Perfect One Day in Salzburg Itinerary – Local’s Guide

Perfect One Day in Salzburg Itinerary – Local’s Guide

stunning picture of the sunset over salzburg with mountains in the background

Are you looking for the best one-day in Salzburg Itinerary? Then I got you covered!

Salzburg is a beautiful old city in the Austrian Alps with a quaint Old Town (Altstadt) that is on the list
of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Being the birthplace of Mozart, and the gorgeous background created by the mountains and the Salzach River, draw in visitors from all over the world.

If you only have one day in the beautiful city, you’ll want to make the most of it.

I have grown up in Austria and have been to Salzburg many times. I have also asked my friend Mindy, who’s an expert on Salzburg as well, for her insider tips and must-see places for visitors.

So I know just the right spots you need to hit up on your day trip.

Let’s get to it.

Table of Contents

  • 1 Day in Salzburg Itinerary – at a Glance
  • Salzburg Points of Interest – Interactive Map
  • One Day in Salzburg – Planning Resources
  • 1. Start Your Day With an Austrian Breakfast
  • 2. Stroll Down Getreidegasse and Do Some Shopping
  • 3. Visit Mozart’s Birth House
  • 4. Try Nockerl in a Café
  • 5. Visit Mirabell Gardens or Take a Sound of Music Tour
  • 6. Hohensalzburg Fortress
  • 7. Enjoy Some Traditional Food and Drinks at the Augustiner Brewery
  • 8. Evening Things to Do in Salzburg
  • Other Things to Do in Salzburg
  • What is the Salzburg Card?
  • Taking a Day Trip vs Staying in Salzburg
  • Places of Interest in Salzburg – Bucket List
  • Conclusion: One Day in Salzburg Itinerary
  • FAQ: One Day in Salzburg Itinerary
  • About the Author

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river of salzburg with castle in the background
Salzburg Quick Facts

🌎 Country: Austria
💸 Currency: EURO
Voltage: 230 V
Time Zone: GMT +2
👧🏻 Language: Austrian (German)

1 Day in Salzburg Itinerary – at a Glance

Find here an overview of my ideal one-day Salzburg itinerary.

If you need more information on the stops I mentioned, keep on reading to find out more.

  • Traditional Austrian Breakfast
  • Getreidegasse – Shopping
  • Birthplace of Mozart
  • Try “Nockerl” in a Café
  • Mirabell Gardens or Sound of Music Tour
  • Hohensalzburg Fortress
  • Augustiner Brewery

Salzburg Points of Interest – Interactive Map

One Day in Salzburg – Planning Resources

Day Trip From Vienna: Salzburg Day Trip From Vienna

Day Trip From Munich: Salzburg Day Tour From Munich

Tours: VIATOR, GetYourGuide

Travel Insurance: EKTA

Hotel: IMLAUER Hotel Pitter Salzburg

Trains: TrainLine

picture of mirabell palace in salzburg

1. Start Your Day With an Austrian Breakfast

As an Austrian, I have to recommend trying a typical Austrian breakfast before you head out to explore Salzburg.

If we Austrians are in a rush, we typically grab breakfast at a bakery. This includes a small coffee and a yummy pastry.

Two of the most famous bakeries in Salzburg are Holztrattner Bakery and Bakery Funder.

If you want to have a more relaxed experience, I recommend the oldest cafe in Salzburg: Cafe Tomaselli. It used to be frequented by Mozart himself.

For those who love breakfast with a view: try Hotel Stein or Hotel Arte.

traditional austrian breakfast in salzburg with a cake and a mozart praline

2. Stroll Down Getreidegasse and Do Some Shopping

Getreidegasse is the most famous street in Salzburg. It is full of high-end stores, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and Mozart’s birth house.

There are some souvenir stores in charming historic buildings, lined up side-by-side down the cobblestone street.

Some of the buildings include through-houses, to allow pedestrians to explore surrounding courtyards, squares, and streets.

The through-houses include some interesting historical remnants from the previous residents. Keep your eyes open for crests, inscriptions, and décor.

Another thing of note on Getreidegasse is the ornate, wrought iron signs. You can spot them protruding from the storefronts.

They originated in the Middle Ages when a lot of people relied on those signs to know what was what because they could not read.
Most stores in Austria are closed on Sundays. And Getreidegasse is not an exception to that rule. If
If you’re interested in actually going in the stores, make sure you visit on a different day of the week.

