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Salzburg city

Salzburg city

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Salzburg is perhaps the most touristy of Austria's cities, and not without reason. The old inner city is beautiful, the views from the fortress overlooking the old city are stunning. Music lovers come to see the birthplace of Mozart, and other come to see the set of the Sound of Music.




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Sights and Activities

Mozarts Geburtshaus

Mozart balls

Mozart balls

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In the Getreidegasse on number 9, you will find the birthplace of W.A. Mozart. The yellow house which now is a museum was the place where he lived until he was 17. The house is opened every day from 9.00 until 18.00 (and in July and August until 19.00).

Mozarts Wohnhaus

From his birthplace Mozart moved to another house in Salzburg, On a square that was then called Hannibalplatz, but now has the name Makartplatz. This house was opened to the public in 1996 and also is a museum nowadays. The house/museum is opened every day from 9.00 until 18.00 (and in July and August until 19.00)

Hohensalzburg Fortress



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If you go to visit one castle in Austria and Southern Germany, make it this one. Hohensalzburg is the largest completely intact medevial fortress in Central Europe. Thousand years (almost) of massive stone work sit on a hill and loom over the Salzach River with the city clustering around its ancient protection. Inside the fortress there is an extensive museum about the history of the castle and the region. Don't miss one of the guided tours that take you to the parts of the fortress that are not open to visitors otherwise.

Sound of Music Tour

Who doesn´t know the film the Sound of Music, about the family von Trapp? The film was shot in Salzburg and in the region surrounding the city. There are a couple of tours that can bring you to the original places where the film was shot. Most of the tours depart daily and take around 4 hours.

Other sights and activities



Events and Festivals

Salzburg Festival

The most famous event in Austria, the Salzburger Festspiele (July to September) dates back to 1920. The festival includes both musical and dramatic performances, which are held throughout the Baroque city of Salzburg. It celebrates the life of Wolfgang Mozart, who was born in Salzburg, and the annual highlight is the production of Jedermann (Everyman).




Salzburg has average maximum temperatures of around 20 to 24 °C from June to early September and winter temperatures slightly above zero during the day and a few degrees below at night (December-February). Rainfall (or some snow in winter) is quite evenly throughout the year but June to September is much wetter with a maximum of 200 mm of rain in July, when heavy showers occur.



Getting There

By Plane

Salzburg Airport (SZG) named W.A. Mozart Airport is situated at the west of the city, only 2.5 kilometres away from the city centre. Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Flybe, Transavia and Thomson Airways, are amongst the airlines that have regular flights to this airport. There are several dozens of airlines more though, some of them being charter airlines.
Some main destinations include Brussels, Copenhagen, London, Dublin, Berlin, Zürich, Bucharest, Corfu, Gran Canaria, Santorini, Zakynthos, Oslo, Warsaw, Stockholm, Moscow, Crete, Tenerife, Rhodes, Saint Petersburg, Rotterdam, Kiev and Tallinn.

Another option to reach Salzburg by air is to fly to the nearby airport in Munich and travel the last bit by train. There are many intercontinental flights to Munich.

By Train

ÖBB (Österreiche Bundesbahn) has train to/from Salzburg. Fast trains leave from the Hauptbahnhof hourly for Vienna’s Westbahnhof (3½ hours), travelling via Linz (1½ hours). The two-hourly express service to Klagenfurt (3¼ hours) runs via Villach.

Trains depart at least every two hours for Innsbruck (two hours) and stop at Kufstein. Trains to Munich take about two hours and run every 30 to 60 minutes, some of the trains continuing to Karlsruhe via Stuttgart.

There are also train connections to Berlin (eight hours), Budapest (seven hours), Prague (seven hours), Rome (10½ hours) and Venice (6½ hours), among other places en route.

By Car

Th A1 from Linz, Vienna and the east, the A8/E52 from Munich and the west and the A10/E55 from Villach and the south come together in Salzburg, ending at the loop road around the city.

By Bus

Check the Postbus website for information about buses in the region and further beyond to other places in Austria.



Getting Around

By Car

Driving around Salzburg can be a pain. The road names are small and written in a "traditional" German font which can be hard to read. The best bet is to get into the city, find a parking space, and travel by foot. Be sure that if you are driving in cold weather to be prepared for snow. Snow chains should be recommended, in extreme weather. (All cars must have snow tires (Winterreifen) by law from October to April).

By Public Transport

There is a network of city buses, the StadtBus, with numbers from 1 to 8 (O-Buses, electric) and 20-27 (fuel-powered). A single trip costs €1.60 (€2.40 in the bus), a 24h ticket costs €3.30 (when bought at the vending machine). There also daily, weekly and monthly passes. Make sure that you do not catch one of the last buses. They will take you several kilometers out of town with your only way back being by walking or taxi. If you need to get somewhere late at night it may be best to take a taxi or walk. Bus tickets can be bought on the buses from the bus driver, but are more expensive (€2.40 compared with €1.60 at the vending machine).

The "Lokalbahn" train has a separate train station under the main train station and travels in the direction of Oberndorf and Lamprechtshausen. Tickets can be bought on the train.

Another option for exploring areas around the main city (Bad Ischl, Fuschlsee, etc.) are the POST-BUSes. These also leave from the main train station; tickets can be bought from the driver.

By Foot

The best way to get around Salzburg is by foot.

