Hostels in Salzburg, Austria

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Get to know Salzburg (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Salzburg. To help you make friends with Salzburg before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

The hills are alive with the sound of Salzburg, Austria! This Austrian city is famous for many things, one of them being the place where the classic Julie Andrews musical "The Sound Of Music" was filmed. If you’re a fan of the movie, there are tours available that take you to all the iconic places as seen in the film, including Mirabell Gardens, Schloss Leopoldskron, and the wedding church at Mondsee.

Salzburg was also once called home by Mozart, who was born in the city. The house where he was born in the mid-eighteenth century is now a museum that you can visit to learn more about this famous classical composer.

Instagram addicts will have loads of image fodder here, as Salzburg is one of the most picturesque cities in Europe. Apart from its natural beauty (it boasts mesmerizing landscapes, rivers, parks, and the nearby Bavarian mountains), the buildings are stunning beyond measure.

Get a picture in front of the Salzburg Fortress, then visit it to learn the history of the magnificent structure as well as to experience an amazing view of the city from its high vantage point. Also check out the Old Town, as well as the many old buildings around such as the Salzburg Cathedral, the Horse Well, and more.

Getting around is pretty easy. Local buses service the city well and Salzburg’s main train station makes onward travel to your next European destination a breeze.

Salzburg caters for backpackers quite well -- there is a huge range of Salzburg, Austria hostels available to book, making it relatively easy to find a place to stay. Many of the Salzburg, Austria hostels are quite modern or have been recently renovated, so for those wanting to scrimp on accommodation costs without sacrificing comfort, Salzburg, Austria is a great choice. In addition, where as some hostels in Europe have quite a limited selection for breakfast (with just cereal and toast), many hostels in Salzburg, Austria, put on quite a decent spread, often included in the price of a night’s stay.

Written by local enthusiast for Salzburg hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Salzburg hostels Erin

FAQ about Salzburg Hostels

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A hostel in Salzburg costs on average $31 for a dorm. A hostel in Salzburg with private rooms costs on average $122. shows all 9 Hostels in Salzburg. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay. compares prices for 9 hostels in Salzburg, Austria. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Salzburg such as
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Your Packing List for Salzburg

Your Packing List for Salzburg

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These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Salzburg Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Salzburg, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
9 Total number of hostels
$31 Average dorm price
$122 Average private room price
$23 Cheapest hostel in Salzburg
Wolfgang's managed by a&o is the cheapest
Most Salzburg hostels are located in
Elisabeth-Vorstadt, City Centre, Nonntal
8 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

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Hallein (14 Km / 8 mi.)
Ansfelden (18 Km / 11 mi.)
Berchtesgaden (19 Km / 12 mi.)
Ellmau (20 Km / 13 mi.)

Travel Tips for Salzburg - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Salzburg. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Salzburg. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

I just returned from a long weekend in Salzburg. It was wonderful and I'm certain you will thoroughly enjoy yourself. The weather at the moment is scorching so pack lots of shorts! It was 32 degrees most of the time! The things I enjoyed most were Hangar 7 (a must for car/plane enthusiasts) -- it is filled with some wonderful possessions, all housed in an incredible modern glass dome! There are also a number of breweries that operate tours in the vicinity that are very interesting. From a transport point of view there are excellent trolley bus services in and out of the city. If you fancy a treat why not have a ride on a horse-drawn cart?


Check out the classical concerts that local college students put on in the Gold Room in the main palace. And it's a free concert to boot!


I went to Salzburg on the fly because I couldn't find a room in Munich during Oktoberfest -- what a great escape.


Salzburg is so charming, especially the Mirabell Gardens and Schloss Hellbrun -- places mentioned in "The Sound of Music." I loved Mozart Square and its friendly helpful people and would love to visit it a second time.


Salzburg is an amazing, cultural, historical city set in the most breathtaking scenery with places to visit suiting a broad variety of tastes. Top of my list was the Eagles Nest tour just over the border in Germany. Built for a fiftieth birthday present for one of Austria's least popular statesmen, Adolf Hitler, it's a breathtaking feat of engineering and a truly eerie experience, considering the facilities perched on top of a mountain were enjoyed by some of the Nazi party's worst villains and other nations' key statesmen whilst they were in power. Conquered by the Allied forces in 1945, it survived being demolished as a memory of the Nazis by the appeals of locals and the sheer magnitude of the work that went into building it -- apparently Eisenhower kept an ornamental door knocker as a memento after visiting. Whilst the salt mine tour sounds particularly dull, on the contrary it is a real adventure where you descend by slides into the mines -- much recommended. I thought nightlife was good at the weekend good even if it is a little expensive -- full of beautiful people and some more traditional beer halls -- especially if you fake being reporters for a snowboard magazine.


Salzburg is like a dream world. The tiny compact streets and the endless playing of fantastic music fills you with warmth and pleasure. Mirabels garden is just amazing while the castle takes your breathe away. Salzburg is expensive however. Just to get into the castle via a cart costs around 15 euro each - far too much for us backpackers! The food is good though and the atmosphere friendly. A perfect location for a romantic weekend break.


I really enjoyed Salzburg. Beautiful old buildings and the Sound of Music history, all good fun. It's nice and compact, easily enjoyable on foot. I enjoyed it much more than Vienna. Try out the brewery, top beer and food!


For some reason, Salzburg is quite possibly my favorite place in all of Europe. When I was there last I remember just thinking "Damn this is European!" ha ha. Last time we saw a lot and spend two nights and two full days, but I'm going back this summer and spending three nights and two and a half days. The winding streets, gardens, fortress- it's all so amazing. Definitely worth going to!


Salzburg is a very pretty town, much livelier than Vienna for my money (but less museums). Music on the streets all the time plus outdoor concerts and operas. In the old town things can get expensive thanks to all the tourists, so try the other side of the river. Nightlife here is not really up to par either. And don't forget to see the Ice Caves!


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