Salzburg Travel Guide

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    Skyline across Salzach River
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    Hohensalzburg Fortress
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Salzburg Things to Do

  • Hohensalzburg Fortress

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Festungsbahn going up to the fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg) is Austria’s oldest funicular railway that is still in operation. It was built in 1892, and now takes people up from the city to the fortress in just 54 seconds. Second and third photos: The lower station, on the Festungsgasse, is where you can buy tickets, either for the funicular...

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  • Mozart's Birthplace

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    This is the house where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in 1756. He lived here for the first seventeen years of his life – when he wasn’t off traveling, which was most of the time. In 2006, just in time for Mozart’s 250th birthday, a German children’s book was published called Little Amadeus – The Life of Young Mozart by Deborah Einspieler, a...

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  • Getreidegasse

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    this will be my things to do tips of the getriedegasse, I will have a separate shopping tip here. getriedegasse is the most famous street in Salzburg since along the street lies Mozart's Birthplace and initial house the Mozarts Geburtshaus along 9 getriedegasse and along it are rows and rows of shops and restaurants and retail outlets of both...

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Salzburg Restaurants

  • Augustiner Bräu Kloster Mülln

    5 out of 5 stars

    The Augustiner Bräustübl Tavern in Mülln is a sight in itself and certainly worth the pilgrimage up the hill to visit it. Dating back to 1621, it is an historical as well as culinary stop on the beer aficionado's travels. The atmospheric vaulted beer hall is rich in tradition and sitting in its boisterous setting is an experience in itself. The...

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  • Indian

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Best Indian restaurant in Salzburg.Among the best Indian food I've had outside India. The food is authentic Indian. Every item we ordered tasted amazing and genuine, unlike a lot of other restaurants. The location is a bit away from the town centre where all the tourists seemed to be eating, but this is definitely worth the extra walk. Highly...

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  • Street Vendors

    4 out of 5 stars

    if you want to feel and taste authentic Austrian street food, then walk away from the touristy Getreidegasse pedestrian street beside Mozart's Birthplace, beside the building of Mozart's birthplace is a small alley which leads to Univeristatplatz and University Square, where there is a large open air market and several street food stands which...

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Salzburg Nightlife

  • Irish Pub

    We went to Murphy's Law when we just needed to speak English. It was definitely still different than home, but in the middle of a six week German course, it still had a bit of familiarity. The bartender's are talkative and nice but remember Guinness should NOT be mixed! No black and tans or the likes. They also may tell you not to speak German. The...

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  • Along the River

    I'm currently living in Austria for the year and have found the nightlife such a thrill! Along Rudolfskai, there are many bars, even Irish Pubs (+18 in the Irish Pubs). If you're looking for a young, lively atmosphere, I suggest Segabar 18, City Alm, Riverside, or Vis A Vis+The Cube. For more of a laid-back atmosphere and great conversation, I...

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  • Musical Entertainment

    As so plenty of tourists come to Salzburg because they want to see the original scenery of the movie " Sound of Music " plenty of places offer all kinds of performances with these well known songs... This is one of the posters I saw in the streets... DO NOT expect any Austrian to go into these shows, as austrians would NEVER recognize any of...

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Salzburg Transportation

  • To/Around

    Walking is the Best Thing To Do in this Charming Austrian City of Zalburg as the City is not large at all and the main sights in and around Salzburg are relatively near each other and if your hotel is along the Salzburg Train Terminal, Mirabell Gardens is just a 10 minute walk away and from there you can proceed along the schloss mirabell, to the...

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  • Trains

    The fastest trains in Austria are called “Railjet”, but that doesn’t mean they are powered by jet propulsion. They are in fact quite ordinary electric trains, but they do go rather fast and don’t stop very often, for instance they don’t stop at all between Salzburg and Munich. What really impressed me about the Austrian railway is that they had an...

