Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views Panoramic Lookout Terrace
Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views

Best Viewpoints In Salzburg:

The city of Salzburg is such an amazing place to visit any time of year as it is very compact, full of history, and everywhere you turn there is a different stunning viewpoint.  Every time we come to Salzburg we new terrace or vantage point to admire the city from that we never knew was there before. This guide is meant to show you where the best viewpoints in Salzburg are, how you can reach them, and inspire you to find even more.

Most of the best viewpoints in Salzburg are going to be either facing the mighty High Fortress dominating the skyline or looking down from it.  Simple changing your angle as you circle the main sights in Salzburg can turn an intimate scene into a sweeping panorama after only a couple of steps.  We hope that our guide to the best viewpoints and terraces in Salzburg helps motivate you to come see that the hills are alive with The Sound of Music.

Top Viewpoints In Salzburg:

1. Winkler Terrace (Mönchsberg):

Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views - Winkler terrace Monchsberg
Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views - Winkler terrace Monchsberg in fall

About Winkler Terrace: Sitting high above the Western side of Old Town Salzburg on the steep cliff of Monk’s Hill (Mönchsberg), the historic Winkler Terrace has one of the most breath-taking city views in Europe.  With a sweeping vista over this magical town, its no wonder that panoramic Winkler Terrace was featured in some of the most iconic scenes from the hit 1965 movie The Sound of Music.  You’ll see the sights of this former Roman settlement spread out before wedged between the Salzach River and the mighty High Salzburg Fortress.

Named after a coffee shop that once stood nearby, Winkler Terrace is now home to the M32 Cafe (horrible service), the Modern Art Museum, a fairytale water tower, and it sits next to sections of the Medieval city wall.  This Militia City Wall (Bürgerwehr Mönchsberg) was built on the hilltop from 1465-80 and is also listed below as another one of our favorite viewpoints in Salzburg.

Getting Here: An elevator brings you straight up the sheer cliff to Winkler Terrace.  Alternatively, you can also come up the steep backside of Mönchsberg Cliff near the brewery by foot (20-25 minutes), bike (15 minutes), or taxi (10 minutes).  From the city center, you can also climb the steps near Toscaninihof Square and stroll along the hilltop.

Featured On: Sound of Music Movie Tour.







2. Kapuzinerberg Monastery:

Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views - Kapuzinerberg Monastery Panoramic Lookout Terrace
Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views - Kapuzinerberg Monastery Panoramic Lookout Terrace

About Kapuzinerkloster: The tall Capuchin Hill on the Northside of the Salzach River has commanding views of Salzburg’s colorful waterfront and while you stand at eye-level to the High Fortress. Settlement on his tree-covered hillside predates the Roman settlement that once covered all of Old Town (Altstadt) by thousands of years back to the Neolithic Era.  The top of the hill is the highest point in Salzburg and has a few other great viewpoints we will mention later in this guide.

The main panoramic lookout is along the fortified terraces of the Capuchin Monastery (Kapuzinerkloster) located 1/4 of the way up the 2081 foot tall Capuchin Hill (Kapuzinerberg).  The devote monks were invited to Salzburg in 1594 established their monastery inside the remains of the former Trumpeter Castle (Trompeterschlössel) which dates back to the 1200s (Fortified in 1405) to protect what was the town’s only bridge below.  Today the scenic lookout best for both monks and tourists as one of the best viewpoints in Salzburg.  In addition to the great views, and peaceful monks, you’ll love the decorative Gothic oak door at the monastery, which is a relic old Salzburg Cathedral after it was rebuilt in the early-1600s.

Getting Here: You can climb the winding sloped road up the hill off Linzergasse by foot or bike.  Alternatively, take the steep steps up from Steingasse near Shrimps Bar.

Featured On: Free Salzburg Walking Tour.