3. Visit Mozart’s Birth House

Mozart’s Birth House needs to be on everyone’s 1 Day in Salzburg itinerary. It is one of the biggest places of interest in Salzburg.

As mentioned, Mozart was born on Getreidegasse. That “Hagenauer Haus” at No. 9 Getreidegasse
has since been turned into a museum.

The Mozart residence had only a few rooms in the building. Nowadays, a full three floors of the house are now used to display instruments, letters, portraits, and other artifacts to celebrate Mozart and tell his story.

This extremely popular museum takes about an hour to go through. I recommend going on a self-guided tour.

It is open every day of the week, with the last admission 30 minutes prior to closing.

4. Try Nockerl in a Café

Austria is known for its great café culture. They serve perfect coffee and delectable desserts pretty much anywhere in the country.

But some cities in Austria have desserts that they are especially known for. For example, Vienna has the Sacher Torte and Salzburg has the Nockerl!

Nockerl is a tall, fluffy, souffle with several peaks. The peaks are meant to represent the mountains around the town. It kinda swims in a fruit jam.

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city to relax, recharge with an espresso, and
enjoy the beloved Salzburger Nockerl.

You can get Nockerl at almost any café in the Old Town. My favorite places are Café Mozart, Wirtshaus Elefant (Hotel Elefant’s restaurant), and Goldene Kugel.

They are quite mighty so that totally covers lunch. If you are into sweets, make sure to book an Apple Strudel Baking Class.

5. Visit Mirabell Gardens or Take a Sound of Music Tour

As I mentioned, Salzburg is very well known for being the filming location for “The Sound of Music”.

The most famous of those filming sites is Mirabell Gardens. This is where Maria and the children run around and sing “Do Re Mi”.

The gardens are open to the public and free to explore.

Whether you’re a fan of the movie or not, the gardens are some of the most beautiful in Europe and are considered a must-see place for Salzburg visitors.

If you want to see more from the film than just Mirabell Gardens, there are plenty of guided tours to see
Sound of Music filming locations all over the city.

This spot needs to be on every One Day in Salzburg Itinerary.

6. Hohensalzburg Fortress

Hohensalzburg Fortress overlooks the old town of Salzburg and the surrounding areas and is a beautiful place to check out.

You can go up the Fortress Funicular for the views, and then stay to enjoy some of the museums that are now housed in the fortress.

I spend about 3 hours going through the museums. The Fortress Museum focuses on what life would have looked like in the fortress.

I also liked the Marionette Museum with the large puppets staged in
different scenes.

Lastly, the Museum of the Rainer Regiment gives a glimpse into the life of the fortress’s military regiment.

You can also see the historic armory house, the dungeons, a viewing platform at Reckturm Tower, and parts of the princes’ chambers. They still have their original furnishings.

This is my favorite spot on this one-day-in Salzburg itinerary.

7. Enjoy Some Traditional Food and Drinks at the Augustiner Brewery

The Augustiner Bräu Salzburg is a great piece of interactive history and it’s one of my favorite things to do in Salzburg in one day.

They have been brewing and serving beer since 1621!

Fast forward to today, and you have Austria’s biggest beer tavern. It includes 5 halls of indoor seating, several private rooms, an outdoor garden, and a terrace.

Food stands are serving up traditional Austrian cuisine in the “Schmankerlgang” (food court).

To get a beer, you simply grab a mug of whatever size you like from the shelves lining the walls. Rinse it
quickly at the fountain and pay for your drink at the cash desk.

Then take the voucher they give you to the beer counter. You’ll hand your voucher and Stein over. When it’s returned to you it will be full and ready to enjoy!

You can create your shandy by ordering a small beer and lemonade to add to it (we call that Radler in Austria). Or you can always purchase a non-alcoholic beverage to enjoy instead.

The beer is good, the atmosphere is great and you’ll have the ability to step back at the Augustiner. This is the perfect way to end the 1 Day in Salzburg itinerary.

stunning picture of augustiner bräu one of the oldest breweries in austria

8. Evening Things to Do in Salzburg

If you do decide to stay overnight in Salzburg, there are many fun things to do in the evening as well.

One of the best activities there is the Best of Mozart Concert and Dinner at Hohensalzburg Fortress.

