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Salzburg Cathedral, the landmark of the historic centre

Baroque jewel & backdrop of the Jedermann

Salzburg's historic centre boasts a number of churches worth seeing. However, the largest and most significant of them all is Salzburg Cathedral. Its mighty dome and two towers catch the eye from far off. Every year, the centrepiece of the Salzburg Festival, the Jedermann play is performed on the cathedral square and a visit to the magnificent structure is a must on a city tour.

Salzburg Cathedral in winter
Salzburg Cathedral in midwinter

Architecture, art and history will leave you in awe

Even the white facade, built from marble from the Untersberg will make visitors pause in front of the cathedral. The years shown on the gate commemorate the three cathedral inaugurations – 774, 1628 and 1959. This is because of multiple fires suffered by the cathedral. It was last partially destroyed by an air raid in 1944 and was rebuilt again. The first church building was constructed in 767 under Bishop Virgil, before giving way to an even more magnificent new building in the Middle Ages. The cathedral's appearance today originates from the early baroque period from the time under Archbishop Wolf Dietrich.

A round tour through the inside of the cathedral opens up the entire grandeur of the sacred structure. Near the entrance, you will find the bronze baptismal font, where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was baptised. The splendid main organ, high dome and cathedral gates are also worth a closer look. On the left, you can go down into the crypts where remains from the two previous buildings of the cathedral are still visible.

Tip: The DomQuartier museum round tour incorporates part of Salzburg Cathedral and allows you to view the interior of the church from above.

Guided tours through Salzburg Cathedral

During the Advent and Festival periods, guided tours are offered through Salzburg Cathedral at special times. On request, guided tours are available all year round.

Whether Mirabell Gardens, Mozart's residence and birthplace, museums, Getreidegasse or Salzburg Cathedral: all the important sights of Salzburg can be reached very easily from Hotel Scherer by bus, by bike along the Salzach or even on foot. You could hardly be better positioned for your holiday in Salzburg. We will be happy to provide you with further information concerning your stay at Hotel Scherer at any time – browse through our packages or book your holiday online now!