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  • Getting to Salzburg

    MeinFernbus has 5 buses per day from Munich Airport to Salzburg central station (Lastenstraße), with stops in Munich ZOB (bus terminal, next to S-Bahn station Hackerbrücke not far from Munich central station, € 15 if you book early. Alternatively by train, get a Bayern Ticket, available at ticket machines in the airport as well as in Salzburg main...

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Salzburg Shopping

  • The Chirstmas Store

    The shop was absolutely gorgeous and sold thousands upon thousands of decorated Christmas eggs. I hand carried six home from Austria to Florida and wish I had carried sixty home. Each egg is unique and the colors and variety were very beautiful.

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  • Mozart Chocolate

    Mozartkugeln are small chocolate and pistachio marzipan balls originally made in Salzburg in 1890 by the Furst company. Today Salzburg is awash with variants of the original and they make for a nice gift for family or friends on your return home.

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  • Getreidegasse Shops

    this will be my shopping tips of the getriedegasse, I will have a separate things to do tips here. getriedegasse is the most famous street in Salzburg since along the street lies Mozart's Birthplace and initial house the Mozarts Geburtshaus along 9 getriedegasse and along it are rows and rows of shops and restaurants and retail outlets of both...

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Salzburg Local Customs

  • Desserts

    If you don't have time to visit Vienna, where the Sachertorte dessert was invented, fear not as they have a branch here in Salzburg that offers the original version of the iconic Austrian Dessert (besides the Apple Strudel) that is a dense chocolate cake with a thin layer of apricot jam on top, coated in dark chocolate icing on the top and sides...

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  • The Austrian People

    In Salzburg the people are very polite and all the people that I met spoke English (although some fluently, others only a bit). However, I think that when visiting another country you should try a few words in their language. So here are some basics in German: Hello/Hi - Guten Tag/Hallo Goodbye/Bye - Auf Widersehen/Tschuss Good Morning - Guten...

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  • Dining

    While on the train from Munich to Salzburg in December 2010, my girlfriend and I found ourselves sitting across from a lady from Salzburg. Upon hearing that it was our first visit to Salzburg, she insisted that we must try the local speciality - Salzburger Nockerl. She explained that it was a dessert made from whisked egg yolks, flour and sugar...

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Salzburg Warnings and Dangers

  • Driving

    Thanks to Virtual Tourist we were fore warned about the Police. We got pulled on a late Sunday afternoon for a routine check, namely to check that we'd got the Vingette on our screen. You can purchase these easily on the border and in some garages, but whatever you do don't go to Austria without one - Euros 7 for 10 days. After checking our...

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  • really safe

    Although Salzburg IS a very safe city that you can feel safe walking around in anytime, I had a habit of being approached by beggars. Outside the Mozart Residence I was approached for money by a man and when I was returning from the Old City and the pedestrian bridge across the street from the Mozart Residence, I was approached by another beggar. I...

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  • Protect yourself

    Salzburg, like any other major European City popular with tourists, has it's share of pickpockets and vagrants of which you can see the vagrants along the historic center of Salzburg along the major streets like Getriegasse, Greigasse, wiener philharmonic gasse, universitatplatz, franziskaner gasse, etc. the would often ask you money and often in...

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Salzburg Tourist Traps

  • The Sound of Music Tour

    I did a Panorama Sound of Music tour not because of any interest in the film (I've never even seen it, though I've heard the songs, of course), but because I was in Salzburg for less than a day and it seemed a convenient way of seeing some of the sights of the city and the surrounding countryside. It worked well. Someone came to the hotel as...

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  • Mozartkugel

    Although I like the taste of the Mozart chocolate balls and actually bought it in Innsbruck, here in Salzburg and in Vienna, I would still put in in the Tourist Trap Section as the Mozart Chocolate was not even invented by the famed Classical Music Composer but was invented in 1890 by an enterprising local Salzburger Paul Fürst, a master...

