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Mozart and The Sound of Music. Tick. These are the two things you have to mention when you talk about Salzburg. And yes, musical this town is; walking round the Heritage listed Altstadt you'll hear recitals drift from the many churches. And down side streets you'll hear snatches of classical music pouring from open windows. But Salzburg is also very beautiful, something Mozart himself was very proud of. Our pick of the best places to stay in Salzburg are all ideally to situated to make the most of all this beautiful city has to offer (for self catering options, we recommend our online partner, Booking.com).
Salzburg looks like she's been drawn specially for a child's picture book: the fortress, surrounded by green mountains on all sides, and below the bright colours and spires and domes at her cramped, cobbled centre. On the other side of the river Salzbach you'll find wider boulevards, grand municipal buildings, and generous, but well kept parks.
If you have a list of Salzburg's highlights already, go straight to our guru's list of recommendations. Otherwise here are some good reasons to visit, and some of the best places to stay in Salzburg to enjoy them.
Translated to Old Town, this is where many of Salzburg's main attractions can be found and many visitors don't leave this district and the beautiful baroque architecture found there. Don't miss Festung Hohensalzburg (Castle), Salzburger Dom (Cathedral), and Salzburg Residenz (former home of the Prince-Archbishops who rules Salzburg).
Salzburg's Sound of Music Highlights
The easiest way to see the Sound of Music sights is to take one of the numerous tours - on foot, by bike or in a coach. Most of them will take you to:
⁃ Schloss Mirabell: where Do-Re-Mi was filmed,
⁃ Leopoldskron Palace: where the Captain lives,
⁃ Hallbrunn Palace Gazebo: from 16, going on 17 fame,
⁃ and into the Salzburg Lake District, where a lot of the panorama shots were taken.
Mozart Lovers Highlights
The obvious highlight is Mozart's birthplace: Getreidegasse 9. It's now a museum devoted to Mozart and his family. At Makartplatz 8 you'll find Mozarts Wohnhaus, or Mozart's Residence, another Mozart museum, famed for an exhibition of portraits.
If you're interested in the new generation of Mozarts inspired by Salzburg, hang around the Mozarteum University of Music and Art, right beside Schloss Mirabell.
Short city break
If you only have a short time then definitely visit the Salzburg Residenz, definitely Schloss Mirabell and definitely Salzburger Dom. You should also find time to stroll in the parks and take in a concert.
The Hotel Guru's selection of the best places to stay in Salzburg offers something for everyone, from the budget conscious to those seeking five star luxury on a grand scale.
For central location
- Right next to the cathedral, the Boutique Hotel Am Dom is the best place to stay in Salzburg if you don't want to walk far to see the sights. Converted from an 800 year old town house, it's decor is now quite modern.
- If you're looking for a more traditional hotel, the Goldener Hirsch is one of the best places to stay in Salzburg. Not quite as close to the Fortress, its still well located. And their generous buffet breakfast and renowned Nurnberger Bratwurstl will fuel the small extra distance you'll need to walk.
- Primarily the home of novices training to become monks, Haus St Benedikt also opens its doors to regular folk. As you might imagine the bedrooms and minimalist, but include all the modern comforts. One of the highlights is breakfast, which is taken communally with the monks! Only about two minutes from many of Salzburg's main attractions, this haven of calm is also one of the best places to stay in Salzburg if you want a central base.
For city views
- Mozart loved the view of Salzburg, and staying at the Hotel Schloss Monchstein allows you to see it all spread out from your window. It's rooms are fine and large and though its restaurant is small the standard is excellent. The modern spa, offering all kinds of treatments imaginable, makes it one of the best places to stay in Salzburg if your goal is to relax.
For a city break
- Arthotel Blau Gans is the perfect city break hotel. Converted from an ancient building, it is both charming and comfortably modern and clean. There's great art on the walls, the restaurant has a good reputation for excellent use of local produce, and is popular with locals as well as guests. And it's centrally located. All adding up to make it one of the best places to stay in Salzburg on a city break.
For a city centre apartment
- For those who prefer to self cater when they're on holiday, we recommend a visit to our online partner, Booking.com, where you'll find a full range for top notch luxury pads to cheap studios.
Best Hotels in Salzburg
Gästehaus im Priesterseminar 47 rooms from $59Salzburg
This simple guest house has minimalist, comfortable bedrooms with large windows and en suite bathrooms. A great location, just five minutes walk from the Mirabell Palace and Gardens. Fantastic for those on a budget looking to explore the surrounding Austrian beauty.Value chic - Great value accommodation in the centre of SalzburgLocal markets - Explore local marketsSights nearby - Hohensalzburg Castle
Hotel Krone 1512 23 rooms from $70Salzburg
A lovely townhouse hotel with large sunlit rooms in contemporary design. Rooms, suites and an apartment with light parquet floors, large white beds and splashes of modern art. The hotel has restaurants dotted over the city. A lovely spot, great value too.Value chicSights nearby - Excellent location in the Linzer Grasse. All major sites are only minutes away on foot.Local markets - Good for local colour.
