Dom zu Salzburg (Salzburg Cathedral)

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Domplatz

Price & Hours

Free

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Free, Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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A giant monument to this city's religion, power and wealth, Dom zu Salzburg awes visitors with its turquoise domes and towering facade. Built, burned and re-built multiple times in the past millennia, the current structure — which came in the 1940s and 50s after the roof suffered damage from World War II — demonstrates the pinnacle of early Baroque ecclesiastical architecture.

During your visit, pay particular attention to the structure's smaller details — such as the statues of apostles Peter and Paul at the front or the individual murals on the copulas — to appreciate its supreme craftsmanship and ornamentation. And music lovers will appreciate the cathedral's prominence in Mozart's life: The building served as the location of the musical prodigy's baptism, as well as where some of his pieces were composed during his time as an organist.

It is free to enter Dom zu Salzburg, however, admission hours vary depending on the month. Typically, the cathedral is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays and holidays. And during the warmer months and around the holidays, the cathedral stays open until 6 or 7 p.m.

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Wander around Altstadt's Judengasse (the Jewish District) and examine the St. Florian Fountain in the Alter Markt, a marketplace that dates back to the 13th century. And for architecture fans, spend plenty of time gazing at the neighborhood's array of buildings. Some structures were originally constructed during the Middle Ages, while others are newer and show Alstadt's progression over time.

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