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Flights to Salzburg

Salzburg is a city that looks as though it came straight out of the pages of a children’s story book. Picture perfect snow-capped mountains stand towering over a chocolate-box city with gleaming baroque spires and cupolas and winding cobbled streets.

The head-turning grandeur of the UNESCO listed Alstadt, or Old Town, is breathtaking with immaculate, elegant squares and magnificent medieval and baroque cathedrals. Fine examples include the Salzburger Dom and Salzburg fortress Hohensalzburg not to mention the beautiful burgher houses that line both sides of the Salzach River. 

Salzburg’s historic buildings hide a treasure-trove of unusual shops from violin makers and diamond sellers to antique bookshops and some of the most beautiful cafes in the world. Stroll along Getreidegasse to admire their old-style signs, the impressive interior of the Fürsterzbischöfliche Pharmacy and the beauty of Alter Markt Square. Be sure to pop into Chocolatier Furst and Tomaselli, Austria’s oldest cafe. 

Salzburg is, of course, the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart so linger over a coffee and cake in an opulent establishment as the sound of classical music floats past from open windows. The Salzburg Music Festival is considered one of the most important in the world and with over 4,000 other musical events held in Salzburg every year; this is a city that takes its musical heritage seriously. Don’t forget it was the setting for one of the most famous musicals of all time – The Sounds of Music!

For fountains and beautiful gardens, look no further than the Schloss Hellbrunn with a zoo for the little ones, or the Schloss Mirabelle with its magical ‘Garden of Dwarfs’. Anyone looking for an enchanting place to get married should get their name on the list of the exquisite Marble Hall – Europe’s most beautiful and extravagant wedding venue.

Walk or cable-car it to Geiereck Peak, at the top of The Untersberg or breathe in the crystal clean air of the Alps from the Kapuzinerberg, a steep hill that leads to deep dense forest and eventually the reward of a secluded restaurant. 

Awaken dormant creativity with a trip to Salzburg Museum of Modern Art or take a stroll around the peaceful grounds of St Sebastian Cemetery where Mozart himself rests.  Avid fans should take a peek inside his birthplace, Geburtshaus, and former residence, Mozarts Wohnhaus for portraits,

pianos and exhibits that tell his life story. Take children to see the dinosaurs in Salzburg Natural History Museum, the regular puppet shows in the charming Toy Museum or the petting zoo for little ones in Salzburg Zoo. 

For beer lovers Austria is the stuff of legend. While the Stiegl-Brauwelt brewing cinema, exhibitions and beer tasting are a more than worthwhile detour, an evening in a light-flooded, wooden-bench filled, rowdy Salzburg beer hall has no equal. 

The following information is correct as of November 2014 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.

Fly In

Salzburg Airport is located just 2,5 miles from the city centre of Salzburg which can be reached by car in under 15 minutes. Public bus services 2 and 27 also operate from outside the airport stopping at Salzburg train station and the city centre. A number of taxi firms also run services from outside the terminal building.

What you need to know

Currency: The Euro (€)

Visas: UK and EU nationals do not require a visa to enter Austria; however a passport valid for the duration of stay is required. Nationals of other countries may require a visa – more information can e obtained from a local embassy or from the Foreign Office website.  

Laws: Austrian law demads that visitors carry their passport with them at all times. The lega age for purchasing and consuming alcohol is 18, however, 16 year olds may drink beer and wine only. A partial smoking ban is in place but with so many exceptions it remains relatively permissible in many cafes and restaurants. 

Best Time to Visit

Salzburg has the perfect climate with hot summers and snowy cold winters with a fairly moderate climate the rest of the time. Spring is possible the rainiest season which doesn’t make it the best time of year for outdoor sightseeing. However, with meadows in full bloom, some sunny days are still guaranteed. 

Peak season in Austria is July and August, when the Salzburg Festival and many summer shows liven up the city. December is also popular as the spectacular Christmas markets pop up all over Salzburg. January sees the return of the wonderful Mozart Festival, celebrating the city’s most famous residents while piano appreciation takes place in February with performances from around the globe. March brings more music in the form of opera and classical music; October is cultural month with plenty going on around the city from art to magic. In November Salzburg swings to the sounds of Jazz while December is all about the magical festive season.

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