June 25, 2017

Free in Salzburg means . . .

As I mentioned last week in my 30 Days and Counting post, I will be visiting Salzburg Austria late August.  In preparation for my visit I have been digging into all the things there are to do in Salzburg and found some pretty amazing things that are actually FREE!

Here are 6 things I plan on doing in Salzburg that are Free:

  1. Siemens Festival Nights
    During August Salzburg celebrates its art and musical culture with the world by hosting the Salzburg Summer Festival.  In an effort to make this accessible to more people, Siemens Austria presents the highlights from past and current festivals on big screens in the Kapitelplatz.  Concerts begin at 6 pm and the Operas begin at 8 pm.
  2. Explore the Altstadt
    This Medieval and Baroque treasure has been declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.  At the center of the Altstadt is the Cathedral which is surrounded by 3 beautiful squares – Domplatz, Kapitelplatz and Residensplatz.  The skyline is dotted with spires and domes from all the churches and the narrow lanes are full of fountains, arches and impressive buildings. 

    Salzburg Altstadt

    Salzburg Altstadt By Thomas Pintaric

  3. Hike up Monchsberg
    A hike up the Monchsberg is a great way to escape the crowds below.  Once at the top there are wooded paths that allow for spectacular views of Salzburg and the surroundings below.  One path leads to the Nonnberg Convent which is famous for being Maria von Trapp’s home for a bit!  Or you might need a refreshment at the Stadt Alm (not free though).  If you prefer, you could take the elevator up (for a small fee) and walk down.
  4. Schloss Mirabell & Gardens
    The gardens were designed in 1730 and have been open to the public since 1850.  Sound of Music fans will recognize the gardens as the site where Do Re Mi was sung!  Fans will enjoy the arbor and statues but the gardens offer great views of the city including the cathedral and castle.  The Schloss is only open to musical events but if you’re lucky you may run into a band playing a free concert in the park.
  5. Red Bull Hangar- 7
    Even if you are not a plane, race car, motorcycle or helicopter fan, this museum looks way to cool to pass up!  Designed in a very unique architectural style, the designers wanted to create a place where art, planes and technology could reside together and it seems they have succeeded.  There are bars, restaurants and cafes to add to your enjoyment. 

    Red Bull Hanger 7 Salzburg Austria

    From wikimedia Red Bull Hangar-7 GmbH

  6. St. Peters Cemetery & Church
    Salzburg’s oldest Christian cemetery dates back to 1627 and butts up against Monchberg’s rock wall.  Surrounded on 3 sides by wrought iron, this is the cemetery of Salzburg’s oldest families.  Buried here are Mozart’s sister, Haydn’s brother (most of him anyway) and other dignitaries.  St. Peters cemetery was also used as inspiration for the cemetery the von Trapp’s hid out in.  Don’t miss the St. Peters Church once you have finished at the cemetery.  This is the church that premiered Mozart’s Mass in C Minor.  Although originally designed in the Romanesque style, you will enjoy feasting your eyes on the beautiful Baroque and Rococo additions.

What to do with all the money I saved by visiting these free sights?


Yup you guessed it, enjoy reminiscing about my day over a nice beer!

I think Augustiner Bräustübl will do quite nicely.   The Augustiner Bräustübl is a do-it-yourself kind of establishment that has been around since 1890.  There is a process to follow if you don’t want to look like a tourist – egads!  Pay for your beer, pick up a stein, wash it and proceed to the beer line where your beer will be poured straight from the barrel.  Join other Austrians by taking any open seat in the beer garden.  That is, after asking “Ist frei?”, of course.

Can you recommend any other “Free” things to do in Salzburg?

Other beer halls, breweries or gardens I shouldn’t miss?

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  28. Alyssa Hall says:

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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Salzburg is indeed a very beautiful city! Its fun to just wander around, sitting in one of the parks when you get tired.

  29. Rodney says:

    You must be in Salzburg already. If you are, I am very jealous as the weather is just wonderful (at least up here, some 400 Kms away). I am going to a small town in Austria on Friday and will be doing some hiking.

    However, these tips are awesome as I’ll be going to Salzburg in early October and free is always goood! I’*ve been to Salzburg before but only for a day and in December. The atmosphere was awesome, I must say, even considering it was freezing cold! This time I’ll stay longer, though. 🙂

    I’m into hiking so I’ll definitely try and check out Monchsberg.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Hey Rodney, thanks for stopping by. I actually haven’t made it to Salzburg yet. I leave Innsbruck Sunday for Salzburg. Can’t wait 🙂

  30. I loved Salzburg when we were there in May – I highly recommend Hangar 7 which we visited and once you have had a look around try the Mayday bar for an interesting Smart food menu – there’s very nice traditional gasthouse Kuglof 5 minutes away if you want something a bit more traditional. We also enjoyed our coffee on the Steinterrasse with a great view of the town. http://www.heatheronhertravels.com/hangar-7-salzburg-austria/. I have a podcast and some other posts
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    Fantastic! I have been wanting to visit Salzburg, and these are great tips! I’m sorry I don’t have any for you, since I have never been there (and I don’t drink beer :-)), but if you come to Zurich or to Sardinia I’ll do my best to give you tips, if you need them!
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Hopefully you will get to visit Salzburg soon and enjoy some of these suggestions. I’ll keep you in mind for Zurich and Sardinia too 🙂

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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I am excited to visit Salzburg again. I’m sure you see a lot of pictures or video that reminds you of home. Do you get to visit often?

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  34. Really like the theme of this. There are so many free things – even in these world class cities. You’ve inspired me to put Salzburg on the dream list.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Well I’m glad I could help add to your list! When you start looking there really are a lot of things to do that are free.

  35. Nice post, it’s very interesting
    i like it, thank you ^_^

  36. I really like how you do research before heading to a place and have already identified great places to go for free! Now that’s budget travel in my eyes!

  37. Mark Wiens says:

    Despite so many popular attractions around the world charging hefty fees, there are still plenty of things in every destination to do for free. That Redbull Hangar looks interesting. I like to go your route too, and then spend my money of food!
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Very true Mark! You are right, we always need to make sure to have enough $$ for good food and drink 🙂

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  41. Nice list of free things to do in Salzburg. The picture of Altstadt is amazing. I hope you will post more photos once you visit there.

    Btw, if you are using all the money saved on beer, that must be quite a binge :).
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I will probably need to find other ways to spend my savings but beer is a good first shot!

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