Gay Guide • SALZBURG | What to See, Where to Stay, Best Gay Bars and Restaurants | LGBT Guide
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WHAT TO SEE in SALZBURG?
10 THINGS TO SEE in SALZBURG
The largest and best preserved fortress in Central Europe and one of the must-see places to visit in Salzburg. It has dominated the city of Salzburg from the top of the Festungsberg mountain since 1077 without ever having been conquered by any enemy army. Don't miss the medieval-style interior and the beautiful view over the city and the Salzach River.
The 17th-century Baroque Cathedral, located in the historic center, towers over the city's many churches. Mozart was baptized here and later became the cathedral organist for several years.
The most famous street and the hub of the historic center of Salzburg. one would get lost looking at the typical architecture, the decorated facades of the buildings, the traditional wrought iron signs and the many shops, from international chains to the smallest craft shops. But that's not all, at number 9, in fact, is the house where the musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born and lived for 17 years.
Birthplace of Mozart
At number 9 Getreidegasse Street in 1756 one of the most important and influential musicians in history was born, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Today this house is one of the most visited museums in Austria where you can relive Mozart's life in the city through letters, portraits and personal items.
Mirabell Palace & Gardens
The World Heritage-listed Mirabell Palace is one of the best-known buildings in Austria and another of the must-see sights in Salzburg. This early 17th-century palace, located near the historic center, impresses with its interiors full of details (the Marble Hall in primis). Also, don't miss a visit to the Mirabell Gardens, in Baroque style and perfectly oriented towards the Cathedral and the Fortress.
Kapitelplatz & Alter Markt
Kapitelplatzes is one of the most beautiful squares in Salzburg, from which you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Hohensalzburg Fortress and where you can see the famous giant chess surmounted by a large golden sphere with the figure of a man standing above it. The beautiful Christmas market is held here every winter. Another of the squares to visit in Salzburg is the Alter Markt, located between the Cathedral and the Getreidegasse, overlooked by some Baroque buildings, such as the old court pharmacy or the Café Tomaselli.
St. Peter's Abbey & Cemetery
The church of San Pietro, which stands in the center of Salzburg, was founded in 696 and is part of the Benedictine monastery of San Pietro. The place that struck us the most, however, is the cemetery, considered one of the oldest and most beautiful in the world. Don't miss the catacombs carved into the rock of the Mönchsberg mountain.
One of the most famous squares in Salzburg, in the heart of the historic center between two bishop's palaces and the Cathedral. This is the largest and most sumptuous square in Salzburg and the fountain in the center is no different.
The Kapuzinerberg hill, located in front of the Mönchsberg mountain and topped by a Capuchin monastery, is another place to visit in Salzburg. The climb up the hill is steep and a bit strenuous but the views you get from the top will make up for the effort. The perfect time to go up is a little before sunset to see Salzburg slowly light up.
Hellbrunn Palace, located 5 kilometers south of the city center, is another of the most beautiful places to see in Salzburg. This Renaissance-style monumental complex was built as a summer residence for the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg Markus Sittiku who designed the "Water Games", a series of caves, figures and hidden fountains for the enjoyment of his guests.
Visiting this city at its best depends essentially on how long you have to fully enjoy it. Here is a solution based on the number of days available to you:
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10 BEST EXCURSIONS from SALZBURG
Hallstatt & Salt Mine
Dachstein Ice Caves & 5 Fingers
Hitler's Eagles Nest & King's Lake
Berchtesgaden Village & Salt Mine
Munich & Dachau Concentration Camp
Werfen Fortress & Ice Caves
Mauthausen Concentration Camp
Wolfgangsee & Schafberg Railroad
Hallein Salt Mine & Luge
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WHERE TO SLEEP in SALZBURG?
10 BEST GAY FRIENDLY HOTELS in SALZBURG
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WHERE TO EAT in SALZBURG?
