10 Things You Might Not Know About Salzburg

My “10 things you might not know about” series continues today with the charming city of Salzburg, Austria! This picturesque town is located about an hour and a half from Munich, Germany, and is definitely worth a visit! But until you’re able to get there yourself, whether for the first time or returning, here are some interesting facts that you might not know about Salzburg!

How much do you know about Salzburg, Austria? Check out these fun facts + recommendations for must see/do things in Salzburg.

  1. The Sound of Music was filmed here! And you can stay at Hotel Schloss Leopolskron (an INCREDIBLE place), which you might recognize as the Von Trapp house!
  2. The famous Red Bull drink was created in Salzburg.
  3. Salzburg literally means “salt castle,” due to all of the salt mining done around the city.
  4. Prior to 1816, Salzburg was its own country, separate from the rest of Austria.
  5. A Christmas tradition includes the “Krampus Run,” in the Christmas markets where the demonic-looking companion of St. Nicholas tags along on St. Nicholas Day to punish those who have been bad. It’s quite the tradition to experience in person!
  6. Europe’s OLDEST restaurant, St. Peter Stiftskeller (opened in 803) here and is built into the side of the mountain.
  7. During WWII, the city was bombed heavily, with almost half of the city’s buildings destroyed. There are still hundreds of unexploded bombs from the airstrikes that remain in the city today, that are periodically discovered.
  8. Salzburg is the birthplace of the famous composer Mozart – you can tour his childhood home!
  9. Fortress Hohensalzburg (which sits above the city – a landmark you can’t miss) is the largest and fully-preserved fortress in central Europe. Initial construction on it began in 1077.
  10. Old Town in Salzburg is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site because of its unique baroque structure.


Interested in learning more? Read all about my 24 hour visit to one of my most memorable stops in Europe!

  • Great list! I’m in Vienna — are we on your list of places to see? :)

    • Thanks, Tawni! A post on Vienna will be coming sometime this month :) Such a great city!

  • Love it. Salzburg has been on my bucketlist for ages. I really want to go in winter so I can visit the famous christmas market.

    • You should absolutely visit then! The Christmas market is awesome and the Krampus Run is a must-see!

  • We visited there several years ago — beautiful place! I didn’t know about red bull, though :)

    • It really is! I’d love to take another trip back one day!

  • Sarah Twain

    You would not think with how pretty Salzburg is that so much has been destroyed. I’ve been there about three times and didn”t know over half this stuff.

    • Wow, that’s awesome! It really is such a beautiful city. They’ve done a great job preserving it!

  • I learned lot from this post, Salzburg is quite historical but also so beautiful city xoxo


    • So happy to hear that, Ivana! I totally agree with you.

  • Ashleigh

    Salzburg is my favorite city! My husband is from a town about 30 minutes from the city. We were engaged on a hotel rooftop overlooking the castle on New Years! We are looking into buying a vacation house this Summer so we can visit more often. Thank you for sharing all these wonderful facts about such a wonderful place!

    • That sounds so amazing! If I could swing it, I’d love to buy a vacation home there too. I bet that time of year would be so much fun to go exploring!

  • Salzburg has been on my destination wishlist for ages! The Sound of Music is my favorite movie and I just know I’m going to be obsessed with the entire city :)
    XO Amanda | http://www.glitterandspice.com

    • It’s such an incredible place! I hope you’re able to get there soon :)

  • I seriously can’t wait to visit Salzburg when we’re in Europe in September! Our friends have already planned for us to go to the Salt Mines and do a Sound Of Music Tour! I can’t believe that there’s still unexploded bombs from WWII in the city!

    • So exciting! How long will you be there for? I want to get back again to explore more. It’s such a beautiful city!

  • Maggie Unzueta

    Salzburg sounds amazing. On my bucket list!

    • It really is! I hope you’re able to get there soon, Maggie!

  • Salzburg is such a wonderful city. I visited when I was a kid and would love to go again some time. Interesting details! Thank you!

    • I’m 100% with you, Chrissy! I’d love to visit in the spring/summer to take advantage of more of the outdoor activities!

  • Such fun facts! My husband and I spent two days in Salzburg during a summer of backpacking through Europe and we loved it. My favorite thing we did was buying a bottle of local wine and sipping it by the river. So beautiful!

    • That sounds like a fantastic day, Lauren! It would’ve been too chilly for us to do in the winter but I know I’d like to get back in the spring/summer one day so I’ll have to keep that in mind!

  • I’ve been wanting to visit Austria for so long! These little facts just move it higher up my list :)

    • It’s such a beautiful country! I can’t wait to get back and explore more!

