We used the Altstadt B parking. It was well signposted all the way in from the suburbs.
It has been tunneled out of a cliff. Ideally located for visiting the old town. Take the Toscanini pedestrian exit.
Sorry, can’t help with prices. It wasn’t my car (or my shout). Try the website for current costs.
I used the airport on my first two trips, back in the 90s. It’s compact and efficient (or at least it was back then).
The most remarkable feature is its proximity to the city centre - just 4km away. Wonderful. Cheap and quick with a taxi.
Almost as remarkable is the view of the nearby Alps as you land and take off.
It's called the W A Mozart Airport. Strange but true.
When you don't have an Eurail,Interrail-ticket etc. yet and intend to go by train from Vienna to Zell am See, Salzburg, Graz, Hallstatt etc - and when you are still under 26 years of age it makes sense to buy a "VORTEILScard 26" !
It is a ticket that you may get at any train-station. You pay 19,90 Euros, bring a passport-pic and will first get an interim-paper ticket, later by mail you get something looking like a credit card. Already the paper ticket entitles you to buy and use tickets for half-fare right away!!
On the distance Vienna-Salzburg you may save around 19,90 Euros one-way already !! because the ordinary ticket is 39,80.
This ticket makes sense for any tourist under 25 years planning to travel by train in Austria!!
In case that you have no permanent address in Austria, where they could send the final ticket, give them your hotel address, a friends-address etc. - it will take several weeks until you get the final card, BUT you have to have an address ready, otherwise the counter might refuse to sell that ticket.
That ticket is valid for 365 days and you might even use it again in your next vacation in Austria.
By public transport to Krimml waterfalls:Take the Bus #670 from Zell am See, it starts in front of the train-station and it also is a ÖBB-bus, so it will be included in your train-passes.
The ride from Zell am See to the village of Krimml takes 75 minutes and the station of the bus is rather close to the entrance of the Krimmler Wasserfaelle.
In case that you are coming from Kitzbühel, Innsbruck etc. you will have to change the bus in Mittersill.
There is a train as well from Zell am See, but it really makes mainly sense for fans of narrow-gauge and steam-trains, they also go only the weekends !
how to get there by car:
Krimml is quite easy to drive to, when you are coming from Zell am See and Mittersill, the road is also quite scenic - dont miss the view of the Großvenediger, it will be on the left of the road and will last for a few hundred meters only and you will see the snowcovered mountains in the back between other mountains in front, it is like the famous "Jungfrau-blick" in Interlaken.
In Krimml you will find really large parking-spaces, the easy-ones you have to pay for parking, the last one is free of charge, that is close to the "Waterworld" the walk to the entrance of the falls from there is about 10 minutes and it is the one in my main picture.
They even have lockers for motorbikers-luggage (on my 2nd pic)
transport around the waterfalls:
During the high season - after june 21st and maybe untill end of september there are Taxis that will take you to the upper waterfalls through the woods on seperate alpine-roads that are not open to the public trafic. That might be a good way to see the waterfalls the easy way and it will also be the only way to get there for handicapped people.
I found these signposts at the carpark next to the Wassererlebniswelt, it seems that these taxis are waiting there during sunny days and you will find their tel.number there as well.
Flights over the alps
can be done best from Zell am See
I took a flight in a small airplane over the austrian alps including the Grossglockner and even over the Koenigssee in Bavaria, that was a really great adventure. I also was lucky that I was able to join 2 young couples who had booked that flight in advance and had a seat free, and as they wanted to sit togeather I was even able to get the seat in front, next to the pilot.
I payed something like 100 euros for a long flight of about 90 minutes
Go to the airport and ask for a flight ! Or even better : click on the link below and make a reservation !
the road to the highest mountains of Austria
Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse is a toll-road and at first sight it looks quite expensive, BUT with that fee you dont only get the toll for the road, but in fact also all of the parking-fees and entry-fees to all museums along the road to Heiligenblut.
Some of the hotels in that area will refund that toll, when you stay for a few days
The dayticket for cars is 28 euros / for motorbikes 18 euros the 15-day ticket for cars: 35 / 25 euros for motorbikes
the 30day ticket for cars: 45 / 35 euros for motorbikes
the round-ticket for cars: 32 / 24 euros for motorbikes
something special for motorbikers:
Motorradhimmel Großglockner / Biker's heaven is a new project in the aea in order to improove the facilities along Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse for motor-bikers.
So they will find lots of garages and changing rooms or shelter-rooms for bad weather conditions. At Kaiser Franz-Josefs-Hoehe they will even find special lockers (see my 2nd picture), big enough to store their leather-overalls, the helmet and luggage etc. while taking a walk in the mountains. these lockers are free of charge, you need a 1-euro-coin that you will get back at the end.
The bikers-day-ticket for the toll-road is 18 euros !
