LCY → SZG
Freedom of movement
Taxi: 11 £GBP (20 min)
Bus: 2 £GBP (20 min)
It is as Mozart’s birthplace and the setting of the hit film The Sound of Music that Salzburg is most famous for. However, Salzburg is also incredibly beautiful with a fairytale-like atmosphere, something Mozart himself took great pride in.
Set against an alpine backdrop, Salzburg’s skyline is dominated by a cliff top fortress, while the streetscape features charming baroque architecture. In fact, the World Heritage listed city could have been lifted straight from a storybook’s pages. There is no denying Salzburg possesses a unique charm and appeal. Immerse yourself in the historic atmosphere as you explore the cobbled streets of old city on Salzburg holidays. Hunt for antiques around Goldgasse, walk the narrow lanes of Getreidegasse with its wrought iron signs, and enjoy the festive magic of Christmas in Judengasse. Check out the hip bar scene on the right bank and enjoy Kapuzinerbrg’s isolation.
Salzburg’s location at the northern edge of the Alps means the city has a climate typical of Central Europe - climate with cold winters when temperatures fall as low as -20 degrees Celsius (-4 Fahrenheit) and hot summers when temperatures rocket up to almost 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). That heat is tempered by the heavy rainfall the city experiences in June, July and August.
Accommodation options for Salzburg holidays relatively expensive compared to the rest of Austria, but good deals can be found if you put in some effort. Request a list of Pensions and private rooms from the tourist office many of them are just south of the centre on Moosstrasse. Edgy design hotels with river views, historic Medieval guesthouses and relaxed hostels for city breaks to Salzburg can all be found in the Altstadt (old town), but booking ahead is advised.
While Mozart and The Sound of Music loom large when you think of Salzburg, this amazing city has far more to it. The range of things to do on holidays to Salzburg is extraordinary.
Spend time in the beautiful squares of the old town during city breaks to Salzburg– mix and mingle with the locals at the Saturday morning open-air market. Or get a small sampler of Oktoberfest in the Munich-style beer hall StieglKeller. Soak up the Christmas spirit at Christkindlmarkt, which is hosted in an amazing and spectacular location below the Salzburg Fortress. Or marvel at the hand-painted eggs in Judengasse Lane shop windows at Easter.
Be sure to pick up a SalzburgCard granting you admission to the city’s museums for free as well as offering discounts on theatre tickets and concerts for a 24, 48 or 72-hour period.
Wander Getreidegasse’s narrow cobbled streets on Salzburg holidays taking in the beautiful shops and the wonderful ambiance.
Visit Salzburg’s most visible landmark, the 900-year-old Festung Hohensalzburg, cliff-top fortress. Stop at the baroque Salzburg Cathedral and see where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was baptised. Then where his family lived in 1773 at Mozart-Wohnhaus or visit the museum dedicated to him and view the mini-violin he played as a toddler.
Dine under the vaulted ceiling at Austro-Indian restaurant, Saran Essbar – the only place in all of Salzburg (and perhaps all of Austria) where you will find authentic Bengali fish curry, strudel and schnitzel on the same menu. Or dine on purely Austrian cuisine on holidays to Salzburg, but with a twist in Getreidegasse’s Blaue Gans Restaurant.
Watch Salzburg classic, The Sound of Music at the chandelier-lit Salzburger Marionettentheate. Drink from a huge ceramic mug at the monk run brewery Augustiner Braustuben. Or party with the trendy crowd at Republic, a cafe that transforms into one of Salzburg’s hippest nightspots.