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Exploring Mozart’s Salzburg in 2 Days: The Baroque City of Austria

Salzburg 2 day itinerary will help you discover the best places in Salzburg in 48 hours. This includes some of Europe’s best preserved baroque churches, splendid gardens, medieval fortresses, etc. Also, if you plan it well in advance, you could be in the city for one of its many cultural events.

An ideal Salzburg 2 day itinerary needs to be planned in a way that you make the best of your time in this Mozart’s musical town. A lot of travellers visiting Europe intend to cover maximum places in minimum time. So its quite probable that you’d like to cover Salzburg in not more than 2 days. Therefore, it is important to create a travel-friendly Salzburg 2 day itinerary.

Salzburg is the home city of ‘Sound of Music’ and Mozart.

Remember the song – .”The Hills are alive with the Sound of Music”

Upon reaching Salzburg, this song resonates within you. 

Mozart’s home welcomes you like you are one of its own while taking you back to simpler times. A quaint village residing in the bosom of the picturesque hills, its effervescent beauty makes you feel like you are part of a highly thought out movie set.

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Salzburg as a Travel Destination: Highlights

Before elaborating on things to do in Salzburg in 48 hours, it is important that you know the basics of the city. Going through the overview below will help you understand this Austrian city better.

Location

Salzburg, Austria       

Currency

Euro

1 Euro = 1.14 USD

1 Euro = 79.87 INR

Language

German

(Most people can speak English)

Accessibility

All year round as it has moderate weather throughout

Best time to visit

July – August (for connoisseurs of the fine arts)

September – October (ideal weather)

December – January (for experiencing the delightful Christmas markets)

Speciality

Do not leave Salzburg without trying the Apple Strudel (a dessert similar to, but better than, the Apple Pie)

Also, be prepared to feel like you’re constantly in movie-land, once you arrive.

Important Events (2019)

There are a number of cultural activities happening in Salzburg all year round. Some of the most renowned are:

Winterfest: 28 Nov 2018- 6 Jan 2019

Mozart Week: 24 Jan- 3 Feb

Salzburg Easter Festival: 13-22 April

Salzburg Whitsun Festival: 7-10 June

Salzburg Festival: 20 July- 31 August

Jazz & The City: 17- 20 Oct

Must Carry

Just your tickets and camera are fine.



Salzburg 2 Day Itinerary: An Overview

The ideal Salzburg 2 day itinerary should cover all the must-visit destinations and eating places. A reasonable way to do it is by dividing both the days in 3 slots – morning, noon and evening. 

As per the ideal Salzburg 2 day itinerary, it’s better to start with locations of Old Town. All the major attractions in the Old town are close to each other. Therefore, it’s best to explore the area on foot.

Day 1 in Salzburg

Morning

Have an early breakfast and head out to Mirabell Gardens.

Spend some time there and move to Mozart’s Residence.

It is just a lane away. Next visit Makartsteg and finally Linzergasse.

Noon

Take a break and savour lunch at a nearby restaurant. There are many in the vicinity of Linzergasse.

After enjoying lunch, head to Hohensalzburg Fortress.

Evening

The last destination of the day is Hellbrunn Palace. Stop by and explore the palace and its many intricacies.

Have dinner at a good eatery and call it a day.

Day 2 in Salzburg

Morning

Have an early breakfast and head out to take the lovely ‘Sound of Music Tour.’

This will take some time and will be totally worth it.

Noon

Go to some nice eatery and have a mouthful of lunch. You will need energy for your next destination – Eagle’s Nest (Kehlsteinhaus).

This place will require a decent amount of time. This is because its far from the rest of the locations.

Evening

Visit the Augustiner Braustübel Brewery. It’ll make for a fun way to end your day. It is an old Augustinian monastery turned brewery.

Head out and have dinner.

Which Locations on the Salzburg 2 Day Itinerary are Free to Visit?

There are a lot of free things to do in Salzburg if you procure a special card. It is known as the Salzburg Card and is inclusive for various locations. 

The locations under the Salzburg 2 day itinerary where entry is free if you own the Salzburg card are –

Mozart Residence
Hohensalzburg Fortress
Hellbrunn Palace

Note: Buy the Salzburg card only if you want to explore more places. Else, it’ll prove expensive.

Benefits of the Salzburg Card

Salzburg Card ensures your free entry to various places. It even helps you travel for free within the boundaries of Salzburg. It offers you huge discounts on certain cultural events and concerts. Lastly, it provides express entrance without having to stand in line at the ticket counter.

The card is available for a duration of 24, 48 and 72 hours.

salzburg 2 day itinerary Salzburg Card allows you to visit various places and use transport for free. Photography by Nix

 

An Introduction to Places Mentioned in Salzburg 2 Day Itinerary 

Let us now read about all the places mentioned in the Salzburg 2 day itinerary. The explicit details will help you visit the place as a first timer.

