An artist's paradise along the Salzach River, set against a backdrop of the snow-capped Alps, Salzburg, Austria, radiates Old World charm. Salzburg travel begins with its Altstadt -- "Old Town" -- a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site chocked full of cobblestone streets, Medieval and Baroque buildings, palaces, concert halls, monasteries and more. The home of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and The Sound of Music also stacks its calendar full of opportunities to see more contemporary creative efforts on display. Let Travel + Leisure's Salzburg travel guide help you explore both the old and the new.
Things Not to Miss in Salzburg
• Gather a view from above at Festung Hohensalzburg, a cliff-top fortress set high above the city
• See the townhouse where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born
• Get a taste of palace life at the lavish, 17th-century-built Schloss Mirabell and its surrounding gardens
• Visit iconic locations from The Sound of Music
When to Go to Salzburg
Salzburg's mild, rain-dotted climate gives visitors flexibility when it comes to travel plans. Like many of its European neighbors, many choose to travel to Salzburg during the summer, bringing its tourist season to a peak. Both temperatures and prices drop to more comfortable levels in September and October, offering a welcoming alternative. And, while the weather doesn't get too extreme in Salzburg itself during the winter months, its Alps-adjacent location attracts many skiers to the area.