Salzburg in Autumn|15 Things To Do

Salzburg in Autumn can be pretty cold but I think it just adds to the magic of Mozart City. Because of the cooler weather during Autumn, you will be more inclined to visit indoor attractions like museums. Because of Mozart and the Sound of Music, the city is very popular, especially around Spring and Summer.

Visiting Salzburg in Autumn is better in that there are fewer crowds to muddle through and can explore the city at a relaxed pace. Though the weather at times can be quite cold, Salzburg in Autumn is such a beaut. I had such an incredible time exploring parts of the city with a guide arranged by Salzburg Tourism.

In this article, I aim to highlight places of interest when visiting Salzburg in Autumn. Most of the locations mentioned in this article are those that I explored personally and would recommend highly. Salzburg is Austria’s charming city and it’s easy to see why a city with mountains.

Salzburg in Autumn|15 Things to do

Most of the major city attractions in Salzburg are located in the ‘old town’ of the city. The old town is a very walkable part of the city surround by a lot of natural beauty. Whilst the city of Salzburg is small in comparison to other European cities, it can hold its own. What it lacks in size, it makes up for in history, heritage, scenic landscape and musicians. 

When visiting Salzburg, I highly recommend getting yourself a Salzburg Card – your ticket to the city. Not only do you get free public transportation but free or discounted entry to various city attractions. Purchasing a city card is the most efficient way to explore the city and save money at the same time. 

Festung Hohensalzburg 

Nestled high on the hill, the fortress is the emblem of the city and was built in 1077. The castle can be reached on foot or via the funicular and is the biggest fully preserved castle in Central Europe. Plus it offers some of the best views of the city and a dose of fresh air.

Nonnberg Abbey 

The oldest continuously existing nunnery in the German-speaking world and inspiration for The Sound of Music. Novice Maria who worked at the Abbey was sent to the Von Trapp family as a governess. In real life, she married Georg and had kids of her own as well as the Von Trapp children. 

St. Peter’s Abbey 

Founded in the 7th-century by Frankish missionary Rupert, the abbey has been the ‘spiritual heart’ of the city. The Abbey has featured in the Sound of Music movie scene and it is a former cathedral. 

Bürgerwehr Mönchsberg 

A mountain in the centre of Salzburg’s old town. It is named after monks from a nearby abbey and is very popular with the locals and tourists. Museum der Moderne and Restaurant M32 are popular attractions at Mönchsberg.

Hellbrunn Palace 

Built between 1612 and 1615 and commissioned by Prince-Archbishop as a summer residence. It is a popular tourist destination during the summer and unfortunately has no rooms.

Museum der Moderne Salzburg 

Museum of Modern Art and officially opened in 2004. It is perched up on the high above the rooftops of Salzburg’s Old City on Mönchsberg. International art treasures from the 20th and 21st centuries are presented in a stylish setting.

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Salzburg Museum 

Located near Mozartplatz and next door to Salzburg Cathedral. It is a museum that has won numerous awards and currently showcasing Silent Night. It is commemorating the 200th anniversary of the famous Christmas carol. The exhibition will be on display between 29th September thru to 2nd February 2019.

Panorama Museum 

The 200-year-old history of Salzburg is captured on the gigantic round painting (26-meter circumference. Panorama museum is connected to Salzburg museum via an underground passage. It’s worth purchasing a combined ticket with Salzburg Museum, Panorama Museum is a 360 history of Salzburg. 

Mozart’s Birthplace 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on the 27th of January 1756 and was the 7th child. Of the 7 children, only Mozart and his older sister survived and live on the third floor. Today Mozart’s Birthplace is a museum showcasing the early life of the composer. It is located at 9 Getreidegasse in Salzburg, Austria in the Old Town. 

Mozart Residence 

In 1733, the Mozart family moved from 9 Getreidegasse to the Dance Master’s House. Because the old how was no longer spacious for the Mozart family to host gatherings. This residence is now a museum and located on Mirabellplatz next to the Mirabel Gardens and near the Do-Re-Mi steps.

Mirabell Palace & Gardens

Built-in 1606 by prince-archbishop Wolf Dietrich, the Mirabel Palace and Gardens are famous for being featured in the Sound of Music movie. Today the gardens and Palace make for a great backdrop for weddings. Situated just a short walk from the Mozart Statue at Mozartplatz.

Love Lock Bridge 

Like most cities in Europe, Salzburg also has its own Love lock bridge connecting DomQuartier to Mirabellplatz. I love all the myths and legends associate with love lock bridges and this doesn’t disappoint. It’s defintiely worth a visit as it connnects you to two incredible areas in Sazlburg.

Salzburg Cathedral 

Dom zu Salzburg is dedicated to Saint Rupert (saint of the city) and Saint Virgil from Ireland. The cathedral is the most sacred and important building in the city and adds to the impressive city skyline. Though the cathedral has had three misfortunes of being destroyed by fires, each reconstruction is better than before. The very first cathedral was built in 767 and consecrated to Saints Peter and Rupert in 774. 

