The Best Museums in Salzburg, Austria

When it comes to choosing which of Salzburg’s museums to visit, there are so many that it makes good sense to ask for expert local advice. Culture Trip has set out to do exactly that and speaks with Mag. Natalie Fuchs from the Salzburg Museum about some of her favourite museums and what makes a trip to the city so special

There isn’t a street in Salzburg that isn’t steeped in history – from the magnificent Baroque architecture on every corner to the imposing Medieval fortress watching over the city. With so much history on offer, Culture Trip asks local expert Mag. Natalie Fuchs about her must-visit museums in the city.

“People are drawn to the city for many reasons – for its UNESCO World Heritage status, its beautiful architecture, the abundance of its cultural offerings, even its idyllic location,” Fuchs says.

Whatever your reason for visiting Salzburg, the following museum guide is bound to have something for you.

Fortress Hohensalzburg

Medieval fortress Hohensalzburg in Salzburg, Austria.


As the crown of Festungsberg, with breathtaking views of Salzburg and its surrounds, Fortress Hohensalzburg offers an unforgettable visitor experience. The fortress is also one of the largest Medieval castles in Europe, offering over 33,000 square metres (355,209 square feet) of exhibition space in 50 buildings. With a history dating back to 1077, the castle is a fascinating trove – containing Roman ruins, exhibits of courtly life, princely chambers, weapons and armour, torture instruments, military instruments, the very popular Marionette Museum and so much more. Although the fortress is accessible on foot, many visitors prefer to take the memorable ride on the fortress funicular. To save money and skip the queue, purchase tickets online.

Mozart Residence

Mozart Residence museum

Having been partially destroyed in an air raid during World War II, the Mozart Residence on Makartplatz was carefully reconstructed and opened to the public as a museum in 1996. It was home to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart from 1773 until 1781 when he eventually moved to Vienna. The exhibition provides rich detail about the lives of the Mozart family, including original portraits, documents and musical instruments (including Mozart’s fortepiano). The Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation offers special exhibitions, concerts and talks at the Mozart Residence.

Mozart’s Birthplace

Mozart’s Birthplace is reputedly one of the most visited museums in Austria, fascinating visitors with a first-hand experience of the home where the musical genius spent the first 17 years of his life. The Mozart family residence has been authentically reconstructed to include a collection of family items, letters and other memorabilia, and even Mozart’s violin and clavichord. For fans of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the museum offers an immersive insight into his short life (1756-1791) and prodigious musical accomplishments, comprising over 600 works. “Salzburg has many fascinating cultural events, including Mozart Week,” says Fuch (Mozart Week runs 23 January to 2 February 2020)


Located next to Salzburg Airport, Hangar-7 houses an impressive collection of historical aircraft belonging to the Flying Red Bulls. Hangar-7 describes itself as “a home for planes, art lovers and architecture” and lies inside a magnificent glass-and-steel structure with two towers and lofty walkways. The exhibition also includes Formula 1 Grand Prix racing cars, motorbikes and the famous Red Bull Stratos capsule used by Felix Baumgartner for his historic stratosphere dive. Hangar-7 is also home to the Ikarus Restaurant, renowned for its international haute-cuisine culture and monthly celebrity chefs. What’s more, entry into Hangar-7 is free.


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The impressive DomQuartier complex encompasses the Salzburg Cathedral and the Residenz (the former centre of the prince-archbishops’ power), which includes the Benedictine Monastery of St Peter’s. Touring the five museums here, visitors can marvel at the Italian-style Baroque features, with highlights including the staterooms of the Residenz, the Residenzgalerie, the Cathedral Museum and St Peter’s Museum. The current exhibition from the Rossacher Collection presents significant Roman Baroque artworks from artists such as Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Peter Paul Rubens. With five museums to explore over a 1.3-kilometre (0.8-mile) tour, be prepared with maps and audio guides available at the DomQuartier entrance.

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