Another great thing to do in Salzburg in the evening is the Mozart Dinner Cruise on the Salzach.

Of course, you can also visit a classical music concert at the Marble Hall of Mirabell Castle.

Other Things to Do in Salzburg

If you have some more time on your hands or want to switch out some of my stops on the Salzburg itinerary, I have some more options here for you.

Franciscan Church

The Franciscan Church in Salzburg is one of the oldest churches in the city.

Really cozy and intimate inside, but the architecture is a mix of styles—some Gothic, some Romanesque influences.

It’s in the Old Town, so you can easily walk there from other famous spots. Definitely worth a visit if you’re into history and culture.

drone shot of the franciscan church in austria

Explore Salzburg’s Open Squares

Residenzplatz is a must-see, super grand with a big fountain in the middle.

Then there’s Kapitelplatz, right next door. It is known for the quirky “Sphaera” sculpture—a giant gold ball with a man on top.

Mozartplatz is another fave among tourists, especially if you’re a Mozart fan. It’s got a cool statue of him.

University Square has some great food trucks selling pretzels for a snack.

And lastly, Mirabellplatz by the Mirabell Gardens. Perfect for some flowery Instagram shots!

Each square has its own vibe, so you’ll get a nice mix of history, culture, and some great photo ops!

salzburgs residenzplatz imporant square that you need to visit on one day in salzburg

St. Peter’s Abbey

St. Peter’s Abbey in Salzburg is a real hidden gem! It’s one of the oldest monasteries in the German-speaking world. Their history dates back to like the 7th century.

The inside is gorgeous, with lots of gold and intricate artwork.

The abbey’s got its own cemetery too, which is super pretty and kinda famous. You know the movie “The Sound of Music”? Some scenes were filmed there!

And hey, if you’re into music, they sometimes have concerts in the church.

St. Peter’s Abbey needs to be on your one-day in Salzburg itinerary.

picture of stunning st peter's abbey from the inside with frescoes and baroque architecture

Pedestrian Bridge to Old Town

The Marko Feingold Steg is a pedestrian bridge over the Salzach River in Salzburg.

It’s named after Marko Feingold, who was an Austrian Holocaust survivor. The bridge connects the Old Town with the New Town.

The views from the bridge are awesome, especially during sunset. It’s a popular spot for both tourists and locals.

You’ll often see love locks attached to the railings, which is kinda cute. And yes, I have a lock there too.

It’s not just a bridge; it’s a place with deep meaning and great views. Definitely a good spot to check out on your one day in Salzburg.

Mozart Residence

The Mozart Residence, also known as “Mozart’s Wohnhaus,” is where the famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lived for a good chunk of his life.

Don’t confuse it with Mozart’s Birth House in the Old Town.

It’s in the New Town area of Salzburg, close to the Mirabell Gardens.

The place is now a museum, and it’s super interesting. It takes about 1.5 hours to visit.

You’ll find all sorts of stuff inside, like instruments Mozart actually used, plus letters and portraits.

They’ve even got some rooms set up to look like they would have back in Mozart’s day.


The DomQuartier in Salzburg is a cultural jackpot! It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It’s this complex that connects the Salzburg Cathedral, the Residenz Palace, and a bunch of museums. Basically, you get to stroll through these interconnected buildings and courtyards, soaking up art and history.

There’s a lot of Baroque flair going on, so expect some grandeur. Paintings, sculptures, historical rooms—you name it, they’ve got it.

If you’re into history and culture, the DomQuartier is a must-see.

Insider tip: the views from the terrace are Insta-worthy!

stunning domquartier museum

Salzburg Cathedral

The Salzburg Cathedral, or Salzburger Dom, is the heart of the city’s Old Town.

It’s huge and super impressive, with these twin towers that you can spot from far away. It was built in the Baroque style, so it’s all about that grandeur and drama!

Inside, it’s just as jaw-dropping with epic frescoes on the ceiling and a big old organ. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was actually baptized there.

The cathedral also has this underground area called the crypt. It’s a little more subdued but still super interesting. Great spot for some quiet reflection.

beautiful salzburger dom in spring with a cherry tree in front

What is the Salzburg Card?

Salzburg makes visiting even easier by offering a “Salzburg card” for purchase.

The card is valid for either 24, 48, or 72 hours, depending on which option you purchase.

