Best Viewpoints in Salzurg

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I have been living in Salzburg for nearly three years now and, in that time, I've made a conscious effort to try and visit as many of the beautiful viewpoints available in this little mountain city as possible.

Salzburg is right on the border with Germany, in the middle of Austria. It is surrounded by mountains, making it seriously stunning when it comes to nature, access to adventure and pretty little spots to discover.

If you're visiting Salzburg or are a local in search of new spots to explore, I've compiled a complete list of all of my favourite oft-visited viewpoints in the city but also a few in the surrounding areas that look back down over the city from high above. I have included the exact locations on Google Maps throughout. I hope you enjoy!


1. Kapuzinerberg

If you walk the complete Kapuzinerberg route, at the top you'll find the Franziskischlössl. From here, you can take in the view over northern Salzburg and the railway. If you keep walking, you will also come across the Blick zur Festung Hohensalzburg for sweeping views of the Altstadt in front of the Untersberg.

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From Franziskischlössl

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From Blick zur Festung Hohensalzburg


2. Aussicht Kapuzinerberg Nord

Luckily, you don't need to hike the entire Kapuzinerberg to get to one of my favourite viewpoints. Just off the Linzer Gasse, if you walk a little bit up the Stefan-Zweig-Weg, you'll reach this terrace with one of the best viewpoints over Salzburg, especially towards Mirabell.

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3. Hettwer Bastei

Keep walking past the Aussicht Kapuzinerberg Nord and then take the little path off to the left to reach Hettwer Bastei, a secret viewpoint with a romantic bench looking down over the Salzach and towards the Festung Hohensalzburg.

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4. Richterhöhe

Along the Monchsberg, sort of behind the Festung Hohensalzburg, is Richterhöhe, a little grassy viewpoint looking back southwest towards Leopoldskroner Weiher and to the impressive Untersberg on the skyline.

Check out my complete guide to walking the Monchsberg here!

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5. Aussichtspunkt über dem Siegmundstor

Keep walking northwest along the Monchsberg, and you'll eventually be crossing right over the Siegmundstor, the tunnel connecting the Altstadt with Maxglan. One of the best viewpoints of the Aldstadt can be seen from here.

Check out my complete guide to walking the Monchsberg here!

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6. Humboldtterrasse Klausentor

Carry on walking the Monchsberg track but be sure to take the secret extra bit down to the Humboldtterrasse Klausentor where you can find arguably the most photogenic steps in the whole city.

Check out my complete guide to walking the Monchsberg here!

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7. Just outside the Hotel Schloss Mönchstein

There is no official viewpoint here, but the little walkway that juts off the road and is the start of the Monchsberg walk is seriously one of the best, with a panoramic view looking towards the city divided by the Salzach.

Check out my complete guide to walking the Monchsberg here!

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jana meerman monschberg viewpoint salzburg austria (1)

8. Aussicht Festung Hohensalzburg

If you walk up to the Festung Hohensalzburg, you'll pass this perfect little Aussicht overlooking the Kapitelplatz and the Dom. It's also right next to the Festungsbahn so you can wave as they go past.
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9. Festung Hohensalzburg

Then of course, you must visit the Festung Hohensalzburg, the iconic fortress towering above Salzburg. Not only do you get to learn lots about the history of the city and how it got so wealthy, but you'll also have phenomenal views of the whole city.
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10. Katakomben St. Peter

For just 2 euro, you can visit the ancient Katakomben built into the rockwall overlooking Petersfriedhof, the famous baroque noble cemetery. They also filmed the scene here in the Sound of Music where the Von Trapp family hide in the cemetery from the Nazis. The Katakomben date back to the 12th century and show early signs of Christianity, plus feature some of the most photoworthy views.
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11. Giselakai

The entire walkway along the Salzach is truly so pretty, you can wander on either side in either direction and be treated to pretty city views. My favourite stretch is the Giselakai.
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12. Staatsbrücke

The main bridge in Salzburg connecting the Aldstadt and the Neustadt, you can get really pretty views of the Salzach as you walk across.
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13. Müllnersteg

This bridge is my favourite quick sunset spot in Salzburg and I can often be found here with my bike. It just has the best view back towards the city with the Salzach flowing in front and the Festung Hohensalzburg rising up behind.

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14. Schlosspark Hellbrunn

You can reach Hellbrunn on foot, by bike, by car or by public transport. The park is free to visit. Right at the entrance to the park you'll spot the pavilion from Sound of Music where they filmed "16 going on 17". Then you can meander your way through the idyllic park, and walk up the hill in the centre with sweeping views of the park, the city and the mountains around.

Check out my complete guide to visiting Schlosspark Hellbrunn here!

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In summer

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In winter


15. Gaisberg

The Gaisberg is a popular mountain for all sorts of outdoor activities, namely hiking, biking and paragliding, being one of the best spots for the sport in the entire country. You can reach the summit, the Gaisbergspitze, by hiking or by bus or car for beautiful views down to the city and of the mountains around.

Check out my complete guide to hiking the Gaisberg here!

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In summer

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In winter


16. Untersberg

The Untersberg is perhaps one of the most classic hikes around Salzburg, with the poignant peak standing clearly against the skyline, its iconic shape visible from almost anywhere in the city. It's not an easy hike, with more than 1300m elevation nearly vertical, given that much of the hike is up ladders, but it's a really fun trek, with simply breathtaking panoramic views all around, the tiny city of Salzburg far below. You can clearly spot Salzburg Airport from above, and it's quite the experience to be above the planes as they come in for landing!

Check out my complete guide to hiking the Untersberg here!

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Spot the runways of Salzburg Airport!

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Hi! I’m Jana, a British-Dutch-Canadian with a dream of seeing every country in the world. I am a storyteller, photographer and adventurer passionate about documenting and sharing my travels.

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