Get up early to see Mozart's Geburtshaus and boutique-dotted Getreidegasse before the crowds. Take in the baroque grandeur of Residenzplatz and the stately Residenz palace. Coffee and cake in the decadent Café Tomaselli fuels an afternoon absorbing history at the hands-on Salzburg Museum or monastic heritage at Erzabtei St Peter. Toast your first day with homebrews in the beer garden at Augustiner Bräustübl.
Begin day two with postcard views from the ramparts of Festung Hohensalzburg, or absorbing cutting-edge art at Museum der Moderne. Have lunch at M32 or bag goodies at the Grünmarkt for a picnic in the gardens of Schloss Mirabell. Chamber music in the palace's Marble Hall or enchanting puppetry at Salzburger Marionettentheater rounds out the day nicely.
On day three, you can join a Mozart or Sound of Music tour. Hire a bike to pedal along the Salzach’s villa-studded banks to summer palace Schloss Hellbrunn. Dine in old-world Austrian style at Bärenwirt before testing the right-bank nightlife.
The fun-packed salt mines of Hallein and the Goliath of ice caves, Eisriesenwelt in Werfen, both make terrific day trips for day four. Alternatively, grab your walking boots or skis and head up to Salzburg’s twin peaks: Untersberg and Gaisberg.