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Introduction to Salzburg

Salzburg is a destination known for attractions like Fortress Hohensalzburg, Mirabell Palace, and Red Bull Hangar-7. Travelers who visit this capital city of the federal state of Salzburg in Austria are often fascinated by the rich history and interesting culture it offers. We recommend taking the time to explore this region in Austria on foot and walk alongside the over 155 thousand locals who live in Salzburg. You’ll quickly discover you’re surrounded by endless numbers of things to see and do.

Easily accessible from Salzburg airport, Salzburg is the perfect base for a memorable and unique vacation in Austria any time of the year.

Travelers curious about Salzburg might find it interesting that the region was named after salt trade. You'll learn more fascinating facts about Salzburg as you explore this spectacular region.

Traveling to Salzburg is especially rewarding for anyone eager to connect with locals and learn more about their unique culture and traditions.

Get ready to explore and learn more about the region of Salzburg below!

Top services in Salzburg

Here on this page, you'll find all the top travel services in Salzburg, Austria. Check out the cheapest and most popular flights offered by 372 airlines that fly to Austria. Browse the 247 top-rated tours available to you in Salzburg. Compare the rates and services of the 6 types of places to stay in Salzburg and the 9 car rental companies offering CDW insurance coverage. We make it easy for you to find and book the top services in Salzburg.

Enjoy the convenience of planning and booking every detail of your trip to Salzburg, including flights, accommodations, activities, and more, in one place. Book with Guide to Europe to get an expertly-curated and fully-customizable itinerary and experience the best of Salzburg on your vacation in Austria.

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Learn more about Austria

There are many reasons to visit the region of Salzburg, but a trip to Austria needs no explanation.

Exploring Austria, which spans 83,879 square kilometers, is an adventure of a lifetime. Austria offers an abundance of truly magical places to discover, including cultural, historic, and scenic sites of significant value to both locals and travelers.

As the home country of many world-famous attractions like the spectacular Fortress Hohensalzburg, Mirabell Palace, and the Red Bull Hangar-7, you’re all set for a unique and memorable travel experience in Austria.

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What to see in Salzburg

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Salzburg has something for everyone. Regardless of age and interest, travelers have the best time exploring every corner of the region.

Read on to discover the best places to visit and find out what to expect from the region of Salzburg.

Top attractions in Salzburg

Home to plenty of top attractions, Salzburg is more than just a wonderful region in Austria. Salzburg is a travel hotspot and a great place to experience a mix of the traditional and modern culture of Austria.

One fascinating sight in Salzburg is the unforgettable Fortress Hohensalzburg. Considered one of the most well-known attractions in the region, a visit to this spectacular travel destination is something you shouldn’t miss on your trip to Salzburg. This remarkable attraction is located at Mönchsberg 34, 5020 Salzburg, Austria and is open for visitors Monday - Sunday, between 09:30-17:00.

For more information about what you can expect during a vacation in Austria, check out our list of top attractions in Salzburg below. Discover the best places to visit in Salzburg, including the fascinating Fortress Hohensalzburg, Mirabell Palace, Red Bull Hangar-7, Mozartplatz, and Haus der Natur.

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Things to do in Salzburg

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Enrich your travel experience in Salzburg by joining tours and activities. Salzburg offers an exciting selection of top-rated tours and it's easy for every traveler to find something to their liking. Take the opportunity to catch the top attractions on a tour, stay active with an adventurous excursion, or learn something new about the local history or culture of the region.

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Most popular experiences in Salzburg

Traveling is all about gaining new experiences. You can have that and more in the region of Salzburg.

Salzburg offers numerous tours and activities for travelers to choose from. Bus Tours, Historical Tours, and Private Day Trips are only a few of the many experiences you can book for your holiday in Austria.

Explore the most popular experiences you can join in Salzburg by clicking on one of the top-rated tour categories below.

Top tours & tickets starting in Salzburg

Travelers in Salzburg can choose from 20 categories of top-rated tours and tickets. If you're curious about what the most frequently recommended experiences in the city are, Tours by vehicle is the answer.

The most popular tour in Salzburg is the fantastic Hallstatt from Salzburg - 6-hour private Tour. By joining this highly recommended tour, travelers get to learn more about what makes Salzburg one of the best travel destinations in Austria.

Salzburg also offers plenty of budget-friendly tours and activities that promise travelers a unique experience in the city. The affordable Salzburg Self-Guided Audio Tour is the cheapest tour in the region, and is a popular Historical Tour. This experience costs around 5 EUR and allows travelers a great time in Salzburg. This Historical Tour is available in 9 languages: German, Portuguese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, and Japanese. Around 1 traveler have given this activity an average rating of 1 star out of 5.

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Discover the best things to do in Salzburg. Choose from 247 fantastic tours and activities available in the region.

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Vacation packages in Salzburg

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The best and easiest way to visit Salzburg is by booking a vacation package. A vacation package includes everything you need for a worry-free and perfectly planned holiday in Austria.

Booking a vacation package to Salzburg means spending less time planning and more time enjoying your vacation. A vacation package includes everything from flight tickets, accomodation, and a rental car, to 24/7 personal travel support and a carefully planned travel itinerary. You can also take your vacation in Salzburg to the next level by adding tours, tickets, and activities to each day of your trip.

