Hallstatt near Salzburg, © Can Stock / macism
Berchtestgarden Day Trip from Salzburg
Travel less than an hour from Salzburg on bus #840 to the picturesque area of Berchtesgaden. See Hitler’s Eagles Nest, the Konigsee or the Berchtesgaden Salt Mine on your day trip Bechtesgaden Visit.
Hallstatt Day Trip from Salzburg
Take a day trip to the Austrian lake district, including Hallstatt, the Wolfgangsee or several other lakes less than an hour from Salzburg. Hallstatt is reached on a one hour drive by car or a longer combination of train and boat. The train ride takes just over two hours, including a train transfer at Attnang-Puchheim and then a short boat trip across the lake to reach Hallstatt. If you drive by car, enjoy the alpine views as you pass through the village of Gosau.
In Hallstatt enjoy the quaint town if it’s not overrun by tourists. A swift river empties into the lake through the village. Take the funicular up to the Salzwelten Hallstatt salt mine and the Hallstatt Skywalk. If it sounds complicated, ask for a combo ticket at the train station in Salzburg and pay for the train, the boat, the funicular, the skywalk and the salt mine in one ticket.
Other Day Trips from Salzburg
- Untersberg Mountain and Cable Car.
- The Ice Caves of Eisriesenwelt at Werfen are less than an hour south of Salzburg. Access is by cable car. There are over 30,000 sq meters and 42 kilometers of passages. It may be warm outside but it’s very cold in the caves. Also located here is Hohen Werfen Castle.
Trick Fountains, Hellbrunn Palace, © Can Stock / happyalex
Salzburg Area Salt Mine Tours
Salzburg was founded on the salt mine industry, so salt mine tours are very popular. You might often hear the phrase Salzkammergut which means ‘good salt chamber’. Options for Salt Mine Tours include Saltmine Berchtesgaden, Salt Mines of Hallein, Salt Mines at Hallstatt and Salt Mines at Altaussee. The Saltmine Berchtesgaden includes a salt raft ride and a train ride around the lake. The Hallein Salt Mine has a miner’s slide, a salt lake boat ride and a Celtic village.
Mirabell Palace & Old Town, © Can Stock / sborisov
Get to Salzburg
Rail is the best way to get to Salzburg. The Austrian Rail System (OBB) offers many ticket options for rail transport. In addition to Eurail passes, Austria also has an Einfach-Raus ticket that offers single day rates for small groups. The Einfach-Raus ticket is similar to the Bayern Ticket in Germany. Another popular way to get to Salzburg is on a Danube River Cruise. Many Danube River Cruises arrange day trips to Salzburg when they stop at Linz.
The Salzburg Airport is not used very often by tourists because it is a smaller airport. The No 2 trolley connects the downtown railway station (Sazlburg Hbf) to the Salzburg airport. The Old and New Towns are located quite close together and each make good walking tours. Local buses are an excellent option to Hellbrunn Palace and for a day trip to Berchtesgaden.
Hohenwerfen Werfen Castle, © Can Stock / gina_sanders
Savor the Tastes of Salzburg
- Try Mozart-Kugeln (a Mozart ball) – Pistachio and marzipan coated in milk chocolate. This was created in 1890 in honor of Mozart.
- Typical Austrian foods such as Sachertorte (apricot & chocolate cake), Apfelstudel (Apple), Baumkuchen (layer cake), pretzels, Wiener Schnitzel (veal, not hotdog), Salzburger Nockerln (high calorie pastry) and Marillenknoedel (apricot dumpling).
- Combine the Austrian emphasis on pastry desserts with a cup of coffee at Afro Cafe, the terrace at the Hotel Stein, the “Rosthaus und Cafe 220 Grad” or the Republic. For a classic coffeehouse try Cafe Bazar, Cae Wernbacher or Cafe Fingerlos.
- Have some German Beer at Augustiner Braustubl or Stiegl-Brauwelt.
- Have a meal at Restaurant Goldener Hirsch, in the Hotel Goldener Hirsch.
Salzburg Old Town © Can Stock / hiro1775
May to September are the best months to visit for comfortable Salzburg weather, but summer also brings rainy drizzly Salzburg weather. Expect average highs from May – September of 70 F (22 C) and lows of 50 F (10 C). The Alpine setting means that visiting in the winter is great for skiing. Salzburg airport is the gateway to the Austrian Alps. Average highs for December – February are just above freezing, while average lows are a few degrees below freezing.