Salzburg: Top 4 Family Activities

22 July 2015

If you have a day or two in Salzburg, with children up to the age of 12, you might wonder where you can go and what you can do to keep everyone happy. It's not as difficult as one might believe.

Salzburg is the ideal city in Austria for a short break with children - it is small enough to be eminently walkable and there are plenty of parks and activities to keep the family entertained.

Here are four Salzburg activities guaranteed to please the entire crowd.

Cafe Tomaselli

The ideal spot to start the day, this 18th-Century coffeehouse and restaurant, where Mozart used to dine, opens on to Alter Markt, a beautiful square in the Old Town.

Music to the ears of the parents of young children, it welcomes diners from 7am Monday to Saturday, and from 8am on Sundays – far earlier than its rivals.

The coffee and pastries will not disappoint.

 A narrow street in Salzburg's Old Town (All images: Getty)

Horse-Drawn Carriage

Head to Residenzplatz where you can begin a horse-drawn ride through the centre of the Old Town on a 25-minute tour.

My family was not the only one to whistle Do Re Mi as we clopped down cobbled streets, weaving past palaces, churches, and umpteen dirndl shops in this genteel baroque city.

 Horses show patience in Residenzplatz

Schloss Hellbrunn

If you really want to spoil the children, hop a bus to the outskirts of town and visit this 17th-century villa with fabulous gardens designed by Markus Sittikus von Honenems, Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg.

A tour of the palace’s watergame-filled estate reveals this eccentric man to have been a practical jokester determined to soak his guests.

There’s also a grotto with a mechanical musical theatre, which is operated entirely by water. Expect to get wet.

 A fountain at Schloss Hellbrun. It can get very wet.

Festungsbahn Funicular Railway

This runs from the Old Town up to the Hohensalzburg Fortress, the Prince-Archbishops’ medieval castle.

It’s a great position from which to get your bearings and the garden is a great spot to take in the views while enjoying a beer or ice cream.


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This article was written by Sally Peck from The Daily Telegraph and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Sally Peck

Sally Peck writes about families and food. She is also a former primary school teacher and university lecturer. Originally from Brooklyn, Sally now lives in south London.