The Ultimate Guide to Salzburg + Hallstatt - 1 day, 2 day, 3 day Salzburg Itinerary


The Ultimate Guide to Salzburg + Hallstatt - 1 day, 2 day, 3 day Itinerary
Located near the border of Austria, Salzburg is a popular getaway for many. The quiet and picturesque town makes it even charming. I was introduced to Salzburg through the movie Sound of Music. If you have not watched it, please do so! The movie is so good! Other than Sound of Music, Salzburg is a beautiful town and had groom many talented musicians such as Mozart.

The Ultimate Guide to Salzburg + Hallstatt - 1 day, 2 day, 3 day Itinerary
H & I spent 5 days 4 night in this gorgeous town in Austria and we were glad that we did. Everywhere we go, we could hear the birds chirping away. Plus, walking down every corner of the street felt so surreal. The perfect weather, friendly people and beautiful town. I can’t help to have the melody from Sound of Music running across my mind. We purchased the 72 hours Salzburg Card and managed to explore almost all the attractions here.

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If you are planning to visit Salzburg for 24 hours, I would recommend you to explore the town with Day 1 itinerary. For 48 hours, combined it with Day 2 itinerary. Personally, I would recommend you to at least spend 2 full days (Day 1 & Day 2 itinerary) to be able to fully explore and enjoy Salzburg. 72 hours are for people who prefer to explore at a slow and steady pace. In addition to spending 3 full days in Salzburg, we took a day trip to the most beautiful town in Austria – Hallstatt.

Summary
Day 1: Hohensalzburg Fortress – Lunch @ Burgerista - DomQuartier Salzburg – Café Sugar Cube – Mozart Birthplace – Salzach River Cruise – Dinner @ Augustiner-Bräu Beer Hall
Day 2: Untersbergbahn Mountain Cable Car – Hellbrunn Zoo – Hellbrunn Palace & Trick Fountain – Dinner @ L'Osteria Salzburg
Day 3: Breakfast @ Cafe Fingerlos J.M. Fingerlos – Mirabell Palace – Lunch @ Balkan Grill Walter - Sound of the Music world – Confiserie FürstMÖNCHSBERG lift– Dinner @ Barenwit
Day 4: Day trip to Hallstatt
Day 5: Salzburg to Munich

So let us begin!

Hohensalzburg Fortress
Salzburg itinerary Hohensalzburg Fortress
The first thing to do in the morning is to visit Hohensalzburg Fortress. Take the funicular up and enjoy the stunning view of Salzburg from the Fortress! The fortress is one of the largest and oldest in Europe It was built to protect archbishops from hostile attacks. Over the years, the fortress expanded and soon it became a castle.
Salzburg itinerary Hohensalzburg Fortress
Salzburg itinerary Hohensalzburg Fortress
Other than the beautiful views, the basic tickets include the fortress museum where it shows historical exhibits of the life led by prince-archbishops. H & I spent almost 3 hours to explore the castle. The museum is informative and the view up there is amazing! We had a great time in the fortress.
Tip for Salzburg Card: Visit before 11 am for free entrance to the unique Princes’ Apartments.
Visit the official website for more information on Hohensalzburg Fortress.

Hohensalzburg Fortress
Address: Mönchsberg 34, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
Opening Hours
January-April: 9:30 am-5 pm
May-September: 9 am-7 pm
October-December: 9:30 am-5 pm

Lunch at Burgerista
Salzburg Itinerary Burgerista Salzburg Salzburg itinerary Food to eat cheap eat in salzburg
Salzburg Itinerary Burgerista Salzburg Salzburg itinerary Food to eat  fast food salzburg
Salzburg Itinerary Burgerista Salzburg Salzburg itinerary Food to eat
In the afternoon, we had a quick lunch at Burgerista! Burgerista is a popular burger chain in Germany and Austria. We order a Burger and Club sandwich to share and it was so good! Plus, there are lots of sauce available for you to have it with your fries.

Burgerista
Address: Griesgasse 15, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
Opening Hours: Daily 10:30 am-12am

Dom Quartier Salzburg
salzburg itinerary Dom Quartier Salzburg
After lunch, we visited DomQuartier Salzburg. It’s one of the most beautiful architectural building in Salzburg. The Dom Quartier Salzburg comprises of Cathedral & Residenz. We started the museum walk from the Residenz museum with an audio guide. The audio guide was very informative with a historical explanation. Afterwards, we proceed to the Cathedral and the architecture were really grand! Love it there!

