AdventureAustria is an independent English owned travel and events agency based in the Tyrolean town of Lienz in south Austria.
We’ve put together the following travel guides to help visitors get the most out of their holiday in Austria. Whether you are planning only to stay in Lienz or planning to venture on to other parts of Austria, you’ll be sure to find some useful information here.
Anyone looking for a unique small city ambience with plenty of history, art and culture, then a visit to Salzburg is highly recommended. Built in baroque style, the city stands out not only with its unique charm and magnificent architecture, but also from the incomparable surrounding landscape which inspires visitors from around the world.
As a quick tourist introduction to Salzburg we recommend a romantic horse drawn carriage tour of the city. A coachman (also tourist guides for Salzburg) will tell you more about the historical buildings and sights. Perhaps he’ll even tell you about the most famous person to ever have come from Salzburg? After all who hasn’t heard of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart?!
Interestingly, Mozart is regarded as one of the first rock musicians of his time with an extravagant lifestyle including sex, drugs and ‘Rock n Roll’. Mozart was hard-drinking, not adverse to pleasure and had (far) too many women. Visitors can visit numerous sights from his colourful life in Salzburg and it is often said that the atmosphere of the famous Austrian musician still hangs in the air.
In his honour, the famous Mozartkugel chocolate was produced, a delicious chocolate ball filled with nougat and marzipan.
Let the unique atmosphere of Salzburg enchant you….here are a few of the most important things you should know if you are planning a trip to this magical city.
Salzburg is situated on the northern edge of the Alps, in the middle of the Salzburg basin. The historical centre is located on the Salzach River and is bordered by the Hohensalzburg Fortress and the Mönchsberg Mountain. The highest point of the urban area is the Gaisbergspitze at 1,288m. In the urban area, there are no less than 41 natural monuments, mostly old landscape-shaping or culturally significant trees. Among the protected parts of the landscape is the Hellbrunn Alley. It is one of oldest preserved stately avenues in Europe.
The city of Salzburg is also the capital of the Republic State of Salzburg. The Republic State of Salzburg is one of the most dynamic economic regions in Europe and has around 145,000 inhabitants.
A temperate sub-alpine climate is characteristic of Salzburg. In winter there is low rainfall with temperatures around the freezing point. From time to time visitors can enjoy warm Föhn weather without winter jackets with temperatures of around 15 degrees or more. In summer, the precipitation levels in Salzburg are much higher and temperatures reach just below 30 degrees.
Now we come to the most important information for tourists planning a holiday to Salzburg.
Salzburg Airport ‘WA Mozart’ is the second largest airport in Austria and is located just four kilometres from the city centre. The airport has very good connections to major European cities and is perfectly linked to important hubs such as Frankfurt, Vienna, London, Zurich, Mallorca, Istanbul, Dusseldorf, Berlin and Cologne. Salzburg Airport has just two terminals and benefits from its compactness and simplicity. Using an airport taxi or public bus, you can reach Salzburg city centre in around 15 minutes. An airport shuttle service also connects the two airports of Munich and Salzburg together.
If you want to enjoy the flair of Salzburg around the clock, we recommend one of the city hotels. These are surrounded by the old town, between the Festival Hall, Cathedral Square, State Theatre and Congress Centre.
For hotels in Salzburg be sure to check out Booking.com.
Here is a small selection of recommended hotels:
Hotel Goldener Hirsch, Getreidegasse 37
Hotel Sacher, Salzburg, Schwarzstraße 5
Hotel Pistrol, Markartplatz 4
Best Western Hotel Elefant, Siegmund-Haffner-Gasse 4
Restaurant Hotel Stadtkrug, Linzer Gasse 20
Arthotel Blaue Gans, Getreidegasse 4
Austrotel Hotel Salzburg, Mirabellplatz 8
Altstadthoel Madeus, Linzer Gasse 43-45
Hotel Goldene Krone, Linzer Gasse 48
Hotel Am Dom, Goldgasse 17
Tourist information for Salzburg can be found on Mozart Square and at the Central Station.
Parking in the city centre is chargeable. Look out for special overnight and discounted parking rates when purchasing tickets or when visiting a hotel or restaurant. A Park & Ride car park is also located at Alpenstraße.
This card provides free admission to all major sights, the free use of public transport along with other perks. The Salzburg Card is available to purchase at most hotels, tourist information points and ticket offices.
More than 800 shops are located in the centre of Salzburg. Nearby the famous Getreidegasse, hidden away from the hustle and bustle, visitors can find on the so-called Salzburger Judengasse – a small, nondescript shop called ‘Christmas in Salzburg.’ As the name suggests, in this shop it’s Christmas all year round! It’s always worth a visit, whatever time of the year you are visiting!
One of the most beautiful shopping centres in Europe is the Euro Park in Salzburg. On offer are over 130 shops, cafes and restaurants. The Euro Park is located on the motorway exit ‘Salzburg-Klessheim’. From the city centre, there is a bus service to the Euro Park shopping centre.
If you want to enjoy true Salzburg cuisine, you are best off in one of the many restaurants offering shaded outdoor dining areas. One of the culinary highlights include the Salzburg dumpling. A heavenly dessert that just has to be tasted! Depending on the season visitors can also expect many other different regional specialties and culinary delights. Here are a few recommendations for eating in Salzburg:
The Goldener Hirsch (Getreidegasse 7) is regarded as the best restaurant in the city of Mozart and offers a down to earth but classy kitchen.
In Stiftskeller St. Peter, guests can expect traditional home cooking as well as international dishes.
The Sternbräu World of Gastronomy (Getreidegasse 25-27) serves international dishes and local specialties. In addition there are two large shaded beer gardens to linger and enjoy.
Wilder Mann (Getreidegasse 20) has something for the tough guys! They serve hearty home cooking.
The Gabler Bräu (Linzergasse 9) is a historical restaurant. Highly recommended is the Italian breakfast – a speciality of the house.
The Shrimps Bar (Steingasse 9) is a small, romantic restaurant where international cuisine is not neglected and is the first choice for fish lovers.
For Italian dishes with plenty of ‘amore’ head to the Pasta and Vino restaurant (Wolf-Dietrisch Straße)
Fans of Asian cuisine should try Nagno (Griesgasse 19a) or Yuen.