Hotel Rosenvilla 11 rooms from $71Salzburg
A wonderful hotel just outside the city centre. A traditional flower clad building with contemporary interiors. Romantic rooms and suites have four poster beds, lots of natural light, wooden floors and all the mod cons. Fabulous breakfast room and garden. A tranquil city spot.Romantic BreakLively - The Salzburg festival every July provides concerts,operas, operettas, plays and readings.Sights nearby - Hohensalzburg Fortress, Hellbrunn Palace.Romantic - Good for couples.
Hotel Pension Bloberger Hof 21 rooms from $84Salzburg
A lovely traditional hotel on the outskirts of Salzburg. Charmingly authentic living areas and bright rooms, suites, and an apartment. A great choice for honeymooners, couples or families. Great value too.Views - Lovely views over the surrounding countrysideSights nearby - 15 minutes by bus from the Old TownFour poster beds - For romantics.Great walks - Good for walkers.
Hotel Stein 56 rooms from $122Salzburg
A chic contemporary hotel with panoramic views over the city from the terrace. Shiny, polished rooms and suites with parquet floors and modern furniture. Good business facilities, child friendly and great lounge area. A good four star city option.Views - Fantastic views over to the Old TownCity StyleSights nearby - Excellent central location. All attractions within walking distance.Local markets - Good for local colour.
Boutique Hotel Am Dom 15 rooms from $124Salzburg
Situated in a tastefully restored 800 year-old townhouse, Boutique Hotel am Dom boasts the perfect location from which to explore Salzburg. Rooms are sleek and contemporary, with historic features - bare stone and wooden beams. Some feature free-standing bathtubs. Modern comfort, ideally situated.City Style - Ideally located, in the city's central pedestrian zoneLocal exploring - Sights of the city are on your doorstepSights nearby - The Residence Palace, Festival Hall, Getreidegasse and the Hohensalzburg Fortress are all close by
Haus St Benedikt 30 rooms from $136Salzburg
This charming hotel, run by a religious order, is a haven of calm. Large simple rooms with just enough asceticism, and breakfast with the monks. Quiet, but minutes from the historic sites. A tranquil place for city adventurers to rest.Hideaway - A tranquil space, away from the hustle and bustle of the city set in the St Peter's Abbey complex.Great walks - Wander the narrow cobbled lanes of the Old Town, filled with fascinating sights and cafes.Sights nearby - Just minutes from the DOM, Fortress and Nonnberg Abbey.Full of character - Guests share the guesthouse with monks in training
Arte Vida 7 rooms from $141Salzburg (Altstadt)
Character abounds at this kooky family-run guesthouse in Salzburg. Each individually decorated room bristles with boutique charm and Moroccan inspired furnishings. Just a short stroll from Mozart's house and the Sound of Music Tour, it's perfect for a family holiday in Salzburg.Families - With large sharing rooms, and a communal kitchen it's perfect for family's on the Von Trapp trail.Local exploring - Right in the heart of Salzburg, explore the beautiful home town of Mozart and the Sound of Music.Sights nearby - Two minutes walk from Mozart's birthplace, St. Sebastian's Church and Kapuzinerberg & Capuchin Monastery.Great walks - Take a day trip out of Salzburg and go walking near the beautiful surrounding lakes and mountains.
Die Gersberg Alm 44 rooms from $150Salzburg
A beautifully restored former Inn, just outside of Salzburg. The warm, welcoming and modern rooms boast excellent views from private balconies and large windows. Feast on traditional Austrian cuisine either in the dining room or on the terrace. The ideal family spot.Families - The perfect escape for families, in a quiet location with a playground and park, but only ten minutes from the centre.Local markets - Check out the crafts markets in Salzberg centre and pick up some souvenires.Great walks - Make a day trip to the stunning alpine pastures of the Salzkammergut.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Hotel Melanie 25 rooms from $157Vals (Wals)
Hotel Melanie offers contemporary and spacious rooms, ten minutes away from Wals' town centre. It's perfect for those looking to be active with an indoor pool, bikes available for free and plenty of local hiking trails, whilst there are many nearby sights to explore only a short drive away.Sights nearby - Only a short drive from Klessheim Castle, Salzburg Open-Air Museum, Hohensalzburg Fortress and Mozart's birthplaceGreat walks - Many scenic Alpine hikes locallySwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Hotel & Villa Auersperg 55 rooms from $162Salzburg
Charming, contemporary, family-run hotel. Guests can relax in the hotel spa or lie back on the charming garden terrace after a day of exploring the city. Bright modern decor, and great for families with young children - the hotel offers a range of service for a tranquil stay.Total relaxation - A relaxing haven in the city centre, with rooftop spa complete with sauna and steam room, and a leafy terrace for unwinding.Families - An ideal city escape for families, book large rooms in advance and rent bikes to explore the city.Sights nearby - Ideally located, close to the centre of Salzburg- the historic Old Town and the Mirabell Gardens can be reached by foot.Great walks - Recommended running and walking trails available from reception.Recommended by - Frommers