3. Salzburg High Fortress North (Hohensazlburg):

Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views - Salzburg Castle High Fortress Hohensalzburg Northside City Panoramic Terrace
Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views - Salzburg Castle High Fortress Hohensalzburg Northside City Panoramic Terrace

About The High Fortress Northside:  Salzburg’s High Fortress is truly mighty as it gleams down over Old Town below it, providing the ever-present feeling of protection.  This massive Medieval castle is one of the best preserved in Europe and was never taken by force.  While the original fort through Roman time and the re-development in the 700s which gave Salzburg its name (meaning Salt Castle) sat where the Nonnberg Abbey is, the hilltop was finally developed in 1070.  A sprawling castle complex with one of the best viewpoints in Salzburg quickly came together as a city within a city for the Prince-Archbishop retreat to when needed.

There are two separate outdoor areas on the Northside of the Salzburg Castle to admire the city below.  We loved that the huge panoramic deck on the Northside of the High Salzburg Fortress also has the wonderful City Terrace Beer Garden.  After taking a tour of the castle, the City Terrace is an excellent place to rest your feet with some food or a cold beer under the shade of well-positioned trees.  This is by far one of the best beer garden or restaurant views in Salzburg.

4. Bastion Trail Lookout (Basteiweg):

Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views - Kapuzinerberg Bastion Trail Basteiweg City Wall Walk
Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views - Kapuzinerberg Bastion Trail Basteiweg City Wall Walk

About Bastion Trail: Sitting on the first tier of the Kapuziner Hill, the wooded Bastion Trail (Basteiweg) hugs the top of the cliffside along a preserved stretch of Medieval wall.  The peaceful footpath is very popular with local hikers, but isn’t visited very often by normal tourists.  The main highlight of the scenic trail is an amazing view from the lookout next to an old bastion guardhouse.  This vantage point is where professional photographers go to get their money shots in all types of lighting with a unique angle on the High Salzburg Fortress towering over the town.

Getting Here: From the Monastery it is a 0.35 miles hike to the guardhouse viewpoint but it feels shorter.  It is also possible to follow the trail further to the Saint Francis Fortress at the top of the mountain if desired which is an additional 0.65 miles.

5. Salzburg High Fortress South (Hohensazlburg):

Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views - Salzburg Castle High Fortress Hohensalzburg Southside Panoramic Terrace
Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views - Salzburg Castle High Fortress Hohensalzburg Southside Panoramic Terrace

About The Southern Terrace: While the natural flow of a visit to the High Salzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg) funnels tourists along the North side of the castle, the views on the Southern terrace are among the most rewarding in town.  The lookout above the steep cliff on the South side of the castle opens over a 4-mile-long luscious plain framed dramatically by mountain peaks which are the start of the Alps.  In addition to the main lookout deck, there is also a wonderful outdoor Panoramic Restaurant on the Southern terrace offering splendid mountain views.

The highest and most iconic of these peaks that you’ll see from the High Fortress is Untersberg almost 6 miles away on the border with Germany.  Untersberg is only 6,470 feet (1972 meters) tall which is pedestrian for the Alps, but it looks much larger with the valley 5,500 feet below as its foot.  The Untersberg can be submitted by cable car and has a small ice cave fabled to hold the resting spirit of Charlemagne the Great, the 1st Holy Roman Emperor.

By name, Untersberg Mountain was also a location in the Movie the Sound of Music as the place with Maria would frolic (filmed elsewhere) and fictionally where the Von Trapps hiked over the mountains to freedom.  The real-life Von Trapps escaped by train to Italy, the other side of Untersberg Mountain actually held Hitler’s backup command center, and Switzerland is in reality 250 miles away over the Alps which would have been a tough hike.  This breath-taking view of the Alps from the South side of High Salzburg Fortress will likely inspire you to visit the mountains close up which you can easily do as a day trip to Untersberg or, even better, a few miles further to Berchtesgaden.

6. Mirabell Palace Gardens (Hohensazlburg):

Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views - Mirabell Palace Gardens
Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views - Mirabell Palace Gardens

About The Mirabell Gardens: Laid out in 1730, (public since 1854) the playful Mirabell Palace Gardens are one of our areas of Salzburg.  The name Mirabell literally means beautiful view, so you know you’re in for a treat offering some of the best views of Old Town.

