Where to stay in Salzburg for families with kids: 4 Best areas

Hi guys, on my website, I already wrote an article about Salzburg for first-timers and for Christmas Markets (I will put the links to them at the end of this article). In today’s article, I will help you to find the best places to stay in Salzburg for families with kids.

I will share with you what I believe are the best areas to stay in Salzburg for families, along with a map. I’ll also share where I stayed in Salzburg and recommend some of the best family-friendly hotels for various budgets.

Salzburg, the fourth-largest city in Austria, is renowned for its stunning architecture, rich history, and breathtaking Alpine landscapes. It’s perhaps most famous as the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the setting for The Sound of Music. 

The city’s Old Town (Altstadt) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, boasting beautifully preserved Baroque buildings, narrow streets, picturesque squares, and famous attractions like Hohensalzburg Fortress, Mirabell Palace, and the Cathedral. 

The Hohensalzburg Fortress, perched atop a hill, offers panoramic views of the city and surrounding Alps. The city hosts the annual Salzburg Festival, one of the world’s most prestigious classical music festivals.

Is Salzburg a good place to visit with family?

Yes, Absolutely! Salzburg is a fantastic destination for families. Your family can explore historic sites like Mirabell Palace and Gardens, take a walk through the charming Old Town, visit family-friendly attractions like the Salzburg Zoo Hellbrunn, and Haus der Natur interactive science & natural history museum.

Salzburg is synonymous with music, and families can enjoy performances at the Mozarteum or attend the Salzburg Festival if visiting in the summer. The city often hosts family-friendly concerts and events.

Where to stay in Salzburg for families with kids?

The best areas to stay in Salzburg for families with kids include Old Town/Altstadt, Neustadt/ New Town, Elisabeth Vorstadt, and Maxglan. These neighborhoods provide a range of family-friendly accommodations and easy access to major attractions.

In general, the Old Town is the most popular base for families who want to stay in the historic heart of the city. Staying here puts you within easy walking distance to major attractions like Mozart’s birthplace, Cathedral, and Mirabell Palace. This area has plenty of family-friendly restaurants and shops.

Neustadt is also a convenient base for easy access to the main train station and the old town. This area is located on the right bank of the Salzach River, close to Mirabellgarten and Mirabell Palace. 

Elisabeth Vorstadt and Maxglan are great bases for budget-friendly travelers and those who want a more local residential atmosphere. Elisabeth Vorstadt is close to the central station, while Maxglan is closer to the airport. They are a bit removed from the old town, but easily reachable on foot or by bus.

During my trip to Salzburg, I traveled with my partner and stayed at the mid-range Radisson Blu Hotel Altstadt. The hotel has a super central location, close to everything. My room was bright and airy with amazing views of the mountain. Breakfast was lovely with a generous selection of dishes.

Below is a map of the popular areas in Salzburg for families. You can scroll down to view the live map.

Map of the best areas to stay in Salzburg for families with kids
Map of the best areas to stay in Salzburg for families with kids

Let’s get into the details of the recommended areas to stay in Salzburg, especially for families. I’ll provide you with some suggestions for the best places to stay in each area, catering to every budget. 

All hotels in Salzburg have been carefully selected by me from well-known and secure booking sites such as booking.com, with guest review scores of at least 8.0 or higher at the time I chose them. 

If you don’t like my suggestions (perhaps they don’t suit your budget or preferences), you can click the “MORE HOTEL DEALS” button where you can choose your own hotel.

4 Best areas to stay in Salzburg with family:

1. Altstadt (Old Town)

Altstadt (Old Town) is one of the best places to stay in Salzburg for families. Staying here means you’ll be within walking distance to iconic landmarks, such as Hohensalzburg Fortress, Mozart’s Birthplace, Salzburg Cathedral, Getreidegasse shopping street, and Mirabell Palace. 

The Altstadt is a pedestrian-friendly area, perfect for leisurely strolls to soak in the atmosphere and discover hidden gems tucked away in its narrow alleys. With its lively squares, quaint cafes, and historic landmarks, Salzburg’s Old Town is a place where history truly comes alive.

You can explore numerous museums and galleries, including the Toy Museum Salzburg, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Haus der Natur Natural history museum. The Altstadt is also home to several beautiful churches, such as St. Peter’s Abbey and the Franciscan Church.

Best places to stay in Salzburg Old Town with kids:

Luxury ($$$): Hotel Goldener Hirsch, 5-star family-friendly hotel located in the heart of the old town, close to everything, including popular points of interest like the famous Getreidegasse, the Cathedral, Festival Hall, Mozart’s Birthplace, and Hohensalzburg Fortress. It has wonderful breakfast, paid airport transfer, 2 onsite restaurants, and 24-hour front desk.

Mid-range ($$): Hotel am Mirabellplatz, 4-star children-friendly hotel conveniently located right next to the Mirabell Palace and Congress Center. 10 mins walk from the Main Train Station. Short walk into the old town via bridge. You can find the Sound of Music tour departure location nearby. Family rooms are comfortable options for families of 4.

Mid-range ($$): Altstadt Hotel Stadtkrug, 4-star family-friendly hotel centrally located in a quiet area on the right bank of the Salzach river, on Linzergasse street. Close to major sights like Kapuzinerberg mountain and Mirabell Palace. It has one and two bed-rooms apartments, which are great places for families of 4 to 6. Just be mindful that there are stairs up to reception and the elevator, so maybe it can be a bit challenging for those with strollers or heavy luggages. 

