Sprawling between Austria’s borders with Germany and Italy, Salzburg State lies in the heart of the country. It’s largely dominated by the high-altitude peaks of the Austrian Alps and is home to the culturally rich city of Salzburg.
Things to do in Salzburg
Stunning natural wonders, centuries-old castles and the birthplace of Mozart - Salzburg State is not to be missed!
Photograph the Krimml Waterfall. Cascading 380 metres along the Krimmler Ache, this three-tiered waterfall is Austria’s highest. An easy walking path leads to the base of the falls while a well-maintained trail climbs to the upper part. Soak up the views and spray from one of the numerous platforms while keeping your eyes peeled for native birdlife. Adjacent to the waterfall is the WasserWunderWelt Museum, which explores the power of water.
Sightsee in Salzburg. Famed for its links to Mozart, Salzburg lies along the Salzach River and is watched over by the monumental Fortress Hohensalzburg. Admire the Baroque buildings that cluster in the atmospheric Altstadt and explore the Benedictine Abbey of St. Peter before gazing up at the twin towers of the Salzburg Cathedral.
Visit Hohenwerfen Castle. Situated atop a rocky precipice overlooking Werfen, Hohenwerfen Castle is a 900-year-old fortification open to the public on guided tours. In addition to its exhibits of ancient weaponry, it hosts daily falconry shows and is home to the Austrian Museum of Falconry. Theatrical productions, medieval events and folklore nights take place throughout the year.
Get active in the Salzburg Slate Alps. Rising to 2,117 metres in height, this 60-kilometre-long mountain range is a popular setting for hiking in the summer months and skiing in the winter. Scale the jagged peaks of the Hochkönig or visit the Eisriesenwelt, which is the largest ice cave in the world.
Getting around Salzburg
Salzburg Airport is the main aviation gateway to Salzburg State and has flights to destinations across Europe. A network of trains and buses connect from the city of Salzburg to towns throughout the province while chairlifts access Salzburg State’s ski slopes.