Are you planning a spring visit to Salzburg, Austria? Things to do there are as plentiful as the flowers that bloom in spring, in palace gardens, on Salzburg’s highest mountain and at Austria’s largest flower festival, within easy reach of the city. For an authentic Alpine experience, why not choose CLC World Resorts & Hotels for your stay?
Must-See Salzburg Attractions
Every evening, the beautiful 17th century Mirabell Palace is the venue for the Salzburg Palace Concerts, but between May and August its gardens host Promenade Concerts on Sunday mornings, and Illuminated Fountain Concerts on Wednesday evenings. Between June and August they also host traditional music and dance performances every Friday evening.
Two famous castles are extremely popular Salzburg attractions. The gardens at Hellbrunn Castle contain hidden fountains, capable of spraying the unsuspecting visitor, while the imposing Hohensalzburg Castle, atop the Festungsberg Hill, is one of Europe’s largest fully preserved medieval castles.
Step back in time in Salzburg’s Old Town, or Altstadt, full of medieval and baroque buildings. Its most famous shopping street, Getreidegasse, has ornate shop signs hanging overhead, and Mozart’s birthplace, one of the world’s most visited museums, is at number 9.
For the most relaxing way to experience the city and all its views, take a Salzach river cruise, starting from the Old Town’s Makart bridge.
Salzburg, Austria – Things to do: Mozart Concerts And Operas
Book a spectacular Mozart Dinner Concert in Salzburg’s oldest restaurant St. Peter Stiftskeller, where arias and duets are sung during each of three courses.
Between Friday 17th and Sunday 19th May, opera lovers should head to the Salzburg State Theatre, where three Mozart operas – Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni and Cosi fan Tutte – are being performed on three consecutive nights.
Salzburg, Austria – Things to do This Spring
May sees the start of the Hand.Kopf.Werk arts, crafts and design festival in the Old Town, highlighting both traditional and new forms of craftsmanship, while the ‘Weekend of Museums’ on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May sees around fifty museums offering free entrance. For lovers of contemporary performance art, the Sommerszene international festival, highlighting the worlds of theatre and dance, starts on 17th June.
Mount Gaisberg – Open for Hiking and Racing
Spring is an ideal time to hike up Mount Gaisberg, at almost 1300 metres, Salzburg’s highest mountain. It takes around two hours to reach the peak and the views are stunning..
On Wednesday 29th May a revered Salzburg attraction begins – the three-day International Gaisberg Motor Race, during which vintage and classic cars compete along the mountain’s winding roads.
Austria’s Largest Flower Festival
Between 30th May and 2nd June Austria’s largest flower festival, Narzissenfest, takes place in Ausseerland – Salzkammergut, around 40 km from Salzburg, and includes parades, walking tours and traditional music and dance.
After a long winter, spring is a wonderful time to visit Salzburg, Austria. Things to do there are as varied and interesting as the city itself.