Looking for a new year getaway? With Air Malta’s direct flights to Munich , you are in easy reach of the delightful Austrian alpine city of Salzburg!
Why not take a day trip to the hometown of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Considered one of the jewels in the crown of Europe, the city of Salzburg has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, surrounded by the mesmerising backdrop of the snow-capped Alps and famed for its old-world glamour. Let us tell you how to get there, and what sights you shouldn’t miss!
The city of Salzburg has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Travel by train to Munich
First things first, wherever you are staying in Munich you will need to get yourself to the Munich Main Train Station and decide which train is for you. The average travel time between Munich and Salzburg’s Hauptbahnhof station is 1h 49 minutes. The fastest route is 1h 29 minutes. The first train leaves Salzburg at 04:05, and the last at 23:00. There is an average of 23 trains a day between Salzburg and Munich, leaving approximately every 1h 10 minutes, so one should surely fit your agenda!
How to get to the centre
Once you reach Salzburg, you can take a five-minute taxi to the centre, although Salzburg is relatively small and the route to the top sights is walkable. Mirabelgarten is only about half a mile from the station. After that, it is just a five-minute walk over the footbridge into the old town. Several buses also go from the station into the old town. If this is your preferred route, the bus station is right outside the train station. Ask anyone which buses go to Zentrum, and you’ll be well on your way to the main sights!
What not to miss!
Salzburg is also one of the most famous movie tourism destinations in the world for one simple reason, The Sound of Music. The enchanting city is one of the most beautifully preserved medieval old towns in Europe, zig-zagged with winding streets and quaint marketplaces, adorned with architectural monuments of the later baroque era. Perfect for photography lovers, there are plenty of stunning piazzas and fountains to snap!
Here are 3 top sights not to miss when strolling around Salzburg
1. Salzburg Cathedral
A prominent landmark thanks to its twin 79-meter towers, Salzburg Cathedral (Salzburger Dom) was completed in 1657 and is famous for its Italian style and its role as the place of Mozart’s baptism. The building’s west front, facing the Domplatz, has four colossal marble statues, the outer ones representing St. Rupert and Virgil, patron saints of the province, while the inner ones depict Peter and Paul. Notable features include its three massive bronze doors with their symbols of Faith, Love, and Hope; the high altar with its Resurrection painted in 1628; and the superb frescoes in the vaulting.
2. Festung Hohensalzburg
the breathtaking 900-year-old Fortress Festung Hohensalzburg, the magnificent edifice that dominates the city’s skyline. The towering Fortress is enthroned on the Festungsberg, high above the rooftops of the Baroque historical district. The biggest fully preserved castle in Central Europe, this emblem of Salzburg draws millions of tourists to the “City of Mozart” every year. Don’t miss it!
3. Take a stroll around Getreidegasse
Getreidegasse, which translates as Grain Lane, is Salzburg’s most famous shopping street. Located in the Old Town, Getreidegasse is packed with high narrow buildings that contain shops, boutiques and restaurants serving the best in Austrian cuisine (Don’t leave without sampling a schnitzel!). You’ll notice some buildings have gilded signs above which indicate the type of work that took place here in centuries past. Jewellery and traditional costumes are among the popular items on shoppers’ lists. Note that No. 9 Getreidegasse is where Mozart was born! After catching the top sights and meandering the streets of Salzburg, be sure to indulge in a slice of Sacher Torte before your return trip to Munich!