Filled with elegant statues, packed with flowers, plus a hidden dwarf park, the Mirabell Gardens are most famous for the scenes of the 1965 movie The Sound of Music that were filmed here.  During the song Do Re Mi, Maria and the children skip around the gardens while singing before it comes to a climactic end at the steps at the rear of the park.  These steps are not only famous from the movie but also as one of the best views in Salzburg stretching across the Mirabell Gardens all the way to the High Fortress.  The Mirabell Palace neighboring the steps is also of note as it was laid out in 1606 by the Prince-Archbishop for his mistress Salome and later was where Mozart performed concerts as a boy.

Featured On: Sound of Music Movie Tour.

7. Schloss Leopoldskron Lake Terrace (Kapitelplatz):

Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic Views - Leopold Palace Hotel Sound Of Museum Lake Terrace
Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic Views - Leopold Palace Hotel Sound Of Museum Lake Terrace

About Leopold Palace: Out of any of the locations used in the filming of the movie The Sound of Music, the wonderful lake terrace at Leopold Palace was the most used.  Once you step foot on this magical patio, you’ll see why the directors chose the mansion to represent the Von Trapp Manor in all of the lakeside scenes.  The highlight is the boat gate with two beautiful mermaid-tailed pegasus horse statutes framing up the fabled Untersberg Mountain in the distance.  The patio was also the home of the romantic gazebo during the filming although most of those scenes were shot in Hollywood.

The only reason by the Leopold Palace terrace isn’t higher on our list of best viewpoints in Salzburg is that you have to be a hotel guest to access the patio.  Non-guests and tour groups are restricted to viewing the terrace from a vantage point on the opposite shore of the man-made lake.  This view of the stately mansion reflecting in the water is equally as stunning, but having seen it from both sides, you may want to look into staying overnight in their hotel for the more famous angle.

Featured On: Sound of Music Movie Tour.

8. Judge’s Height (Richterhöhe):

Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views - Judges Height City Wall Richterhohe
Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views - Judges Height City Wall Richterhohe

About Judge’s Height: Named after surveyor and alpinist Eduard Richter in 1906, the Judge’s Height Lookout (Richterhöhe) is a true hidden gem of Salzburg.  You’ll get spectacular views of the Alps over a 4-mile-long grassy plain like you do from the South side of the High Fortress, but here there are no tourists.  You can pick your feet up on a scenic park bench while peering over the edge of the Medieval wall in total relaxation.  The views of the Salzburg castle are also great and we love to frame it up between the battlements of the wall.

Sharing the lookout point with you are the important Joseph’s Tower (Josefsturm) and Micheal’s Tower (Michaelsturm) built to protect the South side of town in the 1300s.  Below the side of the wall is a picturesque vineyard and remains of a third Medieval tower called Bertholdsturm.  The vineyard was actually started by the local Boy Scout Troop in 2008 and the same slope where grapes were originally grown in the Middle Ages.

Near the Judge’s Height Lookout, the castle-like Constantine Tower Mansion (Mönchsberg 17) which was the Medieval falconer’s house and later once home to the famous playwright Peter Handke.  Another cool mansion nearby is the Red Tower (Mönchsberg 15) which built in the 1300s was city defenses and has been a private home since 1862.  On your way to the Red Tower, you will pass a small Buddhist Stupa Shrine, a snack stand (open Noon-9pm; Winter until 7pm), and catch addition views of the castle while you stroll up the Doctor Ludwig Prahauser Path.



9. Stiegl Keller Beer Garden:

Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views - Stieglkeller Beer Garden Outdoor terrace restaurant
Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views - Stieglkeller Beer Garden Outdoor terrace restaurant

About The StieglKeller: Just 1/4 the way up the cliff toward the Salzburg High Fortress is the historic StieglKeller Beer Garden with splendid city views.  While they have an indoor hunting lodge-themed restaurant area, the best views of Salzburg are from the partially shaded by trees, the multi-level beer garden with room for over 1000 guests.  Almost every outdoor table has a great view of Old Town, but from a unique height just above the tops of the numerous bell towers of Salzburg.  Especially with the way the light catches on the side of the Dom Cathedral, the StieglKelly Beer Garden is the best place to watch the sunset in Salzburg.

