Sightseeing in Salzburgerland
Salzburgerland offers the summer Visitor a huge variety of sightseeing opportunities, from beautiful lakeside villages, to fairytale castles and of course the historic city of Salzburg. Many of the attractions are included on the Salzburgerland Card visitor pass, which for a one-off fee gives free entry to a wide variety of attractions along with access to many of the cable cars that operate during the summer.
Here are some suggestions of places to visit:
City of Salzburg
The charming old town features classical baroque architecture, whilst the city is overlooked by the great Hohensalzburg castle, the largest and best preserved medieval castle in Europe. As the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Salzburg is also famous for its musical heritage, and was famously the backdrop for many scenes from the musical The Sound of Music.
Click here for a city map of Salzburg
Seen in the film Where Eagles Dare, Hohenwerfen castle perches on a dramatic hilltop offering amazing views of the surrounding mountains. A funicular railway operates up to the castle itself, where you can tour the internal rooms, and falconry displays are operated most days through the summer.
Werfen Ice Caves
The Eisriesenwelt Ice Caves near Werfen are the largest naturally occurring ice caves in the World. Reached by a combination of cable car and uphill hike, guided tours take you inside the caves lit only by burning ribbons to protect the fragile environment that created this natural wonder.
A raised walkway follows the Lichtensteinklamm gorge as it cascades down from the mountains toward the town of Sankt Johann.
The Salt Mining village of Hallstatt is a beautifully preserved village that was only accessible by boat until just a few decades ago. Nestling beside Hallstattersee Lake, it is one of the most famous images of the Salzburgerland Salzkammergut Lake District.
St Wolfgang is a charming lakeside village with great cafes and restaurants, and the opportunity for a boat trip across the spectacular Wolfgangsee Lake.
Take a drive over the highest mountain pass in the Austrian Alps. A unique experience.
Hitler’s Eagles Nest
Just 20km from Salzburg over the border with Germany, is the town of Berchtesgarten, above which perches the Eagles Nest, the retreat used by Adolph Hitler and featured in so many of his home movies.
At 3000m the Dachstein Glacier is the highest accessible peak in Salzburgerland. Take the cable car to the summit for spectacular views and the amazing Skywalk.
Schloss Hellbrunn lies on the outskirts of Salzburg. Along with the elegant main house, the gardens features a unique water garden, along with the adjoining Hellbrun Zoo
Head south through the Tauern alpine tunnel, and in just over 3 hours you can be in the magical city of Venice, one of the 'must see' destinations in the world.