Guide to Salzburg, Austria

18 Aug Guide to Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg is an Austrian city on the German border, with views of the Eastern Alps. It is known for being the birthplace of Mozart and the setting for The Sound of Music.

Beyond Salzburg’s two biggest money-spinners (Mozart and The Sound of Music) hides a city with a burgeoning arts scene, wonderful food, manicured parks and concert halls that uphold musical tradition 365 days a year.

Art lovers call Salzburg the Golden City of High Baroque; history buffs refer to it as the Florence of the North or the German Rome.

The city is divided by the Salzach River, with the medieval and baroque buildings of the pedestrian Altstadt (Old City) on its left bank, and 19th-century Neustadt (New City) on the right.


Getting to Salzburg

Most travellers visit Salzburg from Munich (Germany) for a day trip or a few days. It is after all, easy to spend a few days getting lost in a place as beautiful and enchanting as Salzburg.


From Munich by train:

Traveling by train is the most time efficient way.

Trains depart almost every hour from mornings to evenings on an hourly basis from the main station of Munich to the main station of Salzburg. The journey takes about two hours. Tickets can be bought beforehand online, or at the main station.

Cost: ~ €30 (over 26 years old)

~ €6 (under 26 years old)

Alternatively, the ÖBB’s inexpensive SparSchiene Tickets will take you to Salzburg from a number of cities for as little as € 19.00. More information here.


From Munich by bus:

Travelling from Munich to Salzburg by bus would be pretty unusual unless for airport transfers. As the Munich Airport is one of the biggest German and European airports, it is popular with passengers flying in and out western Austria, particularly Tyrol, Salzburg and parts of Upper Austria.

Lufthansa operates a shuttle bus from Munich to Salzburg (and other destinations in Austria). This bus takes about 2.5 hours and is more expensive than the train, but it has the convenience of taking you from the airport straight to Salzburg. Discounts are available in combination with a Lufthansa ticket.


From Munich by Car:

The highway between Munich and Salzburg follows a straight route between the two cities. The journey is 2 hours at most, depending largely on weather conditions and traffic. The many lakes, picturesque villages and gentle hills make this part of Bavaria one of the nicest areas of Germany. Having the ability to cruise by or even stop at Lake Chiemsee is a great benefit of driving. Most international car rental companies have offices in Salzburg and Munich.



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Travelling Around Salzburg

Public Transport:

The public transport system in Salzburg is straightforward and reliable. There are two main modes of transport: The trams and buses. Most city buses come in 10-15 minute intervals during rush and business hours. The coverage of the city is extensive for the most part, but more remote neighbourhoods are only accessible by less frequent buses.

The connections between hubs such as the airport, the central station and the city centre are generally very good and reliable. After midnight, the nocturnal “BusTaxi” and “Nachtstern” shuttle bus services supplement the regular public transport.

Salzburg’s trams and buses operate on the same ticket system. Tickets cost €2.10 for a single journey if purchased from the driver or €1.90 if you buy from a ticket machine or Tabak stand.

If you do plan to use public transportation as a primary means of traversing the city, you can get a 24-hour ticket for €5 (for adults) and €2.50 (for children). The main bus station, Südtirolerplatz, is outside of the Hauptbahnhof. Buses 1 and 4 will take you to the ring around the Aldstadt. Most hotels are located along this route.


If you plan to stay in Salzburg longer than 3 days,then buy a one-week pass (Wochenkarte). All the tickets must be validated as you start your first ride.

If you are in Salzburg for 3 days or shorter, just buy a Salzburg Card- then you get a transport pass and free andmission to most tourists attractions in one.



Cycling is also a popular alternative. A fully-developed bicycle path network  leads cyclists in and around Salzburg. Over 170 kilometers of attractive cycle paths with 900 signs, 23 scenic bicycle routes through the city, 5,500 parking spaces and self-service stations offering free tools, bike stands, lubricating oil and compressed air for emergencies make Salzburg Austria’s number 1 cycle city.

You can rent bicycles from local bicycle rental shops. You can ask your hotel to recommend the nearest one available.


Salzburg Card 

The Salzburg Card allows you

– one time free entry to all attractions & museums in the city

– free travel on public transport

– discounts on cultural events

– discounts on several trips, tours and excursions


Prices for the card differs for adults and children, and are different from Jan – April and Nobember – December, and May – October. A comprehensive price list is available here:

Prices for adults are around €24 for one day, and €12 for a child.

There are also add on packages for hotel stays and breakfast packages.


Things to Do

1. Day Trip to Hallstatt

Hallstatt is a lovable tiny storybook town near Salzburg. Pastel houses cast shimmering reflections onto the tranquil waters of the swan ruled lake. Boats chug silently across the lake from the train station to the village, situated precariously on a narrow stretch of land between mountain and shore. It is definitely a place that you do not want to miss out on.

