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Salzburg (German: Salzburg or Salzburgerland) is one of the smaller states of Austria. It has an area of about 7,100 km² and there are 500,000 people. Most of the area is covered by the Alps and only the northern part is flat. There you can find the largest city and capital of the state, Salzburg. The most important forms of income are tourism and agriculture. The arts are an important part of the Salzburger tradition: home to Mozart, the annual Salzburg Festival, and the mystery play Jedermann (Everyman). Salzburg state also shares much of its rural regional culture with neighboring Bavaria and Tyrol. This makes it a wonderful place to experience both the high culture of the Mozart era and the true alpine Austrian culture at its purest.


Map of Salzburg (state)

Untersberg and the Salzach valley
A traditional farmhouse in the Salzburg area

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Salzburg, also known as SalzburgerLand, is one of the nine Austrian states. It lies in the north of Austria and is renowned worldwide as the City of Mozart. The cityscape is characterized by its city mountains, the flowing Salzach River, and the prominent Hohensalzburg Fortress visible from afar. Salzburg borders Freilassing in the Federal Republic of Germany (Bavaria, Berchtesgadener Land district) to the northwest, while the rest of the city area adjoins the district of Salzburg-Umgebung, commonly known as the Flachgau region.

Historically, Salzburg was founded as an episcopal see in 696 and became a seat of the archbishop in 798. It is built on the site of the ancient Roman settlement of Iuvavum.

As of 2020, Salzburg had a population of approximately 156,872. Beyond its association with Mozart and famous festivals, Salzburg boasts historic landmarks, museums, and a vibrant culture that make it a captivating destination for visitors.

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By plane[edit]

1 Salzburg Mozart Airport

2 Munich Airport (IATA: MUC)

By train[edit]

Salzburg is served by many national and International railway lines. Most lines meet at Salzburg Main Station. The most important lines are:

Vienna - Salzburg - Munich / Innsbruck (Westbahn)

Graz - Liezen - Bischofshofen - Salzburg (Ennstalbahn)

Klagenfurt - Schwarzach-St.Veit - Bischofshofen - Salzburg

(Hannover -) München - Wörgl - Kitzbühel - Zell am See - Schwarzach-St.Veit

By car[edit]

Salzburg is traveressed by teh A10 Tauern Autobahn crossing the state in north-south direction. Additionally there is the east-west connection via B320 (Ennstal) - B311 to Zell am See, where it turns north towards Lofer. Further westwards the B168 runs via Mittersill, where it crosses the north-south running Felbertauern route, till the Gerlospass, where it passes over to Tyrol.

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Salzburg is serviced by the OEBB (Austrian Federal Rail Service). There are Intercity services to all major cities around plus a good network of regonal trains (S-Bahn).

Salzburg City is located at the Westbahn railway line which runs between Vienna and Munich/Innsbruck. On this route also private operator Westbahn operates services bewteen Vienna and Innsbruck at a highly competitive price.


Hohenwerfen castle
  • 1 Krimmler Wasserfälle. Europe`s tallest waterfalls
  • 2 Hohenwerfen Castle (Village of Werfen - about 40 km (25 mi) south of Salzburg). The castle was built in the 11th century by the bishops of Salzburg. Besides the castle and its dungeons, the big attraction is probably the falconry museum with its air shows. There is also a sizable collection of weapons on display. Hohenwerfen Castle (Q877023) on Wikidata Hohenwerfen Castle on Wikipedia
  • Rossbrand - the inscription on the summit cross reads "My God, this land is beautiful!" - this refers to the view that Rossbrand has to offer from the height of 1,768 m. Here one can enjoy the view of the Dachstein and the Hochkönig. It's only 2.5 hour hike from Radstadt, or alternatively one can take the bus that runs three times a day from Radstadt Postamt during the summer.
  • 3 Ice Caves (Eisriesenwelt). April to October, 9:30 - 15:45. Frost caves, reachable by a cable car, and can be explored on foot following a signposted route through this fascinating underground ice world. Closed during winter months, opening hours depending on weather conditions. Warm clothes are a must! Eisriesenwelt (Q254117) on Wikidata Eisriesenwelt on Wikipedia


Take the Cable car (or walk up!) up to the Festung Salzburg (Salzburg Castle) for a guided tour of the castle offering outstanding 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside as far the over the German border.

Numerous Sound of Music tours [1][dead link] are also available as are a variety of coach group tours of various regional sights.

The region is famous for its Alpine Lakes, so do be sure to check them out including the Mondsee near Salzburg City made famous by the "Sound of Music".

1 Schafbergbahn (Schafberg Railway), Sankt Wolfgang im Salzkammergut, Upper Austria. Ride a metre-gauge, steam-operated cog railway that began service in 1893. Schafberg Railway (Q871828) on Wikidata Schafberg Railway on Wikipedia

  • 2 Kitzsteinhorn. One of the tallest accessible mountains in Salzburg with winter sports amenities.


Probably the best address to eat original Austrian food at an adequate price is the restaurant "Goldener Stern" in the Getreidegasse, the former home of W. A. Mozart. It´s the only restaurant which is easy to find and where nobody will try to make you waste your money for junk food. The waiters and waitresses are nice and friendly. Here you can enjoy "Salzburger Nockerln" as well as "Topfenstrudel". If you like to eat for dinner or lunch you won´t be disappointed as well. The atmosphere of the restaurant is beautiful. In the middle of it´s garden full of trees and flowers there´s an old Austrian stagecoach where children can play.



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