Land Salzburg
Flag of Salzburg
Coat of arms of Salzburg
Anthem: Salzburger Landeshymne
Location of Salzburg
Country Austria
 • GovernorWilfried Haslauer (ÖVP)
 • Deputy Governors
  • Heinrich Schellhorn (Grüne)
  • Christian Stöckl (ÖVP)
 • Total7,156.03 km2 (2,762.96 sq mi)
 • Total562,606
 • Density79/km2 (200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeAT-5
HDI (2019)0.939[1]
very high · 2nd of 9
NUTS RegionAT3
Votes in Bundesrat4 (of 62)

Salzburg (Austrian German: [ˈsaltsbʊʁk], German: [ˈzaltsbʊʁk] (listen);[note 1]Austro-Bavarian: Soizbuag, also known as Salzburgerland; Italian: Salisburgo) is a state (Land) of the modern Republic of Austria. It is officially named Land Salzburg to distinguish it from its eponymous capital — the city of Salzburg. For centuries, it was an independent Prince-Bishopric of the Holy Roman Empire.


Typical Salzburg Alpine landscape near Sankt Koloman
Typical Salzburg Alpine landscape near Sankt Koloman


The state of Salzburg covers area of 7,156 km2 (2,763 sq mi). It stretches along its main river — the Salzach – which rises in the Central Eastern Alps in the south to the Alpine foothills in the north. It is located in the north-west of Austria, close to the border with the German state of Bavaria; to the northeast lies the state of Upper Austria; to the east the state of Styria; to the south the states of Carinthia and Tyrol. With 529,085 inhabitants, it is one of the country's smaller states in terms of population.

Running through the south are the main ranges of the Alpine divide (incl. the Hohe Tauern mountains) with numerous three-thousanders. The Dachstein massif and the Berchtesgaden Alps ranges of the Northern Limestone Alps border Salzburg Land to the east and north.


The state is traditionally subdivided in five major regions (Gaue), congruent with its political districts (Bezirke, see administrative divisions).

Regions of Salzburg
Regions of Salzburg

Major cities and towns

Salzburg municipalities with town privileges:

Wals-Siezenheim, a common municipality with about 12,000 inhabitants, is known as 'Austria's largest village'.


See also: Archbishopric of Salzburg

Salt has played an important role in the region's development; Salzburg means "salt castle".

Salzburg as an independent state

Independence from Bavaria was secured in the late 14th century. The Archbishopric of Salzburg was an independent prince-bishopric and State of the Holy Roman Empire until German Mediatisation in 1803.

Electorate of Salzburg

The territory was secularized and, as the Electorate of Salzburg, given as compensation to Ferdinand III, former Grand Duke of Tuscany, the brother of Emperor Francis II.

The end of independence

Following the Austrian defeat at Austerlitz in 1805, Salzburg was annexed by Austria as compensation for the loss of Tyrol to the Kingdom of Bavaria, and Ferdinand was transferred to the Grand Duchy of Würzburg.

Bavarian Salzburg

After Austria's defeat in 1809, the province was handed over to Bavaria in 1810.

The country divided between Bavaria and Austria

In 1816, following the defeat of Napoleon and the provision of adequate compensation to Bavaria at the Congress of Vienna, it was returned to Austria with the exception of the north-western Rupertiwinkel which remained Bavarian. The Salzburger Land was administered as the department of Salzach from Linz, the capital of Upper Austria. In 1849 the Duchy of Salzburg was established as a crown land of the Austrian Empire and, after 1866, Austria-Hungary.

World War I

Salzburg participated in World War I, as part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. 49,000 Salzburgers were called to arms, of whom 6,000 were killed.[6]

Post-World War I Austrian republics

In 1918 after World War I, the Duchy of Salzburg was dissolved and replaced with the State of Salzburg, as a component part initially of German Austria and subsequently of the First Republic of Austria, the separate state which was mandated by the Allied powers.

Salzburg in Germany

In the Anschluss, Austria, including Salzburg state, was incorporated into Nazi Germany in 1938.

American control

After the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945, the Allies occupied the territory of Austria, being recognized as an independent territory under their rule. Salzburg was occupied by the United States.

