Old Town, the best area to stay in Salzburg
Salzburg’s Old Town, or Altstadt as it’s locally known, is one of Salzburg’s most scenic areas, and it’s where you’ll find many of the city’s best attractions. The streets of Aldstat are lined with beautiful and historic buildings, and the city’s history can be seen at every corner. The area is even recognized as a World Heritage Site.
Altstadt’s attractions include Salzburg’s 17th Century Cathedral, which is often top on many visitor’s lists of things to see, as a venue where Mozart was baptized, and where he later played the organ. The impressive building is beautiful both inside and out, with some truly unique architecture making it a sight like no other. Other historical landmarks where you can learn and see the city’s history include the Abadía de Nonnberg (the Nonnberg Abbey), St Peter’s Abbey, and several local churches. All of these buildings give a little insight into the past of this beautiful city, and they can all be reached by foot if you’re staying in the Old Town area. Perhaps one of the area’s most impressive attractions though is the Hohensalzburg Castle, which is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe. The castle is still technically located within in the Old Town area, but it’s slightly further away than most attractions because it’s set at the top of a hill. Wherever you’re staying in Alstadt though, it shouldn’t take you more than 20 minutes to walk to the castle’s entrance.
Another of the area’s most popular attractions is the Plaza Residenz, where you’ll find Salzburg’s most beautiful fountain, Residence Fountain. The fountain is a sight to behold, with ornate details and jets of water, and is considered one of the most significant Baroque monuments in Europe. There’s always something going on in this square, whether it’s a street performance, or public airings of important sports or music events. Fans of the Sound of Music film might also recognize the location from the film. So it’s definitely an area that you want to stay nearby, if you want to be involved in the square’s events that is.
For Mozart fans, there’s no doubt that the Old Town area is the best place to stay. It’s the area where Mozart was born, and there are several monuments that pay tribute to him around the area. Goldgasse street is a small pedestrianized street where Mozart was born, there you can see his first home, number 9. Then there’s the Mozart Residence on Markatplatz, Mozart’s second family home, where today you’ll find a museum showcasing Mozart’s fortepiano and other items.
So if you want to be as close as possible to the city’s main attractions, and throw yourself back in time as you walk the streets where Mozart took his steps, Alstadt is definitely the area you want to stay in during your time in Salzburg.