From immersing yourself in music history to paragliding off a mountain, Salzburg has no shortage of activities that appeal to just about everyone!
Here are a few of our favorite things about studying abroad in Salzburg:
1. It’s absolutely gorgeous
With the Baroque architecture of Old Town, palaces, quaint streets and a hilltop fortress, Salzburg seems straight out of a storybook. The city offers stunning views of the Eastern Alps. Don’t miss Hohensalzburg Fortress – the largest fully preserved castle in Central Europe. This medieval fortress is perched high above the city center and rewards visitors with panoramic views of the Salzburg.
2. There are notes of Mozart everywhere
Known as the “City of Mozart”, it’s difficult to forget that Salzburg is the birthplace of the famous composer. Mozart’s childhood home is now one of Salzburg’s most visited museums. The city is also home to statues, squares, festivals and foods paying homage to one of its most famous residents.
3. It’s a paradise for Sound of Music fans
In addition to once being home to the real von Trapp family, many scenes from The Sound of Music were filmed in Salzburg. Visit the gardens at Mirabell Palace, where Maria and the children sang “Do-Re-Mi”. Fans of the musical will also want to stop by Schloss Hellbrunn, where you can find *the* gazebo where Liesl and Rolf sang “16 Going on 17”.
4. Austrian food is seriously amazing
Salzburg has plenty of cafés, markets and restaurants for foodies to explore! Savor authentic Austrian dishes like schnitzel and mouth-watering pastries like apple strudel. Don’t forget the dessert – try sachertorte (chocolate sponge cake) and Mozartkugel (chocolate balls filled with pistachios, marzipan and nougat). Wash it all down with a cup of melange, a mix of frothed milk and steamed coffee similar to the Italian cappuccino.
5. Traveling to other countries is a breeze
Cross multiple countries off your bucket list with ease! Austria shares its borders with 8 countries. Salzburg’s central location is ideal for relatively inexpensive weekend trips to Munich, Prague, Budapest, Slovakia and more.
6. There are plenty of outdoor adventure opportunities
If you’re looking to study abroad in a city that is surrounded by nature, look no further than Salzburg. Gaisberg Mountain, in the eastern area of Salzburg, offers year-round opportunities for outdoor fun. Easily accessible from the city center by bus, Gaisberg has miles of hiking paths for all skill levels. You can also enjoy cross-country skiing, mountain biking, cycling and even paragliding!