Toy Museum (Spielzeugmuseum)
In the heart of Salzburg Old Town, the Toy Museum (Spielzeug Museum provides the respite traveling parents have been longing for. Crammed full of retro and modern toys, with films, trains, dolls’ houses, dressing up, racing cars, and more, it will keep little ones happy for hours, while parents and carers unwind with a cup of tea.
A great rainy day choice, Salzburg’s Toy Museum offers the kind of nostalgic toys and games that will have parents’ hearts singing—Meccano models, a Carrera racing car track, and even marbles. But there are modern interactive areas too, as well as a train set, a library, a shadow room, a maze, and a slide connecting two of the floors. A small exhibit of heritage pieces creates a hint of a museum feel but it is, fundamentally, a children’s play area, not a space to study historical artifacts.
Things to know before you go
- Visitors are expected to remove shoes and don the provided Crocs®. Ensure everyone wears or brings socks.
- Parents will enjoy the tea bar, with free tea, and recent magazines.
- The Toy Museum is a place for families. Solo adults will feel uncomfortable.
- The Toy Museum is barrier-free and stroller-friendly.
How to get there
The Toy Museum is on Bürgerspitalplatz, a prime location in the heart of Salzburg Old Town less than half a mile (800 meters) north of Salzburg Cathedral. It’s a stone’s throw from many Salzburg attractions, including the Museum of Natural History. Obus 1 from Salzburg Hauptbahnhof main train station drops you virtually at the door.
When to get there
The museum is open from morning to late afternoon Tuesday to Sunday, but closes on Mondays. Visit midweek for a quieter experience, or during weekends and area school vacations if you’d like your kids to meet local kids.
Salzburg offers all the family-friendly essentials you’d expect: a zoo, a science museum, an ice skating rink, playgrounds, swimming pools, and climbing walls, not to mention rickshaw and horse-carriage rides. Many kids will love the trick fountains at Hellbrunn Palace and the aircraft and racing cars at Hangar-7. The Mozart Residence offers a dedicated audio guide for younger visitors while the Museum of Modern Art Salzburg Rupertinum and the Salzburg Museum run hands-on kids’ programs.
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- Large Festival Hall (Grosses Festspielhaus)
- Salzburg Museum of Natural History (Haus der Natur)
- Mozart’s Birthplace (Mozarts Geburtshaus)
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- Salzburg Marionette Theater
- Mozart Residence (Mozart-Wohnhaus)
- Residenz Gallery (Residenzgalerie)
- Mirabell Palace and Gardens (Schloss Mirabell und Mirabellgarten)
- Cathedral Museum (Dommuseum)
- Salzburg Cathedral (Dom zu Salzburg)
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