Schloss Fuschl 110 rooms from $191Salzburg
A breathtaking Five Star hotel on the edge of a lake and at the foot of the mountains. Stunning rooms and suites decorated to perfection; all the mod cons, sumptuous beds, impeccable style. Famous Austrian restaurant with lake views, extensive spa, and many activities.Spa breaks - A full service spa offers all the pampering you would need!Active Holiday - Skiing, golf, walking.Romantic BreakFoodies
Romantik Hotel Gmachl 73 rooms from $192Salzburg
A chic hotel in a stunning mountain setting. Elegant rooms with beamed ceilings, parquet flooring and large windows open up onto gorgeous views. A fine restaurant serves Austrian haute cuisine amidst in elegant surrounds. Plus there is an expansive spa, ideal for relaxation after a day outdoors.Spa breaks - Relax in the GMACHL Panorama SPA “Horizont” complete with infrared deep heat area, solarium, beauty studios and heated pool.Active Holiday - A rural idyll abundant with alpine activities.Swimming Pool - Indoor and outdoor pools.Views - Great views from hotel
Hotel Sacher Salzburg 113 rooms from $193Salzburg
One of Salzurg's grandest hotels. An elegant timeless classic on the river Salzach. Beautiful wallpapered bedrooms and suites with marble bathrooms. Excellent traditional Austrian restaurant, spa, and spectacular views. Very special.Views - Wonderful views over the river and city.LuxuryFoodiesCity StyleRecommended by - Tablet
Hotel Bristol, Salzburg 60 rooms from $235Salzburg
Very smart Five Star hotel. Traditional elegance throughout classic rooms, suites, and apartments. Antiques, artworks, rich fabrics. Excellent restaurant and business centre. A great choice for the luxury traveller. Understated and serene.5* Luxury - Very high service standards.City StyleSights nearby - A stone's throw from the Mirabell Palace and Festival houses.Local markets - Good for local colour.
Hotel Goldgasse 17 rooms from $241Salzburg
A charming hotel well located in a pedestrianised area of Salzburg. Individually styled rooms are playful in their design with frescoed walls, contemporary furniture and bold colours. A fine dining restaurant serves up exemplary local specialities. Well positioned for city exploring. A chic choice.Local exploring - Well located near the river and in a pedestrianised part of the city.Sights nearby - Make a trip to the impressive Mirabell Palace and gardens.Full of characterRomantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Small Luxury Hotels, Tablet
Goldener Hirsch 70 rooms from $251Salzburg
This ancient though luxurious hotel oozes history, offering sophisticated service in a traditional Austrian setting. Authentic antiques, delicious cuisine and a cosy ambience make this the top choice for a luxury stay in Salzburg.City Style - A luxurious Salzburg institution- excellent service and romantic historical décor in the heart of the Old Town.Sights nearby - Just a few steps from Mozart's birthplace, Salzburg's main attraction.Full of character - Authentic historical Austrian styleRomantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection, Good Hotel Guide
Hotel Berner 34 rooms from $251Zell am See
Situated right next to the town's main ski slope, Hotel Berner features modern rooms with balconies offering great views. The hotel has on site spa facilities, its own restaurant serving both local and international cuisine and a heated outdoor pool open all year round. Quiet but central location.Spa breaks - The hotel boasts a Finnish sauna, heated outdoor pool, a steam bath and massages are available on request.Active Holiday - A great spot for an active break with ski to door access as well as local cycling, hiking and golfing.Great walks - Take a walk around the beautiful Lake Zell.Swimming Pool - Outdoor pool open all year round
Arthotel Blaue Gans 35 rooms from $275Salzburg
A cool urban hideaway, with modern, bright rooms in a 14th century building. Decorated with over 100 original contemporary artworks - a beautiful contrast to the stuccoed ceilings and wooden floors. Suites are well equipped for families. Ideally located at the foot of the Hohensalzburg Fortress.City Style - A chic 14th-century hotel that perfectly marries old and new with contemporary art, minimalist design and original features.Families - The Cityflat and Maisonette suites are ideal for families or large groups, within easy reach of the main sights.Sights nearby - Directly opposite the Festival Hall and just a few steps from Mozart’s Birthplace.Recommended by - Fodors
Hotel Schloss Monchstein 24 rooms from $365Salzburg
Romantic hilltop castle in an extensive park and gardens, with fine views over Salzburg. Gourmet dining and a top spa. Rooms are luxuriously finished, with priceless antiques and marble bathrooms. A romantic 5 star retreat, popular for weddings and honeymoons.Foodies - Restaurant awarded 2 toques by Gault Millau, serves traditional Austrian cuisine and a selection of fine winesSpa breaks - Wellness area with steam bath and Finnish sauna, outdoor infinity pool and relaxation terraceRomantic Break - Charming location, beautiful viewsSights nearby - Historic town can be easily and comfortably reached within a 7 minutes walkRecommended by - Frommers