As with all these tourist cards, you need to do your homework to see if it's viable to buy or not.
I did this, and for us, it was, so we bought ours from our Pension, and began using it straight away, as we caught a Bus into the city centre.
The card provided FREE ADMISSION to all the Museums, the Untersberg cableway, Salzach ship service and public transport. This is what we used our card for, but it does include other events.
The website is very good, giving you all the details you need.......
We came out ahead on our card, so we were very happy!
PRICES OF THE CARD FROM.....01/01/-04/30/2012 and 11/01/-12/31/2012
24 hour card..Adult € 22,00 Child (6-15 years) € 11,00
48 hour card..Adult € 30,00 Child € 15,00
72 hour card..Adult € 35,00 Child € 17,50
If you buy the Salzburg Card, you get 1-time free entry to all the attractions in the city, all public transport services (zone S), discounts on cultural events and discounts on several trips, tours and outings.
24 hours: 1 January – 30 April, 1 November – 31 December 2010: €22 (Adults) / €11 (Children 6-15 years old); 1 May – 31 October: €25 (Adults) / €12.50 (Children 6-15 years old),
48 hours: 1 January – 30 April, 1 November – 31 December 2010: €30 (Adults) / €15 (Children 6-15 years old), 1 May – 31 October: €33 (Adults) / €16.50 (Children 6-15 years old),
72 hours: 1 January – 30 April, 1 November – 31 December 2010: €35 (Adults) / €17,50 (Children 6-15 years old), 1 May – 31 October: €38 (Adults) / €19 (Children 6-15 years old)
Favorite thing: We arrived in Salzburg by train from Venice at approximately 330am. We knew that there was no way that we'd be able to check into our hotel so early and we had a miserable nights sleep on the train so we claimed benches in the train station and slept for several more hours until the sun came up and the commuters started to arrive. When we arrived there were a few people already sleeping on the benches, so I assume that this is very common. My only complaint was that it was an open building so it was cold and I was freezing. If you find yourself in the same predicament needing a place to chill out for a couple hours, this is the spot. It was pretty clean too, so if the benches were occupied I would have had no qualms about curling up in the corner on the floor. When you wake up and need some coffee there's a McDonalds that opens early, like 5 or 6am which is warm and they let you sit in there for as long as you want as long as you buy something.
I simple loved the luggage storage at the Salzburg train station. I was able to store two carry on size luggages and one air bag / backpack all in a very ultra modern deposit box that was clean efficient & safe for just 3 Euros for 24 hrs.
All you need to do is drop you stuff into the deposit box lock the door and drop the conits and it spits out an electronic deposit slip... Keep this carefuly withoug damaging it. Simply feed the ticket and it opens the door.
Excellent and most efficient.
Fondest memory: Most defintily the fantastic view from the Fortress top and later the best apple strudle in the world that I tasted at the cafe over looking the town of Salzburg.
A very good deal that saves you some money is the Salzburg Card. It is available for
24 h, 48 h, 72 h.
21/29/34 Euro in winter,
24/32/37 Euro in summer.
Reduced prices for kids.
With that Card you can use public transportation for free within the city of Salzburg. You also get free admission to several top sights of the city, such as
- Dom museum and excavations
- tour of the Festspiel houses
- Fortress Hohensalzburg incl. funicular
- Mozart houses
- Salzburg museum and panorama
- Stiegl Brewerey Tour
- Mt. Untersberg cable car
- Schloss Hellbrunn
Plus you get reductions on entrance fees for other sights and reduced ticket prices for concerts e.g.
I purchased the 72 hours card and it paid off easily. You can buy it at Tourist Info centres, I bought mine right upon arrival in the Central Railway Station.
The best money saving advice I have is to buy a Salzburg card.
They allow free entry into the major tourist sites in the city, and also free travel on the public transport.
Buy one as soon as you arrive!
There is more information at www.europeancitycards.com
Sadly we didn't get them and we regretted it - we would have saved a lot of money if we had one.
Suprisingly the payphones in Salzburg take coins and/or cards!
Anyhow, the best way I always find to call home is to buy a prepaid calling card.
This one I bought in Austria Tabak...which are located all across the city.
On Mozartplatz there is an internet cafe and they also offer pre paid telephone cards especially for long distance calls.
