It's happened to me, I bough a guide book in the Mirabell area 14 euro, and when I saw the price in Old Town area it just 6.30 euro! So don't so easy buy, better check other place before buy it. It also same for Mozart chocolate and Mozart balls. Mozartballs sold from market stalls or in souvenir shops are almost always horribly overpriced. Try to wait until you get to a supermarket or outside the town.
Ugghhhh. I normally don't do guided tours unless they are on a bike and geared towards the young at heart, but I wanted to see the Lakes and Mountains district and didn't want to rent a car. We got on a very small bus and were whisked through the area in a very sterile manner with hardly any time at the stops. The van was English and German speakers and it seemed that there was 75% German commentary with a little English thrown in.
Unique Suggestions: It appeared that the Sound of Music people departing from the bus had quite a good time and was all English speakers because the Europeans could give a crap about the Sound of Music. I heard it is pretty cheesy, but it had to have been better than our tour. Snooze!!!
Fun Alternatives: Take the train or rent a car!! It's only 30-40 miles away.
Although this area was pretty and we went here to take a picture. We thought all of the stores were way overpriced. There are a ton of souvenir shops all selling the same typical items and several restaurants. It seems like an old area but has the feel of an outdoor mini mall.
There is a beer exhibition and a museum. However the climb 3 floors and 9 flights of stairs at the beginning of the exhibit is a challenge. Its really hot up there. Your reward is 3 small mugs of beer at the end. 9E Again this was included with our tourist card but I don’t think its really worth the admission fee otherwise. I found the whole place kind of dull.
Fun Alternatives: Better to sample the beers in a pub . More fun and better value.
Bräuhausstrasse 9, A-5020 Salzburg
This was a 40 minute Cruise with explanations in a couple of languages about the sites we passed along the way. All in all it was a bit of a disappointment. The explanations of the sights were limited. We didn’t think it was worth the 13E fee. For us it was included in our tourist card pass, but it took up our valuable time.
A better option , might be to take the cruise only one way and get off at Hellbrunn Palace, as the ride back is a repeat anyway.
Getting to Salzburg is the cheap part. Everything from eating out to going to the attractions is expensive. But, there are ways to help cut costs down. First off buy a Salzburg Card. You will be able to use it almost everywhere and our paid for itself in a day of sightseeing. There are also places you can go for free. Walk up to the Fortress, get some great views and decide if you want to go in, you can use your Salzburg card, or walk back down. Go the cemetaries. THey are free and you can visit Mozart's family. Also the Salzburg Catherdral is free to get into.
This narrow street (pedestrian zone) is the most crowded one in Salzburg. It seems every tourist who travels to Salzburg *must* stroll along this street. Sure, the townhouse where Mozart lived is to find there.
Even in March it was crowded. Hell, I almost got a panic attack when pushing through the hords of school classes and bus tourists. The shops along that street are perfect tourist traps. Overpriced, crappy stuff.
Unique Suggestions: If you're a Mozart fan try to get to his house on the shortest way. Leave immediately after visiting. Café Schatz in the neighbouring courtyard is a good alternative. (See my restaurant tip!)
On touring the museum of the Hohensalzburg fortress, a lady will ask you to smile as you go in and your photograph will be taken. At the end of the visit, you can buy a postcard featuring yourself and the fortress for the princely sum of 4 Euros. It is not necessary but I bought it anyway. To be honest, it was not worth 4 Euros!
In Summer 2004 one could go up to the fortress just for a quite normal entrance fee, to walk around there and enjoy the great panorama from it without entering the museums in various buildings of the fortress. But now they sell at the funicular between 9;00 AM and 6:00 PM only tickets for 9,60 EUR including the transport with the funicular and the entrance to the fortress and all the museums there. The museums are not that great and extraordinary that this price is justified (they had not so many visitors before this rip-off was introduced) - and you have no chance to visit the fortress under daytime without paying for all these museums you most likely do not want to see.
Unique Suggestions: If you want to visit the fortress without all the museums and pay a reasonable fee for it you go best after 6:00 PM for it. From this time on funicular plus entrance to the fortress (the museums are all already closed then) costs 3,60 EUR.
View is great and concerts in courtyard fabulous. Food worse than pedestrian!!! Service very poor (the wait staff tried, there simply were not enough of them).
Unique Suggestions: Be aware of the very steep staircases!!! Eat before you get there!!
Nice view, but nothing of much interest inside. The funicular is about 8 euros and is very overpriced given what is at its destination.
Unique Suggestions: walk-1/2 hour uphill.
Fun Alternatives: leave the worst tourist trap town in the world ASAP.
The Leopoldskron Castle (whose backview was used in filming the "Sound of Music") is not open for public, but used only for seminar purposes. You can also have a glimpse of the castle walking around a lake. The nice mountains visible in the movie are also not very well seen any more, due to a lot of new buildings around.
Unique Suggestions: Be prepared to be satisfied only with a distant view of the castle. Also, to reach the Castle from the Salzburg center it is not very easy (it is either a long walk, or by bus plus walking for 10-15 minutes)
It has to be said that Salzburg is famous for a few things, and most of these are exploited to the full in the way of souvineers and such like. The whole place is really geared up for tourists, and as such you can expect to pay tourist prices for just about everything. You are not hassled by anyone as it is a take it or leave it kind of pricing that operates.
. . . a McDonald's is still just a giant, global corruptor serving greasy, cheap burgers! Along Salzburg's most tourist laden street, Getreidegasse, you'll find this McDonald's with the nicest golden arches sign I've ever seen. Too bad the food is all the same.
This is the infamous gazebo where Liezel danced and sang about "I am Sixteen going on Seventeen", jumping from bench to bench. It is in a secluded corner, on the grounds of Hellbrunn gardens.
I wasn't even looking for it. I just walked and walked and then after turning into one of many gates in the gardens, the gazebo suddenly appeared to my immediate right. It was as though it was moved to a corner of the gardens and there it stood. There wasn't anyone standing gawking or trying to break open the gazebo (which is locked) to try and follow in Liezel's footsteps. It wasn't even part of the tour of the gardens.
No fanfare, no special markings. It's just more like, take a picture to say that I have been there, seen it, what's next.
Unique Suggestions: Hellbrunn itself is a great place to visit. The gardens are extremely beautiful. Join the tour for the palace itself, and the gardens. It is really worth it!
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