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Five Freebies: Salzburg

The view from Monchsberg
Photographer: Jyothy Karat

Make the most of your time – and money – in Salzburg with our pick of free attractions

1 The heart of Salzburg is most definitely the charming ALTSTADT (old town), a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site that cocoons stunning medieval and Baroque architecture. Admire the Altstadt’s gorgeous features on a pleasant walk through it.

2 A must-see on your Salzburg visit, DOM ZU SALZBURG is one of the city’s most iconic buildings and, no doubt, its ecclesiastical core. Entry is free, but, if you visit while Mass is in progress, you may be required to make a small donation.

3 A quaint little street stretched between Kapuzinerberg Hill and the Salzach River, STEINGASSE is as ancient as it is charming. With a fascinating history of trade and war, it is also the birthplace of Joseph Mohr, the writer of the famous Christmas song Silent night. You will also find the St Johann am Imberg Church, which the Mozart children frequented. The most pleasant time to walk this route is late morning, when the light is perfect.

4 The Flying Bulls is a group of historic aircraft enthusiasts, and HANGAR-7 was originally constructed to house their growing fleet. While you will have to pay to eat here, admission to Hangar 7 is free of cost, and you can appreciate the magnificent architecture and art.

5 Salzburg is a great base for HIKING expeditions. You can go on long hikes such as to Untersberg, one of the closest large mountains near Salzburg. If you’d rather hike within the city itself, climb the Mönchsberg, the mountain inside the city.