Salzburg often referred as “Rome of North ” is one of the most preferred tourist destinations in Austria. The scenic city of Salzburg is blessed with wide ranging tourist attractions such as grandiose churches, snow-carpeted mountains, striking fortresses and meandering rivers. The rich cultural heritage of Salzburg is exquisitely preserved in the old town area that is listed amongst the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The lively residents of the city love to celebrate their festivals in a jubilant manner and are keen to display their culture and traditions.
The three prominent universities of Salzburg also attract students as well. One of the main tourist attractions in Salzburg is the 11th century fortress that is considered as the birthplace of Mozart and the museum showcasing his works of art. The Christmas celebrations are organized in a grand scale at the Salzburg Cathedral which attracts numerous residents and world-wide tourists.
Salzburg is a tourist favorite, with the number of tourists outnumbering locals by a large margin in peak times. In addition to Mozart's birthplace noted above, other notable places include:
- Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg, declared a World Heritage Site in 1996
- Baroque architecture, including many churches
- Salzburg Cathedral (Salzburger Dom)
- Hohensalzburg Castle (Festung Hohensalzburg), overlooking the Old Town, is one of the largest castles in Europe
- Franciscan Church (Franziskanerkirche)
- St Peter's Abbey with the Petersfriedhof
- Nonnberg Abbey, a Benedictine monastery
Outside the Old Town
- Mirabell Palace, with its wide gardens full of flowers
- St. Sebastian's cemetery (Sebastiansfriedhof)
- Schloss Leopoldskron, a rococo palace and national historic monument.
- Hellbrunn with its parks and castles