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The Mönchsberg rises skywards in the middle of Salzburg. It is a popular local recreation area with abundant forests and meadows.

The Mönchsberg in the center of Salzburg

The Mönchsberg was named after the monks of nearby St. Peter’s Benedictine Abbey. It extends a total length of 500 meters: northwards from the Festungsberg, along the left bank of the River Salzach to Mülln. It measures 508 m at its highest point.

The Mönchsberg is capped by a plateau of meadows and woodlands; one reason it is such a popular recreation area for locals as well as a destination for tourists. It can be explored along various pathways.

Footpaths up the Mönchsberg

  • From the south-east (Nonnberggasse) via the Festungsberg and Schartentor gate (Route...)
  • From the east (Toskaninihof) and the Clemens-Holzmeister-Stiege (stairway near the Festival Hall) (Route...)
  • From the north (Mülln Church) via the Müllner Schanze (Route...)
  • From the west (Sigmundstor tunnel) from Riedenburg via the Bürgerwehr (Route...)
  • From the south (Brunnhausgasse) via the Bürgermeisterloch (Route...)
  • OR IN COMPLETE COMFORT via the Mönchsberg lift and Museum der Moderne (Map...)

Scenic terraces, old palaces and villas

On the Mönchsberg in the heart of Salzburg City, you will discover many different lookout points, historical fortifications as well as old palaces and villas.

The most popular attractions on the Mönchsberg include the Museum der Moderne and Restaurant M32. From the terrace of the museum of modern art, you are able to enjoy magnificent panoramic views of the City of Mozart.

TIP: With the SalzburgCard, your ride on the Mönchsberg lift and admission to the Museum der Moderne are included.


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