  • this is so interesting – i didn’t know any of these things (well i remember you talking about the oldest restaurant!). the unexploded bombs… that’s pretty terrifying lol

    • Right! I couldn’t believe it when I found out. I guess they discover new ones every few years!

  • Michelle Mink

    visiting Salzburg is on my bucket list. as a huge sound of music fan i am looking forward to taking a tour

    • It’s an incredible city! If you’re a Sound of Music fan you’d love it even more!

  • This is so interesting! Looks like such a beautiful place!

    • It is! I’m so happy we were able to squeeze in some time to visit on our trip!

  • Man, I am dying to go to Europe! Hoping to go summer of 17.
    xoxo, Jenny

    • It’s such an incredible place, Jenny! You’ll absolutely love it :)

  • I took two years of German in high school and am dying to visit! This looks like a lovely place for a vacation.


    • You definitely should! After all, you have to put those 2 years of learning to use :) Is there a specific region you’re wanting to see the most?

  • The Oracle

    Wow! I didn’t know the world’s oldest restaurant was in a mountain! Cool!

    • Yes! It’s such an incredible place, I wish I could dine there all the time!

  • theCuriousPixie

    I love Austria! I’m back there this august and travelling to Innsbruck. Salzburg is next on the list.

    • So jealous! We didn’t have time to get to Innsbruck but that’s on my list :)

  • Salzburg is definitely on my travel bucket list! My parents used to live in Austria so I’d love to go my mom one day so she can show me around

    Nellwyn | http://www.thecardinalpress.com

    • That’s awesome! I’d love to live there! I hope you’re able to get over there with your mom soon!

  • Denay DeGuzman

    Oh my gosh! I am so jealous. This is the location of my childhood dreams. I think every child who ever watched the Sound of Music dreamed of visiting Salzburg and the Von Trapp home.

    • Yes! Hopefully you’ll be able to plan a trip to Salzburg to experience it all for yourself one of these days, Denay!

  • I would love to visit Salzburg and of course Munich! I love the Sound of Music. Thank You for sharing!!!

    • You’d absolutely love it! Both are such unique places!

  • I love lists like these! Will definitely have to visit the restaurant you mention!

    • I hope you love it as much as I did when you have a chance to visit!

  • I love this list! I knew most of this, but I had no red bull was created there! I’ve always wanted to go to Salzburg, but I’ve yet to go. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks, Hannah! I think the Red Bull one is a shocker for a lot of people!

  • That’s so cool! I’m going to staying in an area near Frankfort for a couple weeks for my husband’s job. Maybe we’ll be able to pop over to check it out!

    • How awesome! You should definitely check it out if you have time. We loved our trip there!

  • Amy Scott

    My husband was stationed in Germany and Salzburg was one of the last places we visited. I wish we had more time here to experience most of this!

    • Those aren’t bad places to be stationed at all! Both are so beautiful. Hopefully you’ll be able to go back and visit one day – I know I want to!

  • I only knew one of those things, about the Sound of Music. Thanks for the information!

    • Sure thing! Hope you learned something interesting :)

  • Pack Your Baguios

    I’ll be in Austria in less than a month! Thank you for adding to my excitement.

    • So exciting! How long will you be there for? And what cities are you visiting?

  • Oh I want to visit Salzburg!! How cool that Europe’s oldest restaurant is there? Thanks for these fun facts!

    • It’s such a beautiful city with so much history! Hope you learned some interesting things. Thanks for reading, Marlynn!

  • I love this city, it is not so far from my country. The picture is amazing!

  • I want to go there so badly. I have a friend that is from near there – heard many incredible things about it :) You just added a few!!

    • It’s a lovely place, I’m already dreaming of the day I’ll be able to get back over there for another visit!

  • Rachel Golden

    This city sounds amazing! I love traveling and visiting this city is definitely at the top of my list. Now I really want to visit that restaurant! That would be so cool!

    • It really is! I hope you’re able to plan a trip there soon, Rachel. You’ll absolutely love it!

  • Heather Gee Davis

    My husband and I loved Salzburg when we visited! It is such a beautiful and fun city!

  • I love Salzburg! I loved this post…I knew a lot of these things, but not all of them. :)

    • Thanks, Crystal! Which were you most surprised about?

  • Red Bull is also famous in Asia and I didn’t know it’s from Salzburg. So many new things to know! :)

  • Heather Gullett Denniston

    I had no idea Red Bull was created there. There is so much crap in it I thought we had to have createds it here!! Ha ha!!

    • Right! I was pretty surprised when I found out too!

  • SO cool that Europe’s oldest restaurant is there! Definitely adding that to my list :]

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

    • You’d absolutely love it, Katie! I hope you get there one day soon!

  • Red bull was created in Salzburg?! WILD.

    • Yeah! I think that’s the most shocking bit of info people are finding about the city :)