Dom Quartier Salzburg
Ticket: 13 Euro/ Adult
Address: Residenzpl. 1, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
Opening Hours:
Jan to June: Wednesday-Monday 10 am-5 pm
July to August: daily 10 am-6 pm
September to November: daily 10 am-5 pm
December to Jan 6, 2020: daily 10 am-5 pm
Last admission one hour before closing
More information on Dom Quartier Salzburg here

Take a break at Café Sugar Cube or Würfel Zucker
Salzburg Itinerary Apple Strudel Salzburg itinerary Food to eat
Apple Strudel Salzburg Café Sugar Cube or Würfel Zucker Salzburg itinerary Food to eat
Next, take a break at Würfel Zucker aka Café Sugar Cube. This café truly serves one of the best apple strudels I ever had. We went back twice and tried out the various version of apple strudel. Our favourite got to be the one served in warm custard! It’s so yummy! Plus, the service of the staff was good and friendly. Overall, it made the experience very enjoyable! Highly recommended!

Café Sugar Cube or Würfel Zucker
Address: Griesgasse 13 5020 Salzburg Austria
Opening Hours: Daily 9am – 6pm

Mozart Birthplace & Residence
Salzburg Itinerary Mozart Birthplace & Residence
H & I are not music people so we were surprised when we find out that Mozart was born in Salzburg. After our visit to Mozart’s birthplace and residence, we had better insight on how to groom one to be like Mozart. Just kidding. The museum showcase Mozart’s journey in music and his family. However, we both felt that it was not worth the entrance fee because each museum was small and can be completed in less than an hour. Oh yes and no photography allowed in the museum.

Mozart Birthplace & Residence
Ticket: 11 Euro/ Adult or 18 Euro. Adult for combined tickets (Birthplace & Residence)
Address: Mozarts Geburtshaus Getreidegasse 9 5020 Salzburg
Opening Hours: Daily 9:30 to 17:30
More information on Mozart Birthplace & Residence here

Salzach River Cruise
Salzburg itinerary Salzach River Cruise
Salzburg itinerary Salzach River Cruise
The Salzburg card includes a complimentary ride along Salzach river. The tour starts at the Makart Bridge and will cruise along the river. The entire trip lasted around 40 minutes. The view is great if you are lucky to get seats near the window. Not sure for the rest of the 80% guest who sits in the middle and has a limited view. You don’t really get to move around in the cruise. Thus, If you do not hold a Salzburg card, I suggest you skip the river cruise and take a stroll along the river on your own. Personally, I feel that it’s the best way to enjoy the view of the river.

Salzach River Cruise
Ticket: 15 Euro/Adult
Address: Salzburg Stadt Schiff-Fahrt GmbH & Co KG Anlegestelle Makartsteg 5020 Salzburg
Opening Hours
March, April: 1 pm*, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm (*Saturday, Sunday and holiday)
May: 11 am, noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm
June: 11 am, noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm
July, August: 11 am, noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm** (**August 1-18)
September: noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm
October: 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm
November: 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm

Augustiner-Bräu Beer Hall
Salzburg Itinerary Augustiner-Bräu Beer Hall
Salzburg Itinerary Augustiner-Bräu Beer Hall
Salzburg Itinerary Augustiner-Bräu Beer Hall Salzburg itinerary Food to eat  salzburg beer
Afterwards, walk to the Beer Hall and enjoy the gorgeous view of the river after you alight from your river cruise. The Beer Hall used to be a Church and part of it has been converted to Beer Hall. On the weekend, this place is a popular spot for the locals!
Unlike the beer garden in other countries, the beer garden in Salzburg is self-service. You grab the size of the mug you want for your beer and pay at the counter. Also, there are many different foods you can choose from the various vendor in the Beer Market. The food is hit and misses but I love the vibe there! 

Tip: You can bring your own food there! 

