Salzburg city guide

Our to-do list for visiting Salzburg

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PUBS &BARS: 

Alchimiste Belge

The hub of European beer in Salzburg (with a huge focus on Belgian beer), Alchimiste should be top of everyone’s list when visiting the city. The owner is purportedly the friendliest character, and the atmosphere is chill and fun. 

PHOTO: Alchimiste Belge (Facebook)

Zipfer Bierhaus

Opened over 100 years ago, Zipfer is one of the oldest taverns in Salzburg, and is also located in one of the oldest buildings in the city which dates back to the early 1800s. Grab a beer and soak in a bit of history while you plan the rest of your trip, or relax after a long day exploring. 

PHOTO: Zipfer Bierhaus (Facebook)

Burdock Punch & Cocktails

A load of reviews online proclaim this to be the best cocktail bar in Austria, if not in Europe. Staffed by award-winning mixologists, they make most of their syrups in-house, and have created a beautifully creative menu of cocktails to suit all tastes. 

PHOTO: Burdock Punch & Cocktails (Facebook)

BREWERIES:

Augustiner Bräu

Founded by Augustinian monks in 1692, Augustiner (no, not the Augustiner of Auggie Helles fame in Munich, Germany) has kept historic brewing traditions alive to great success. Its tavern and beer garden is one of the country’s largest, and spending the day is a popular activity for locals during the warmer months. They even serve beer in traditional stone jugs. Excuse me while I look up flights to Salzburg. 

PHOTO: Augustiner Bräu (Facebook)

Stiegl Brauerei

Stiegl is the biggest private brewery in Austria, and also one of the oldest, having been established in 1492. Visiting will warrant a day trip in itself - there’s an interactive museum dedicated to the beer’s history, a cinema, a restaurant (with a menu featuring beer-infused dishes), and you can even visit the brewery and bottling plant. A true piece of Austrian history. 

PHOTO: Stiegl Brauerei (website)

FOOD:

Ikarus

This two-Michelin-star restaurant is located within Redbull founder Dietrich Mateschitz’s hangar plane (yes you read that right) near the airport (huh?). A different guest chef is in residence every month, so the ever-changing menu showcases a different cuisine or culture every four weeks. The restaurant has been a success since it opened in 2003, with constant resounding praise, so the weird concept must work! 

PHOTO: Ikarus (Facebook)

Esszimmer

The name translates to ‘dining room’ from German, and this is exactly the vibe here - calm hues, homely decor and a fireplace make diners feel at home, and the fine-dining menu highlighting Austria’s delicious traditional cuisine has a modern twist. Locals recommend getting the tasting menu with paired wines. 

PHOTO: Esszimmer (website)

Bärenwirt

This traditional joint specialises in fried chicken, but Austrian style. Golden breadcrumbs, succulent chicken, the perfect side dishes, and good lager to wash it all down with - heavenly. There’s also a range of rustic comfort meals like goulash, pork medallions, and its famous bread dumplings. 

PHOTO: Bärenwirt (website)

WHAT TO DO IN SALZBURG:

Visit a load of fountains

Hellbrunn Palace has been delighting visitors with its dozens of trick fountains, water features and Mannerist-style grottos for over 400 years. Both bizarre and fascinating, this is certainly one of the most unique ways you can spend an afternoon in Salzburg. There’s even a mechanical theatre powered by water-driven figurines, and the palace gardens are an oasis of carefully-landscaped beauty and ecologically-natural biotope terrains.

PHOTO: Rafa Esteve (CC BY-SA 4.0)

See the city like it's 1829

Inside the Panorama Museum sits a cyclorama (a big long painting, usually done on cloth) by Johann Michael Sattler which depicts in very vivid detail what life in Salzburg looked like in the late 1820s. It’s over 85 feet in circumference and has to be viewed through a telescope if you truly want to take in all the detail. There’s also an installation which shows comparisons with the view nowadays. So cool.

PHOTO: Panorama Museum

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