A Locals Guide to 3 Days in Salzburg – The Perfect Small City Break

Spot Gaisberg in the distance! Salzburg, Austria

A Locals Guide to 3 Days in Salzburg – The Perfect Small City Break

I fell in love with Salzburgs charm while on an Erasmus exchange in 2016. My six months living there were perfect though I have to admit I lived a life of luxury thanks to the combination of my student loan, Erasmus loan and cheap rent! However, Salzburg is easily enjoyed on a budget and honestly one of my favourite cities in Europe. I recommend it to everyone, for a short summer or winter break it has everything and more to offer.

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View from Stift Nonnberg. Salzburg, Austria


You could easily spend more than a day exploring Salzburg’s city centre. It was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1997 thanks to the beautifully preserved baroque architecture looked down on by the Hohensalzburg Fortress. Don’t miss Kapitelplatz, Salzburg Cathedral, Getreidegasse (main shopping street) and the fortress which you can reach by lift. For breakfast/ amazing coffee check out Grad 220! Or for something a little more traditional you could go to the Sacher Hotel for some sacher-torte.

If you have time, Monchsberg offers beautiful views of the city and is a lovely walk very close to the city centre. On the other side of the river you can visit Mozart’s house (if that floats your boat!) and Schloss Mirabell. If the weather is nice visit Augustiner for a beer in the beer garden and for delicious, traditional Austrian food and the best schnitzel in Salzburg go to Barenwirt.


If you want to be wowed by beautiful scenery, Hallstatt is perfect. Another UNESCO world heritage site, it’s about an hours drive from Salzburg. The journey itself is beautiful, you can stop at Fuschlsee and Wolfgangsee on your way.

View from Maria Plain. Salzburg, Austria


There is a lot worth seeing on the outskirts of the city so if you’re feeling up to it I’d definitley recommend hiring bikes for a day. You can cycle to Hellbrunn which is especially nice if you’re there during Christmas market season! You can also cycle to Maria Plain which is a pretty little church on a hill overlooking the city.

One of the best experiences I had in Salzburg was seeing Carmen at the Felsenreitschule. It’s an area obviously famous for opera and I 100% recommend seeing a show while there. The atmosphere is amazing at the Felsenreitschule (you may recognise it from The Sound Of Music) and all the locals wear their traditional clothing which is lovely to see. However, if opera isn’t your thing you could also spend your evening at the bar in Hangar 7.


This is a very relaxed itinerary and definitley isn’t everything there is to do in/around Salzburg! For a longer list of things to do in check out my 10 Best Day Trips from Salzburg post or my Best Things to do In & Around Salzburg post.

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