Hallstatt’s main attractions are it’s UNESCO site view, gorgeous hiking trails and salt mine. There are 3 ways to get there: Car, bus and train.


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By car:

Take the 158 road east out of Salzburg heading towards Bad Ischl. The 158 is a very scenic road passing Fuschlsee and Wolfgangsee before reaching the historic town of Bad Ischl. You then take the 145 to Bad Goisern and switch to the 166 and L547 before arriving in Hallstatt.


By bus, train and ferry:


Bus 150 to Bad Ischl. Take a train from Bad Ischl to Hallstatt railway station. Ferry across the lake to the village.

Time: 3 hours

Cost: Bus 150: €10.60

Train: €4.30

Ferry: €2.50

Total cost one way per adult: €17.40



Train to Attnang Puchheim, train from Attnang Puchheim to Hallstatt railway station, ferry across the lake to the village.

Time: 2.5 hours

Cost: Austrian Railway: €27.20 second class on both trains

€38.60 first class (first class on the first train only)

Ferry: €2.50

Total cost one way per adult: €29.70 or €41.10 (first class)


(3) – Most straightforward way

Bus 150 to Bad Ischl, bus 542 heading to Gosau and switch to bus 543.


Time: 2.5 – 3 hours

Cost: Bus 150: €10.60

Bus 542/543: €4.60

Total cost one way per adult: €15.00


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2. Mozarts Geburtshaus (Mozart’s Birthplace)

Number 9 Getreidegasse in Salzburg is the house where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on January 27th, 1756 (he died on December 5th, 1791 in Vienna). Mozart’s Geburtshaus consists of a number of interesting features, including rooms once occupied by the Mozart family. A fascinating museum, numerous interesting mementos are on display, including the young Mozart’s violin, portraits, and original scores.

A visit takes about 1.5 – 2 hours.


Address: Getreidegasse 9, 5020 Salzburg

Admission Fee: Free with Salzburg Card

€10 for a standard ticket

Discounted rates available for groups, elderly, disabled, children.

Opening hours:

July & August: Everyday 8.30am – 7pm

Other months: Everyday 9am – 5.30pm



Closest Bus stops: „Rathaus“ (100m away) or „Hanuschplatz“ (140m)

Buses to „Rathaus“: 20, 25, 10, 8

Buses to „Hanuschplatz“: 1, 4, 7, 20, 21, 22, 24, 27, 28, 10, 8


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2. St. Peters Cemetery and Catacombs

The Petersfriedhof, or St. Peter’s Cemetery, is the oldest Christian graveyard in Salzburg, dating back to 1627. The Cemetery is where some of the famous salzburgers and Austrian personalities are buried. The Catacombs are located in the cliffs behind St. Peter’s cemetery. They were carved into the mountain and served as hermitages as well as a burial site.

Enclosed by elegant wrought-iron grilles, these baroque arcades contain chapels belonging to Salzburg’s old patrician families. The graveyard is far from mournful: the individual graves are tended with loving care, decorated with candles, fir branches, and flowers.

Address: 3 Sankt-Peter-Bezirk, Salzburg, Salzburg, A-5020, Austria

Admission fee: Free with Salzburg Card

Without card – Free for cemetery, €2 for Catacombs

Opening hours:


Summer: 6:30 am-7 pm
Winter 6:30 am-5:30 pm


May to September: Tuesday – Sunday: 10:30am to 5pm.

October to April: Wednesday – Thursday: 10:30am – 3.30pm

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 10:30am – 4pm



Closest Bus stops: „Rathaus“ (370m away) „Hanuschplatz“ (470m) and „Herbert von Karajan Platz “ (420m)

Buses to „Rathaus“: 20, 25, 10, 8

Buses to „Herbert von Karajan Platz “: 1, 4, 22, ,10

Buses to „Hanuschplatz“: 1, 4, 7, 20, 21, 22, 24, 27, 28, 10, 8


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4. Cable Car Untersberg

Take a lovely ride to the top of the Untersberg mountain in a spacious cabin of our cable car. During your ride, you will have magnificant views of the Rositten Valley and the surrounding mountains.


Address: Dr. Ödlweg 2, 5083 Gartenau, Austria

Admission Fee: Free with Salzburg Card

Without card – Ticket prices differe depending on season as well as whether the ride is ascent / descent or both. About €23 for both ways, €14 for one way.


Opening hours: Everyday 8.30am – 5.30pm


Directions: From the city, take Bus 25 to bus stop Untersbergbahn (Direction Grödig Untersbergbahn) and you are right at the cable car station! This bus comes about once every half hour.

Busses circulate between the end of the ski slope and the bottom station of the cable car as necessary during the winter months. Monday-Saturday noon every 30 min., weekends on the hour.


