Travel to Salzburg with a dog — pet-friendly sights, city walks and hotels
Salzburg is a major Austrian city and home of the doctor Paracelsus, composer Mozart and physicist Doppler. This typically European town is situated at the foot of the Alps next to the German border. The history of Salzburg begins as a Roman colony, which has developed into a bishop's residence. Salzburg's influence in the region has grown rapidly and over time has become so great that it has determined politics and cultural development. Quite high autonomy and good financial situation allowed to invite famous Italian architects who combined the late medieval architectural style with Italian baroque in the city.
We would like to invite you and your four-legged friend to walk along the old streets and alleys of this ancient city and feel the real European spirit.
It is best to start your city tour with the Residenzplatz. Here you will discover magnificent houses and watch ancient carriages drive by through the square. Let yourself be made fun of by street artists. A highlight here is the Residenzbrunnen - the huge fountain with marble decoration. Overall, the architectural style of the square is reminiscent of Roman architecture and has remained unchanged since the late 16th century.
After that, we recommend you to walk along Steingasse, which was originally the most important trade route to Italy. It was on this narrow cobbled street that trade caravans passed through the stone gate. The best time to visit is late in the morning, when the vaulted houses look particularly beautiful in the sunshine.
When walking with the dog, you will surely have noticed the castle rising above the houses. This is Hohensalzburg - the largest fully preserved fortress in Central Europe. Walk through the castle grounds, admire the architecture and mighty walls. A fantastic view of Salzburg and its suburbs awaits you there.
Hohensalzburg was built at the end of the 11th century to protect clergymen against enemy raids. It's a wonder no one managed to capture the fortress.
At the foot of Hohensalzburg lies the old town with monasteries, church spiers and narrow winding streets. The magical spirit of the Middle Ages reigns here, so it begins to seem like a minstrel or knight is suddenly walking out of a wine bar.
Be sure to walk along the left bank of the Salzach. The architectural composition of buildings present here is not only a well-known postcard subject, but is inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
You can stroll endlessly through the streets of Salzburg's old town: you can walk past rich private houses, luxurious palaces and authentic restaurants with Austrian cuisine together with your dog. However, all roads lead to Mozartplatz. The famous composer is so revered by locals that his name really appears at every step of the city: from cafes to sweets. Mozart is also immortalized in the monument in the middle of the square of the same name.
And one more point connected with Mozart is Getreidegasse. The house where Mozart was born is located here. The Getreidegasse is also popular for other reasons. There are no cars on the 300 meter long pedestrian street along the river, but you will find a lot of people. Here are well-known restaurants and elegant covered passages where you can not only buy fancy goods, but also find your way to the other streets.
It is interesting that Getreidegasse became famous even 700 years ago. The local government wanted to maintain a holistic architectural impression of the district, so they made it compulsory for all signs to be displayed in only one style. In order to somehow distinguish themselves, the company owners have started to compete with each other in sign design. That's why it will definitely be interesting for you to look at the results of this competition.
One of the other pearls of Salzburg is of course the Salzburg Residence — a majestic and harmonious palace complex from the 17th century. The Residenz includes three interconnected squares - Domplatz, Residenzplatz, Kapitelplatz and a Cathedral. During the Christmas period there is a festive market and in summer the famous Salzburg Festival is always held here. The centerpiece of the residence is the cathedral, whose façade faces all three squares. This monumental building embodies the majesty of ambitious archbishops who aspired to see Salzburg rival established Italian cities.
You can walk longer with the dog, but you have to take a break and relax in one of dog-frien
dly hotels of Salzburg recover.
Dog friendly hotels in Salzburg
Radisson Blu Hotel Altstadt 5*
A journey through time would of course not be possible, but you have a real possibility to stay in the house from 1377 year of construction. It was then that the building was erected where this dog-friendly luxury hotel is now located. Such age of the house creates a unique atmosphere and gives your stay a special charm.
Magnificence reigns everywhere here: in the lobby, in the living room and of course in the rooms, where you can relax with comfort during your trip. Even in the hotel you remain within the magic of Salzburg, because picturesque views of the old town and the river open from the hotel windows.
The stay of a dog costs 18 euros per night. Food and water bowls are available upon request.
This is another hotel located in the historical building from the 17th century. This house used to be the residence of Archbishop Paris de Lodron, but now you can live here in a chic and comfortable way. The Mirabell Palace is directly opposite the hotel. You can walk to the old town with your dog in just a few minutes.
Despite the considerable age of the house, all rooms are modern and individually furnished. You have a minibar, your own safe, a split system and a bathroom – everything that takes care of your relaxation and rest.
In this dog-friendly hotel, the stay per dog costs 15 euros per night. Water and food bowls are available upon request.
Best Western Plus Amedia Art Salzburg 4*
If you want to stay just outside the busy city center, then this dog-friendly hotel is for you. It is within walking distance of all of Salzburg's main attractions. Just a 20 minute walk with your dog and you are back in the old town right in the middle of the action.
Other advantages of the hotel are a cozy patio, a large roof terrace with pool and fantastic views of the city and mountains. The Kapuzinerberg is only 5 minutes from the hotel. The rooms have modern technical equipment and beautiful furnishings - you will like it.
The stay for a dog costs 11 euros per night.
NH Collection Salzburg City 4*
Stylish classic dog-friendly hotel with impeccable service and facilities. That's the impression you get when you walk into this hotel.
Thoughtful design, wooden floors, free Wi-Fi and a private bathroom with toiletries await you in every room. You can also visit the SPA center, go to the sauna or gym, or simply enjoy the peace and quiet on the terrace.
The old town is about a 10-minute walk away, the Mirabell and Dwarf Gardens are only 300 meters from the hotel.
Up to 2 animals with a maximum weight of 25 kg each can be accommodated in one room. The whole stay of a dog costs 35 euros.
Star Inn Hotel Salzburg Center 3*
This dog-friendly hotel can be a perfect starting point for your discovery of Salzburg. In the immediate vicinity are the sights of the old town, such as the Great Festival Hall and Getreidegasse with Mozart's birthplace. The Mönchsberg is also not far from the hotel, so you can enjoy a romantic view of Salzburg from there.
All rooms have TV, work desk, air conditioning, private bathroom. Also you can use a cozy lounge terrace from where you can watch how evening lights are switched on after sunset.
A big advantage of this hotel is that animals can be accommodated here free of charge.
Salzburg is a unique city where you can fully immerse yourself in the atmosphere of history, romance and excitement.
Take your dog to Salzburg, let yourself fall in love with this city. You will definitely get fairytale memories!
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