Mid-range ($$): Altstadthotel Weisse Taube, 4-star kid-friendly hotel located in a 14th century historic building in central Old Town, an easy walk from major sights, main museums, squares, and a bus stop, offering services to the main train station and the airport. It has comfortable rooms for families of 4, and excellent buffet breakfast.

Budget ($): Hotel Elefant Family Business, 3-star family-friendly hotel in central Salzburg, steps away from everything, including the Mozart’s Birthplace, Cathedral, and festival theater. It has laundry services, an elevator, and a very good breakfast. The Family Suite is great for families of 6 while double rooms are great for families of 4. Take note that, like many buildings in Salzburg, there are a few stairs to the reception area and to certain rooms.


2. Neustadt (New Town)

Neustadt is a great location to book accommodation for your family holiday in Salzburg. This area is located along the right bank of the river, within walking distance to the old town, the central station, and major attractions like the Mirabell Palace & garden, Mozart Residence, and Linzergasse pedestrian area.

Best places to stay in Salzburg in Neustadt with kids:

Mid-range ($$): Imlauer Hotel Pitter Salzburg, 4-star family-friendly historic hotel set in a central location in the new town close to famous sights and the main train station. It has soundproofing rooms, fitness facilities, and excellent breakfast. Family rooms are clean and comfortable.

Mid-range ($$): Boutique Hotel & Petit Spa AUERSPERG, 4-star children-friendly hotel, in the Andräviertel area of Neustadt, easy walk from various restaurants and shops, and the Linzergasse pedestrian zone. Close to Mirabellplatz and the central station. 15 mins stroll down to the old town.

Budget ($): master Mirabell, 3-star family-friendly apartment complex in the city center of Salzburg, near Mirabell Palace, 10 minute walk to the train station. Each apartment has a decent equipment kitchenette. One Bedroom Apartment is great for families of 4, while Family Apartment can accommodate up to 8 family members.


3. Elisabeth Vorstadt

Elisabeth Vorstadt is an excellent choice for families seeking affordable accommodation, a local atmosphere, and convenient access to Salzburg Main Train Station. This area is located next to the new town and along the Salzach River. It is within walking distance/ short bus ride to the old town.

Best places to stay in  Elisabeth Vorstadt with family:

Mid-range ($$): Cocoon Salzburg, 4-star family-friendly hotel in Elisabeth-Vorstadt, within easy walking distance to Salzburg Central Station, 20-30 mins walking to the historic center. It has modern family rooms and a wonderful breakfast. You can find several restaurants and coffee shops. You can ask for interconnected rooms if your family is big.

Mid-range ($$): Levy’s Rooms & Breakfast, 4-star children-friendly hotel, conveniently located right close to the Salzburg Main Station, 5 mins walk to a bus top to get to the airport. They have nice family rooms, comfortable for families of 4 and 5.

Budget ($): Hotel Hohenstauffen, popular 3-star family-run historic hotel in a quiet location, a 15 mins walk from the historic quarter. Salzburg Train Station is nearby, offering access to trains and all city bus lines. A Two-Bedroom Apartment is great for families of 4 to 6.

Budget ($): Villa Flöckner Bed & Breakfast, 3-star family-friendly good value for money accommodation in Elisabeth-Vorstadt, close to central station, and some major sights on the right banks of the Salzach River and sights like Messezentrum Exhibition Center, Mozarteum, and Kapuzinerkloster Monastery.


4. Maxglan

Maxglan, located between the old town and Salzburg Airport, is an excellent choice for families seeking a quieter and more residential alternative to the bustling city center, while still being within easy reach of attractions and amenities.

You’ll be within a 10-15 mins bus ride to the city center. This area has several local attractions like the Stiegl-Brauwelt beer tasting & exhibits on brewing history, and the Red Bull Hangar-7 Technology museum.

Best places to stay in Salzburg in Maxglan with family:

Budget ($): Das Grüne Hotel zur Post – 100 % BIO, 3-star family-friendly, eco-friendly accommodation in a quiet area in Maxglan, a 5 mins bus ride to the old town. It has bike rental services, laundry, and comfortable family rooms for 4,5 family members. Apartments include a kitchenette. 

Budget ($): Hotel Max 70, popular 3-star family-friendly hotel in Maxglan, featuring family rooms, excellent breakfast and private parking. Easily reachable from the airport via bus route 1 and 2. If you visit in winter, you can enjoy watching views of the Austrian Alps covered with snow from the balcony. 10-15 mins bus ride, uber/bolt to the old town.

Mid-range ($$): Villa Salzburg by Welcome to Salzburg, 4-star family-friendly hotel located in the Riedenburg quarter, 10 mins walk from the Old Town. Apartments come with a fully equipped kitchen and free use of washing machines. The hotel has baby facilities like a high chair and baby cot. Rooms are great for families from 4 to 8 members.


In conclusion, Altstadt (Old Town), Neustadt, Elisabeth Vorstadt, and Maxglan are the best places to stay in Salzburg for families with kids. These are popular neighborhoods in Salzburg for visitors to book their accommodations, offering easy access to important attractions and public transportation.

You can continue reading about Salzburg in these articles:

There you have it, my recommendations for the popular areas and neighborhoods that you can stay during your family trip to Salzburg. I hope you enjoyed my article and find it both informative and helpful.

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About Author: Ocean Cameron

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