Sightseeing and excursion destinations in and around Salzburg
Sightseeing in the baroque Old Town impresses the visitor due the picturesque cityscape shaped by the local mountains and the historical buildings on either side of the Salzach. You walk through a net of winding, medieval alleys and turning the next corner, a large square in Italian style opens up in front of you. Salzburg, this jewel of a city, was rightly awarded the status of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. Already Humboldt described Salzburg and its surroundings as one of the most beautiful places in the world, on a par with Naples and Constantinople. Those who have seen Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart, will certainly agree.
Salzburg is more than Mozart & classical music
A stroll through the Old Town will take you from one sight to the next at short walking distance. The Cathedral and the Cathedral Square together with the Residence form an impressive backdrop at the foot of the rock crowned by the Castle Hohensalzburg.
The Getreidegasse with the house where Mozart was born, St. Peter’s Abbey, the Horse Fountain and the Festival Houses are close by. On the other side of the Salzach, the baroque Palace of Mirabell with its attractively planted garden is well worth a visit.
Galleries and museums, like the Museum of Modern Art, the House of Nature, the Rupertinum, the Salzburg Museum or the DomQuartier, present historic treasures, works of classical, as well as contemporary masters.
A number of historically significant palaces have a lot to tell: The Palace of Mirabell, popular both as location for weddings and as a photo motif, and the Palace of Hellbrunn with its playful trick fountains, the beautiful park, where a big Christmas market is set up in December, are two sights you should not miss for anything.
Salzburg from diverse perspectives
Whether in a horse-drawn carriage, on the panorama boat Amadeus, on a bicycle, walking or taking the Hop-on Hop-off Bus, the beauty of Salzburg can be explored and enjoyed in many ways. Only a stone’s throw away from the Old Town, the local mountains Mönchsberg and Kapuzinerberg, afford a magnificent view of the city’s baroque splendour.
"Panorama Tours" – organized sightseeing tours and day trips
Sound of Music Tour, guided city walks or panoramic tours by bus, as well as excursions into the country, “Panorama Tours” offer a wide range of possibilities for the visitors. We at Eco-Suite Hotel will be happy to arrange the program of your choice and you will be picked up from the hotel in a minibus.
Leave the city and go for adventure – Salzburg’s day trip destinations
The City of Salzburg in itself is full of great sights and wonderful impressions. However, you would miss something if you did not go on one or the other excursion. The “Salzburger Land” and neighbouring Bavaria captivate their visitors with a great number of excursion destinations. The Eco-Suite Hotel will provide you with tips on how to plan your stay.
The Salt Mines of Hallein and the Celtic Village Salina
Only some 20 km from the Eco-Suite Hotel, you can visit the world’s oldest mine that is open to the public and you will follow the traces of the „White Gold“, the history of which started more than 2,500 years ago. The mines are open throughout the year and can be visited even in bad weather. The mine train will take you deep into the mountain where you will slide down two chutes to the underground salt lake. At this point, a multimedia show with light- and sound effects conjures up a magical atmosphere.
The Celts mined salt on the Dürrnberg at Hallein as early as 400 B.C. In our days, the region around the Dürrnberg is considered one of the most important archaeological sites of Celtic graves, settlements and objects. Visit the Celtic Museum and the reconstructed Celtic village right next to the “Salzwelten Hallein” and experience a fascinating journey into the past.
„Giants of Ice World“ at Werfen
Situated in the south of Salzburg lies the biggest ice cave in the world. The Giants of Ice World is the roughly 1 km long first part of an enormous cave system that extends over a length of 42 km. Inside the mountain, breathtaking ice palaces and an average temperature of 0°C during the summer welcome you – a both impressive and refreshing adventure on hot summer days.
The Untersberg Lift
As a guest of the Eco-Suite Hotel in Salzburg, you have to pass only 13 km to arrive at the base station of the cableway to the top of the Untersberg at Grödig/St. Leonhard. The ride in the roomy gondolas, carrying you at a height of up to 286 m above ground, reveals a spectacular view. From the top station, several trails take you through a high-alpine region. Up there you will see a memorial to the mountain infantry. The summits Geiereck (1,805 m) and Salzburger Hochthron (1,856 m) afford an awe-inspiring panorama: the view reaches from the Salzkammergut lakes to the glaciers of the Hohe Tauern and into the Berchtesgadener Land in neighbouring Bavaria. If you feel like having a snack or need a drink, visit the mountain restaurant Hochalm or the Zeppezauerhaus.
Silent Night & Local History Museum – Silent Night Chapel
The Silent Night Museum at Oberndorf on the border to Bavaria is all about the world famous Christmas carol „Silent Night“ by the assistant priest Joseph Mohr and the organist Franz Xaver Gruber. The place of the first performance, the St. Nikolaus Church and the phases in life of the two authors Joseph Mohr and Franz Xaver Gruber are presented. Apart from learning about the song’s history, visitors have the opportunity to listen to the story of the song’s origin and to several versions of the most famous Christmas carol. The Silent Night Chapel was built to replace the St. Nikolaus Church, was consecrated in 1937 and attracts hosts of people from all over the world.
Adventure at Hohenwerfen Castle
The mighty castle of Hohenwerfen has towered over a craggy rock pillar, high above the Salzach Valley, for more than 900 years. A tour of the castle, interesting both for children and adults, includes the armoury and arsenal featuring an exhibition of weapons, an illuminated exhibition on the history of the building progress, a tavern and a souvenir shop for knight objects. A further attraction is the „Landesfalkenhof“, which is home to the museum of falconry. An impressive demonstration of birds of prey shows eagles, vultures, falcons, kites and others in action. Have also a look at the comprehensive calendar of events.
There are a lot more places in the surroundings of Salzburg that make excellent day trip destinations:
- Salzburg Zoo
- Trick Fountains of Hellbrunn
- Liechtenstein Gorge at St. Johann im Pongau
- Kehlsteinhaus (Eagle´s Nest) on the Obersalzburg
- Cog railway up the Schafberg and boat trip on Wolfgangsee
- Water Wonder World Krimml
- High-Alpine water reservoirs of Kaprun
- Großglockner High-Alpine Road
- Aiderbichl Manor
Our staff at the Eco-Suite Hotel will be happy to inform you about the numerous possibilities for day trips to the Salzburger Land with Panorama Tours. You will be picked up from the hotel in a minibus.
- Sound of Music Tour www.panoramatours.com
- Salzkammergut www.salzkammergut.at
- Berchtesgaden www.berchtesgaden.de
- Kehlsteinhaus www.kehlsteinhaus.de
- Eisriesenwelt www.eisriesenwelt.at
- and a lot more trips