Salzburg is the perfect weekend getaway city because of its intimate size. Many of the popular sites can be seen in a weekend and there is still enough time to sit and relax in one of the many fine and traditional cafes with coffee and Salzburger Nockerl.
The Mirabell Gardens, opposite the Old Town ( Altstadt ), is really worth a stroll. Especially in Spring, when everything is in bloom. We visited Salzburg in May and it was just beautiful to walk through the manicured gardens. Another plus is that in Spring the city is not overloaded by tourists. It can be really packed during the summer months.
Take a walk down the road and across the Salzach to the Old Town, a UNESCO World Culture Heritage Site. Countless narrow, cobblestone streets merge into famous squares dotted with Medieval and Baroque buildings.
Getreidegasse is one of the most famous must-visit locations – the heart of the Old Town. Here you can find the Birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as well as lovely traditional shops. Salzburg’s Old Town is overlooked by the Hohensalzburg Fortress, a fully-preserved medieval castle. From here you can enjoy stunning views over the city and the picturesque Alpine surroundings. The Residenz Fountain on the Residenzplatz is known as Salzburg’s most beautiful fountain.