Things To Do In Salzburg With Kids
Salzburg (Austria) is the city of Mozart, toys and picturesque nature. Most suitable for families with children of any age. An exciting adventure can be started from visiting museums and walking through the old town, visiting ancient castles and fortresses. Attend theatre performances and the zoo.
Start from strolling in the Old Town that is a historical part of Salzburg along the Salzach river embankment.
Salzburg Is A City Of Mozart
The Salzach West Bank is the district of ancient squares and churches. This part of the city is associated with the name of Mozart, where he was born and lived until 17. Mozart monument is set on the Mozartplatz square. Reach the monument at 11 a.m. or 18 p.m. and you can hear the clock strikes from a nearby Glockenspiel chime. The house where the composer was born can be found nearby. It is called Mozart Geburtshaus. Visit it with kids and see the violin, that young Wolfgang used to play during his studying. Bright yellow house at Getreidegasse 9, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Check the details here.
Salzburg Is A City Of Bishops
Salzburg for many years had been under control of the prince-bishops, so there is no surprise that central part of Old Town is occupied with their former residence. For those interested in history may find quite curious to visit the ornate halls and the nearby art gallery where Rubens paintings are exhibited.
Hohensalzburg fortress on a rocky mountain can be seen from any point of city centre. The fortress was originally built for an Archbishop, it dates back to 1070 years. The fortress is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Cable railway is the most convenient way to get there. The funicular departs every 10 minutes, starting at 9 a.m. (mind that during winter months the funicular may be closed). Check the details here.
Salzburg Is A City Of Toys
Getreidegasse street is not just a place where the Mozart’s birthplace is located. Along the street you may find small shops, cafes and a large number of windows with toys that make an impression that Salzburg is a city of toys. Perhaps it is no coincidence that the largest toy museum in Austria (Spielzeug Museum) is located here. Museum tour will take more than an hour, but it is worth attending. Joyful emotions are guaranteed for parents who will remember their own toys and be quite surprised with reliability of old doll’s houses. The graceful toys made of tin, toy bears, horses and soldiers can be found here. This all together makes heaven for kids.
The main exhibition is located on the second floor of the museum, but kids usually don’t go further playground located on first one. Visit Burgerspitalgasse 2 – Salzburg Toy Museum. Check the details here.
Let me continue the theme of Toys in Salzburg. There is a small museum of dolls in the Hohensalzburg Fortress that belongs to the Salzburg Marionette Theatre. The repertoire of the puppet theatre is amazing and at the same time quite predictable: the puppets are performing Mozart’s operas. Puppets in the museum are crafted with extraordinary skill and love, so make sure to visit the museum.
Salzburg For Kids
House of Nature Museum (Haus der Natur) is a place your kids should definitely like. Age from 3 up to 14 years. All the things parents would like to tell their children about the world around us are gathered there in an understandable form. The topics affect planetary evolution, space exploration and many others. A moving dinosaur meets the visitors. Reef sharks and piranhas may be found in numerous aquariums, 2 times a week at 10:30 a.m. visitors may attend fish feeding. Here are the exposition topics to make it all clear:
- Dinosaurs and Prehistoric era;
- Geology and the Ice Age (fossils found in the Salzburg region included);
- Pets (from all continents);
- Habitat (an impressive diorama);
- World of crystals (see the giant rhinestone that weights 618kg);
- Man and the Nature;
- The human body (physiology and psychology in the interactive exhibits);
- Space Hall (the city of the future and “the space scales”).
Check the details here.
The main place to visit on the east bank of Salzach river is a Mirabell Park with a fountain of Pegasus, Rose Hill and gnome garden. In the Mirabelgarten park you may also find open-air theatre, a maze, a small museum and a greenhouse. The park territory is covered with lovely green grass with floral patterns, so summertime is the best time to visit Mirabell.
Useful Tips About Salzburg
Salzburg is a city associated with the Trapp family, whose story underlie the musical “The Sound of Music”. Watch this famous film with your kids before the trip and attend a bus tour during your stay in Salzburg to see places associated with it. Excursions of that kind usually start from Mirabellplatz square. Check the details here.
While staying in Salzburg, visit one of many concerts. Check the information on upcoming concerts here.
I would recommend to purchase Salzburg Card to get benefits and discounts while visiting museums, travelling throughout the city and so on. Use your card to get a free boat ride up the river and a pass via cable railway to reach the Hohensalzburg fortress. The price depends on season and around $30 USD for adults and $14 USD for children.