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5. Hohensalzburg Fortress

Fortress Hohensalzburg is a magnificent eye-catcher peaking out high above the baroque towers of the city. The castle in Salzburg is an unmistakable landmark providing the city’s world famous silhouette. Even from afar the visitor is able to appreciate the might of this edifice.


Address: Mönchsberg 34, 5020 Salzburg

Admission Fee: Free with Salzburg card

Otherwise, depends on type of ticket typically around €10.

More details here:


Opening hours:

January – April: 9.30am – 5.00pm

May to September: 9.00am – 7.00pm

Advent weekends and Easter: 9.30am – 6.00pm



Fortress Hohensalzburg is located at the heart of the city Salzburg. It can be accessed on foot or with the castle lift. The bottom station can be reached via the city. The castle lift goes up the mountain to the fortress every 10 minutes – and takes just 1 minute to get there.


Suitable footwear is recommended for those looking to walk the 20 minutes up the steep path. The path leads up the ‘Festungsgasse’ lane to the entrance, then on to the gateway arches of the courtyard.

Salzburg’s main railway station is a 20 minutes’ walk away from the old part of Salzburg. On the concourse in front of the station there are bus stops for the ‘Stadtbus’ network.

The bus routes 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 go directly from the main train station to the centre of the city of Salzburg. Leave these buses at the stops at the ‘Rathaus’ or ‘Ferdinand-Hanusch-Platz’.

Festungsgasse and the castle lift can be reached via ‘Getreidegasse’, ‘Alten Markt’, ‘Residenzplatz’, ‘Domplatz’ and ‘Kapitelplatz’ in around 5 minutes.


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6. Salzburg “Alter” (Old) Market Place & Smallest House

“Alter Markt,” the Old Marketplace in Salzburg’s historic city center, was already laid out as an urban trading center and marketplace in the 13th century. The square was known as Ludwig Victor Square between 1873 and 1927 after Archduke Ludwig Viktor, the youngest brother of Emperor Franz Joseph I, who moved to Klessheim Palace in 1861.

Today the Old Marketplace boasts an impressive row of burghers’ houses whose core often dates back to the Middle Ages, although overlaid by early modern architecture. The smallest house in Salzburg’s historic city center is a rare curiosity. With a width of only 1.42 meters, it is located next to the famous Tomaselli coffeehouse. The tiny house was built to close a narrow alley between 1830 and 1860.

Address: MoenchsbergSalzburg 5020, Austria



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Austrian Cuisine

In Salzburg, Kasnocken (cheese dumplings) are a popular meal, as are freshwater fish, particularly trout, served in various ways. Salzburger Nockerl (a meringue-like dish) is a well-known local dessert.


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Other Must Tries

Mozart Ice cream

Home-made ice cream from the Café Tomaselli is a popular refreshment among regular guests to the Salzburg locale. An all-time favourite is the iced coffee comprising chilled mocha, vanilla ice cream and whipped cream!


MON-SAT: from 7 am to 7 pm
SUN: from 8 am

Alter Markt 9
5020 Salzburg
+43 662 84 44 880


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In 1905 Paul Fürst was awarded a gold medal for his famous confection at a Paris exhibition. Martin FÜRST, his great-great grandson and current owner of the shop, still creates this first-class speciality according to the traditional recipe and manufacturing techniques.



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Where to Eat?

1. Restaurant Esszimmer

Since July 2004, Restaurant Esszimmer pampers their guests with the highest culinary level in a sophisticated atmosphere. Chef Andreas Kaiblinger has been awarded 3 toques and one Michelin star. He is pleased to offer a daily changing lunch special and four different menus every five weeks.

$$ – $$$

Address: Mullner Hauptstrasse 33, Salzburg 5020, Austria

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 12:00 – 14:00, 18:30 – 21:30


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2. S’Kloane Brauhaus

Away from the main tourist blocks but still not more than 10-15 minutes walking distance away the S’Kloane is really an hidden gem. The food is traditional Austrian fare and they have their own home brewed beer which they serve in rustic clay jugs and tastes wonderful.


Address: Schallmooser Hauptstr. 27, Salzburg 5020, Austria

Opening hours: Weekdays 5pm – 12 midnight


3. Triangel

Triangel is just across the road from Salzburg’s festival hall. It is a restaurant that offers the essence of Austrian restaurant culture. Triangel’s owners believe in the importance of purchasing top quality produce from local suppliers and prioritises organically farmed products.


Wiener-Philharmoniker-Gasse 7, 5020 Salzburg, Austria

Opening hours: Everyday 11am – 12 midnight


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Where To Stay? 

1. Hotel Sacher Salzburg


Schwarzstrasse 5 – 7, Salzburg 5020, Austria

Hotel Sacher

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2. Crowne Plaza Salzburg


Schwarzstrasse 5 – 7, Salzburg 5020, Austria


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3. Meininger Hotel Salzburg City


Furbergstrasse 18 – 20, Salzburg 5020, Austria


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