Stiegl (meaning Little Step) Beer has long been a pride of Salzburg as they started brewing in town in 1492 and are the largest brewery in Austria that is still privately owned.  While some delicious Augustiner beer is also brewed in Salzburg, it originates from Munich and Stiegl is the real local drink.  The authentic Austrian food at the beer garden while you take in one of the top ten views in Salzburg is also an added bonus.

10. Militia City Wall (Bürgerwehr Mönchsberg):

Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views - Burgerwehr militia medievial city wall
Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views - Winkler terrace Monchsberg hill wall

About Kapitelplatz: The vast Chapter Square (Kapitelplatz), known for its festival events and outdoor movies, is one of the only places to get gorgeous unobstructed views directly below Salzburg castle.  Adding extra flair to any photos you take in the square are an over-sized chess board with two-foot-tall pieces and a 30-foot-tall yellow orb sculpture topped with a standing man.  Officially called Sphaera, the art piece was made as part of a series across Europe in 2007 by artist Stephan Balkenhol and is locally called Mann auf Mozartkugel.  Mozartkugel are famous round local treats created in 1890 out of chocolate and named after the city’s favorite son Mozart.

The name of the square comes from the local chapter high clergy from the neighboring Salzburg Cathedral that housed in the square through Medieval times.   Disbanded in 1803, the remainder of the square of opened up to provide wide-angle views of the castle above, but they kept the ancient horse bath intact.  Flanked by two trees, the horse bath fountain served as a Medieval car wash for horses.  The Chapter Square is also featured in the hit 1965 film The Sound of Music as the place where Maria catches the bus from Salzburg to visit the Von Trapp Family for the first time while singing “I Have Confidence”.

Featured On: Free Salzburg Walking Tour.

Honorable Mention Viewpoints:

11. New Residenz Bell Tower (Glockenspiel):

Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic Views - New residenz carillon Glockenspiel bell tower clock tower climb
Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic Views - New residenz carillon Glockenspiel bell tower clock tower climb

12. Chapter Square (Kapitelplatz):

Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic Views - chatper square Kapitelplatz golden ball
Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic Views - chatper square Kapitelplatz golden ball

13. Hotel Stein Terrace:

Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views - Hotel Stein bar Rooftop Restaurant cafe
Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views - Hotel Stein bar Rooftop Restaurant cafe

14. Cathedral Quarter Terrace (Domgang):

Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views - Domgang Dom Quarter Terrace Cathedral Residenz Square
Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views - Domgang Dom Quarter Terrace Cathedral Residenz Square Christmas Market

15. Love Lock Footbridge (Makartsteg):

Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views - love lock bridge salzach river marktsteg footbridge
Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views - love lock bridge salzach river marktsteg footbridge

16. Mönchsberg Palace (Schloss Mönchsberg):

Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views - Schloss Monchsberg Palace Castle In Winter
Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views - Schloss Monchsberg Palace Castle Pool

17. Müllner Footbridge:

Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views - Mullner Footbridge Salzach River Panoramic Lookout
Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views - Mullner Footbridge Salzach River Panoramic Lookout

18. Salzach Riverbank:

Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views -Salzach Riverbank water panoramic trail
Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views -Salzach Riverbank water panoramic trail

19. Saint Peter’s Cemetery & Catacombs (Petersfriedhof):

Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views - Saint Peters Cemetery & Catacombs
Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views - Saint Peters Cemetery & Catacombs

20. State Bridge (Staatsbrücke):

Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views - State Bridge Salzach River Staatsbrücke
Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views - State Bridge Salzach River Staatsbrücke

21. Salzburg City Park (Krauthügel):

Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views -City Park Bike Ride Tour
Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views -City Park Bike Ride Tour

22. Monastery Hill (Kapuzinerberg):

Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views -Saint Francis Fortress Franziskischlössl
Top 10 Best Viewpoints in Salzburg Austria Most Beautiful Scenic City Views -Saint Francis Fortress Franziskischlössl

Further Outside of Town:

23. Untersberg Mountain:

24. Gaisberg Hill & Nockstein Peak:

25. Maria Plain: