Explore the city on foot
In the middle of the city centre of Salzburg, only 800 metres from the railway station , the new Hyperion Hotel Salzburg will open in 2020. Housed in the landmark-protected “Palais Faber”, your sophisticated accommodation is located in Salzburg directly opposite the Salzburg Congress, one of Austria’s most modern event venues, and almost directly next to Mirabell Palace with its famous gardens.
The historical centre on the other side of the Salzach river, which is a World Heritage Site, can be reached on foot within five to ten minutes. From the airport it takes about 20 minutes by taxi or half an hour by bus to the Hyperion Hotel Salzburg. The thermal baths of “Bad Reichenhall” or “Bad Vigaun” with the entire spa range of the salt region are about 20 kilometres away.
Only a few steps away from the Hyperion Hotel Salzburg, on the other side of the street, is the Mirabell Palace. The entire baroque complex with outbuildings and gardens is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The State Hall of the National Library of Austria, lined with marble, is still used today as a concert and wedding hall. Also worth seeing are the magnificent “Georg-Raphael-Donner-Stiege” from the ground floor to the second floor and the castle chapel with a ceiling painting by Bartolomeo Altomonte. The baroque Mirabell gardens, which are part of the palace, are particularly famous, including the large ground floor, the “Heckentheater”, the “Wasserbastei” and the “Rosengarten”, which are still used today. The orangery and the palm house also from the 18th century.
Salzburg Cathedral with its mighty dome and two towers is an early Baroque monumental building. The magnificent marble main façade is just as worth seeing as the bronze baptismal font from 1311, in which Mozart was baptised. In the crypt you can still see the remains of the two previous buildings. The cathedral square with the “Mariensäule” is part of the overall picture and is the annual venue of the “Jedermann” at the Salzburg Festival and the pre-Christmas market.
The entire former centre of prince-archbishop power belongs to the so-called “DomQuartier” – and can be visited with one ticket: the cathedral and the cathedral museum, the “Alte Residenz” with the residence gallery, the St. Peter monastery with its museum and other exhibitions. Those interested in culture can walk here from the Hyperion Hotel Salzburg in a quarter of an hour and should plan a little time for the cathedral and its “quarter”!
One of the most beautiful old town streets is “Getreidegasse” with its characteristic arcade-decorated houses, in which inns, traditional businesses, shops and galleries await you today. Besides fashion, traditional costumes and jewellery, antiques and souvenirs are also on offer. Decorated house portals, playful guild signs and the windows that become smaller from the first floor are typical for these buildings. A special attraction is house no. 9 – Mozart’s birthplace. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born here in 1756 and spent his childhood and youth in the house in “Getreidegasse”. The museum comprises the living rooms on the 3rd floor, a reconstructed 18th century bourgeois apartment, musical instruments and numerous original documents. The walk from the Hyperion Hotel Salzburg takes about ten minutes.
Hohensalzburg Fortress is majestically enthroned on the fortress hill above the old town. Its oldest parts are from the 11th century. In the 16th century the magnificent “Fürstenzimmer” and the “Reißzug”, the oldest still preserved funicular railway in the world, were built. With the outer ring reinforced by artillery bastions, the castle has a total built-up area of over 14,000 square metres, making it one of the largest castles in Europe. In addition to the impressive outer grounds, the “Salzmagazin”, the torture chamber or the battlements, the princely rooms, the fortress museum, the Rainer Regiment museum and the puppet museum can also be visited. Travelling from the Hyperion Hotel Salzburg to the fortress mountain takes about 20 minutes on foot. For the ascent you can comfortably use the “Festungsbahn”.
Nonnberg Abbey was founded as early as the year 711/712 on a terrace of the fortress hill of Rupert of Salzburg. The oldest Christian convent in the world with an uninterrupted tradition to this day, together with the late Gothic collegiate church, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It has an important collection of medieval manuscripts, Gothic paintings and figures. In addition to the library and archive, the nuns living in the monastery also run a ceramics workshop, the “Erentrudishof” with organic farming and a guest house. From the Hyperion Hotel Salzburg it takes about 25 minutes on foot or a quarter of an hour by car.