Salzburg sits on the border between Austria and Germany and is the capital city of the province which bears its name.
Those who want to stay in the city will find plenty of activities and cultural pursuits on offer, from memories of Mozart to the scenes from the Sound of Music.
Basing a ski holiday in Salzburg is also an option as the access to nearby
ski resorts is excellent via the motorway network and the province offers
a tremendous ski pass which covers most of the main resorts in the area
as well as some outside.
Elevation: 450 metres
Salzburg is a lovely city to visit in winter, with the castle walls and church and cathedral domes and spires looking especially romantic with snow covering them. Ice-skaters enjoy a rink set up in one of the central squares when conditions are cold enough, and, as always, the historic pedestrian area attracts both cultural and commercially-minded visitors alike with its landmark sites and upmarket shops.
Salzburg is located on a river in a wide valley near the strategic motorway motorway connections south to Villach and Graz, east to Linz and Vienna, and west to Munich and Innsbruck.
These connections also make it easy to get to the nearby ski resorts and the mountains form a stunning backdrop for the city.
Salzburg airport is located just outside the city centre with good public transport connections into the central part of the city. The railway station is also a major junction on the Austrian rail network.
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Distance to Salzburg Airport: 6km
Distance to Munich Airport: 185km
Distance to Innsbruck Airport: 190km
Nearest railway station to Salzburg: railway station in town
Salzburg airport is located just outside the town centre and has good bus connections into the main part of the city, although a taxi ride is quicker and fairly affordable.
Munich Airport is probably second choice for those wishing to visit Salzburg. The train connections are frequent and the motorway route is a simple matter of following the signs to the south and east, as Salzburg is located just off the main Munich-Vienna motorway route.
Innsbruck Airport is also a possibility for visitors to Salzburg. The airport is located outside the city, so for rail passengers a bus ride to the main station is a necessity before boarding the frequent train connections to Salzburg.
The road connections are simple enough via the Inn valley motorway and then joining the main Munich-Salzburg route at Kufstein. Another option would be to take the scenic drive on local roads via St Johann, Lofer and Bad Reichenhall.
The main Salzburg train station is located in the centre of the city and has frequent and convenient connections to other main hubs in all directions.