Amazing Facts About Salzburg (Austria) – Best Articles

Amazing Facts About Salzburg (Austria) – Best Articles

Amazing Facts About Salzburg (Austria) – Salzburg is the capital of the state of Salzburg and the fourth largest city in Austria. The population in 2020 is 156,872 people.

Amazing Facts About Salzburg (Austria)
Amazing Facts About Salzburg (Austria)

The town is located on the site of the former Roman settlement of Iuvavum. Salzburg was established as a cathedral in 696 and became the seat of the archbishop in 798. Its main source of income is salt mining and trade, and sometimes gold mining. The Hohensalzburg Fortress is one of the largest medieval fortresses in Europe, with a history dating back to the 11th century. In the 17th century, Salzburg became the center of the counter-reformation, where monasteries and numerous Baroque churches were built.

Amazing Facts About Salzburg (Austria)
Amazing Facts About Salzburg (Austria)

As a result, Salzburg’s historic center (German: Altstadt) is known for its Baroque architecture and is one of the best-preserved city centers north of the Alps, with 27 churches. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. The city has three universities and a large number of students.

Amazing Facts About Salzburg (Austria)
Amazing Facts About Salzburg (Austria)

Visitors can also travel to Salzburg to explore the historic center and scenic Alpine environment. Salzburg is the birthplace of the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the 18th century. Due to its history, culture, and attractions, Salzburg is known as Austria’s “most inspiring city”.

Amazing Facts About Salzburg (Austria)
Amazing Facts About Salzburg (Austria)

Amazing Facts About Salzburg (Austria)

Salzburg has twenty-four urban districts and three extra-urban populations.

Urban districts

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Extra-urban populations

Main sights
Salzburg is a favorite of tourists, and the number of tourists during peak periods greatly exceeds the number of locals.

Old Town
Historic centre of the city of Salzburg, a World Heritage Site
Baroque architecture, including many churches
Salzburg Cathedral (Salzburger Dom)
Franciscan Church (Franziskanerkirche)
Holy Trinity Church (Dreifaltigkeitskirche)
Nonnberg Abbey, a Benedictine monastery
St Peter’s Abbey with the Petersfriedhof
Hohensalzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg), overlooking the Old Town, is one of the largest castles in Europe
Mirabell Palace, with its wide gardens
Salzburg Residenz, the magnificent former residence of the Prince-Archbishops
Residenzgalerie, an art museum in the Salzburg Residenz
Großes Festspielhaus
House for Mozart
Mozart’s birthplace
St. Sebastian’s Church
Sphaera (Salzburg) [de], a sculpture of a man on a golden sphere (Stephan Balkenhol, 2007)

Outside the Old Town
Schloss Leopoldskron, a rococo palace and national historic monument in Leopoldskron-Moos, a southern district of Salzburg
Hellbrunn with its parks and castles
The Sound of Music tour companies who operate tours of film locations
Hangar-7, a multifunctional building owned by Red Bull, with a collection of historical airplanes, helicopters, and Formula One racing cars

Greater Salzburg area
Anif Castle, located south of the city in Anif
Shrine of Our Lady of Maria Plain, a late Baroque church on the northern edge of Salzburg
Salzburger Freilichtmuseum Großgmain, an open-air museum containing old farmhouses from all over the state assembled in an historic setting
Schloss Klessheim, a palace and casino, formerly used by Adolf Hitler
Berghof, Hitler’s mountain retreat near Berchtesgaden
Kehlsteinhaus, the only remnant of Hitler’s Berghof

Salzkammergut, an area of lakes east of the city
Untersberg mountain, next to the city on the Austria–Germany border, with panoramic views of Salzburg and the surrounding Alps
Skiing is an attraction during winter. Salzburg itself has no skiing facilities, but it acts as a gateway to skiing areas to the south. During the winter months its airport receives charter flights from around Europe.
Salzburg Zoo, located south of the city in Anif

Universities and higher education institutions
Salzburg University of Applied Sciences
University of Salzburg, a federal public university
Paracelsus Medical University
Mozarteum University Salzburg, a public music and dramatic arts university
Alma Mater Europaea, a private university
SEAD – Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance

Ice hockey
Salzburg was a candidate city for the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics but lost to Vancouver and Sochi respectively.



Statutory city

Total : 65.65 km2 (25.35 sq mi)

424 m (1,391 ft)

Population (1 October 2020)

2,400/km2 (6,200/sq mi)

Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
Summer (DST)

Postal code

Area code

Vehicle registration

Amazing Facts About Salzburg (Austria)
Amazing Facts About Salzburg (Austria)
Amazing Facts About Salzburg (Austria)
Amazing Facts About Salzburg (Austria)
Amazing Facts About Salzburg (Austria)
Amazing Facts About Salzburg (Austria)

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