As with almost any “free” activity one might recommend, it’s possible to find yourself tempted or inclined to break your fiscal fast and drop a little change. It’s your right to do so, obviously, but the following suggestions can indeed be sampled without spending a dime.
If (and it’s a big if) you are already possessed of your own equipment, cycling can prove to be an excellent way to take in the countryside. One route in particular involves a seven-day tour of 10 different lakes near Salzburg.
In a similar vein, hiking can be a cheap way to get out and make some memories. For stunning views of Salzburg and the surrounding countryside, take a hike to the top of the Monchsberg, where the Hohensalzburg Fortress keeps watch over the city. You can also aim for the Kapuzinerberg, a 2,000-foot hill on the eastern bank of the Salzach River that is home to a Capuchin monastery.
The majority of Salzburg’s churches are free to enter, including the blue dome of the Franziskanerkirch, one of the city’s oldest cathedrals, and the Baroque Kollegienkirche, with its unique convex facade.
The beautiful expanse of the Schloss Mirabell is located north of the Salzach. Its gardens and the central fountain were the setting for several scenes in The Sound of Music, including the song “Do Re Mi”.
The Altstadt Cathedral is surrounded by three bustling, spacious squares (the Domplatz, Kapitelplatz and Residenzplatz), numerous arches, fountains and grand buildings, and during the holiday season, it becomes the site of one of Europe’s finest Christmas markets (at which, you can always simply browse).