Cathedral Excavations 

The Cathedral Excavation Museum is part of the Salzburg Museum and located underneath the Cathedral and Residenzplatz Squares. Underneath the cathedral is excavations showing remains of a Roman Villa. In the museum, you can also see relics from private homes and various architectural elements.


Considered a unique cultural highlight of the city encompassing the residence and the cathedral. Prince-archbishop Guidobald Graf von built the cathedral arches, the Residenz and Cathedral Squares including the Long Gallery. This architectural complex was once the centre of power and today with one ticket allows you to visit 5 museums in Salzburg. 

Salzburg is such an incredible city and one that should be on everyone’s bucketlist. Because not only do you get to explore the Fortress, you can even climb a mountain. What other city that you know of has a mountain in the within the city? But then again, mountains are not for everyone so they offer you music, culture and food.



  1. December 26, 2018 / 1:24 am

    If Salzburg is already cold in autumn, I can only imagine it when it’s winter. haha Coming from a tropical country, I am not fond of icy cold weathers. So if ever, autumn would be a good time for me to visit there. 😀

  2. December 13, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    I went to Salzburg on summer time. You made me want to go during fall. Beautiful pics, as usual!

  3. December 12, 2018 / 4:47 am

    You shared an excellent round up of ideas for the season. I don’t know anything about this area and would love to visit!

  4. Rosey
    December 11, 2018 / 9:46 am

    I would like to visit the museum. It’s awesome that it used to be his home.

  5. December 11, 2018 / 4:18 am

    I’m always looking forward to your travel posts. So exciting to see where you’ve been and the sights you’ve explored.

  6. December 10, 2018 / 12:12 pm

    Salzburg is one of those places I’ve always wanted to visit and I loved reading your post. The photos are absolutely gorgeous! My 1st stop would definitely be Mozart’s house. He’s my favourite composer.

  7. December 10, 2018 / 11:02 am

    I love those city cards, great idea to save money and travel easily. There is so much to do there and the buildings are beautiful

  8. December 10, 2018 / 2:00 am

    Wow I never considered visiting Salzburg but now I truly would love too! From the buildings to the foliage it is incredible!

  9. December 10, 2018 / 1:02 am

    I live visiting awesome architecture and even better with culture and history. Thanks for this awesome guide

  10. December 9, 2018 / 8:21 pm

    Hellbrunnn palace has to be my favorite spot! I always have this huge love for palaces ever since I watched British movies from the past kingdoms. So definitely, find me there!

  11. December 9, 2018 / 9:07 am

    Wow it is so, so beautiful!!!! The views are out of this world and I love how much there is to do! x

    • Miranda
      December 9, 2018 / 9:09 am

      Salzburg is absolutely gorgeous and having a mountain within the city sets it apart from other cities in Europe.

  12. December 8, 2018 / 10:58 pm

    You listed this visit as one of your goals? Am I right? I remember you talking about it in another post and was curious about the name because I had never heard of it before. Now I know why you went, it is very pretty adn packed with history 🙂

    • Miranda
      December 9, 2018 / 9:11 am

      Yes, I did indeed, always happy to tick items off my bucketlist.

  13. December 8, 2018 / 5:03 pm

    It’s such a gorgeous place to visit especially with the Autumnal colours. The city card sounds like a great money saver, thanks for the tip.

    • Miranda
      December 9, 2018 / 9:11 am

      The city card is definitely the way to make exploring the city more affordable and easier.

  14. December 8, 2018 / 10:04 am

    There are some beautiful pictures here, its looks like a lovely place to visit, any time of the year!

  15. December 8, 2018 / 7:33 am

    Wow it looks like an amazing place with some incredible architecture. I wonder how kid friendly it is as I’d love to arrange a visit x

  16. December 7, 2018 / 11:23 pm

    Salzburg looks so picture book perfect. I would love to visit there one day! It’s definitely on my travel bucket list.

  17. December 7, 2018 / 7:04 pm

    I’ve not been to Salzburg in autumn, but we visited in winter as part of a skiing holiday and I was taken by its beauty 🙂

  18. December 7, 2018 / 5:25 pm

    I can imagine what a gorgeous place this must be to visit. I always find these towns so magical looking!

  19. December 6, 2018 / 3:29 pm

    Salzburg sounds like a great city, so much to do. It is on our to-do list when we visit Austria as part of a road trip. And I also love City Cards. They’re fab for getting around cities and seeing the best tourist attractions.

  20. December 6, 2018 / 2:11 pm

    This looks like a great place to appreciate some wonderful architecture we’ve never actually visited but will have to put it on our list for a weekend away!

  21. December 6, 2018 / 1:17 pm

    I’ve been wanting to go to Salzburg for years and you’ve just reignited that desire with your beautiful post and stunning photos. There is literally SO much to do. I’ll have to wait for my youngest to be born and grow a little, then I’m definitely booking the flights!

  22. December 6, 2018 / 10:52 am

    This is such a beautiful place and one that has stayed in my mind from a trip there as a child. The card is a fabulous idea to help you get around

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