in Old Town Salzburg
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Details: Map #1 “Must-Visit Attractions” in Old Town Salzburg

Technical details:

  • Approximate overall travel distance (including funicular and elevator): 5 kilometers 
  • Approximate walking time (from one attraction to another): 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Elevation gain/loss: 150 meters

Please note that the metrics above do not include the time and distance you will spend at each tourist attraction.

Summary (and Tips):

On this walking tour of Old Town Salzburg, I not only emphasized the must-visit places of interest in Salzburg, but also included some nice-to-see spots in the city between them. We begin the tour at Mirabell Palace and end it at Nonnberg Abbey, which is located in Festungsberg. In between, you’ll visit these places in order: Hettwer Bastei, Mozart’s Birthplace, Getreidegasse, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg Cathedral, and Hohensalzburg Fortress.

Remember, if you are from other parts of Salzburg, you can quickly start this walking journey by taking a bus to Mirabellplatz or Andräkirche Salzburg (church) bus stations. (Mirabell Palace and Andräkirche Salzburg are only a street apart). For example, if you are currently at Salzburg train station, you can hop on buses #1, #3, #5, #6, or #25 and be at Mirabellplatz or Andräkirche Salzburg in around 5 minutes.

When you visit Mirabell Palace, explore it from north to south. For example, see the palace first, then the small parterre, and finally the grand parterre. Exit Mirabell Palace through its southern gate near the palace’s grand parterre. This way, you will be closer to Kapuzinerberg, where you can find your next destination — Hettwer Bastion which is a scenic spot.

Since the bastion is elevated, you can expect to walk uphill to reach it. On your way up, take the Stefan-Zweig-Weg (path) because it is not as steep as Imbergstiege, which is mostly stairs. On your way down, take Imbergstiege (staircase) for a different experience. Remember to read my article about Kapuzinerberg to learn exactly how to reach Hettwer Bastion.

After the bastion, cross the Salzach River to get to your next destination, Getreidegasse and Mozart’s Birthplace. For a better experience, cross the river via Marko-Feingold-Steg. The bridge is a romantic spot with lovers’ locks attached to its railings and a beautiful view of Hohensalzburg Fortress. After crossing the bridge, enter Getreidegasse from either Rathausplatz or Hagenauerplatz; if you choose Hagenauerplatz, you’ll immediately see Mozart’s Birthplace.

After Getreidegasse, your next stop is the viewpoint in front of Museum der Moderne.  Remember that M32 Restaurant is just beside Museum der Moderne. If you feel hungry, take advantage of the scenic dining opportunity from its alfresco seating. The viewpoint, museum, and restaurant can be easily accessed via the Mönchsberg elevator near the western end of Getreidegasse.

You can return to Old Town Salzburg using the elevator to get to Salzburg Cathedral, which is your next destination. However, I recommend taking a quick hike instead so you can discover a few time-transporting medieval fortifications along the way.

From Museum der Moderne, hike south towards Hohensalzburg Fortress. Choose the trail that always has a view of Old Town Salzburg to reach Clemens-Holzmeister-Stiege stairs. This is the staircase you will see after Stefan Zweig Zentrum, which will lead you to another Museum der Moderne and Franziskanerkirche, both of which are just a few steps away from Salzburg Cathedral.

After visiting the cathedral, proceed to Hohensalzburg Fortress; depending on your preference, you can take the funicular or walk.

The last part of your walking tour is Nonnberg Abbey, linked to Hohensalzburg Fortress via a pathway at Festungsberg’s hillsides.

Overall, this walking tour can take half a day or a whole day if you want to fully experience Old Town Salzburg’s highlights.

