I'll be in Salzburg for a week over christmas with my family, and haven't been able to convince them to spend a night or two away from the city. So a daytour is all I can hope for. Does anyone know any tours from Salzburg (or from anywhere we can reach by train/bus in time) to the alps? Particularly the grossglockner/pasterze glacier area, I really want to see that. (I had been hoping to go hiking in that area in September before I was in switzerland for a week, but that fell apart)
I have already seen the daytours from Viator, Panorama, MCM
& Magic Salzburg tours, will probably go on some of those.
If not, can you suggest a daytrip we can do by public transport by ourselves?
thanks in advance!
if you haven't been before then the berchtesgaden alps are not far from salzburg and you can get there on the train. There is the kehlsteinhaus hitler's infamous alpine hideout and the magnificent konigsee, the watzmann mountain etc, lots to do stunning scenery.
and the magnificent [Königssee]
Yes! That would make a good Tagesausflug (daytrip), wouldn't it?
-- Oops, Christmas, you said. Disregard my comments as I have no idea whether this would be practical in winter. --
[ Edit: Edited at Oct 12, 2006 3:31 AM by pfeiffer ]
you could try either or both of these suggestions:
HALLEIN & DURNBERG SALT MINES
This settlement is an easy day trip from Salzburg, either by bus or train. The saltmines were a main source of wealth for the Archbishops, hence the name ‘Salzburg’ from the ‘salz’ or salt that was mined and processed here in Hallein and then exported from Salzburg. The daily tours are available from April-October, 9am-5pm, November-March 11am-3pm, admission €16. A good level of fitness and suitable footwear is recommended.
EISRIESENWELT ICE CAVES (my pick)
Another excellent day trip is to see the largest ice caves in the world. Take the train 48km south of Salzburg to Werfen, from there you can take a taxi-bus to the parking area at the base. There is a cable-car (€9 roundtrip) up to the cave entrance or if you feel really fit you can walk up. The caves stretch for about 42km over several levels from 1500m above sea level with frozen waterfalls, dramatic ice formations and cavernous interiors. Daily tours operate May-October 9am-4.30pm every half hour, can't remember the rest, a combined tour and cable car ticket costs €17. Appropriate footwear and clothing for cold temperatures is essential. best to check this out with tourist info.
Thanks - Berchtesgaden does look like a convenient & nice place for a daytrip, does anyone know what else we can do around there (on the 27th/28th Dec - I believe Eagles Nest is closed?) if we're not driving?
If it looks like we could see some things by ourselves I would much prefer that - otherwise my family will be booking a bus tour, but I really detest organised tours and they're only 4-5 hours. I like to make the most of the day!