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It may be a small city, but Salzburg is blessed with an abundance of interesting tourist tidbits — and you can only see so many in one day. However, if you focus your efforts around Old Town, you should be able to get a relatively good feel for the city.
Our Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend starting your day by crisscrossing the Salzach River and strolling through Old Town’s charming lanes, narrow alleyways and sheltered piazzas, picking up a quick breakfast at a traditional bakery along the way. Spend the rest of the morning with a little more purpose by taking in a major Old Town sight or two, such as the Salzburger Cathedral, Mozart’s birthplace or Mirabell Palace.
In the afternoon, head up to Hohensalzburg, the enormous medieval castle looming over the center, and spend two or three hours taking your audio tour around the fascinating exhibition. Afterwards hike up to the Kapuzinerberg hill, where you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of the city.
In the evening head back to Old Town for a traditional meal at Gasthof Wilder Mann, then spend the rest of the night drinking home-brewed beers with the locals at Augustiner Bräustuberl.