Mirabell Gardens

Situated in the epicentre of the town, Mirabell Gardens is the first place on your Salzburg 2 day itinerary.

These gardens have soul pleasing arrangements of a myriad of flower species in an ocean of colours.

 To stand in the exact place where the momentous scenes of “Do-Re-Mi” were shot in Sound of Music, make you nostalgic and want to shake a leg as a tribute.

Timings

8am – 6pm

Entrance Fees

Free

salzburg 2 day itinerary The beautiful Mirabell Gardens. Photography by Anya Linder

Mozart’s Residence

Mozart’s Residence is next landmark to visit as per the Salzburg 2 day itinerary. Its just is a lane away from the Mirabell Garden.

Mozart’s residence has been converted into a museum. It displays all the relics used by the great Bard himself.

Fans of his work will have a waltzing time in this shrine.

Timings

9am – 5:30pm

Entrance Fees

Adults – € 4.00

Children – € 3.50 

salzburg 2 day itinerary This is where the music maestro Mozart was born. Photography by Mehmet Erdugan

Makartsteg

A little way down the road, you start hearing the sound of flowing water, gently caressing the rocks as it flows over them. This is when you know you’re close to the Makartsteg – the bridge of love. This is the third place on Salzburg 2 day itinerary

 The bridge on the river Salzach is lively with fresher air and pretty locks.

The view from the bridge is beautiful. With mountains visible as far as you can see and a magnificent archaic church to one side, this view is what makes paintings worth millions.

This bridge is on the way to the following attraction and hence, does not set you off your sightseeing schedule as well.

Salzburg 2 day itinerary Love locks at Makartsteg. Photography by Vicky Torija

Linzergasse

Don’t we all love pedestrian streets in beautiful old-world towns?

This street, just a short walk from the lock bridge, is a time machine and fourth on the Salzburg 2 day itinerary. It houses all the best eateries and shopping havens while decorated in Baroque architecture.

Also not to miss is Mozart’s birthplace (Geburtshaus) that is conspicuously located on this street – a burst of yellow, this house looks like sunflowers were let loose on this building to celebrate the birth of the Maestro.

salzburg 2 day itinerary Linzergasse the magnificent Salzburg street. Photography by Lisa Ranner

Hohensalzburg Fortress 

 The funicular ride to the Hohensalzburg Fortress is an adventure on the Salzburg 2 day itinerary.

If you’ve dreamt of going up the Eiffel to just get a glance of the entire Parisian beauty, move on and dream of Salzburg. The Fortress has a view so pure, so untouched that you can’t help but want to stop time to admire it.

It gives you a sense of serenity. A mild wind blowing, along with the view, is just the lullaby you need to transport you into a world with no problems. A mind space wherein only peace resides.

Timings

9:30am – 5pm

Entrance Fees

€11.90 (All-inclusive)

Hohensalzburg Fortress Splendid view from atop Hohensalzburg Fortress. Photography by Chris Dudley

Hellbrunn Palace 

 It may seem like Austria has only palaces to offer, but don’t be mislead by this information.

This palace has its mischievous secrets that are waiting to be discovered. The fountains of the palace may seem like an architectural jewel at first but this is just a facade. There’s much more to explore.

Timings

9am – 4:30pm

(However, the closing time is different for different seasons)

Entrance Fees

Adults – € 12.50 each Children – € 5.50 each

salzburg 2 day itinerary Hellbrunn Palace – Find out mischievous secrets here. Photography by NY Lee

Sound of Music Tour

The Salzburg 2 day itinerary cannot be deemed complete unless you take the Sound of Music tour. It will be once in a lifetime experience especially if you’re a fan of the classic movie.

On this tour, original shooting locations can be visited. The tour can be undertaken via bus, bicycle or even by foot.

Apart from the Mirabelle Gardens, the pedestrianized Old Town provides the backdrop for all other scenes in the original movie.

salzburg 2 day itinerary Various sets and locations on the Sound of Music Tour. Photography by Victoria

Eagle’s Nest (Kehlsteinhaus) 

While the other sights and attractions are not very far from each other and can all be covered in a day, the Fuhrer’s ambitious holiday home would require half a day. Believe me, it is worth it. This should be visited on the second day of Salzburg 2 day itinerary

Perched atop a rocky mountain, it is named befittingly. Tour buses are regularly available to take you to the elevator that then takes you upwards.

It is advisable to leave early morning to truly enjoy this destination. 

The view from the hill (6000 ft above sea level) might give you an insight into why Hitler felt invincible to conquer the world.

