In the northwest of Austria lies Salzburg with the imposing Hohensalzburg Fortress. The city is also called the “Rome of the North” because of its representative buildings. With 150,887 inhabitants, it is the fourth largest city in Austria.
Salzburg is the birthplace of Wolfgang A. Mozart. But what visitors from the English-speaking world associate with Salzburg is the film “Sound of Music”, about the Trapp family, which is set in the region.
A city trip to Salzburg offers its visitors, in addition to the Hohensalzburg Castle, a baroque old town, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.
City trip Salzburg – our tips
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To the west of the city area of Salzburg lies the international airport Salzburg Airport W.A.Mozart. Flights to vacation regions and intra-European flights are offered from here.
From the airport you can get to the city center by trolleybus line 2 and trolleybus line 10.
Salzburg’s main train station is located in the northeast of the city center. From Munich you can reach the city in about 2 hours by train. One can use for example the inexpensive Bayern-Ticket.
Numerous bus lines run from the station forecourt to the city center.
Near the main train station there is a bus stop for long-distance bus services. Buses from Munich and other European cities stop here.
On the road
Salzburg is well connected to the Austrian highway network. The Westhighway 1, the Tauernhighway 10 and the A8 coming from Germany pass the city.
The use of the highway in Austria is subject to a fee for all vehicles. Vignettes are available, for example, at petrol stations near the border.
Salzburg lies on the Salzach river. The river is only navigated by the excursion boat “Amadeus”, which runs from the centre to Hellbrunn and back. It is not possible to travel by your own boat.
Salzburg lies on the Tauern Cycle Path, which runs along the Salzach River. There are other long-distance or themed cycle paths that pass through Salzburg, such as the Mozart Cycle Path.
Salzburg lies on two long-distance hiking trails, the Way of St. James and the European Long Distance Trail E10.
On the way in …
It is recommended to park the car in the Park&Ride parking lots in front of the city and continue by public transport. In the city parking is paid, the old town is largely pedestrian zone.
The following Park&Ride facilities exist within the city area with approximately 4000 parking spaces:
- Bahnhof Salzburg Süd
- Flughafen Salzburg
- Messezentrum Salzburg
- Designer Outlet Salzburg
A combined ticket is offered that includes the parking fee and a day ticket for public transport for 5 people.
Attention. This ticket is only available at the Messe parking lot in May, June, October, September and December. In July and August you can park for free at the P&R Messe.
In the city center, the available parking spaces are short-term parking zones (3 hours) for which a fee is charged. If you still want to drive into the city by car, it is best to park in the Mönchsberg garages. The parking fee is about 3,- € per hour, the daily maximum is about 18,- €. There are 1296 parking spaces available, vehicles with LPG and motorcycles are not allowed. The entrance height is only 2.05 m.
Salzburg’s old town is traffic-calmed by automatic and permanently installed bollards. Every day at 11 o’clock the bollards go up. Anyone who still has their vehicle in the closed zone at that time must go to the police at Rathausplatz. Against payment of a fine one receives an exit code
by public transport
Trolleybuses, buses and the S-Bahn run through Salzburg. Tickets are valid within the city area and can be purchased, for example, from the bus driver or in tobacconists (tobacco and magazine stores) and ticket machines.
Since Salzburg has a very well-developed network of bike paths, you can get to any place in a short time by bike. During the summer months it is possible to rent bikes at the Citybike Station at Ferdinand-Hanusch-Platz.
Best time to travel
In summer, the temperature in the city may well be only about 10 degrees. The wettest time of the year is from June to August. The “Salzburger Schnürlregen” is considered a regional speciality. This is very heavy precipitation, which can sometimes last for several days.
The city of Salzburg offers its guests with “Salzburg surft!” access to free Wi-Fi in public places. Hotspots can be found in the Mirabellgarten, in Getreidegasse near the town hall, at Mozartplatz, Kapitelplatz, Kajetanerplatz or at the Marko-Feingold-Steg, among others.