Like the melodic symphonies that make you feel mellow, Salzburg too brims with such radiating beauty that it is hard not to love this city in Austria. It is, after all, the birthplace of the famous music composer Mozart and where he refined his greatest works. Your trip may soon turn into a musical memoir, with sights so attractive you’d probably stop for a moment to soak in the beauty of the Eastern Alps and well-preserved historical architecture. But there’s more to Salzburg than just its natural beauty. Divided into two by the River Salzach, it is home to one of the most charming old towns, also known as the Altstadt, a stunning fortress, and streets with hairpin turns and alleyways.
Best Time to Visit: June through August and December through February are considered the best times to visit Salzburg. During these months, the weather is warm and sunny, giving plenty of opportunities to tourists to walk around the city and surrounding hills.
By Air: Salzburg Airport, also called the Mozart Airport, is the international entry point to get to the city. The airport is well connected to major cities across Europe. Since the airport is right on the outskirts of the city, the distance is around 6.5 km from the airport to the city centre. You can get the city buses No. 2 and No. 10, which take you to the city centre.
By Train: Hauptbahnhof is a major railway station in the city, located in the new town section. It offers daily connections to various destinations such as Munich, Vienna, Budapest, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Innsbruck, Zurich, Cologne, Frankfurt, and more. Trains are the most convenient and preferred means of travel for international and local travel.
By Road: Although trains are the most convenient means of transport in Salzburg, buses also connect the city to neighbouring countries and across Austria. You can find shuttle services between the airport and the city, as well as overnight buses to countries like the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Germany. Within Salzburg, there are bus routes that stop at some of the major tourist attractions.
The easy way to get around the city is by taking the bus and trolleybus networks, particularly if you are exploring the southern part of the city to sites like Schloss Hellbrunn or Salzburg Zoo. However, if you want to feel like a local, rent a bicycle and tour the city at ease. There are bike lanes throughout Salzburg, making it a fun way to see the city. Plus, you are doing something good for the environment by riding the eco-friendly mode. Taxis are reasonably priced in the city, but they are best if you need to travel long distances or have a lot of luggage. The fiaker (horse-drawn Hackney coach) is a must-try in Salzburg's old town.