High above the roofs of the historic old city, away from the hustle and bustle of the tourists, you can find peace and relaxation as you ramble across the high elevations within Salzburg itself. All the paths here are carefully maintained, not demanding, and are even child buggy-friendly.
The Mönchsberg, the Festungsberg, and the Rainberg are located to the left of the old town and the Kapuzinerberg to the right.
At the Festungsberg
thrones the fortress Hohensalzburg.
You can reach it by foot via the Kapitelplatz in the old town or by taking the fortress train at the foot of the Festungsberg.
The heights of the Mönchsberg can be reached from various points.
- The Nonnbergstiege stairs will take you up to the Festungsberg from which you can cross to the Mönchsberg or you can ascend from Mülln on the other side, past Mülln Church and the Schloss Mönchstein hotel to the Museum of Modern Art.
- It is also possible to ascend via the Nonntal ravine and the so-called “Burgermeisterloch” gap.
- Another route up leads via the Toskanini Hof near the festival halls and the Clemens-Holzmeisterstiege stairway.
To the right is the Kapuzinerberg. There are also various routes up to the top of this mountain.
- For the more active, there are the many steps of the Imbergstiege in the Steingasse.
- It can also be accessed via the Linzergasse – here there are also many steps to climb.
- Once up top, you have access to attractive hiking trails leading to the Capuchin Monastery and the Franziskischlössl restaurant.
After the arduous climb, you are rewarded by magnificent views of Salzburg’s old town.