Lets take a look at some of the most interesting places in the Austrian district of Salzburg. We promise epic sights and photographic locations from the city centre of Salzburg to the Kitzsteinhorn mountain. From the birthplace of Mozart to other must-see spots for European travellers and lovers of Alpine romance.

The Austrian city lies on the border with Germany. The Salzach River flows right through its centre. Salzburg is famous, and particularly popular, because Mozart’s birthplace lies in its centre and because of its picturesque location on the northern slope of the Alps. There are several hills, in and around the city, which are ideal for a leisurely stroll out to admire the delightful views. The hills are especially popular with landscape photographers and landscape fans alike.

Mirabell Palace and Mirabell Garden

Sights of Salzburg, view over the Mirabell Garden to the old town of Salzburg, Photo: Tourismus Salzburg, G. Breitegger

A few meters north of the old town one finds the Mirabell Palace with its famous Mirabell Garden. The most romantic and kitschy wedding photographs in Europe often originate from here.

Even if it’s just a quiet hour to relax, or for photography, the Mirabell Garden is a truly unforgettable place. The admirable and precisely laid out garden perfectly faces the Hohensalzburg Fortress. Photographers interested in geometry will be extremely pleased with the symmetry here.

Salzach River and the Hohensalzburg Fortress

View of Salzburg’s old town from Müllnersteg bridge, Photo: Tourism Salzburg, G. Breitegger

The Hohensalzburg Fortress towers protectively above the city and is also its most famous landmark. It is visible from many corners of Salzburg. One of the most beautiful photo points is certainly on the banks of the Salzach river or on Salzach bridge.

First, you walk a few hundred metres away from the castle in a northerly direction. It is best to take photos from one of the bridges or from the eastern bank facing the direction of the city centre.

Insta’ spots in the old town: Domplatz, Residenzplatz, Getreidegasse, Karajan Platz and the Hotel Sacher

Getreidegasse – the busy shopping street in Salzburg. Photo Salzburg Tourism
Chapter Square with view of the fortress, Photo: Tourism Salzburg, G. Breitegger

The Altstadt (old town) district is the touristic centre of Salzburg. It’s quite small and can be reached on foot in a few minutes. Domplatz marketpace, the stately square of Residenzplatz, down the Getreidegasse shopping lane, stand in front of Mozart’s birthplace, the Hotel Sacher, proverbially at every corner you will find classic tourist photo motives.

Sometimes a simple view through the old town shopping lane of Getreidegasse will suffice, then again maybe a horse-drawn carriage on the cathedral square could also be a great choice? The star of these pictures are usually the romantic-looking consisting of the subject with a castle, church or fortress in the background.

Lamm Gottes, Dom Salzburg, Foto: D.Posthuma
Salzburg Christmas market at the cathedral square with a view of the fortress, Photo: Tourism Salzburg


From Kapuzinerberg hill – the old town of Salzburg, Hohensalzburg fortress and the Untersberg massif in the background
Photo: Tourism Salzburg, G. Breitegger

Kapuzinerberg, in our opinion, is one of Salzburg city’s most beautiful viewpoints. The view is worthwhile in all directions. This is the best place to capture the alpine flair – with only a few meters of altitude difference to the city.

Photo spots in the Salzburger area: Mondsee and the Dragon Wall fixed rope route.

View from Drachenwand(dragon wall) of Schafberg mountain und Mondsee lake. Photo: TVB Mondsee Land

Via ferrata on the Dragon Wall (“Drachenwand”) is an especially popular activity with outdoor sports photographers and climbers alike. The steep view of Mondsee lake is a very “grammable” photo spot, especially when lucky enough to catch someone climbing the sky ladder with Mondsee lake in the background – this is probably the best Insta-Spot in Salzburger Land.

Note: All information about the via ferrata can be found here. Decide for yourself whether you dare to do this. Guides can be booked on site. For a photo course including this trip or a private photo shooting we are here to help you. You will get a perfect instragrammable picture from our professional photographer and the guide will take you safely up and down the mountain (note: the via ferrata is not for beginners! you need to be fit and need to be free from fear of heights!)

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Schafberg Mountain

The famous Schafberg view also know as ‘the gate to heaven’ Photo: TVB Mondsee Land
Photo tip: remember to take a wide angle and telephoto lens on your photo trip.

Although easily accessible by rack railway, Schafberg moutain is, in reality, an unimposing hill and an easy hike. At the summit you will find a hotel, a tavern and the best view of the Salzkammergut mountains and the Mondsee, Wolfgangsee and Attersee lakes. Mountain Moments offers this hike as a photo workshop tour so don’t hesitate in contacting us to arrange a special photo experience in the Salzburg mountains.

If you are on a tight trave schedule book a private photo guide to get the best experience and personal help in bringing your photography game to the next level.

The Dream of Arabia: Zell am See and the Kitzsteinhorn

The dream view over Zell am See lake. Photo: Faistauer

Zell am See has experienced an immense and multicultural touristic boom since the turn of the millennium. A large azure lake, surrounded by lush, green mountain meadows and snow-covered peaks are obviously in demand. Combine this with cool temperate weather and you have a picturesque triad that inspires all lovers of the alpine.

This is the place for which your lens longs. The view of the lake, the mountain meadows and glaciers can easily all be composed into a wonderful landscape photo.

How to get there: The Mitterberghof panorama terrace, A little north of Thumersbach village, is an excellent vantage point to shoot the Zell am See lake region. Please take note that parking space is limited.

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