Old Town Salzburg Walking Tour Map (Highlights & Viewpoints)

Salzburg is one of those European cities that you’ll fall in love with as you wander its streets, trails, and historic landmarks.

Particularly in Old Town Salzburg — from the charming shopping district to the imposing architectural landmarks and breathtaking scenic spots, exploring Salzburg by foot is a beautiful experience you won’t regret.

If you’re planning to explore Salzburg by foot on your own, I’d be happy to help with the Old Town Salzburg walking tour maps in this post. They include all the top attractions and scenic vantage points around Old Town Salzburg. 

Note: Feel free to use the table of contents above to quickly jump to the specific Old Town Salzburg walking tour map that you’re interested in seeing.

What I love about exploring Old Town Salzburg by foot is that it offers a variety of experiences just a stone’s throw away from each other.

From the historic city sights to nature, there’s something for everyone to discover in Salzburg without too much effort.

While you don’t have to spend a lot of time on the road or in transit to have different experiences in one day, Old Town Salzburg is 10 to 15 minutes away from the train station by foot.

You may still want to ride the bus to reach the Old Town to save time and energy for the main part of your visit to the Old Town.

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What’s another thing to love about Old Town Salzburg? It is compact and easy to navigate.

After spending just a few minutes studying the geography of the area and getting familiar with the locations of the tourist attractions, you’ll be able to explore without needing a map.

I’m highly sure of it!

For me, I like to use the Hohensalzburg Fortress, perched atop of Festungsberg mountain, as my point of reference since it’s visible from almost every part of Old Town Salzburg. 

Yes, you must know that the Old Town Salzburg is surrounded by mountains that are easily accessible from the city center. 

This gives you the opportunity to see Old Town Salzburg from a unique perspective — and I highly recommend taking it!

The trails and tourist attractions in the mountains are connected to Old Town Salzburg by a funicular or elevator, so you don’t have to worry about getting too tired just to reach them. 

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.

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What’s Included in This Old Town Salzburg Walking Tour Map?

I often feel sorry whenever I hear stories of people who have traveled to cities with panoramic vantage points but missed out on the opportunity to see the view.

To me, it’s always a beautiful experience to behold places from above or from a unique perspective.

Often, these destinations are where some of the most memorable moments of our trips happen, right?

From proposals and vow renewals to deep conversations and more, there’s just something special about these places. What do you think?

That’s why I’ve decided to include not only the highlights of Old Town Salzburg, but also its scenic spots on the walking tour maps that I’ll be sharing in this post.

I want to help make your trip to Salzburg truly unforgettable!

In summary, the maps of Old Town Salzburg walking tour I’ll provide include the following:

  1. Mirabell Palace
  2. Getreidegasse and Mozart’s Birthplace
  3. Salzburg Cathedral
  4. Hohensalzburg Fortress
  5. Nonnberg Abbey
  6. Scenic spots and tourist attractions in Mönchsberg
  7. Viewpoints and hiking trails in Kapuzinerberg

Let me introduce each to you.

Mirabell Palace

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

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) 

Learn more: 5 Reasons to Visit Mirabell Palace

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Getreidegasse

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The birthplace of Mozart located along the beautiful Getreidegasse in Salzburg, Austria
The birthplace of Mozart located along the beautiful Getreidegasse in Salzburg
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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, be sure to check out my post on 7 Beautiful Things to See in Salzburg.

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Mozart’s Birthplace

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

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)

Learn more: Interesting Things to Discover Inside Mozart’s Birthplace

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Salzburg Cathedral

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View of Salzburg Cathedral’s longhouse from the entrance area, Salzburg, Austria
View of Salzburg Cathedral’s longhouse from the entrance area
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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.

It 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)

Learn more: Complete Guide to Salzburg Cathedral (with Facts and Visit Information)

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Hohensalzburg Fortress

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

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)

Learn more: Visiting Hohensalzburg Fortress (what to do inside)

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Nonnberg Abbey

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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
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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.

