• Registration Year


  • Registered Sector

    Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg

  • Historical Function

    Religious, university, industrial and artistic.

  • Administrative Status

    Capital of the province of Salzburg.

Location and site

In the heart of Europe, Salzburg is at the narrowest point of the Salzach Valley, protected by the Mönchsberg, Festungsberg and Kapuzinerberg Alpine peaks. Near the Salzkammergut saltworks, the gold mines, silver mines, and other mines, it was also at the junction of three Roman roads.

Urban Morphology

The urban tissue in the ecclesiastical district differs from that in the burghers’ district. The former is spread out over a large area of the left bank and opens out at regular intervals into large squares, while the latter, in tight blocks, is only relieved by three market squares. All are dotted with fountains, gardens, statues and groups of sculptures, and several bridges connect the two banks. The Hohensalzburg Fortress, 120 m high, still dominates Salzburg.

The steeples, domes and belltowers are prominent in the town’s architectural skyline. Beautified and enriched over and over again, the town is a harmonious blend of styles: Roman, Gothic, Italian Renaissance, and above all, Baroque. The façades of the simplest stone dwellings contrast sharply with the architectural extravagance of the Archbishop-Princes in the ecclesiastical district. At the heart of the whole city is the seventeenth century Baroque cathedral.

Registration Criteria

ii, iv and vi to be completed.

Historical Reference

  • The Roman town of Juvavum (built in Municipium in 15 AD) was established on the exact site of the future town of Salzburg, and spread over both banks of the River Salzach.
  • On the left bank, at the foot of Mönchsberg, the episcopal seat originated with religious institutions dating from the end of seventh century. A duke’s palace was built between the ecclesiastical district and the river. The town took shape betwween the palace and the river. Illuminated manuscripts reveal the town’s intellectual and artistic development.
  • Salzburg was built as an archbishopric (ninth century). The Hohensalzburg Fortress (1077) symbolizes its episcopal prestige; the new fortifications were of solid rock.
  • The Archbishops were raised to the status of Princes of the Holy Empire (thirteenth century). The prosperity of the diocese depended on the saltmines and mineral deposits.
  • The town filled up with monuments (fourteenth to eighteenth centuries). In the sixteenth century, Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau transformed the town, opening up vistas and building palaces. Great artists lived and worked in Salzburg, and it enjoyed a Baroque renaissance.
  • The seventeenth century saw the dawn of the Enlightenment, and the founding of the University of Salzburg. Mozart was born in Salzburg in 1756.
  • In 1803 the Napoleonic Wars put an end to the power of the Archbishops.
Dipl.-Ing. Harald Preuner
City of Salzburg
Schloß Mirabell Mirabellplatz 4
5020 Salzburg, Austria
+43 (0) 662 8072 2100
+43 (0) 662 8072 2109
Mr. Alexander Würfl
World Heritage Manager
City of Salzburg
Auerspergstraße 7
5020 Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
+43 (0) 662 8072-3320
Ms. Silvia Irnleitner
Unit 6/04 Old Town Preservation, Expert Service, Site Protection
Office of the Salzburg Provincial Government
Office of the Salzburg Provincial Government Michael-Pacher-Straße 36, 2nd floor, room 2024, 5020 Salzburg
5010 Salzburg, Austria
+43 (0)662 8042-3210
+43 664 60822 2-3210
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