Augustiner-Bräu Beer Hall
Address: Lindhofstraße 7, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
Opening Hour: Daily, 3 – 11pm

Day 2: Untersbergbahn Mountain Cable Car – Hellbrunn Zoo – Hellbrunn Palace & Trick Fountain – Dinner @ L'Osteria Salzburg
Untersbergbahn Moutain Cable Car
Salzburg Itinerary Untersbergbahn Moutain Cable Car
Salzburg Itinerary Untersbergbahn Moutain Cable Car
Salzburg Itinerary Untersbergbahn Moutain Cable Car Timing
In the morning, take Bus 25 to Untersbergbahn and take a cable up to the top. The view from the cable car is stunning. We managed to catch a glimpse of it when we were on our way up.

Unfortunately, We weren’t that lucky when we reach the top. After being at the top for 5 minutes, it started snowing and we couldn’t see anything but a sea of white. It is said that you can view Austria from one side and Germany on the other. Unfortunately, we didn’t see anything.
If you did not purchase the Salzburg card like we did, it is advisable to check the weather forecast before you visit. After all, you don’t want to spend 25 euro to go up and not able to enjoy the view. Overall, we spend around 45 minutes at Untersbergbahn.

Untersbergbahn Mountain cable car
Ticket: 25 Euro/ Adult
Address: Dr.-Friedrich-Oedl-Weg 2, 5083, Austria
Opening Hour: 8:30 am – 5pm
Visit the official website of  Untersbergbahn Moutain Cable Car here

Hellbrunn Zoo
salzburg itinerary Hellbrunn Zoo
salzburg itinerary Hellbrunn Zoo
salzburg itinerary Hellbrunn Zoo

Since we had some time in the morning, we decided to visit the Hellbrunn Zoo with our Salzburg Card. The zoo used to be part of Hellbrunn Palace. The zoo has a beautiful enclosure and one is able to see the animal pretty closely. The zoo is not big and can be completed in 2-3hours. I think couples with kids will love it there! There are many interactive activities as well as a playground for the kids.

Hellbrunn Zoo
Ticket: 11.50 Euro/Adult
Address: Hellbrunnerstraße 60, 5081 Anif, Austria
Opening hour: 9am – 5pm, Daily
Visit the official website of Hellbrunn Zoo here

Hellbrunn Palace & Trick Fountain
salzburg itinerary Hellbrunn Palace & Trick Fountain
salzburg itinerary Hellbrunn Palace & Trick Fountain
salzburg itinerary Hellbrunn Palace & Trick Fountain
After a quick lunch in a restaurant at Hellbrunn Palace, we proceed to explore the palace and trick fountain. The Hellbrunn Palace was built by Markus Sittikus von Hohenems, Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg as a summerhouse. It’s gorgeous! & what’s more interesting is the trick fountain is 400 years old! So, the trick fountain is used to host guest and they were very often tricked by it. Despite being seen as a childish act, Markus Sittikus von Hohenems actually experiment with the use of water pressure with these tricks. It was a pretty great deal back 400 years back!

Hellbrunn Palace & Trick Fountain
Ticket:12.50 Euro/Adult
Address: Schloss Hellbrunn & Wasserspiele Fürstenweg 37 5020 Salzburg
Opening Hours
Daily from March 30th until November 3rd, 2019
April, October 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
May, June, September 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
July, August 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Visit this page for more information on Hellbrunn Palace & Trick Fountain.

Dinner at L'Osteria Salzburg
salzburg itinerary  L'Osteria Salzburg Salzburg itinerary Food to eat
salzburg itinerary  L'Osteria Salzburg Salzburg itinerary Food to eat
salzburg itinerary  L'Osteria Salzburg Salzburg itinerary Food to eat
In the evening, we visited L'Osteria Salzburg for Italian Food! Pizza is H's favourite food so we make it to a point to try at least 1 pizza when we are travelling. This pizza chain L'Osteria did not disappoint. In fact, we love it and even plan to have it in Munich!

I ordered the Risotto and it's the best I had. Seriously, the ones I had in Singapore is like porridge. Any recommendation for good risotto in Singapore? Pizza is huge and really good! The crust was crispy on the outside and topped with lots of fillings! Service and ambience was good too!