Riding in the same lift that was used by Hitler, and standing in the same conference hall used by him gives one a different thrill.

Timings

8:30am – 4:30pm

Entrance Fees

€ 16.00 each

salzburg 2 day itinerary Hike your way to Eagle’s Nest. Photography by Herald Kunze

Augustiner Braustübl Brewery

Finish your Salzburg 2 day itinerary by visiting the Augustiner Braustübl Brewery and sipping some beer. The place is unique in so far as it allows to bring your own food. The only condition is that drinks should be from here.

The beer is available either for half a litre or a whole litre. This is how the system works here –  you take a mug from the shelf. Then you rinse it under the tap. You finally pay and they fill your beer mug.

salzburg 2 day itinerary The best place to enjoy a beer in Salzburg. Photography by Hyo Kim

Budget Tips for Reasonable Implementation of Salzburg 2 Day Itinerary

Here are a few tips for first-time travellers visiting Salzburg. These will come in handy during your Salzburg visit

Get the Salzburg Card

Purchase the 24/48-hour Salzburg Card as soon as you land in the city. This provides free access to a lot of attractions.

Use Public Transport

Utilize public transport as much as possible. The Salzburg Card provides free travel on public transport too.

Wear comfortable footwear

If you do not want to use public transport, wear comfortable footwear. A lot of the sights are at walking distance from each other. The roads are very inviting, owing to the spectacular architecture and food stalls popping up everywhere.

Rent a bike

Salzburg is also a fantastic city to bike. It has over 100 km of bike paths for the riders. You can easily rent a bike. There are many bike rental places in the old town.

Use the free WiFi

Salzburg has open, free city wifi throughout the city of varying speeds. I found the best connection at the Salzburg train station.

How to Tip?

Tip about 5-10% of your bill if you like the service in a restaurant. Round up the bill, and ask your server the change you need back, including the tip.

Attend a music Concert

There are a lot of concerts happening in Salzburg. Try to attend at least one small concert if time allows.

Budget Accommodation Options for Salzburg 2 Day Itinerary

There are plenty of accommodation options in Salzburg. There are hostels, budget as well as luxury hotel options. Choose the ones that suit your pockets. The Old Town area is the best area to stay in Salzburg because of the proximity of major Salzburg attractions. 

Some of the budget accommodation options are:

Hotel Pension Jahn

A comfortable and clean place to stay at, with an extremely friendly staff and close proximity to the main station, this is all you need to get started for this wondrous town

Price/Night – 3,725 INR

Hotel Hofwirt Salzburg

Again, cosy rooms and a location in the midst of affordable restaurants, this place is the perfect stay for a 1-2 day stay over at Salzburg

Price/Night – 4,654 INR

Der Salzburger Hof

Since this was the hotel that I stayed at, I can assure you that the rooms, the staff and the breakfast spread are one of the best that I’ve encountered all over Austria! And it being only 15 minutes walking distance from Mirabell Gardens and 5 minutes walking distance from the station gives it an added advantage

Price/Night – 6,400 INR

Alderhof 

Also close to the station, accompanied by good food and accommodating staff, this hotel is perfect to give you old-town feels!

Price/Night -5,719 INR



Frequently Asked Questions About Salzburg 2 Day Itinerary

Here are a few commonly asked questions by travellers visiting Salzburg. If you have any further questions, drop them n the comment section. I will try to answer them at the earliest.

Should the Salzburg 2 day itinerary include all locations in Old Town?

Yes

Should the Salzburg 2 day itinerary begin by first exploring locations in Old Town?

Yes

Which location would need an extra day in addition to Salzburg 2 day itinerary?

Berchtesgaden Salt Mine

Should the Salzburg 2 day itinerary be extended?

Yes. At least 3 days should be spent in Salzburg if you wish to explore more areas.

Should Sound of Music tour be a part of Salzburg 2 day itinerary

Absolutely yes

Is it possible to hang out at good eating places as per Salzburg 2 day itinerary?

Yes

What places can be covered in Salzburg in one day?

Check out this 1 Day Itinerary for Salzburg    

Salzburg is the place to be at if you want the perfect blend of sight-seeing and peace. The Salzburg 2 day itinerary will ensure that your 48 hours are well spent. Visit Salzburg to find a new, refreshed you. 

Happy wayfaring 🙂

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sana Shah

Sana Shah

Sana Shah is an old soul in a young world who feels she belongs to a different time. An ambivert by nature, Sana is as much of a social animal as she is a snuggled up reader. A self-proclaimed coffee addict as well, her perfect world consists of books, hot brewing coffee and travel tickets. Sana loves the green mountains and the blue skies alike. Also, lakes are her best friends. She loves to travel to quaint locations and experience their cultures, in order to expand her horizons.

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