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Green Salzburg – Nature & Recreation

Salzburg enchants visitors with pure, unadulterated nature: city mountains, gardens, water everywhere. Hikes high above the historical district, moments whiled away amid spacious park grounds, countless drinking fountains dotted throughout the city, all testimony to the green soul of this City of Mozart.

City Mountains

The City of Mozart lies between several local mountains. The Festungsberg and the adjacent Mönchsberg, the Kapuzinerberg, the Gaisberg, and the Untersberg to the south of Salzburg: All of them invite you to take a stroll, go on a city hike and do a spot of sightseeing. As popular recreation areas for tourists and locals alike, the city mountains treat you to one-of-a-kind panoramic views of the historic district, the River Salzach and the nearby countryside. High above the rooftops of Salzburg and amid green forests, the unique symbiosis of city and nature becomes especially apparent. 


Water is an ever-present element in Salzburg. The River Salzach flows elegantly through the Old City and invites you to relax along its banks in summertime. Fountains in the narrow lanes and broad city squares provide refreshment in many different ways. And the trick fountains in Hellbrunn are a unique form of enjoyment in a category all their own, sure to get a laugh out of young and old alike.

Green Spaces

You will get a sense of just how “green” Salzburg is the very first moment you set eyes on it. The city mountains along with the magical gardens and parks captivate immediately, right along with the many towers of the historical district. The tradition of landscape gardening is deeply rooted in Salzburg and was promoted by the prince-archbishops. Today, the employees of the municipal parks & grounds department continue to take loving care of the city’s green spaces and colorful flowerbeds.

Green Communities on the Outskirts of Salzburg

Just outside the historical city center, the communities on the outskirts of Salzburg feature a number of “green” excursion destinations. On hot days, Glasenbach Gorge in Elsbethen is a popular place to cool down, where you can also find the peace and reenergizing tranquility you long for. In Anthering, on the other hand, you will be astonished by a selection of their moorland treasures: from moor beer to moor creams.

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