4 Days in Salzburg: An Ideal Itinerary with Local Expert Help

Last Updated on January 3, 2022

If you are looking for how to spend 4 days in Salzburg, than you can read our insider guide with useful tips, four-day itinerary, places to visit in Salzburg in 4 days, taking in the most important sights and top attractions of the city.


Salzburg is a fantastic city of Austria that is never going to lose your interest, but with so much to see you might need a bit of direction for your journey. Below we put together how you can structure you visit, if you give yourself a good four days to really explore.

4 days in Salzburg

Day-1

Hellbrunn Palace

Starting gently, you can head to Hellbrunn Palace and immediately take in the kind of site which lays Salzburg’s beauty right before you. Set at the base of Hellbrunn Mountain, the summer residence of Prince Archbishop Markus Sittikus von Hohenems, which was built between 1612 and 1615, and lays testament to his keen interest in Italian architecture and water features.

The Trick Fountains are a particular display of the water theme right across the grounds, which were primarily used for ornate celebrations and parties.

Vienna

Hellbrunn, Vienna


Triangel

For lunch you can then head to Traingel, near Salzburg’s University Library. You could choose a meal of Carpaccio of organic beef with parmesan and pesto followed by Wiener Schnitzel pork with parsley, potatoes and wild cranberry sauce, and end with a walnut ice cream soufflé, but that’s only a selection of the dishes on offer.

Triangel

Triangel

Mozart’s Residence

You can round off day one with a trip to the former residence of Salzburg’s favourite son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Head just up the road from Triangel, and you’ll come to the home of the entire Mozart family, a museum dedicated to not only the great composer, but the finer things of the 17th and 18th Centuries.

The residence underwent a major reconstruction following World War II, in which it was heavily damaged by bombing, and it has taken great care and attention to restore the building to its former glory.

Mozart’s Residence

Mozart’s Residence


Day-2

Hohensalzburg Fortress

Perhaps Salzburg’s most prominent tourist trap is Hohensalzburg Fortress. Initially constructed in the11th Century, the fortress has had an incredible history, ranging from disputes between the emperor and the papacy, the Hungarian War and the Peasants’ War, and yet has never been conquered by any enemy.

In the modern era, the fortress also hosts workshops for international artists in the summer and concerts. To reach it, simply head to the Festungsgasse railway station and hop on board a direct train.

Hohensalzburg Fortress

Hohensalzburg Fortress

Stiftskeller St. Peter

Translated as ‘St. Peter’s Beer Cellar’, you have an idea of the treats on store here already. This is considered to be Austria’s oldest restaurant, and while the tales of the various famous people who have sampled the beers here (Christopher Columbus and Charlemagne to name but two) may be a little fanciful, the fact that it wouldn’t be a surprise if these were true shows just how highly regarded the venue is.

The duck breast and Salzburger Nockerl are especial treats on the menu.

Cable Car Untersberg

After that ornate lunch you’ll probably want to slow things down a bit, so let machinery do the work for you. The Cable Car Untersberg allows you to look down across the Rositten Valley and mountains around Salzburg.

Once you reach the top you can decide whether you have the energy for a hike through the mountains, or simply enjoy the return journey down into town.

Cable Car Untersberg

Cable Car Untersberg

Day-3

Salzkammergut Lake District

Salzkammergut is one of the most impressive regions in Austria, with a total of 76 lakes within its boundaries. This is absolutely where you should head if you’re a keen hiker, or simply a fan of incredible scenery. You won’t find a better place for your holiday photos anywhere.

Salzkammergut Lake District

Salzkammergut Lake District

Sacher

Sacher’s appeal is in its versatility; whether you come back from the lakes wanting a full meal, a simple patisserie snack or just a coffee, Sacher gives you all the options. The décor is incredibly ornate, with chandeliers and elaborate seating giving off a real feel of refined dining. Right on the River Salzach, you even get a lovely walk to and from the venue.

Day-4

Hangar-7

You can step things up a notch on your final day by taking in one of the airshows run out of Hangar-7 at Salzburg Airport. There are a variety of shows on offer, with the Flying Bulls (sponsored by Red Bull) fleet including a Boeing PT-17 Stearman, a Bell AH-1 Cobra helicopter, and a Pilatus Porter PC-6, among others.

Hangar 7

Hangar 7

Daxleug

Depending upon whether you’re leaving from the airport or taking the train elsewhere from Salzburg, you can choose to visit Dazleug before or after Hangar-7. The restaurant is about two miles outside of Salburg and offers a view which has been famous since the 17th Century, on the edge of a forest looking down over Salzburg. Before you leave, be sure to try the fried trout.