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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,

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.

Altstadt's Highlights

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.

Best places to stay in Salzburg

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,, where you'll find a full range for top notch luxury pads to cheap studios.

Browse our list of the best places to stay in Salzburg and start to plan your visit. Alternatively contact one of our friendly gurus for additional help and advice.

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  • Gästehaus im Priesterseminar


    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.

    47 rooms from $62
    Value chic  -  Great value accommodation in the centre of Salzburg
    Local markets  -  Explore local markets
    Sights nearby  -  Hohensalzburg Castle
  • Haus St Benedikt


    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.

    30 rooms from $73
    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
  • Hotel Krone 1512


    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.

    23 rooms from $75
    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Excellent location in the Linzer Grasse. All major sites are only minutes away on foot.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
  • Hotel Rosenvilla


    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.

    11 rooms from $76
    Romantic Break
    Lively  -  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


    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.

    21 rooms from $90
    Views  -  Lovely views over the surrounding countryside
    Sights nearby  -  15 minutes by bus from the Old Town
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
  • Hotel Stein


    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.

    56 rooms from $131
    Views  -  Fantastic views over to the Old Town
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Excellent central location. All attractions within walking distance.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
  • Boutique Hotel Am Dom


    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.

    15 rooms from $133
    City Style  -  Ideally located, in the city's central pedestrian zone
    Local exploring  -  Sights of the city are on your doorstep
    Sights nearby  -  The Residence Palace, Festival Hall, Getreidegasse and the Hohensalzburg Fortress are all close by
  • Hotel & Villa Auersperg


    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.

    55 rooms from $174
    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


    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.

    110 rooms from $200
    Spa breaks  -  A full service spa offers all the pampering you would need!
    Active Holiday  -  Skiing, golf, walking.
    Romantic Break
  • Hotel Sacher Salzburg


    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.

    113 rooms from $208
    Views  -  Wonderful views over the river and city.
    City Style
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Hotel Bristol


    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.

    60 rooms from $252
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  A stone's throw from the Mirabell Palace and Festival houses.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
  • Goldener Hirsch


    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.

    70 rooms from $269
    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 style
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
  • Arthotel Blaue Gans


    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.

    35 rooms from $295
    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


    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.

    24 rooms from $393
    Foodies  -  Restaurant awarded 2 toques by Gault Millau, serves traditional Austrian cuisine and a selection of fine wines
    Spa breaks  -  Wellness area with steam bath and Finnish sauna, outdoor infinity pool and relaxation terrace
    Romantic Break  -  Charming location, beautiful views
    Sights nearby  -  Historic town can be easily and comfortably reached within a 7 minutes walk
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
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