While Salzburg may have close to 200 hotels in and around the city, not all reflect its rich cultural and historic heritage. For visitors who want to explore Salzburg's Baroque architecture and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a stay in an authentic historic hotel can enhance the experience. The city center is home to a variety of historic hotels, from medieval inns to 19th-century palaces, with some retaining the original interior design while others add a touch of modernity.
Hotel Sacher Salzburg
Hotel Sacher Salzburg belongs to the prestigious Austrian Sacher Hotels group. Located in the heart of Salzburg, at the shores of the Salzach River, it opens its doors to an elegant atmosphere reminiscent of an Old-World classiness. Stucco walls, chandeliers, plush furniture and exquisite textiles decorate the 113 rooms and suites and come with state-of-the-art amenities. Original oil paintings, antique collectibles and flower arrangements add to their charming atmosphere. An on-site health club with sauna, steam bath and fitness center offers recreational opportunities. Culinary facilities include three restaurants, a piano bar and a Viennese-style coffeehouse serving Austrian coffee specialties and, of course, the legendary Sachertorte chocolate cake.
Hotel Goldener Hirsch
Hotel Goldener Hirsch invites its guests to step far back into Salzburg’s past. It resides in a historic 14th-century building in the city center, only a few steps from Mozart’s birth home, and has hosted such famous people as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Nixon. Its interior features a rustic yet homey ambiance with antique furniture, ceiling vaults, wooden beams and authentic stone wall displays. The 56 rooms and suites come in authentic Salzburg style with wooden furniture, plush couches and classic country-house patterns. Warm colors, patchwork rugs, handcrafted bedspreads as well as high-tech-amenities and a free morning newspaper create comfortable surroundings. Two restaurants and a bar serve traditional Austrian cuisine in a genuine country-style setting.
Hotel Schloss Moenchstein
Nestled in a historic castle on the Moenchsberg, one of the five mountains in Salzburg, Hotel Schloss Moenchstein offers its guests a royal scenery. More than a hectare of parkland surrounds the castle, which is reached from the city center via a lift built into the Moenchsberg. Guests sleep in 24 exclusive rooms, which come decorated in a modern “Viennese Studio” style or a sophisticated 19th-century castle design. The castle design is characterized by antique furniture, original oil paintings, plush silk chairs and chandeliers, whereas the studio design emphasizes contemporary furniture and modern decor. All rooms come with marble baths and sweeping views over the park or the rooftops of Salzburg. Dining facilities include two restaurants and a lounge bar with all seasonal patio and summer terrace.
Art Hotel Blaue Gans
Art Hotel Blaue Gans is the best address in town for travelers wanting to experience Salzburg’s art and design scene. Situated in a 600-year-old patrician building, its interior is a skillful combination of historic elements and avant-garde design. Silhouette glass, modern wood veneer, designer furniture and abstract art paintings complement stucco walls, wooden ceiling beams, vaulted aisles, and marble or hardwood floors. Mornings at the hotel starts with a breakfast buffet or an in-room champagne breakfast before guests can explore the surrounding city center or relax at the on-site garden terrace with bistro cafe. A gourmet restaurant serves seasonal Austrian cuisine, and the hotel bar beckons with jazz and cocktails in an urban design setting.
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