L'Osteria Salzburg
Address: Dreifaltigkeitsgasse 10, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
Opening Hour: 11am - 12mn

Day 3: Brunch @ Cafe Fingerlos J.M. Fingerlos – Mirabell Palace – Lunch @ Balkan Grill Walter - Sound of the Music world – Confiserie Fürst - MÖNCHSBERG lift– Dinner @ Barenwit

Cafe Fingerlos J.M. Fingerlos
salzburg itinerary  Cafe Fingerlos J.M. Fingerlos Salzburg itinerary Food to eat
salzburg itinerary  Cafe Fingerlos J.M. Fingerlos Salzburg itinerary Food to eat

In the morning, we visited Cafe Fingerlos J.M. Fingerlos for brunch! The breakfast offered at café Figerlos were reasonably priced and good. I love the cakes there! I wish I had discovered this place earlier so that I can try out different cakes! It’s so good! Definitely better than the ones we had at Cafe Tomaselli. The service was great too! (Except when it gets really crowded and you had to wait to get them). 
The only challenge is that this place is always crowded and you had to make a reservation in advance. We didn’t and had to wait a while for seats. It gets very crowded on Sunday so visit on off-peak period or make your reservation.  

Cafe Fingerlos J.M. Fingerlos
Address: Franz-Josef-Straße 9, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
Opening Hours: Daily 7:30am–7:30pm, Closed on Monday

Mirabell Palace
Salzburg Itinerary Mirabell Palace
Salzburg Itinerary Mirabell Palace
Salzburg Itinerary Mirabell Palace
Next, head over to Mirabell Palace that is located across the street. The Mirabell Palace was built in 1606 by prince-archbishop. Today, Fan of Sound of Music will know this place. The Trapp family was singing Do Re Mi and standing on the steps in front of the Rose Hill.  
Salzburg Itinerary Mirabell Palace
On weekend evening, we saw many people gathered in the garden for a drink. The people in Salzburg sure know how to enjoy. They have chosen the perfect place to unwind!

Mirabelle Palace
Address: Schloss Mirabell, Mirabellgarten Mirabellplatz 4 5020 Salzburg
Opening Hour: Daily, 8 am – 6 pm

Balkan Grill Walter
Salzburg itinerary Food to eat
After a heavy brunch, we decide to grab a quick lunch. Balkan Grill Walter. Balkan serves traditional Bosna Sausage. The ones at Balkan Grill was yummy! They have amazing sausage and bread too! It’s crispy on the outside and yet soft in the inside. You can order it with a different sauce. It was good and reasonably priced (3.80 Euro)!

Balkan Grill Walter
Address: Getreidegasse 33, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
Opening Hours: Daily, 11am–7pm closed on Sunday

Sound of Music World
salzburg itinerary Sound of Music World
salzburg itinerary Sound of Music World
Sound of Music World museum turns out to be better than I had thought it would. In the museum, you can have a sneak peek the real Trapp Family. There is a documentary on Maria Trapp telling tales on the real family. I laughed when she said that the father did not act like the one in the movie. Their father did not use a whistle to call for them. The whistle was used when they were in the farm/garden. It would be difficult to call their name. Thus, they were pretty upset at the misinterpretation of their father in the movie.

Sound of Music World 
Address: Sound of Music World Getreidegasse 47 5020 Salzburg
Opening Hours: Daily 10am – 6pm
Visit the official website here

Confiserie Fürst
Salzburg Itinerary Confiserie Fürst
Salzburg Itinerary Confiserie Fürst
Salzburg Itinerary Confiserie Fürst
Next, to the museum, you can purchase the famous Mozart Ball in Salzburg. It’s the original shop and they have blue packaging! It has a history of more than 125 years. Unlike the ones sold in the supermarket, (We tried it and it was so bad!) the chocolate used here is premier and taste really different! If you want to get Mozart ball as a gift, buy these little gems! Otherwise, save the money for other stuff and skip the supermarket Mozart ball!

Confiserie Fürst - Multiple Outlets
Price: 1.40 euro per Mozart balls.
Address: Getreidegasse 47 - 5020 Salzburg
Opening Hours: Mo-Sa 10.00 - 18.30 Su 12.00 - 17.00
Visit the official website here

MÖNCHSBERG lift
Salzburg Itinerary
We took the MÖNCHSBERG lift to the top, one of the highest point in Salzburg. It was stunning! The elevator also takes you to the entrance of the Museum of Modern Art Salzburg. Unfortunately, it was closed when we were there. Thus, we decide to take a walk in the park. The trail leads us to another side of the Salzburg which is near to our dinner place. Love the quiet walk and beautiful panorama view from the top!

