Famous for its picturesque Alpine backdrop, which was immortalized in modern culture with film ‘The Sound of Music’, Salzburg is the fourth largest city in Austria and features some stunning baroque architecture. Also known for being the birthplace of Mozart, the city has an abundance of historical and cultural hotspots. Salzburg has plenty of modern thrills to offer visitors too. The city is home to football and ice hockey teams who compete with the best in Europe, while it also has a nightlife that’s up there with many other major cities in Central Europe, including those to the south in Italy. The mountainous backdrop means that you can expect some pretty chilly weather, especially during winter.
A saloon car is recommended for tackling the winding roads which are commonplace in and around Salzburg. It would also be useful for driving uphill, which again is pretty common.
Driving in Slazburg
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Important things to note
Don’t forget to pack a phrasebook as the signs in and around Salzburg are quite small and written in traditional German font, which can be difficult to read.
The roads in Salzburg are well connected to both Vienna and Munich, should your schedule allow it, Munich being just an hour and a half drive away.
If you are travelling between October and April, snow chains are required by law as Salzburg can suffer from extreme weather conditions.
Highlights & Hotspots
To enjoy stunning views of Salzburg and its surrounding valleys and mountains, a trip to the top of the castle at Hohensalzburg Fortress is essential. Explore over 900 years of history within the towering walls, carved prince-archbishops’ apartments and Romanesque church.
The surrounding Old Town area is also incredibly beautiful and you can easily while away an afternoon soaking up the atmosphere. Take a cable car up to Untersberg, a massif of the Berchtesgaden Alps, sitting pretty on the border between Austria and Germany.
Mozarteum is a must see for anyone with even a passing interest in classical music and Salzburgs most famous son. Not only will you get a fascinating insight into the composer’s birthplace and life, but during summer months, festivals are held, where Mozart Matinees and other concerts play out in the sumptuous surroundings.
For a five star dining experience, pay a visit to Restaurant Esszimmer which offers the finest Austrian Cuisine. For something a little less damaging on your budget, head along to Paul Stube, a favourite hangout for locals and tourists alike. Advance booking is advised for both of the aforementioned restaurants.
Salzburg W.A Mozart International Airport is a convenient 20 minute drive from the city centre. It‚Äôs close to the A1 motorway, which will take you across the border with Germany in one direction and to central Salzburg in the other.
The airport has one passenger terminal and takes in flights from major cities across Europe, not to mention other parts of Austria.