25 euros for the 15-day-ticket
35 euros for the 30-day-ticket
By Public transport to Grossglockner :
Take Postbus 610 from Zell am See
Exploring Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse without your own car makes sense and is a lot cheaper as well, as you totally save the fee for the toll-road. There is 1-2 buses daily and all of them will have a stop of 30 minutes at Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Hoehe, so you dont see that area only by bus, but will have the chance to walk around a bit, watch the marmots, get some food etc.
Bus 651 will take you within 2 hours and 15 minutes to F.J.Hoehe, in case that you like to take a wheel-chair or a bike with you you have to reserve for them at least 1 day in advance : Tel.+43 6542 5444-10
*Rollstuhl-/Fahrradmitnahme 1 Werktag vorher anm., Tel.+43 6542 5444-10 (Gültig vom Mai bis Oktober); Fahrradmitnahme begrenzt möglich
The Festungsbahn is a funicular - actually the oldest in Austria - that takes you up to the Fortress. It was built 1892. The fare is included in the admission to the fortress and in the Salzburg Card.
It is in operation April/May and Oct - Dec 9 am - 5 pm and in summer 8 am to 9 pm.
In order to reach the fortress, you can use a steep footpath which will take approximately 20-30 minutes depending on your state of fitness and weather conditions. If you choose this option, take good shoes! The path is pretty steep. I walked back down from the fortress and nearly slipped over a few times!
Another more sedate option is the funicular cable car. The ticket office is located in the Festungsgasse. Here you can buy a ticket for ten Euros which will includes a return ticket for the funicular, entry to the fortress and guided tours and museum entry. I found it to be good value for money, especially if you spend a large part of the day there.
The funicular is a much quicker option as you will reach the fortress in under a minute.
Driving to Hellbrunn is easy also by car, in case that you know how to do it:
When coming from Vienna and other places east or west of Salzburg you better drive around the city of Salzburg on the highway, and take the exit in ANIF in the south of the city - Hellbrunn is just about 2 km from that exit and you totally avoid the stress of driving through the town-centre of Salzburg.
For parking of your car in Hellbrunn you will find plenty of spaces and always have to pay a small fee :
up to 30 minutes is free
31 to 120 minutes of parking is 2 euros
every additional hour is 0,60 euros
in any case, the maximum-fee is 3,20 euros per day
Take the public bus #25 that starts at Salzburg Hauptbahnhof, it will take you within about 30-35 minutes to Hellbrunn. You will not leave the area of the city of Salzburg, so the busride is included also in the daytickets and in the Salzburg-Card.
On my pictures : Wasserspiele in Hellbrunn is a lot of fun, when water will rush out at places, where you would not expect it.
For timetables and more infos, click on my link below !
BUS 2 will take you from the main train-station / Hauptbahnhof Salzburg directely to the airport. That rides takes 15 minutes and you may check for the times of departure at the webpage below or here
That bus-ride will be included in the day-tickets of the Salzburg transportation system and the so-called "Salzburg-Card"
For Hangar-7 you have to considder, that the walking-distance from the terminus of Bus #2 to Hangar-7 is about 20 minutes, because you have to walk through the tunnel under the airfield.
Parking directely at the airport of Salzburg is quite expensive, especially when you fly to a distant destination and need to park your car for 10 or more days there.
The car-park is divided into 2 parts :
1)short-time-parking for up to 24 hours
2)longtime-parking , see the prices for that at my picture.
This parking DOES NOT make sense, when you just want to visit the museum of Hangar-7, because that is in a large distance, at the other side of the airfield.
For more details and infos about the airport Salzburg, please click on my link below !
You may drive with your private car directely to the Hangar-7 and park your car opposite of the great museum. It is a bit confusing that there are absolutely NO sign-posts telling you that this would be the parking for Hangar-7-visitors. I spoke about that to the lady at the reception of the museum, and she told me, plenty of people think that same way, except her boss, Mr. Red Bull...
Anyway, its great to have that parking, free of charge like the museum, and just opposite of the entrance of the building.
Obviuosly, coming from the United Sates we flew. We landed in Munich and took a train ride into Salzburg. It took about an hour, but the scenery was great, and it was relaxing.
We rented a car while we were in Europe. The traffic laws are easy to understand, and it's much like driving in America. It gave us a lot of freedom and allowed us to travel a long way out of the city without worrying about bus and train schedules. We also just wanted to drive fast on the Autobahn!!! :)
The bus drivers in Salzburg are very nice. I didn’t know the name of the stop I was to get off, but I remembered it was the 7th stop from the train station and the driver made sure I got off (In the end I found out the stop was ‘Justizgebaude’, and I’m not sure I would have been too confident on the pronunciation even if I had remembered it).
Although I felt a bit bad on the bus, because I had a small suitcase (on wheels) with me and even though it was small it took up a bit of room, and I actually ran over a guy’s foot. He didn’t seem to mind though as he saw it as a chance to try and chat me up :)
I have to say that the buses here are excellent and are very punctual. Even if a driver gets to the stop a minute early, they will wait a bit before leaving (which is something a bus driver would never do in Australia).
For travel within the city centre it only cost me 1,80€
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