10 BEST RESTAURANTS in SALZBURG Quality / Price
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GAY NIGHTLIFE in SALZBURG
5 BEST GAY PLACES, BARS & CLUBS in SALZBURG
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TRAVEL TIPS about SALZBURG by World Mappers
Salzburg Card - The most practical, convenient and economical way to visit this city. The Salzburg Card, available for 24, 48, or 72 hours, includes a free city guide and map of Salzburg, free use of all public transport (including the cable car to Hohensalzburg Fortress, the funicular up Untersberg, the ski lift for the Mönchsberg mountain and the river tram), free admission to more than 30 tourist attractions and discounts on many events and services in the city. If like us you want to see everything a city has to offer, then this Pass is for you!
most BEAUTIFUL VIEWPOINTS of SALZBURG
Enjoy the city from above from the best viewpoints in Salzburg that we recommend:
Kapuzinenberg - Capuchin Hill on the north side of the Salzach River is the highest point in Salzburg and offers stunning views of Salzburg and its Fortress. The main viewpoint is along the fortified terraces of the Capuchin Monastery (Kapuzinerkloster).
Hohensalzburg Fortress - Salzburg Fortress (Hohensalzburg) offers one of the highest and best vantage points in the city.Reachable on foot or by funicular.
Terrazza M32 - Located on the slopes of the Mönchsberg mountain, the terrace of the m32 restaurant offers one of the most beautiful views over the city.
Belvedere of Museum der Moderne - From outside the "Museum der Moderne" you can admire the historical center below and look towards the Hohensalzburg Fortress.It is not necessary to enter the museum to enjoy this view.
Basteiweg - Walking along the path known as the Bastion Trail (Basteiweg) you can get some nice views over the city.The trail is popular with local hikers and unknown to most tourists. The main viewpoint is next to the old guard rampart.
Giardini Mirabell - The Mirabell castle gardens, perfectly aligned with the Fortress, offer one of the best views of the historic center surrounded by statues and flowers.
Imbergstiege - A footpath, locally nicknamed as the "Dark Staircase", which descends from the park to the Kapuzinerkloster Monastery along which you can find some nice viewpoints.
Along River Salzach - Near the Protestant Church of Salzburg you can have a nice perspective towards the city and the Fortress.
Schloss Leopoldskron - Among all the locations used in the filming of the film The Sound of Music, the wonderful lakeside terrace of the Leopold Palace was the most used. Once you set foot in this patio, you understand why the directors chose the villa to represent the Von Trapp manor in all the scenes of the film. To access the patio you must be a guest of the hotel.
There are 13 different Mozart Balls in Salzburg, the delicious chocolate praline invented by pastry chef Paul Fürst in 1890. At the 1905 World Exhibition in Paris, his Mozart Ball (Mozartkugel) was awarded the gold medal. Paul Fürst's praline was often copied and adapted for industrial production and today thirteen different Mozartkugeln can be found. However, only the Konditorei Fürst may use the name "Original Salzburger Mozartkugel". The pistachios and nougat are first shaped into a round shape and then dipped in chocolate on a wooden stick. When the dark chocolate is solid, the stick is removed and the hole is filled back in with the chocolate. This creates an irregular Mozartkugel, with a sort of navel or nipple. All still done by hand today.
The musical film The Sound of Music was broadcast for the first time in the USA in 1965 and only 35 years later in Austria. The film received poor reviews in German-speaking countries, low admissions, and was generally a failure. Since then, the five-Oscar-winning musical film has only been shown a few times on ORF (Austrian television company). Even if the German people didn't like it very much, Sound of Music is still today among the most watched films in cinemas of all time. those who love this film can have fun searching for the places in Salzburg that were the backdrop to the adventures of the Trapp family.
For the first time in the summer of 1920, the Salzburg Festival (Salzburger Festspiele) was opened, dedicated to classical music and opera. Even today it is held every summer for five weeks from the end of July to August. An unmissable event to see in Salzburg!
Unusual and Particular Places to See in Salzburg
Outside the classic places to visit of the city, there is a "Secret Salzburg" that has simply bewitched us. Here are the 8 Things and Places to See in Secret Salzburg:
Love Lock Bridge - The Makart Footbridge (Makartsteg), named after the 19th-century Austrian painter Hans Makart, is completely covered in padlocks left by engaged couples as tokens of love. From the bridge you can admire the boats leaving for the Salzach River cruise and the traditional colorful houses along its banks.
