Salzburg is a great city to take your children to, no matter what age they are. There are plenty of options of things to do in this beautiful city and we are pretty sure your kids will have a blast. Salzburg is famous for the musical play/film called the Sound of Music, so if you are fans you will definitely find something to keep yourself entertained. The city is full of great baroque architecture and the old town (also known as Altstadt) is a must to walk around with it’s cobbled streets, it has a romantic feel about it. Salzburg would be great for a short break with your family. If you are fans of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, then you will find things to do as well as Salzburg was where he was born in the 18th Century.
Our Mini Guide to Salzburg with Kids
How to get there
Salzburg is easily be reached from the airport (this is where we flew into) and most big airlines do fly into the airport which is ideal. You can also get to Salzburg by train and car from the neighbouring countries.
Once in Salzburg you can easily get around by walking or public transport. Taxis are also available. The old town is pedestrianised so there wont be many cars around (if none at all).
Where to stay
We stayed in the old town at Altstadhotel Wolf-Dietrich, it was in a good location, although it did take us some time to find it in the dark while we were driving. There are many hotels about though and the Salzburg tourist website is a great place to start.
Where to eat
You won’t be short of restaurants and cafes while staying in Salzburg. You may not find something for everyone but you won’t starve that’s for sure!
What to Do
If you plan to do quite a lot of tourist attractions then the Salzburg Card might be a great option for you to save some money. You can find more information on the Salzburg Tourist Website. Find below just some of the ideas you can do while visiting Salzburg with your kids.
Set high above Salzburg this is a great place to visit with the kids. It is the largest, fully preserved fortress in central Europe. You will get some great landscape shots from the top if you love great views. You can take the funicular railway up to the fortress which departs from the Festungsgasse. Open all year round (times vary) and prices vary depending on what ticket you choose. When we visited you couldn’t take the pram round some of the areas and had to carry our son. A baby carrier is a must if you have little ones just in case this still applies.
Do a Sound of Music Tour
There are quite a few companies that offer tours, we didn’t do a tour (we haven’t even seen The Sound of Music) so we can’t offer you advise on which is best but it is very popular and we have seen a number of families doing tours.
Walk Round the Old Town (Altstadt)
Easy to do and free! Just exploring by foot around the old town is just amazing experience. So many beautiful streets and shops to look in. Some of the streets are cobble stones so if you are taking a pram make sure you have a strong pram/buggy!
Schloss Hellbrunn in German, is an early baroque villa built between 16113-1619 by Markus Sittikus von Hohenems, Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg as a Summer residence. It is a bit further away from the centre of Salzburg but as we never got round to visiting we couldn’t advise how long it takes. However when we go back we will definitely be going here. The trick fountains seem to be so fun and family friendly (if you have the Salzburg card mentioned above then you can get in for free). Be warned you may get wet!
The palace was built about 1606 on the shore of the Salzach river. The Gardens are beautiful and it will give you a chance to stretch your legs and have a look round.
Again a little further a field near Hellbrunn Palace but you can’t beat a Zoo when you have kids! The zoo opened in 1961 and is home to over 140 species of animals.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this expansive Baroque complex offers art & cultural history tours. The tours are free if you have the Salzburg card.
There are plenty of places to visit that are about Mozart. This includes his birthplace and residence which are in Salzburg. If you buy the Salzburg card you can get in for free which makes the Salzburg card a great saving for family travel.
Above are only a few things that are around for you to do. There are also a number of other places to do in and around Salzburg. If you use the Salzburg tourist website then you will find many other places to take your kids for a day out.
We would say Salzburg is great for all ages, young and old (and by old we mean the parents!). You can easily get around with a pram but make sure it can withstand the bumps from the cobble stones. Ideal for a short break or part of your longer travel plans.
We recommend buying the Salzburg card if you plan to do a lot of the sights. You can also use public transport (check which ones on the main website) for free.
Have you been to Salzburg with Kids? Let us know your thoughts!