Map #2 Old Town Salzburg Complete Route

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Map with a Complete Route to the Highlights and Scenic Spots in Old Town Salzburg, Austria
Map with a Complete Route to the Highlights and Scenic Spots in Old Town
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Details: Map #2: Old Town Salzburg Complete Route

Technical details:

  • Approximate overall travel distance (including funicular and elevator): 11.2 kilometers 
  • Approximate walking time (from one attraction to another): 3 hours and 30 minutes
  • Elevation gain/loss: 350 meters

Please note that the metrics above do not include the time and distance you will spend at each tourist attraction.

Summary (and Tips):

Since this walking tour visits the Old Town Salzburg, Festungsberg, Mönchsberg, and Kapuzinerberg, you can also consider it an exploration of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the historic center of the city of Salzburg – core zone.

This walking tour is a round trip, starting at Mirabell Palace and ending at Hettwer Bastion. It also is divided into two parts: the Old Town Salzburg trail and the mountain or scenic spot trail. Depending on your preferences, you can hike either trail or both. If you want to explore the entire core zone of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the historic center of the city of Salzburg, it is recommended to start your journey early in the morning. 

This walking tour can take you the whole day to complete, including the time you will spend at each stop and walking between them. As reference to when you shall start your walking tour at Mirabell Palace, you must be in Getreidegasse a few minutes before the opening hours of Mozart’s Birthplace. If you think you can’t finish it, you can simply disregard the hike in Kapuzinerberg. The important thing is that you will be at Hettwer Bastion for the sunset.

Alright! Without any further ado, let’s get into the details of the sequence of this walking tour.

We start this Old Town Salzburg walking tour in Mirabell Palace. If you’re coming from far away, you can save time and energy by taking a bus to either Mirabellplatz or Andräkirche Salzburg. These are the closest bus stops to the northern gate of Mirabell Garden, which is the perfect starting point for exploring Mirabell Palace on this walking tour. If you’re at the Salzburg train station, just hop on bus #1, #3, #5, #6, or #25 and you’ll be at Mirabellplatz or Andräkirche Salzburg in about 5 minutes.

After visiting Mirabell Palace, we’ll head straight to the other side of Old Town Salzburg, across the River Salzach. Our next destination is Getreidegasse and Mozart’s Birthplace. For the best walking experience, cross the river using the romantic Marko-Feingold-Steg bridge. The view of Old Town and Hohensalzburg Fortress, along with the hundreds of lovers’ padlocks attached to the railings, will give you a truly romantic vibe.

Once you’ve crossed the river, enter Getreidegasse through either Rathausplatz or Hagenauerplatz. If you choose Hagenauerplatz, you’ll immediately see Mozart’s Birthplace.

Salzburg Cathedral is the next destination.  From the western end of Getreidegasse, turn left towards Hohensalzburg Fortress. You’ll pass by Pferdeschwemme (the horse pond), Siegmundstor, Wilder Mann Brunnen, and Franziskaner Kirche before arriving at Domplatz, where the entrance to Salzburg Cathedral is located.

After exploring the cathedral, it’s time to visit Hohensalzburg Fortress. You can get there by funicular or on foot, depending on the type of ticket you buy. Since this walking tour is quite long, I recommend taking the funicular to save energy.

Next to the fortress, on Festungsberg, is Nonnberg Abbey. You might want to stop by for a quick rest in a peaceful and tranquil setting. It’ll all be hiking and scenic spots after exploring Nonnberg Abbey or Hohensalzburg fortress. 

Here are the highlights of the hike:

  1. Richterhöhe — best views of the Alps from Mönchsberg.
  2. Museum der Moderne — Still located in Mönchsberg. It offers overlooking view of Old Town Salzburg. You can also see modern art inside. Or, you can try dining with a view in the M32 restaurant beside the museum.
  3. Humboldt Terrace — The place where you can see the entire Old Town Salzburg facing just one direction. Last viewpoint to visit in Mönchsberg.
  4. Müllnersteg — Across River Salzach. It’s the bridge which has a view of Salzburg similar to Mont Saint Michel in france.
  5. Elisabethkai — Beside River Salzach. The water promenade with a romantic view of Salzburg Old Town. You may rest here for a while (have a picnic) during the hike.
  6. Hettwer Bastion — Located in Kapuzinerberg. Picture-perfect overlooking view of Old Town Salzburg with a closer look to Hohensalzburg Fortress.
  7. Franziskischlössl — The fortress on top of Kapuzinerberg offering a view of northern Salzburg towards Munich.

