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Salzburg City Centre: Sights & Tips

The most important sights of the Old Town

Salzburg's Old Town is one of only 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Austria. The Amadeus, one of the best hotels in Salzburg City, offers comfort, enjoyment, and historic charm. Located in the heart of Salzburg's historic city centre, this baroque old town house enchants with 20 individual rooms. Between wooden floors and 500 year old wooden ceilings or stucco, you will stay with all the comforts we appreciate today, with selected unique pieces and loving details.

Tackle world culture

At Hotel Amadeus, you are in the heart of the "Rome of the North", centrally located in the pedestrian zone of Linzer Gasse, with all the city's sights just around the corner: Getreidegasse and the Cathedral, Mirabell Gardens, Mozart houses, beautiful old town cafés and much more.. The unique setting, the Baroque architecture of the Prince Archbishopric, and the musical legacy of Mozart immediately captivate guests during their vacation in Salzburg.

7 sights & tips

  • Getreidegasse & Through-houses: The charm of Salzburg city centre in one street. Beautiful old town houses with guild signs. Passageways on both sides lead through picturesque arcaded courtyards to Universitätsplatz and the Salzach. In the "Grätzl" around Getreidegasse, Alter Markt, Judengasse and Siegmund-Haffner-Gasse, luxury designer fashion alternates with traditional costume shops, Salzburg delicatessens and gift shops with cafés and galleries. Definitely worth a visit for shopping.
    » 6 minutes walk from Hotel Amadeus to Getreidegasse (distance 550 m).
  • Mozart`s birthplace: The superstar of classical music was born in 1756 in the house at Getreidegasse 9. His works belong to the most extensive and versatile repertoire of classical music. Amadeus lived in Getreidegasse with his parents Leopold and Anna Maria and his sister "Nannerl" until he was 17 years old. A one-hour tour takes you through the original living quarters.
    » 7 minutes walk from Hotel Amadeus to Mozarts Geburtshaus (Getreidegasse 9, distance 600 m).
  • Mozart`s residence: When the rooms for social receptions became too small, the Mozarts moved to the Tanzmeisterhaus on Makartplatz on the right side of the Salzach. Mozart lived here until 1781, interrupted by many concert tours, some of which lasted several years. Then he resigned his services for Salzburg's Archbishop Colloredo and moved to Vienna. Today, Mozart's fortepiano, original documents and portraits are on display in the reconstructed house. Soon it will also be possible to visit the Magic Flute House in the courtyard.
    » 5 minutes walk from Hotel Amadeus to Mozarts Wohnhaus (Makartplatz 8, distance 450 m).

    Another tip: Walk around the Hotel Amadeus and you will find the grave of Mozart's widow Constanze and of Leopold Mozart at Sebastian's cemetery.
    » 1 minute walk from Hotel Amadeus to Sebastian's cemetery (Linzer Gasse 41, distance 10 m).
  • Mirabell Palace & Garden: The beautiful baroque gardens with their statues of gods are among the most important sights of Salzburg. The artistically arranged flower beds, the fountains and the Heckentheater invite you to linger. Also take a look at the palace: the Raphael Donner Staircase with its many putti - and when open, also the magnificent Marble Hall - are absolutely worth a look (free admission). The Rose Hill above the Marble Staircase in the Mirabell Gardens is one of the most popular vantage points in Salzburg: from here, the garden, the cathedral and the fortress are all in one line of sight.
    » 6 minutes walk from the Hotel Amadeus to the Mirabellgarten (Mirabellplatz 3, distance 550 m).
  • DomQuartier Salzburg:Once around the Dom square and right through the baroque heart of Salzburg. The tour takes you through the state rooms of the Residenz, the remarkable residence gallery and the treasure chambers of the Dom Museum and Museum St. Peter. In between, you will pass the Dombogenterrasse high above the Residenzplatz and Domplatz, as well as the organ gallery of Salzburg Cathedral. Versatile and worth seeing.
    » 11 minutes walk from Hotel Amadeus to the DomQuartier (Residenzplatz 1, distance 900 m).
  • Festival Halls: Every day at 2:00 p.m. there are public tours of the Large Festival Hall, the House for Mozart and the Summer Riding School, the foyers and the auditoriums. Not everything can be seen during performances or when renovations are in progress. But a look behind the scenes is always worthwhile. Tickets are available at the Festival Shop of the Salzburg Festival Halls 15 minutes before the performance.
    » zu Fuß vom Hotel Amadeus 12 Minuten zu den Salzburg Festival (Hofstallgasse 1, distance 1 km).
  • Fortress Hohensalzburg & City View: The panoramic tour takes you through Europe's largest medieval castle complex - from the salt storehouse via the dungeon to the viewing platform of the Reckturm with probably the most beautiful view of the city. The tour continues through the battlements to the famous Salzburg Bull.
    » 13 minutes walk from Hotel Amadeus to fortress railroad (Festungsgasse 4, distance 1 km) | 20 minutes to the Festung Hohensalzburg (Mönchsberg 34, distance 1,3 km).

    Another tip:Down in the old town there is a "200 year old" 360 degree panoramic view from the Hohensalzburg Fortress. Painter Johann Michael Sattler created a 130m² circular painting in 1829 with incredible detail. Can be seen in the Panorama Museum.
    » 12 minutes walk from Hotel Amadeus to the Panorama Museum (Residenzplatz 9, distance 1 km).

Salzburg children opera

The Salzburg Festival celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. As part of the special anniversary program, the children's opera "Der Gesang der Zauberinsel" will have its world premiere during the festival. An Indroductory Workshop will be held to familiarize children with the characters and story. Although this opera was created especially for children, it also offers a high cultural and entertainment value for adults. Older children can of course attend the opera on their own while watching another performance. There is always something going on at the festival.


Theme parks & adventure playgrounds

Your children will never be bored on vacation in Salzburg and the surrounding area. Here are some tips for little daredevils and rowdies.


Adventure & amusement parks for the whole family

Within an hour from Hotel Amadeus you can reach two different amusement parks:

  • Erlebnispark Fantasiana: Austria's No. 1 amusement park is only a 40-minute drive away. Erlebnispark Fantasiana offers a variety of themed worlds with rides and attractions for children of all ages.
  • Wild- und Freizeitpark UntertauernUntertauern Wildlife and Leisure Park: Animal and nature lovers will feel right at home in this wildlife and leisure park. Among other things, there is a petting zoo, a children's playground and a lot of native animals.


Salzburg adventure playgrounds for children

Falls Sie beim Familienurlaub lieber in der Stadt Salzburg bleiben möchten, so gibt es für Ihre Kinder trotzdem großartige Möglichkeiten zum Austoben. Bei diesen beiden Spielplätzen in Salzburg schlägt jedes Kinderherz höher:

  • Playground Hellbrunn: This playground is part of the majestic palace garden Hellbrunn and has, among other things, a large sandbox, an extremely long ropeway, and a play castle. In addition, the little ones can play in the children's house or ride a large wooden locomotive.
  • Magic Flute Playground: A special playground awaits just a 5-minute walk from Hotel Amadeus. Oriented on Mozart's opera "Magic Flute", it offers, for example, a "bird carousel" or a "dance chime".