Salzburg and Surroundings
The Stage Is Set for Unlimited Travel Experiences
Fancy a city trip to Salzburg combined with a stay in the countryside surrounded by nature? The villages of Wals, Anthering and Großgmain in the surroundings of Salzburg are the ideal choice. There’s no better place to combine culture, activities and family holidays. Would you like to follow in Mozart’s footsteps as you walk through the city centre? Try “Salzburger Nockerl”, an airy vanilla soufflé, in the “Stiftskeller St. Peter”, a restaurant within the walls of St Peter’s Abbey. Make it to the top of the legendary mountain Untersberg, on foot or by cable car? Would you like to travel back in time and see how life in the countryside was like in the old days? Visit the open-air museum in Großgmain. You’re sure to collect unforgettable memories during your holiday here!
Winter Holidays in Salzburg and Surroundings
Also in winter, the city of Salzburg is absolutely worth a visit. Stroll through the Christmas markets in Salzburg, Hellbrunn Palace or other romantic corners of the city. The sights in the city are also open in winter.
Stay in one of the villages in the surroundings. They are the perfect starting points for winter walks, a day trip to one of the ski resorts or spas and thermal baths nearby.
Summer Holidays in Salzburg and Surroundings
City vs countryside - there’s no better place to get the best of both worlds than the villages surrounding the city of Salzburg, for example Wals, Anif or Großgmain.
Stay in a quiet accommodation in the countryside that comes with plenty of space, freedom and tranquility. At the same time, Salzburg, the city that’s famous for Mozart and the Salzburg Festival, is just around the corner. It’s only a short trip to the city centre where you can visit cultural highlights, stroll through the shopping streets or indulge in culinary delights. You can easily go to the city by public transport or bicycle.
Thanks to the great access to public transport, it’s simple to reach the countless attractions in SalzburgerLand and Bavaria, right across the state border: the majestic mountain Untersberg, the lakes in the Salzkammergut region and the Salzburg Lake District, the Hallein Salt Mine, the open-air museum in Großgmain or other popular destinations such as Lake Königssee in the Berchtesgadener Land region.
Ultimate Bucket List: 3 Things to Do in Salzburg and Surroundings
1. Climb One of the Three Mountains Surrounding the City
A trip to the mountains Mönchsberg or Kapuzinerberg is a nice chance of scenery. Simply take a break from shopping or sightseeing and let’s go! You can start walking up the hillside right from the city centre. Depending which mountain you’re heading up, the path starts on the left (Mönchsberg) or the right bank of the river Salzach (Kapuzinerberg). The main paths leading up the mountain Mönchsberg are buggy-friendly. The mountain Kapuzinerberg, however, can be accessed via a stairway with countless steps. You might find yourself out of breath at the top but you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the roof terraces in the historic centre. Usually quite well hidden, some of them turn out to be amazingly green rooftop oases.
Plan for a slightly longer trip if you’d like to go up the mountain Gaisberg (1,287m). A great number of trails and footpaths leads you to the top from the districts Gnigl, Aigen or Parsch. Don’t forget to wear sturdy boots! Are you looking for a decent challenge? Climb the mountain Gaisberg on your bicycle. Those who’d like to take it easy and relax, can get on bus no. 151 that goes from the square “Mirabellplatz” in the centre right to the top of the mountain Gaisberg. The loop trail up there is ideal for a leisurely ramble.
2. Enjoy a Fine Glass of Beer
In Salzburg, the tradition of beer brewing dates back over 600 years. Two of the oldest breweries are brewing beer up to this day.
The brewery “Stiegl”, founded in 1492, is Austria’s largest private brewery. Sit down on the terrace of the restaurant “Stiegl-Keller” and take in a picturesque view of the Salzburg Cathedral.
The brewery “Augustiner Bräu Kloster Mülln”, a former Augustinian monastery, has been crafting beer since 1621. Having a drink in the garden, underneath the chestnut trees, is especially delightful. The garden accommodates up to 1,400 people on a warm summer’s evening, making it Austria’s largest beer tavern.
With nine other breweries in and around Salzburg, there’s a great variety of beers to discover. Each of them is worth a try!
3. Try “Salzburger Nockerl” - A Heavenly Dessert
Without a doubt, “Salzburger Nockerl” are the most famous dessert that the “city of Mozart” is known for. Although, hardly any of us can actually prepare this speciality. “Salzburger Nockerl” is an airy vanilla soufflé made with eggs, sugar and flour. Its shape is supposed to represent the mountains surrounding the city. Sample this local delicacy, for example, in the restaurant “Arthotel Blaue Gans” in the city centre.