Remember, there are two ways to access Kapuzinerberg from Old Town Salzburg: Stefan-Zweig-Weg and Imbergstiege. While I indicated that Imbergstiege is the route to Hettwer Bastion on the map, Stefan-Zweig-Weg is a more gradual climb if you prefer a less steep ascent.

Map #3 Old Town Salzburg Shorter Route

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Map with a Shorter Route to the Highlights and Scenic Spots in Old Town Salzburg, Austria
Map with a Shorter Route to the Highlights and Scenic Spots in Old Town Salzburg
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Map #3 Old Town Salzburg Shorter Route

Technical details:

  • Approximate overall travel distance (including funicular and elevator): 8 kilometers 
  • Approximate walking time (from one attraction to another): 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Elevation gain/loss: 250 meters

Please note that the metrics above do not include the time and distance you will spend at each tourist attraction.

Summary (and Tips):

In this Old Town Salzburg walking tour, we aim to see the highlights of Old Town Salzburg and take a short hike in Mönchsberg. The hike is to see the beautiful views of Salzburg and the Alps, which are a must-see when visiting Salzburg.

For this walking tour, your first destination is Hettwer Bastion. Since the view from the bastion is stunning during sunrise or sunset, I encourage you to start this walking tour a few minutes before sunrise. The last stop, on the other hand, is Richterhöhe in Mönchsberg. It’s another viewpoint, but instead of the city, you’ll see the Alps from here. You might want to bring some afternoon snacks for a lovely picnic at Richterhöhe.

The jump-off location is at the Makartplatz bus stop. If you are coming from other parts of Salzburg, take the bus to save time and effort. For example, if you are coming from the train station, take bus #1, #2, #3, #5, #6, or #25 and you will arrive at Makartplatz in a few minutes.

From Makartplatz, Hettwer Bastion would only be just a 10 to 15 minute short hike. For a different experience, take Stefan-Zweig-Weg up to the bastion and Imbergstiege stairs back to the Old Town Salzburg.  Stefan-Zweig-Weg offers a more gradual climb to the viewpoint so it’s preferable to use it when going to the bastion.

Your next destination is Salzburg Cathedral, located on the other side of the Salzach River. To get there, walk along Steingasse and cross the river using Mozartsteg. You’ll enjoy the walk because Steingasse is one of the oldest streets in Salzburg, with a cobblestone pathway that will transport you back to the time when Salzburg was still the Roman city of Juvavum. And Mozartsteg is a picturesque bridge with a view of Hohensalzburg Fortress.

After visiting Salzburg Cathedral, proceed to Hohensalzburg Fortress. You can get there by funicular or on foot, depending on the type of ticket you book. If you’re a fan of the Sound of Music movie or enjoy taking a moment of silence to contemplate or introspect during your travels, you might want to stop by Nonnberg Abbey located beside Hohensalzburg Fortress.

After visiting the attractions in Festungsberg, we’ll proceed to Getreidegasse.You can choose to walk back to the area near Salzburg Cathedral to reach Getreidegasse, but I suggest taking a little hike instead, between Festungsberg and Mönchsberg, for a different experience.

To exit Festungsberg or Hohensalzburg Fortress, head towards the Schartentor gate tower located to the west of the fortress. You’ll see this gate tower after passing under the funicular rail that links the fortress to Old Town Salzburg.

Before you reach Roter Turm (the tower) in Mönchsberg, you’ll find a path to your right midway between the towers. Turn onto it and after walking for a few minutes, you’ll see a staircase leading back to Old Town. This staircase is called Clemens-Holzmeister-Stiege and you should see it before reaching Stefan Zweig Center.

