Salzburg is the stuff that fairytales are made of. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site with 27 historic churches, not to mention loads of “Sound of Music” lore from the 1965 movie that was filmed here. Salzburg sits on the border between Austria and Germany, making day trips to Munich or Vienna very easy from a home base in Salzburg.
The Alps are also a stone’s throw away, making Salzburg the perfect destination for outdoor adventure enthusiasts. To help you decide where to stay in Salzburg, we’ve rounded up some of the best Salzburg hotels as well as an overview of the various neighborhoods to choose from. Fortunately, Salzburg is relatively small, and very walkable, so no matter which Salzburg accommodation you choose, you’ll be able to enjoy all that Salzburg has to offer.
We will cover off all types of Salzburg accommodation options from Hostels to luxury Salzburg hotels as well as how to decide where to stay in Salzburg, the best Salzburg hotels, best places in Salzburg to visit, the best places to stay in Salzburg, hotels in Salzburg Austria, Salzburg neighborhood guide and many more. Airbnb is also a great option for short or long stays.
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Altstadt – Where to stay in Salzburg for first timers
For first-time visitors, Altstadt, or Old Town, is generally the best place to stay in Salzburg. The majority of tourists sites are located in Old Town, on the left bank of the Salzach River. If you’ve come to Salzburg to explore the Mozart history, you’ll be spending a lot of time in Altstadt.
Narrow, winding streets open up into historic squares, so beyond the usual tourist attractions, Altstadt is great for just wandering around. Some of the best hostels in Salzburg can also be found in Old Town, so that’s great news for anyone visiting Austria on a budget. For first time visitors wondering where to stay in Salzburg, Old Town is the answer.
Where to stay in Salzburg old town
New Town – Where to stay in Salzburg for tourists
Of course, where there’s an Old Town, there’s usually a New Town. Salzburg is no exception, with the New Town area across the Salzach River from Old Town. Keep in mind, in Europe “new” still means centuries old, so New Town also has quaint streets, historic buildings and many shops and restaurants to peruse.
The famous Mirabell Palace and Gardens are located in this part of town; another famous “Sound of Music” scene. A bonus of staying in New Town is the pleasant stroll you’ll take across the river when you visit Old Town. For close proximity to Old Town, but a slightly calmer, less touristic atmosphere, New Town is a good choice for Salzburg accommodation.
Best places to stay in New town
Nonnberg – Where to stay in Salzburg for relaxation
Another cool place to stay in Salzburg is the Nonnberg district. On a hill overlooking Old Town, this is where you’ll find Salzburg Fortress, or Hohensalzburg, as well as the Nonnberg Benedictine nunnery. The 11th century castle is open for tours, and offers some of the best views of Salzburg.
The nunnery, while not open to the public, is where the real-life Maria Von Trapp lived prior to marrying George Von Trapp. Nonnberg manages to be a bit off the tourist path, but again, close enough to experience all that Salzburg has to offer.
Best places to stay in Nonnberg
Elisabeth-Vorstadt – Where to stay in Salzburg for outdoor lovers
For a more local experience, or for those visiting Salzburg on a budget, Elisabeth-Vorstadt is a good option. Only 15 minutes walk from Altstadt, Elisabeth-Vorstadt offers an alternative experience of Salzburg. Walking and cycling paths line the Salzach River, Elisabeth-Vorstadt was once a suburb but is now encompassed into Salzburg.
It stretches from the train station to the river, so transportation options are convenient. Overall, this area is less desirable than other parts of Salzburg, with a few dodgy streets to avoid, but could be considered an “up and coming” neighborhood. If you are visiting Salzburg on a tight budget, this might be a good area to find accommodation deals.