Why Go to Salzburg?
Salzburg is famous for being the birth place of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the filming location for “The Sound of Music”, a 1965 American musical drama starring the famous Julie Andrews. Salzburg is the fourth largest city in Austria and situated near the German (Bavarian) border, the city is split by the Salzach River with Altstadt (Old City) located on its left bank, and 19th-century Neustadt (New City) located on the right. On a trip to Munich in Bavarian Germany I knew I couldn’t leave without sampling a little bit of Austria’s gem. I had an incredible time in Salzburg and glad I took the opportunity to go.
Getting to Salzburg
Getting to Salzburg is quite easy, there are many options available in a range of options to suit your financial and comfort desires.
- Salzburg W.A. Mozart International Airport – Located around 20 minutes away from Salzburg city center and can be reached directly on several routes in Europe.
- Munich International Airport – Due to the short distance between Munich and Salzburg the railway connection from Munich Airport via Munich East Train Station takes passengers to Salzburg in just 2.5 hours.
- Salzburg’s railway station, the Hauptbahnhof, can be reach from Munich in less than 2 hours. If you are looking for the best route and prices to get to Salzburg then I would recommend looking up The Man in Seat 61 a great resource for train travel.
- Flixbus are a bus company that provide connections throughout Europe. Flixbus offer routes from Munich to Salzburg from as little as €7 one way.
How to Get Around in Salzburg
While we were there we used the trolley buses twice and that was to get to and from the train station. Salzburg city is very easy to get around on foot and I would recommend walking as much of it as you can to really immerse yourself in the city. If walking the city is not for you then you can catch the handy trolley buses from €2.50 per single trip and €5.50 for a 24h ticket which can be bought directly from the driver but if bought from one of the ticket machines then the cost is reduced to €1.70 per single trip.
What to See and Do in Salzburg
With only one day to explore you won’t be able to see everything but you can see a decent amount of the main attractions in that time. Some of the highlights of my trip included:
Mirabell Palace & Gardens
The palace was built by Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau in 1606 for his love Salome Alt, back then it was named Altenau Palace. It was changed to Mirabell Palace after Wolf Dietrich’s death by his successor, Markus Sitticus von Hohenems. The palace today holds meetings and is still used for wedding ceremonies. The gardens underwent many different renovations over the years and eventually opened to the public in 1854. It is a stunning place to just walk around when the flowers are all blooming and the views around are amazing.
Mozart’s Birthplace and Residence
Wolfgang Mozart was born at No. 9 Getreidegasse on the 27th January 1756. He lived there for many years and the building is now a museum dedicated to the man himself. I think it is rather funny that there is an attached Spar shop on the ground floor as it’s a common shop at home in Ireland. Not only can you visit Mozart’s birthplace but one of his residence is also available to see as it is now another museum that shows his early life with his family. Both museums are interesting to visit and also named one of the most popular places to visit in the whole of Austria.
Alter Markt is the Old Market Place and located in the center of Salzburg. Beautifully laid out and great place to grab a coffee in the several cafes that surround the area.
Erzabtei St. Peter & Friedhof
A Franconian missionary called Rupert came to Salzburg, the former Roman Juvavum, around 700 and founded St. Peter’s Church and a monastery. In the area of Erzabtei St. Peter & Friedhof you will find St. Peter’s church, gallery, monastery, the catacombs and cemetery. It is an area filled with history and worth a walk around just to take it in.
Salzburg’s most famous shopping street is lined with shops and small cafes. It is narrow and usually very crowded but a quirky little street to find yourself walking down. It is on this street that Mozart’s birth house is located.
The largest well preserved fortress in Salzburg and one of its most popular attractions. Built in 1077 by Archbishop Gebhard the fortress can be reached by funicular at Festungsgasse. It offers a nice panorama view of Salzburg.
For the best panorama views of Salzburg I would take the elevator up Monchsberg Aufzug and this way you also get the fortress into you photos. The views are breathtaking and it is very inexpensive.
If your’e looking for a nice drink in the sun to end your day then this is the place to go. Augustiner Braustubl is a beer garden with self-brewed beer served straight out of the barrel is more than just a place to drink it is also an experience. You can purchase delicious food from many small markets located around the hall or you can bring food with you to eat. I would go back to Salzburg to experience this all over again
Budget Tips for Salzburg
If you have a very limited budget then I would highly recommend purchasing a The Salzburg Card. The card starts from €24 for a 24 hour card for an adult and entitles the car holder to free, single admission to all of the city’s attractions, free use of public transport, discounts for cultural events and reduced prices at a number of excursion destinations. Prices vary for different times of the year.
Additional info for Salzburg
We visited the beautiful city of Salzburg on a day trip from Munich with Radious Tours. Radious Tours were a great company that we had used several times during our stay in Munich and couldn’t have been more satisfied with how the trip went. While it is a guided tour our guide Ian gave us a generous amount of time to explore the city ourselves as well as give us a good insight in the history of Salzburg while on the train ride to the city. Tours cost €45 which included return train tickets, English speaking guide and a city map.