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Salzburg, a charming city that exudes beauty in every beat, and no wonder, is the city filled with music. Set as the backdrop to the classic movie, Sound of Music, and birthplace to the musical genius, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It’s a nice, compact city that’s filled with beautiful parks, museums and historical monuments amidst stunning rivers and mountains. Which then beckons the question, where to stay in Salzburg to be in the center of it all? Let me show you the best areas to stay in Salzburg, as well as the best Salzburg hotels and accommodations for every budget.
Where To Stay In Salzburg?
The million dollar question whenever booking accommodation: where is the best neighborhood to stay? Close enough to the city center that’s close to all the main attractions yet not right in the center where noise from the traffic keeps you up at night, and yet not too far where you’re in Drugville or Dodgy Dark Alley Lane.
The good news is that Salzburg isn’t that big of a city and most major attractions are within walking distance to each other, located within the Altstadt, or Old Town.
The area highlighted in orange is Aldstadt or Old Town, and this is where you should be looking for hotels or apartments. The area on the West of the river is where most of the attractions are, and Getreiedegasse where the main shopping street is. The area on the East is where Mirabell Palace and Gardens is and where you can find some pretty good food.
Also if you plan to take day trips from Salzburg, staying near the train station on the East of the river could be a good option, while saving a couple of dollars.
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How Long To Stay In Salzburg?
Salzburg isn’t the biggest city, and your length of stay largely depends on your level of interest for museums and of course, Mozart. If you want to fully appreciate all the museums and main attractions within the Old Town, I would recommend a good 2 days in Salzburg. However, if you aren’t much of a museum buff like me, I spent about half a day walking in the Old Town, skipping all the museums and then moved on to areas outside of the city such as Hangar 7 and Hellbrunn Palace.
To me, the highlights of my trip were the day trips to the surroundings of Salzburg, such as King’s Lake and Hallstatt, both of which will require an extra day each of your stay, depending on which ones interest you. If you have extra time to spare, I would even recommend spending a night in Hallstatt.
Read more: 10 Things You Absolutely Need To See in Salzburg
Top Hotels in Salzburg
Here are some hotel recommendations I’ve gathered from observations during my stay and research. There are plenty of options for every budget, from those who prefer luxury stays to budget travelers.
For the Luxury Traveler
Hotel Sacher Salzburg | $304 – $645 | Book a room
Want to live like a star? At Hotel Sacher, you can. This is where many famous opera stars spent the night, and you might even spot a celebrity or two in the lobby. And if you are familiar with the mouthwatering Sacher-Torte, this is the place to try it. Also, did you notice that priceless view of Salzburg from the balcony?
Hotel Schloss Mönchstein | $362+ | Book a room
For the Mid-Ranged Traveler
Hotel Goldgasse – Small Luxury Hotels of the World | $159+| Book a room
Hotel Bristol Salzburg | $230+ | Book a room
Arthotel Blaue Gans | $190+ | Book a room
Hotel Stein | $153 – $510 | Book a room
Radisson Blu Hotel Altstadt | $190+ | Book a room
For the Budget Traveler
Mönchsbergapartments | $98+ | Book a room
B&B Villa Verde | $92+ | Book a room
Gästehaus im Priesterseminar Salzburg | $80 – $163 | Book a room
Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Salzburg | $86 – $163 | Book a room
For the Hostel Lover
Yoho International Youth Hostel Salzburg | $16 – $36 | Book a room
Sishaus – View at Mozarts | $28+ | Book a room
For the Space Lover
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Visiting Salzburg Checklist
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oh my gosh! It looks so beautiful there! I have always wanted to visit Europe in general and I am hoping to go next summer before I have to start officially working. I agree with you that the Airbnb’s have cool perks like coming with a bike. I think I will have to use Airbnb for when I go for budget (and comfort reasons!)