attractions in salzburg
you can see salzburg's most important landmark right from your room at hotelstein or from the steinterrace – the hohensalzburg fortress. just as impressive as this mighty fortification are the attractions found throughout the entire old town centre. culture enthusiasts admire salzburg especially for its numerous museums, the large variety of exhibitions and the yearly salzburg festival.
if you are visiting salzburg for the first time, the lifestyle-hotelstein recommends a guided sightseeing tour of salzburg. whether on foot or on the salzach ship amadeus, the knowledgeable tour guides give you insight into the history of the city of salzburg in a lively way.
if you enjoy both sightseeing and nature then a visit to the beautiful mirabell palace – not far from the hotelstein – or a visit to the hellbrunn palace in the southern part of the city is highly recommended. hellbrunn will enchant you with its unique trick fountains, which is the only one of its kind in the world, a vast park in the style of the late renaissance and as home to the salzburg zoo.
experience culture at its finest at stiegls brauwelt. find out everything you ever wanted to know about beer while touring the salzburg stiegl brewery.
the yearly event highlight in salzburg is surely the salzburg festival which has made the city of mozart known far beyond its city walls. but this isn't the only reason the festival city has become a magnet for culture enthusiasts – salzburg offers a multifaceted theatre landscape and numerous concert events throughout the entire year.hohensalzburg fortress
the medieval fortification is the landmark of the city of salzburg. it was built by the former regents of salzburg, the archbishops, and served as a defence for the rich city. not once in its history was hohensalzburg under foreign occupation and for that reason it represents the largest intact fortification in central europe today. magnificent rooms and exhibitions can be visited at the fortress; especially impressive are the salzburg fortress concerts.
the most famous stars of classical music perform each year in the large festival hall (grosses festspielhaus) and in the haus für mozart (small festival hall). since its founding in the 1920s the salzburg festival (salzburger sommerfestspiele) is known as the most distinguished festival of classical music. whether for opera, concerts or theatre, the productions of the salzburg festival are always of the highest quality. in addition to the summer festival in july and august, the easter festival as well as the whitsun festival attract renowned artists and illustrious audiences. you can reach the majority of the performance venues of the salzburg festival from hotel stein on foot; we also organise a daily shuttle service to the festival halls on request.
archbishop wolf-dietrich had mirabell palace built as a residence for his beloved salome when he was abruptly chosen as the archbishop of the city of salzburg. from this point on, the relationship with salome was unethical for the ruling patriarchs of salzburg, as were their mutual children. his reaction was to have this magnificent and pompous palace designed – his outcast family should at least want for nothing. a charming baroque garden, the "maze", a labyrinth of beech hedges and the gnome garden can still to this day be marvelled in their original form – parts of the palace were rebuilt after a being damaged by fire. the most famous structure that withstood the flames, its impressive marble staircase leading to the marble hall, is the most coveted marriage hall in all of europe. today, in addition to the civil registry office, the salzburg city administration also has its offices at mirabell palace.
in 1615 prince-bishop markus sittikus had the summer residence hellbrunn built beyond the gates of the city of salzburg. the pleasures which were formerly reserved only for princes and archbishops may now be experienced by all visitors to hellbrunn palace. particularly worth the visit are the trick fountains, a kind of leisure park during the rococo period in which markus sittikus made a fool of his noble visitors. further highlights in hellbrunn: baroque park hellbrunn, monatsschlössl hunting lodge, the large children's playground and salzburg zoo hellbrunn.
the museum of the stiegl private brewery has an interesting exhibition in store for you all about hops and malts and the art of brewing beer. in the former malthouse, the oldest structure of the stiegl brewery which opened in 1492, a one-of-a-kind "world of beer" was created that is to be found no where else in europe. and it goes without saying that a detailed history of this cultural drink is given as well. the brewery museum offers live demonstrations of how beer is brewed and, during the beer tasting that follows, you will have a chance to let the taste of stiegl beer win you over.
salzburg's most famous son, wolfgang amadeus mozart, is omnipresent in salzburg. those who would like to take a stroll through mozart's life in salzburg have numerous opportunities to do so. the best place to start a mozart tour through salzburg: mozart's birthplace in thegetreidegasse. you can learn a lot about the life of the genius at the museum established here and at the nearby "miracle's wax museum" as well. other places of interest for mozart fans: mozart's residence, mozart square (mozartplatz) with the statue of mozart as well a the confectionary fürst where the original mozartkugeln are still made by hand today.
theatre and concerts in salzburg
salzburg is a cultural metropolis not just during the salzburg festival, but throughout the entire year as well. the local theatres such as the landestheater salzburg and the schauspielhaus salzburg inspire with first-class productions. lovers of classical music on the other hand will find what they are looking for up at the fortress or at mirabell palace: here, works from mozart are skilfully performed in daily concerts. further highlights of the salzburg concert year is themozartwoche ("mozart week") organised by the international foundation mozarteum and the salzburg jazz-herbst jazz festival. you can reach all of the festival sites from hotel stein on foot or by taxi.
send a non-binding inquiry and experience all the cultural sights in salzburg on foot from your hotel in the old town.