The name Salzburg translates to “mountain of salt.”
It was this very resource—known colloquially as “white gold”—that made this city great (and the archbishops that reigned here incredibly rich). With the spoils from mining, the members of the ruling class built opulent state rooms and concert halls. The city took shape within just a few decades, and is now considered one of the most exemplary showcases of Baroque architecture in the world. Salzburg’s city center is arguably the best preserved in Central Europe with tall domes peeking over the rooftops of Old Town and hillside fortresses looming overhead. Additionally, Salzburg is notable for its exquisite cultural composition. Once the social and governmental seat of its region, Salzburg was an independent state for nearly 300 years, after breaking from Bavaria and before becoming part of Austria in the early 1800s. It is also the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (and the von Trapp family—can’t forget about them), whose work is emblematic of the region’s musical legacy.
Augustine Brewery and Beer Hall
Mentor's Bar Kulture
Come for the beer, but stay for the range of food vendors in this beer hall.
One of the only real nightclubs in Salzburg, City Beats makes for the perfect end to your night.
This trendy bar gives off serious hipster vibes.
Gasthaus Wilder Mann
We came for the "Latini Panini" (they don't call them that, but we think they should).
One of Salzburg's most famous cafés, known having served members of the Mozart family.
Known for its wide array of fresh pastries, but we suggest the plate-sized sticky bun.
The local favorite for regional cuisine, nestled in a hidden alleyway.