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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. In addition to easy footpaths, the Mönchsberg also features routes for city hikers that are rich in variety:

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...)
The Mönchsberg – a popular local recreation area

On the Mönchsberg in the heart of Salzburg City, locals and tourists all find exactly what they are looking for. The numerous green spaces, forest paths and beautiful shrubs along the way draw nature lovers and sports fans alike. Scenic lookout points treat you to one-of-a-kind panoramic views across the rooftops of Salzburg. 

Aside from the breathtaking natural setting itself, the Museum der Moderne is yet another Mönchsberg highlight. Located in the same building as the museum is Restaurant m32. With its big sunny terrace and unique panoramas, the m32 never fails to captivate its guests.

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


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