Mönchsberg Palace - The palace which in 1948 was transformed into a luxury hotel (5 star superior) becoming one of the best places to stay in Salzburg. It stands on the Mönchsberg hill and offers a panoramic view of the city.
Maria Plain Sanctuary - The quietest place near Salzburg and perhaps one of the most beautiful. The Maria Plain church can be reached from the center of Salzburg by car, bicycle or public transport (about an hour on foot). From Maria you can see the city from afar and from above, with the mountains behind you... a show!
Gurken - Five human-sized gherkins. These five human-sized pickles, erected amid prime examples of traditional medieval and baroque buildings, are part of the Salzburg Walk of Modern Art by Austrian artist Erwin Wurm.
Eisriesenwelt / Ice Caves - About an hour from Salzburg, in Werfen, there are the largest ice caves in the world. An absolutely unique spectacle to see, which can be visited from May to October. Make sure you wear warm clothes.
Grünmarkt - Aka "green market", Salzburg's best place to buy local food on the city's largest square. Regional cheeses, hams, fruits, vegetables, breads and gigantic pretzels... there's something for everyone!
Zwerglgarten (Garden of the Dwarfs) - Created in 1715 by Prince Archbishop Franz Anton Harrach. Many of these fearsome dwarf statues were modeled after the dwarves who lived at court as entertainers for the archbishop. Today, these "creatures" have returned to their rightful place in Mirabell, standing in a semicircle.
Mozart's Skull - Preserved at the Mozarteum Foundation, it has not yet been possible to establish with certainty whether this skull really belongs to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
GAY FRIENDLY TOURS
Do you want to discover the city more deeply through Salzburg's Best Gay Tours? We recommend the following local operators:
Gaily Tour - Tour Operator offering tours and excursions dedicated to the LGBT + community throughout Europe. Special Tours and Gay & Lesbian Friendly Guides ready to make you discover the beauties of this destination. Info & Booking: info@GailyTour.com
Salzburg • Classic Tour
Let's start you amazing tour of Salzburg with the Mirabell Palace Gardens and the Altstadt / Old Town of Salzburg which earned a spot on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1997. The designation as a World Heritage Site and the city’s strict preservation laws, have helped protect the architecture and layout of Salzburg. Pass by the Domplatz and Salzburg’s Cathedral, dedicated to St. Rupert and St. Virgil. Continue then your tour towards Salzburg’s key landmark, Hohensalzburg Fortress. This medieval castle is the largest fully-preserved fortress in central Europe. It’s so imposing that it has never been conquered by enemy troops. Explore the Fortress and enjoy the amazing tour. Included: * Gay or Lesbian Friendly Tour Guide for City Tour (3 hours) * Entrance Fee – Hohensalzburg Fortress
Salzburg • Gay Tour & Imperial Family's Secrets
Experience a Gay Friendly city walking tour and visit Mozarts birthplace. A lovely tour showing you the most impressing architectural and art-historical highlights of Salzburg, such as Getreidegasse and Mozart's birth place, one of the most visited museums in Austria, the cathedral and the famous places around with Europe's biggest fountain at Residenzplatz. Until 1927, the Old Market in Salzburg old town was called Ludwig Viktor Square, named after the youngest brother of the former Habsburg emperor. During our LGBT walking tour you will discover the secrets of “Luziwuzi” alias Archduke Ludwig Viktor of Austria, the famous, youngest and more or less openly gay brother of Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria. This accesses gay contemporary and historical themes and leads to places where expressionist writer Georg Trakl, born in Salzburg, wrote romantic poems. The local scene around the Linzer Gasse is included on the tour as well as the stumbling blocks laid for, among others, for the homosexual victims of the Nazi time. Included: * Gay or Lesbian Friendly Tour Guide for City Tour (3 hours) * Entrance Fee – Mozart's Birthplace
Salzburg by Night • Gay Tour
Enjoy an enlightened Salzburg and an amazing walking tour through Salzburg's gay & lesbian bars and clubs to live on your skin the magic atmosphere and LGBT scene of the city. Enjoy your included drink (also alcohol free drink available) and own the night ! Included: * Gay or Lesbian Tour Guide for Night Tour (2 hours) * Drink in Gay Bar (1 Drink)
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