Salzburg as an Austrian state

In 1955, Austria was again declared independent of the Allies and Salzburg was once again one of the reconstituted federal states of the Second Republic of Austria.


The historical population is given in the following chart:


Salzburg adopted its current state constitution in 1999. The state government (Landesregierung) is headed by a Landeshauptmann (governor), who is elected by a majority in the Landtag parliament. State elections are held every five years.

After World War II, most state governments were led by the conservative Austrian People's Party (ÖVP). The ÖVP politician Josef Klaus (1910-2001), later Chancellor of Austria, served as Landeshauptmann from 1949 to 1961. In 2004 Gabi Burgstaller became the first Social Democratic (and first female) Salzburg governor.

Chiemseehof, seat of the Salzburg Landtag
Chiemseehof, seat of the Salzburg Landtag

The last results, in April 2023 (Compared to 2018) were:

Party Votes in % Change Seats Change
  Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) 30.37% Decrease 7.4% 12 Decrease 3
  Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) 25.75% Increase 6.9% 10 Increase 3
  Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ) 17.87% Decrease 2.1% 7 Decrease 1
  Communist Party of Austria (KPÖ) 11.66% Increase11.3% 4 Increase 4
  The Greens – The Green Alternative (GRÜNE) 8.20% Decrease 1.1% 3 -
  NEOS – The New Austria and Liberal Forum (NEOS) 4.20% Decrease3.1% 0 Decrease 3
  We are Salzburg (WIRS) 1.19% Increase1.2% 0 New
  MFG Austria - People, Freedom, Fundamental Rights (MFG) 0.77% Increase 0.8% 0 New

The current Salzburg Landeshauptmann, Wilfried Haslauer (ÖVP), entered into coalition discussions with the FPÖ, after his proposition of a ÖVP-FPÖ-SPÖ coalition was rejected by the Social Democrats. Haslauer said "I regret that we could not implement the Alliance for Salzburg". If this coalition goes ahead, Salzburg (state) will join Lower Austria and Upper Austria as the third black-blue coalition state government. The ÖVP will have four places in the Government, while the FPÖ will have 3.[7] The current president (speaker) of the Salzburg Landtag is Brigitta Pallauf.


This is the list of Government Ministers and their portfolios from from the 2018 State Election until the 2023 State Election. Because Coalition negotiations are underway, the ministry has not been announced, meaning this section is yet to change.

Landeshauptmann Wilfried Haslauer (ÖVP)

1st Deputy Astrid Rössler (Greens)

2nd Deputy Christian Stöckl (ÖVP)


Administrative divisions


The State of Salzburg comprises six districts, known as Bezirke or vernacularly Gaue:

Salzburg city is its own administrative district.


The state is divided into 119 municipalities, including Salzburg city. 11 of them have city status (Städte), 24 are market towns (Marktgemeinden) and the other 84 are simple municipalities (Gemeinden). Below is a list of all the municipalities divided by district:


The Gross domestic product (GDP) of the state was 29 billion € in 2018, accounting for 7.5% of the Austria's economic output. GDP per capita adjusted for purchasing power was 46,500 € or 154% of the EU27 average in the same year. Salzburg is the state with the highest GDP per capita in Austria before Vienna.[9]


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The Salzburg Cathedral was the first Baroque building in the German-speaking artistic world. Two other important buildings initiated by the Salzburg archbishops were Hohenwerfen Castle and Hohensalzburg Fortress. The first Archbishop of Salzburg was Arno of Salzburg (785–821), in whose honor the world-famous hiking circuit — the Arnoweg — is named.

The predominant stylistic elements of Salzburg architecture have their origins in the Baroque and the Rococo periods.

Salzburg city's historic centre was named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.


Austrian German is the local written language, and it can be heard especially in the cities. Austro-Bavarian is also spoken, especially in the rural areas and the common language of Salzburgerland.

Visitors' attractions


Stadion Wals-Siezenheim

Ski resorts

Ski run in Gastein Valley resort
Ski run in Gastein Valley resort

Altenmarkt im Pongau, Flachau, Wagrain, St. Johann, Zell am See (Saalbach-Hinterglemm), Obertauern, Bad Gastein, Rauris, Lofer, Hochkönig, Krispl

Assorted statistics

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