By Bike

An excellent option is renting a bike. Salzburg has over 100 kilometres of bike paths, and using this mode of transportation is often faster than bus, car or foot. There are also excellent bike paths on either side of the river which you can follow to either Freilassing (35 minutes), Oberndorf or Hallein (each about an hour away).




A typical dessert from Salzburg is the Salzburg Nockerl. Don't try to eat it on your own, it's too heavy for one person!





AdlerhofElisabethstr. 25Hotel85
Altstadthotel Weisse TaubeKaigasse 9 SalzburgHotel-
Hotel AmadeusLinzer Gasse 43 - 45HOTEL-
Ante PortasLinzer Bundesstrasse 49Apartment86
B&B House KernstockKarolingerstrasse 29 A - 5020 SalzburgGUESTHOUSE-
Hotel Vier JahreszeitenHubert-Sattler-Gasse 12Hotel83
Der Salzburgerhof & Hotel-AnnexKaiserschützenstr. 1&6HOTEL86
Goldenes Theater Hotel SalzburgSchallmooser Hauptstrasse 13Hotel86
Haus ChristinePanoramaweg 3 5300 HallwangGuesthouse-
Hotel Astoria SalzburgMaxglaner Hauptstrasse 7Hotel86
Hotel Berghof GramlWiener Bundesstr. 55 5300 HallwangHotel84
Hotel Drei KreuzVogelweiderstraße 9 5020Hotel-
Hotel Garni EvidoRainerstrasse 25Hotel84
Hotel JohanneshofUntersbergstr. 6Hotel-
Hotel KohlpeterLiefeninger Haupstrasse 23hotel-
Hotel LasserhofLasserstrasse 47Hotel83
Hotel LilienhofSiezenheimer Straße 62 5020 SalzburgHotel85
Hotel Markus SittikusMarkus-Sittikus-Strasse 20hotel85
Hotel TurnerwirtLinzer Bundesstrasse 54 A - 5023 SalzburgHotel85
The Green Hotel zur PostMaxglaner Hauptstrasse 45Hotel-
Jufa SalzburgJosef Preis Allee 18Hostel81
Kolpinghaus SalzburgAdolf-Kolping-Str. 10 5020Hostel83
Muffin HostelHegigasse 9Hostel-
Pension SallerhofSalzburg Hauptstraße 9 GrödigGuesthouse-
Salzburg - Eduard Heinrich-HausEduard-Heinrich-Straße 2Hostel84
Schwärzler Hotel NeutorNeutorstrasse 8hotel85
Snooze HotelMaxglaner Hauptstrasse 68Hotel86
Strawberry Youth Hostel SalzburgStrubergasse 1Hostel-
Villa CeconiMaxglaner Haupstrabe 28 5020 Salzburghotel-
Yoho International Youth Hostel SalzburgParacelsusstr. 9 A 5020 SalzburgHostel87
Youth Hostel SalzburgHaunspergstra�e 27 5020 SalzburgHOSTEL-
jess HotelUrstein Nord 11Hotel-
MEININGER Salzburg City CenterFuerbergstrasse 18-20HOSTEL85
Stadtalm NaturfreundehausMoenchsberg 19cHostel84
Muffin Hostel 2Hostel-
AllYouNeed Hotel Salzburg***Glockengasse 4bHotel-
Hotel VogelweiderhofVogelweiderstrasse 93HOTEL-
Pension B&B Walser BirnbaumWalserstr. 147 Wals-SiezenheimGUESTHOUSE-
Hotel Villa CicuboVogelweiderstrasse 7Hotel-




Keep Connected


Internet cafes are common in bigger cities. Hotels in cities do normally have internet terminals, more expensive hotels provide internet access directly in the rooms. There are many free WiFi Hotspots and quite a few restaurants, cafes and other places offers free wifie. McDonald's has free Wifi, as does Starbucks. Note that some places might charge a fee or includes just limited amounts of time. Be sure that your smartphone is not roaming data, as this will mean a huge bill, especially if you are from outside the EU.


See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency number is 112.The country calling code to Austria is: 43. To make an international call from Austria, the code is: 00.

Austria has a perfect GSM and 3G (UMTS) network coverage of nearly 100%. If you bring your own cell phone with you assure yourself that it operates on 900 MHz / 1800 MHz (GSM) or 2100Mhz (3G WCDMA). There are cell phones that operate at 1900 MHz (e.g. networks in the United States) which are not supported in Austria. If you plan a longer visit in Austria it might be useful to buy a new mobile with a prepaid card from a local cell phone network provider. Be aware that some remote areas (especially mountainous areas) do not have network coverage yet, though this rather the exception than the rule.Austria has a large number of cell network providers including A1, T-Mobile, Orange (former called One), Drei (3G), Telering, Tele2, Bob and Yesss. Bob and Yesss have the lowest prices. Prepaid card costs €15 including 100 minutes talking time.


For more information, it is best to check the Austrian Postal Service. They have more information about posting letters, postcards and packages to places both in Austria and to other countries in Europe and intercontinental destinations. The standard price for sending domestic letters/postcards is €0.55. Within Europe the price is €0.65, other places in the world are €0.90 to €1.40 for standard letters and postcards. Post offices typically are open between 8:00am and 6:00pm Monday to Friday, though the main ones are sometimes open a few hours longer and on Saturdays (sometimes only mornings) as well. If you want to send parcels internationally, you might consider using an international company like DHL, TNT, UPS or FedEx, as they offer fast and reliable services at relatively affordable rates.


Quick Facts


  • Latitude: 47.800675
  • Longitude: 13.04336

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