MÖNCHSBERG lift
Price: 3.80 Euro
Address: Gstättengasse 13
Opening Hours
Mon 8 am–7 pm,
Tues–Sun 8 am–9 pm
July, August: daily 8 am–11 pm

Dinner at Barenwit
Salzburg Itinerary Barenwit Schnitzel Salzburg itinerary Food to eat
Salzburg Itinerary Barenwit Schnitzel
After a long walk, we finally arrive at Barenwit Restaurant. No doubt the food was great! I love the schnitzel, probably the best we had in Salzburg. The wild boar sausage had a pretty strong taste. Nonetheless, it’s a good place for austrian meal. Love the view from our seats. Service was great too!

Barenwit 
Address: Müllner Hauptstraße 8, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
Opening Hour: Daily, 11am - 11pm

Day 4 – Day trip to Hallstatt
Day trip to hallstatt itinerary
Day trip to hallstatt itinerary
On the fourth day, we took a day trip to Hallstatt. Almost 2.5 hours of public transport from Salzburg, we arrive at Hallstatt, the most beautiful town in Austria is stunning! We were mesmerized by the view.  We took a stroll in the town and it felt as if we were in the movie (with lots of tourist of course!)
Day trip to hallstatt salt mine itinerary
Day trip to hallstatt salt mine itinerary
Then, we visited took the funicular to the top for a panorama view of Hallstatt! Afterwards, we visited the Hallstatt Salt Mine Museum. Who knew this beautiful place was once a Salt Mine!
The Salt Mine Museum (guided tour) was fun! You get to ride the traditional “slide” and get a glimpse of the Salt Mine.
Day trip to hallstatt itinerary
In the afternoon, we took our lunch at Restaurant Rudolfsturm. The food was decent but the view is amazing! Do head over to this restaurant if you took the funicular up! Then, we took another 2.5 hours to get back to Salzburg. Are the 5 hours of bus ride worth it? Definitely!

Read more on Planning a Trip to Hallstatt Here

Other places to visit in Salzburg (only if you have extra time)
Stiegl Beer Museum
salzburg itinerary Stiegl Beer Museum
salzburg itinerary Stiegl Beer Museum
One of H hobby is to visit all the beer museum in the world (even though he don’t really drink much) Most beer museums is fun and interactive but the one at Stiegl is informative but lack of fun. Nonetheless, it was a good visit!
*Do note that only German guided tour is available

Stiegl Beer Museum
Price: 13 Euro
Address: Bräuhausstraße 9, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
Opening Hour:
Daily 10 am-5 pm July
August: daily 10 am-7 pm
Dec. 24: 10 am-3 pm
Dec. 31: 10 am-4 pm (last admission 1 hour before closing)
Closed: Jan. 14-16, Dec. 25+26

Salzburg Museum
salzburg itinerary Salzburg Museum
We visited Salzburg Museum on day 1 and thought it would give us a glimpse of Salzburg history to kickstart our trip in Salzburg. Unfortunately, there was limited information about Salzburg and most of the exhibits are the artistic piece.  Thus, I would only recommend you to visit if you use Salzburg pass or have some time to spare.

Salzburg Museum
Price: 9 Euro  
Address: Mozartplatz 1 5020 Salzburg
Opening Hour: Tuesday-Sunday 9 am-5 pm Jan. 1: 11 am-5 pm Closed: Nov. 1, Dec. 25
Cafe Tomaselli
Salzburg Itinerary Cafe Tomaselli
It was said that Mozart loved to visit this café during his free days. Since this café is highly raved by many travel blog, we decide to give it a try. The cake was decent and the coffee was mediocre. Interior of the café was beautifully designed. Classic! Unfortunately, the service was bad and the only bad experience we had in Salzburg. The café was crowded but there were lots of staff hanging around. They didn’t bother. So ee left after 10 minutes and decide to visit Würfel Zucker.
 Day trip to hallstatt itinerary
In conclusion, H & I are glad to include Salzburg & Hallstatt into our 2 Weeks Holiday in Europe! We love everything in Salzburg! The beautiful scenery, cosy cafe and people! Do make a trip when you are in that region! Now we can't wait to visit other parts of Europe in the future!

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