The 24-hour card only costs 30 EUR in peak season (May through October), or 27 EUR from November through April.

It will get you free admission (once) to all city tourist attractions and museums and free use of public transport (buses, trams, cable cars, and funiculars). And you get discounts on additional tours, excursions, concerts, and other events.

You can buy the Salzburg card online.

The validity starts with first use, not with purchase. So you can nicely organize ahead.

Taking a Day Trip vs Staying in Salzburg

As mentioned before, the most epic tourist sights in Salzburg can be seen in one day. But if you travel from further away, your day might get a little stressful.

If you’re coming from farther away than Vienna or Munich, it’s better to stay overnight in Salzburg to avoid being rushed.

This also gives you the opportunity to experience the nightlife in Salzburg and explore some nearby places like Hallstatt.

If you decide to stay in Salzburg overnight, I have some great hotel recommendations for you.

Most of the things to do are in the Old Town, so that is considered the best part of the city to stay in.

Places of Interest in Salzburg – Bucket List

Conclusion: One Day in Salzburg Itinerary

Following this one day in Salzburg itinerary will make for one fantastic day in the city of Mozart!

Getreidegasse, Mozart’s birth house, Nockerl, Mirabell Gardens, the Augustiner Brewery, and Hohensalzburg Fortress are all integral to the city’s identity.

They will give you great insight into why people travel to Salzburg from near and far, in a
relatively short amount of time.

If you have more time in the area, make sure to take a day trip to Hallstatt nearby. Austria has many beautiful places, so why not also check out the nearby state of Styria?

Lastly, the Red Bull Ring is another attraction in Austria for visitors.

I hope you enjoyed my one-day in Salzburg itinerary.

FAQ: One Day in Salzburg Itinerary

Is one day enough for Salzburg?

One full day in Salzburg is definitely enough to see the main sites listed here; even at a relaxed pace. If you also want to visit nearby places, such as Hallstatt or the Eagle’s Nest I suggest adding a night in Salzburg.

How do you use the buses in Salzburg?

The bus network in Salzburg is extensive and makes it very easy to get around the city. The large bus
stations will all have ticket kiosks where you can purchase an unlimited hour, day, or week pass that
you’ll need to validate on your first ride. If you start from a smaller stop with no ticket machine, you can always purchase a single or 24-hour ticket from the bus driver instead, but it will be about 30% more expensive. Timetables are posted at each stop, so you’ll know when to expect the next bus to arrive.

Is Salzburg walkable?

The old town is very walkable, and the city at large is walkable to a slightly lesser extent. However, if you don’t want to walk from one end of Salzburg to another, you can always take advantage of the buses to get around instead.

When is the best time to visit Salzburg?

Salzburg is a great destination year-round, but if you’re looking for warm weather, April through
October is ideal. At the beginning and end of that time, Mirabell Gardens will be in full bloom and
absolutely gorgeous.
Crowds tend to be at their worst in July and August when the Salzburg Festival is going on. A lot of
people also love visiting in December when the legendary Christmas markets are happening.
In the months surrounding December, it will be cold, but you will have fewer crowds to deal with during your visit!

Is Salzburg expensive?

Salzburg hotels and restaurants are relatively expensive, but the attractions in Salzburg are reasonably priced; especially if you take advantage of the Salzburg card. Therefore, a day trip to Salzburg can definitely be done on a budget.

Who was Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau?

Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau was the Archbishop of Salzburg back in the late 1500s to early 1600s. He’s a big deal because he transformed Salzburg into this Baroque city that we see today. Think of him as the guy who gave Salzburg its makeover!

What to do in Salzburg in 24 hours?

Start your day at Mirabell Gardens for some early morning vibes. Head to the Old Town, and check out the Salzburg Cathedral and the DomQuartier for a history fix. Grab Nockerl at a local café. Spend the afternoon at Hohensalzburg Fortress for killer views. Evening? Mozart concert for a touch of genius. End with dinner at a riverside restaurant or the Augustiner Bräu. Non-stop fun in 24 hours!

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About the Author

Sabrina is a passionate travel blogger and content creator, originally from Austria. She spends most parts of the year abroad at various destinations with her husband.

She provides slow-paced itineraries that focus on quality over quantity. Sabrina wants to help her readers to get more out of their travel experiences – while doing less. Read more.

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