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  • Mozart

    Sure enough, I found myself back in Salzburg with my new bride on our honeymoon. I always knew I'd be back, and this was a truly special trip. My wife is Swedish, and has traveled in Europe a lot. We felt like doing something "touristy" for once, and had dinner at the Mozart Dinner Concert. Relax, enjoy your evening. The food is no good (and that,...

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Salzburg What to Pack

  • Clothes

    although Spring and Summer are the Best times to visit The CHarming City of Salzburg in Central Austria as it is the best season to walk around the many attractions in and around the City, you must be prepared for any eventuality as even though spring weather in Salzburg is cold, you can experience unusual dry spell and even occasional spring rain...

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  • rain coat or umbrella

    Gear: although Spring and Summer are the Best times to visit Salzburg, you must be prepared for any eventuality as even though spring weather in Salzburg is cold, you can experience unusual dry spell and even occasional spring rain showers that you can be walking around in a light coat one day or even without one as it can be really hot (not very...

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  • Bring your camera!

    If you are the intrepid shooter of lots of films and videos on your travels, then you must have a powerful optical zoom camera like a canon sx60 (which has a 50x optical zoom) or a nikon coolpix 610 (52x optical zoom). They are less bulky than the DSLR cameras and the zoom capacity lets you view and shoot objects and pretty girls from far away....

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Salzburg Off The Beaten Path

  • Walking & hiking

    in and around the City of Salzburg, you would find various Stolperstein "stumbling block" Stones created by German Artist to commemorate victims of Nazi oppression, including the Holocaust of which he put some stones in Salzburg and other countries in Europe of which the names of the holocaust victims and the places where they lived are engraved in...

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  • Königssee

    Simply utterly breath taking scenery on the boat - expensive but a definite must. Get off the boat at Seeland and walk through to the other small lake, which is only accessible by foot - fantastic. A real highlight

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  • The Beer experience

    If you are at all interested in Beer and how its made get yourself along to the Steigl Brauwelt Brewery. Its near the centre of Salzburg - just catch the no.1 Line bus and get out at the Brauhausstrasse stop. Ask the bus driver to let you know which one it is- ours was very helpful.When you get off carefully cross the road- its on a bad bend - and...

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Salzburg Sports & Outdoors

  • EXTREME SPORTS

    There are several companies offering different kinds of extreme sport in Salzburg. We went rafting with a company called "Crocodile Sports". We were picked up by a van at our hostel before driving about 1 1/2 hour to reach our starting point. We had never done rafting before, and it was so much fun! The guide spoke very well English, and we learned...

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  • Iceskating

    Salzburg sets up an ice rink at the Residenzplatz. So get to it and put those skates on. You can rent them right there for a reasonable 10 Euros. Rent your Ice skates if you don't have your own with you.

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  • Horse Riding

    In Salzburg there are few facilities for horse riding. The best I know is about 10 km north from Salzburg in Seekirchen (Lake Wallersee). It is a wonderful horse-ranch with many nice horses, you can take a course or a ride outside. The prices are ca. 10 €. The Equipment is provided.

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  • Travel tips and assistance

    In this modern age of the internet and the advent of the smartphone, tablet and phablet, you can just download the various maps and the layout of the various attractions in and around Salzburg from either their website or other related tourist friendly apps and then use them on your tablets or smartphones and phablets to get around the nooks and...

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  • Sightseeing by foot

    The three top things for me in Salzburg are: 1) getting up high to see the town with its stunning backdrop, 2) the Dome's equally stunning interior and 3) the Augustiner Bräustüberl. With the major excursion to Italy behind us, we took a few days to explore Munich and lay out the plans of our final day trips in the region. I thought the pace had...

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  • Mirabell gardens

    We were three blocks from Mirabell Gardens and walked by them a half a dozen times without realizing what it was. On our last day, we discovered them about 20 minutes before our bus was to leave for a tour we took to Berchdesgaden. We only got to spend about 10 minutes in the Gardens, and it was raining, but it was still beautiful.

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