Salzburg Museum

Lonely Planet review

Housed in the baroque Neue Residenz palace, this flagship museum takes you on a fascinating romp through Salzburg’s past. A visit starts beneath the courtyard in the strikingly illuminated Kunsthalle , presenting rotating exhibitions of art, such as one spotlighting Hohe Tauern landscape paintings. On the 1st floor, Ars Sacra zooms in on medieval art treasures, from altarpieces and embroidery to monstrances, chalices, Latin manuscripts and a Romanesque crucifix.

Upstairs, prince-archbishops glower down from the walls at Mythos Salzburg , which celebrates the city as a source of artistic and poetic inspiration. Showstoppers include Carl Spitzweg’s renowned Sonntagsspaziergang (Sunday Stroll; 1841) painting, the portrait-lined prince-archbishop’s room and the Ständesaal (Sovereign Chamber), an opulent vision of polychrome stucco curling around frescoes depicting the History of Rome according to Titus Livius. The early 16th-century Milleflori tapestry, Archbishop Wolf Dietrich’s gold-embroidered pontifical shoe and Flemish tapestries are among other attention-grabbers.

Salzburg’s famous 35-bell glockenspiel , which chimes daily at 7am, 11am and 6pm, is on the western flank of the Neue Residenz. You can ascend the tower on a behind-the-scenes tour . Tickets are sold at the Panorama Museum next door to the Salzburg Museum. The Panorama Museum is Johann Michael Sattler’s 360-degree painting of Salzburg as it was in 1829. The museum plays host to rotating exhibitions, such as one on the real life of the Trapp family.