Historic Centre of Salzburg

Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg's Old Town (Altstadt) is internationally renowned for its baroque architecture and is one of the best-preserved city centers north of the Alps. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

Salzburg is an outstanding example of an ecclesiastical city-state, peculiar to the Holy Roman Empire, from Prussia to Italy. Most disappeared as political and administrative units in the early 19th century and adopted alternative trajectories of development. No other example of this type of political organism has survived so completely, preserving its urban fabric and individual buildings to such a remarkable degree as Salzburg.

Salzburg is the point where the Italian and German cultures met and which played a crucial role in the exchanges between these two cultures. The result is a Baroque town that has emerged intact from history, and exceptional material testimony of a particular culture and period. The centre of Salzburg owes much of its Baroque appearance to the Italian architects Vincenzo Scamozzi and Santino Solari.

The Salzburg skyline, against a backdrop of mountains, is characterized by its profusion of spires and domes, dominated by the fortress of HohenSalzburg. It contains a number of buildings, both secular and ecclesiastical, of very high quality from periods ranging from the late Middle Ages to the 20th Century. There is a clear separation, visible on the ground and on the map, between the lands of the Prince-Archbishops and those of the burghers. The former is characterized by its monumental buildings - the Cathedral, the Residence, the Franciscan Abbey, the Abbey of St Peter - and its open spaces, the Domplatz in particular. The burghers' houses, by contrast, are on small plots and front onto narrow streets, with the only open spaces provided by the three historic markets. Salzburg is rich in buildings from the Gothic period onwards, which combine to create a townscape and urban fabric of great individuality and beauty.

Salzburg is also intimately associated with many important artists and musicians, preeminent among them Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.



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Founded: 1st century AD
Category: Historic city squares, old towns and villages in Austria


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Sam OBlenes (11 months ago)
The hotel is conveniently situated right next to the train station, a taxi queue, and a mass transit hub. The room was furnished nicely. Unfortunately the room sound isolation is not very good, and you can hear conversations in the hallway as though the door was open. The shower pressure and temperature are also very, very low. The shower had a ceiling-mounted nozzle, but it was inoperative, probably due to lack of water pressure.
Dan B (12 months ago)
H+ Hotel is well located beside Salzburg Hbf and walking distance to the city area. Restaurants and grocery stores are right below the hotel. Staff are friendly and efficient with check in & out process. The rooms are of good size, clean & comfortable. Parking rates are 16€/ 24 hours. Recommended!
Meshari Aleisa (14 months ago)
I have been here in August 2014. What can I say? Great location, I mean this is the best location you can dream off. Everything, and I do mean Everything, is near or next to the Hotel. Restaurants, train station, supermarket, etc. This is on the outside. On the inside it is really nice, comfortable and quiet. I really enjoyed my time there and I would highly recommend this hotel.
Jan Hagen Clausen (14 months ago)
Good value for money in Salzburg. Clean rooms, quiet, good bed. Breakfast ok. Nice view from the restaurant/ breakfast room on the 6th floor. Somewhat far from the old city by foot. Close to the central station. Park in a nearby paid public parking.
Hanoch Boneh (16 months ago)
Excellent value for money. Booking at the hotel website will save you money. If you arrive by train and rent a car, like I did, than it’s a great location. The room was well equipped and spacious.
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