Salzburg’s old town is divided into two halves by the Salzach River, but three footbridges make it easy to walk to most of the main tourist attractions and explore the entire city on foot. The Northside includes the Linzergasse shopping area, the Mozart Museum and the Mirabell Palace and Gardens, with the train station on the outer edge. In the southern part of the old town, you will find University Square, historic churches and cathedrals, Residenzplatz and Mozart’s birthplace, among other sights. Due to the city’s narrow streets and many pedestrian areas, those with their own cars may find that walking or public transport is the best way to get to most places.
Where to stay for luxury
Hidden in the narrow streets of the southern part of the old town, among the shops of Getreidegasse, the 600-year-old Hotel Goldener Hirsch, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Salzburg is a favorite spot for celebrities visiting the historic city’s nearby sights such as the University Square, Residenzplatz and Mozartplatz. The staff provides five-star service, including an expert concierge and room service. Amenities include a restaurant, business center and airport transportation. The hotel and rooms are furnished with antiques and decorated with fine carpets that contribute to the rich character of this historic building.
The Hotel Goldgasse has been completely updated with the latest technology, yet retains its old world charm in the wide exposed beams, feature walls and original stone stairs. Each room is individually decorated in a different theme and has a mini-fridge and coffee maker. The breakfast here is one of the best you will ever find. The Goldgasse is located in the heart of the old townjust a few steps from the market square and a short walk to Salzburg Cathedral, Michaelskirche and the Glockenspiel.
The Sheraton Grand Salzburg is conveniently located just three blocks from the train station and just two blocks from the waterfront promenade. This five-star hotel has an on-site restaurant and spa, plus a fully equipped fitness center.
Where to stay: Mid-range
The Stadtkrug Hotel is family-run a prime location on Linzergasse, Salzburg’s main shopping street on the north side of the city. This car-free route runs past the Kapuzinerberg Park and is full of luxury boutiques and restaurants, although you’ll want to have at least one meal on site – the house chef’s organic Highland beef is unbeatable. Updates to this 800-year-old building have kept the original structure intact, including exposed wooden beams and stone arches. The owners have done everything they can to maintain the ambiance with a classic and tasteful interior.
A few blocks north, the Hotel & Villa Auersperg is alone 10 minutes walk to Mozart’s residence and museumand it takes about 35 minutes to get from the hotel to the top of the Kapuzinerberg route, where you can look out over the entire city. It has a sleek, modern feel and offers spa facilities, a rooftop terrace, a peaceful backyard with a garden and a games room. The hotel is committed to sustainable and environmentally friendly practices, including the use of local organic produce in its on-site restaurant.
The Crowne Plaza Hotel Salzburg – The Pitter also has a restaurant and spa, as well as a fitness center with a swimming pool and a sauna, which offers beautiful mountain views. Although it is on the other side of town from the train station, it is ordinary a few minutes walk from Mirabell Palace and on the same block as the tourist office; most of Salzburg’s commercial tour companies meet on the same street. From the hotel you can reach the Mozart Museum in 10 minutes on foot and the other side of the old town via footbridge in about 20 minutes.
Where to Stay on a Budget
On the south side of Salzburg, the Star Inn Hotel Salzburg Zentrum has simple but neat rooms in a residential area near the old city gate, Sigmundstor. It’s about ten minutes via the pedestrian tunnel to attractions including Mozart’s birthplace and the Franciscan Church.
The family-run Pension Adlerhof has a simple elegance that you wouldn’t expect in a budget accommodation, and has several room options from very basic to fully equipped apartment-style suites for longer stays. Close to the train stationIt is an ideal starting point for excursions to the surrounding sights of Salzburg, such as Hallstatt, the ice caves, Untersberg and the salt mines. Breakfast is free and a limited number of free parking spaces are available.
The MEININGER Hotel Salzburg City Center is located at the northern tip of the Kapuzinerberg Park close to a bus stop where you can drive five minutes to the attractions. What it lacks in location it makes up for in affordability and stunning views from the roof terrace. Rooms are clean and modern, and in addition to a restaurant in the hotel, there is a small kitchen for guests’ use. A coin-operated washer/dryer is available and snacks, including Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, are sold in the lobby.
Where to stay for families
For a luxurious family holiday, the Hotel Sacher Salzburg offers five-star service and a near-perfect location central to both halves of the city. The hotel overlooks the river and is a few steps from the Kaipromenade and the Makartsteg Pedestrian Bridge. It is just a few blocks from several restaurants, shops and some of the top attractions. It is a beautiful heritage building, opulent and opulent, known for hosting celebrities and musicians. Suites and family rooms are available, and services include babysitting, room service, airport transfers, concierge, and a chic spa.
For a quieter experience, the privately owned Haus Wartenberg is a quiet hotel where families – including the furry four-legged friends – are welcome. The rooms are spacious and family suites are available. An extensive breakfast is included in the room rate, as well as parking. Extras such as childcare and laundry services are available for an extra charge.
Where to stay for romance
For a fairytale romantic getaway, Hotel Schloss Monchstein will provide the atmosphere and ambiance. Housed in a castle-like mansion near the Museum of Modern ArtThe rooms are furnished with antiques and the private event rooms are available for special moments, including civil wedding ceremonies in the Gothic Room. Amenities include an outdoor heated pool and hot tub, a spa and fitness center, airport transportation, free parking, and an intimate restaurant that claims to be the smallest in the world.
In the center of the pedestrian area and just a stone’s throw from the old market square, Hotel Am Dom is less than a five-minute walk from the Mozart Bridge, which crosses the river to the rest of the city’s main attractions. The rooms overlook the narrow streets of the old town or the neighboring Residenzplatz. They have traditional wooden beamed ceilings, original artwork and a luxurious bathtub.