The Salzburg Card is the best thing to arm yourself with in Salzburg. It gives you free access to many of Salzburg's attractions like the Residenz, Hellbrunn, Mozart's Birthplace, Salzburg Zoo, Rupertinum, Monchsberg Lift, Hohensalzburg Fortress, etc. It will also get you discounts for other services like tours as well. And best of all, public transportation in and around Salzburg is free when you flash this card at the driver.
It comes in the form of a regular size card, or if you want something special, you can get the Salzburg Card in the form of a chip embedded in a specially designed SWATCH watch. You can purchase it at the tourist information in the old town.
Prices of the Salzburg card:
Jan 1 - June 15 2004, Sep 16 - Dec 31 2004
24 hrs: 19 euro (adults)
48 hrs: 26 euro
72 hrs: 32 euro
June 16 - Sep 15 2004
25 hrs: 21 euro
48 hrs: 28 euro
72 hrs: 34 euro
Trust me, the Salzburg Card more than pays for itself. (Unlike the Vienna Card which is a tourist trap really)
Fondest memory: Hellbrunn with its lovely palace, beautiful gardens was my favorite thing about Salzburg.
The Salzburg Pass is the best value for money that we have found in any tourist town anywhere in the world.
This pass will get you into most if not all tourist places and on all the public transport in and around Salzburg.
The cost for a one-day pass is 18.00 euros and the 24 hours starts from the time you first use it. If you plan your day right you can see everything.
One tip... it said it is good for one admission but I found it worked for the public transport all the time and for the tram to Festung Hohensalzburg (fortress) both up the hill and down.
Fondest memory: I love the nightlife and the food here.
There are some things that just cannot be made anywhere else but here.
Favorite thing: Salzburg is quite easily accessible by foot, however racing around trying to fit everything in within a day or two may be a bit much. Hire a bike. The roads are set up for bike riding, and although you would think of Salzburg as being quite hilly it is actually fairly flat (apart from of course the Fortress hill and surrounds). The bike option will give you plenty of leverage when travelling out to the World of Beer, Holbrunn Palace and the Salzburg Zoo. This I would say is the best way to see Salzburg, plus you get a bit of exercise at the same time. Enquire at the tourist office where you can hire bikes from and they should point you in the right direction.
You can purchase a Salzburg card which is valid for either 24, 48 or 72hours with the cost being about 19, 25, 34EUR respectively. The card gains you free entry to most of the sights around Salzburg including Mozart's house/birthplace, the Fortress and cable railway, the Zoo, Rezidenz, Stiegl's World of Beer and many others, plus free public transport for the time period specified.
The card is very well worth it considering the trip up the cable rail is 8EUR in itself.
Favorite thing: The Salzburg Card is a must. It represents extremely good value. The 24-hour version costs close to 20 Euros, but gives you admission (not a discount, but full admission!) to ALL the major sites in Salzburg including the Castle (with the tram ride up so you don't have to walk), Schloss Hellbrunn, Mozart's Birthhouse, Mozart's Residence and many more. It also includes free use of public transportation for the day so it is really a great deal. You can also elect to pay more for 48 hours, but I think you can see most of the major sites in one day. It is a much better value than the Vienna Card.
Salzburg is centrally located in Europe, so there are several great Euro cities to see that are within 6 hour train rides. Here are a few options:
Munich (1 hour)
Vienna (3.5 hours)
Prague (6 hours)
Zurich (6 hours)
Venice (5 hours)
Budapest (6 or 7 hours)
Bratislava (4.5 hours)
And many more...
Favorite thing: Since Salzburg's airport is relatively small, it can be very expensive to fly directly into Salzburg, and chances are your trip will include a transfer or two. My suggestion is to fly into Munich or Vienna and then take the train to Salzburg. Plus, if you want, you can make a day trip in those cities and see a bit more stuff. Although, I'd recommnd going straight for Salzburg... one day in Munich or Vienna isn't good. From Munich, it is about a one hour train ride and from Vienna about 3 and a half hours. The trains are always on time, comfortable when traveling less than 5 hours and very affordable. Go to www.raileurope.com for schedules and fares.
Favorite thing: Everybody (well, almost!) likes receiving letters - I certainly do, though there are other, more modern and efficient means of communication - e-mail, phone, and such like. However, if you simply like getting letters or if you need, say, the originals or paper copies of some documents sent to you while you are on the move, you can use the poste restante service. Your best bet is to use the American Express service, which is available for free to clients - you should hold either their card or travellers cheques. They are reliable and present in all major cities.