This baroque jewel is the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, home of the Salzburg festival and a host of other cultural highlights.
The old town is a UNESCO Heritage Site. Experience history as you stroll down charming narrow lanes, past grand churches, courtyards overflowing with flowers and across wide, elegant squares.
The must-see sights are Schloss Hellbrunn with its famous fountains, mighty Festung Hohensalzburg, the DomQuartier and of course, Mozart’s birthplace and museum.
Take the B156 to the idyllic town and lake of Mondsee. The dominant building in Mondsee is the St. Michael’s basilica, the wedding church from the film The Sound of Music.
The region has been inhabited for more than 6,000 years and in 2011 Mondsee was designated a UNESCO Heritage Site for its prehistoric stilt houses, which are today submerged in the lake.
Visit the local stilt museum which traces the fascinating history of this stone-age settlement.
Enjoy an amazing drive to Gosau, first on the L116 and then the B166. The village near the Dachstein (2,995 metres) is nestled in mountainous terrain with UNESCO Nature Heritage status.
Gosau’s historical heritage buildings are all virtually perfectly preserved. The traditional paired farms and so-called 'up and down farmhouses' (living and animal quarters are up and down in the same building) still define village life.
If you are passing through Gosau on a Friday, don’t miss the farmer’s market in the Kollmann Hütte, with local delicacies like smoked venison ham, spicy mountain cheese and delicious Schaumrollen (puff pastry with meringue filling).
In 1997 UNESCO designated Hallstadt and the surrounding area as historical cultural landscapes with world heritage status.
The village houses cling to the slopes of the Salzberg like bird nests with the mountain behind and Hallstätter lake in front. Hallstadt is home to the oldest salt mine in the world, the Salzwelten Hallstatt, a fascinating world deep underground.
Another must-see attraction is the Dachstein Ice Cave in Obertraun; five kilometres from Hallstadt take the fascinating 50-minute tour and marvel at the magical icy underground world.