When you reach Max-Reinhardt-Platz, turn onto Hofstallgasse, the street that heads away from Hohensalzburg Fortress. Keep walking until you reach Bürgerspitalkirche St. Blasius. Getreidegasse is the street opposite this church. Near the eastern end of Getreidegasse opposite Hagenauerplatz, you’ll find Mozart’s Birthplace which is your next destination.

After visiting Mozart’s Birthplace, we’ll head to Mirabell Palace to relax in its gardens and admire the picture-perfect view of Hohensalzburg Fortress. To get there, cross the River Salzach using the Marko-Feingold-Steg bridge for a more special experience – a romantic view of Old Town Salzburg.

After crossing the river, enter Mirabell Garden through its southern gate on Makartplatz. Exit the garden through its northern gate, which is beside the palace. From there, Müllnersteg bridge, your next destination, is just 5 minutes away. After crossing Müllnersteg bridge, we’ll start our hike in Mönchsberg.

There are three places to see: Humboldt Terrace, Museum der Moderne, and Richterhöhe. If you prefer, you can end the hike at Museum der Moderne and return to Old Town Salzburg using the Mönchsberg elevator. For a refreshing and rewarding end to the walking tour, you may continue to Richterhöhe, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Alps.

Overall, this walking tour could take up an entire day, or perhaps shorter if you walk quickly and experience the highlights quickly. If you want, you can plan your time so that you can watch the sunset from Museum der Moderne while having dinner.

Map Template

If you want to create your own Old Town Salzburg Walking Tour, you can download a blank map and draft your plans. I’ve emphasized the tourist attractions and the hiking trails in the mountains to help you plot your route in Kapuzinerberg, Mönchsberg, and Festungsberg. This way, you can customize your tour to suit your interests and preferences.

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Map Template, Old Town Salzburg Walking Tour, Salzburg, Austria
Map Template, Old Town Salzburg Walking Tour
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Guided Walking Tours

If you need help exploring Salzburg on foot, you might consider getting a guide or joining a tour. You’ll be accompanied by a professional tour guide who can help you make the most of your trip to Salzburg while providing insider tips, such as the best restaurants to eat at and hidden gems to discover.

Here are some you might want to check:

  1. Great for everyone — 2.5-Hour Walking Tour: Mozart, Old Town & More
  2. Discover the dark side of Salzburg (unique experience) — Ghost Tour
  3. Best for travelers who want beautiful photo souvenirs — 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour with a Photographer
  4. Learn Salzburg’s history as you explore the city — 2.5-Hour Introductory Tour With a Historian
  5. Walking tour about Mozart in Salzburg — Life of Mozart Private Guided Walking Tour
  6. Get your personal guide to see Salzburg — Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

Resources

Here are some maps from Komoot that you can use as a reference to explore the city, if you would like to see more details of the Old Town Salzburg walking tour.

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The excitement in Salzburg extends far beyond the charming streets of the Old Town. The city serves as a gateway to some of the most stunning destinations in both Austria and Bavaria, Germany. If you’re spending a few days in Salzburg, don’t miss the opportunity to explore nearby attractions and day trips.

My top picks? (1) Berchtesgaden — Marvel at the stunning beauty of the Bavarian Alps. You’re sure to enjoy the view of Königssee! (2) Hohenwerfen Fortress — According to Conde Nast Traveler, it’s one of the most beautiful fortresses in Europe. (3) St. Gilgen — A charming village in the Salzkammergut region. It boasts a serene lake, breathtaking mountains, and unique discoveries. (4) Hellbrunn Palace — Visit Salzburg’s trick fountains, which are both engineering marvels and playful pranks orchestrated by the prince-archbishops. Alternatively, here are some unique activities and attractions that can make your trip to Salzburg even more special.

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