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

Learn more: Visiting Nonnberg Abbey in Salzburg (Tips and Information)

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Mönchsberg

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

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, however.

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.

For more information and tips on exploring Mönchsberg, please check out my article “Things to Do in Mönchsberg.” 

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Kapuzinerberg

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

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.

For more information about Kapuzinerberg, here’s my post where I discuss everything that you must know about visiting this mountain: ‘Visiting Kapuzinerberg: Best Views of Old Town Salzburg.’

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Map Location: Old Town Salzburg’s Highlights

Now that you know what to expect from my Old Town Salzburg Walking Tour Maps, let’s take a closer look at where the highlights are located.

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.

Here’s the map of Old Town Salzburg:

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Map Location, Old Town Salzburg’s Highlights, Salzburg, Austria
Map Location, Old Town Salzburg’s Highlights

Legend:

  • A — Mirabell Palace
  • B — Getreidegasse and Mozart’s Birthplace
  • C — Salzburg Cathedral
  • D — Hohensalzburg Fortress
  • E — Nonnberg Abbey
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Map Location: Old Town Salzburg’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.

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.

Here’s a map showing their exact locations in Salzburg.

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Map Location, Old Town Salzburg’s Scenic Spots, Salzburg, Austria
Map Location, Old Town Salzburg’s Scenic Spots

Legend

  • A — Müllnersteg 
  • B — Humboldt Terrace 
  • C — Museum der Moderne 
  • D — Richterhöhe 
  • E — Elisabethkai 
  • F — Hettwer Bastion 
  • G — Franziskischlössl
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Old Town Salzburg Walking Tour Maps

From the maps I just showed you, it’s easy to see how compact and easy to navigate Salzburg is.

However, it’s still important to plan your route to the highlights and scenic spots. This way, you can make the most of your time in Salzburg.

Need help in creating walking tour routes? Don’t worry, though — I’ve got you covered!

I’ve prepared Old Town Salzburg maps with walking routes that you can follow as you tour the city. 

I created three maps to suit different preferences:

  1. Map 1: With a Route to the “Must-Visit Attractions” in Old Town Salzburg
  2. Map 2: With a Complete Route to the Highlights and Scenic Spots in Old Town Salzburg
  3. Map 3: With a Shorter Route to the Highlights and Scenic Spots in Old Town Salzburg

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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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Map Template: Old Town Salzburg Walking Tour

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
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Guided Walking Tour in Old Town Salzburg

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.

This can be a great way to enhance your experience and learn more about the city.

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
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Where to Next After Wandering in Old Town Salzburg

The excitement in Salzburg extends far beyond the charming streets of Old Town.

The city is 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 these nearby attractions and day trips.

From breathtaking mountain scenery to quaint villages and historic landmarks, there’s so much to discover just a short journey away!

Here are my best picks:

  1. Berchtesgaden — Marvel at the stunning beauty of the Bavarian Alps. You’re sure to enjoy the view of Königssee! Check it out here Berchtesgaden Day Trip From Salzburg: Must Things to Do.
  2. Hohenwerfen Fortress — It’s one of the most beautiful fortresses in Europe according to Conde Nast Traveler. Here are the 5 Reasons To Visit Hohenwerfen Fortress.
  3. St. Gilgen — a charming village in the Salzkammergut region. It has a serene lake, breathtaking mountains, and unique discoveries. Here’s a mini guide to St. Gilgen, Visiting St. Gilgen: 7 Things To Do In This Beautiful Village.
  4. Hellbrunn Palace — Visit Salzburg’s trick fountains, which are both engineering marvels and pranks played by the prince archbishops. Discover it now, Hellbrunn Palace: 5 Things To Do (a Must Visit in Salzburg).
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Resources: Visiting Old Town Salzburg

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.

If you are visiting Salzburg for a few days or more and are still looking for a place to stay, here is a website where you can find the best hotel deals in the city.

It has a map feature that will help you find the hotel that is most convenient to you.

Maximize your Salzburg adventure by checking out these Salzburg Travel Inspiration posts. They’ll help you find the perfect experiences to suit your preferences

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