Apart from providing you with everything you need to travel comfortably, your vacation package to Salzburg is also fully customizable. In other words, you can add or remove services at your own convenience, to create the perfect vacation for you and your travel companions.

On our website, you will find 238 unique vacation packages to Salzburg, including flight tickets, hotel reservations, and recommendations for the best sightseeing spots, restaurants, bars, and activities.

Continue to the next section to learn more about what types of vacations you can book in the region of Salzburg.

Popular types of vacations in Salzburg

The most popular way to experience Salzburg is by visiting the region as part of a road trip across multiple destinations in Austria. However, it is also common for travelers to go to Salzburg on both shorter and longer getaways, to get a break from everyday life, relax, and experience something new.

With Guide to Europe you can find road trips, city breaks, and weekend getaways in Austria, ranging from budget to luxury. Whether you’re planning a multi-day road trip across Austria, or you just want to enjoy a few days exploring Salzburg, there is a vacation package for you.

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Top vacation packages in Salzburg

Travelers have a great selection of vacation packages to choose from in Austria. In fact, you can choose from as many as 238 different top-rated vacation packages to take you to Salzburg, and even more if you expand your search to include a bigger area of Austria.

To help narrow your choices down, here are some of the best vacation packages for exploring the region of Salzburg.

For an epic vacation, discover Salzburg and other top destinations in Austria on a top-rated holiday like the 10-Day Austria Ski Trip to Saalbach from Salzburg. This vacation package provides travelers with tons of opportunities to experience not only the most popular attractions in Salzburg, but also in other top places to visit in Austria. If Schusterkogel, Speicherteich Zwölferkogel, Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn, Bergkristall Museum, and Reiterkogelbahn are on your bucket list, this is the perfect vacation package for you.

If you would like to go on a budget vacation in Salzburg, book the popular Cheap 3-Day Austria City Break in Salzburg and spend as little as 308 EUR. This vacation will take you on a journey to experience some of the most incredible attractions and sights in Salzburg, including the fantastic Stiegl-Brauwelt, Red Bull Hangar-7, Mirabell Palace, Linzer Gasse Platzl, and Mozartplatz.

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Discover and compare 238 vacation packages that take you to the wonderful region of Salzburg.

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How to get to Salzburg

To get to the region of Salzburg the fastest way possible, travelers from outside Austria can travel by plane. International travelers can fly to Salzburg by booking flights with any of the 51 airlines that offer direct flights to Salzburg airport. Some airlines that operate flights to Salzburg airport are United Airlines, Ryanair, Delta Air Lines, Turkish Airlines, and British Airways. Go to this page to compare all flights to Salzburg.

To reach the region of Salzburg, travelers can choose from various airport transfer options available at Salzburg airport.

If you're looking for the best flight ticket deals to Salzburg, knowing the cheapest travel time and which airlines offer the most affordable flights is helpful. Luckily, we have this information for you. Discover more about the cheapest and most popular flights to Salzburg airport and Salzburg below.

Find cheap flights to Salzburg

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Over the years, more airlines have started offering flexible and direct flights to Salzburg, making it one of the most accessible travel destinations in Austria. However, it is usually cheaper to fly to Salzburg, Austria, in May.

The cheapest one-way flight to Salzburg costs around 23 EUR and is offered by the airline Ryanair.

The cheapest round-trip flights to Salzburg cost approximately 116 EUR in total. The departure flight leaves on March 30 and the return flight is scheduled on March 9. The flight time is around 5 hours per way.

The return flight is operated by Vienna International Airport.

Use the search tool below to find the cheapest flights to Austria and the region of Salzburg from your city of departure.

Popular flights to Salzburg

Travelers visiting Salzburg in Austria can fly to Salzburg airport directly from 2005 destinations worldwide.

The three most popular routes to Salzburg airport and the region of Salzburg in Austria depart from Salzburg airport in Salzburg, Austria, Albany airport in Albany, Australia, and Greenville–Spartanburg International airport in Greenville, the United States.

Travelers can fly to Austria by choosing from from 3 weekly flight(s) from Salzburg; from 1 weekly flight(s) from Albany; and from 1 weekly flight(s) from Greenville.

The airline that operates most flights to Austria is Cambodia Angkor Air. Cambodia Angkor Air offers 1 scheduled flight routes to Austria.

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Where to stay in Salzburg

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An essential factor to consider when traveling to a new place or country is accommodation. While visiting a region as fantastic as Salzburg is always exciting, any avid traveler knows that accommodations often make or break the vacation experience.

The best place to stay in Salzburg usually depends on travelers' needs and preferences. However, booking accommodation in downtown Salzburg offers a ton of benefits.

Staying at the heart of the region allows you to easily walk to many of the top sights and dining areas in Salzburg and cut down on your travel expenses. Centrally-located accommodations are also an excellent choice for travelers in Salzburg planning to go on a quick tour or drive to the neighboring regions.

In Salzburg, you'll find 6 different types of places to stay catering to every taste, budget, and reason for travel. For example, honeymooners or travelers on a romantic getaway in Austria can experience the ultimate relaxation at one of the 5-star or 4-star hotels in Salzburg. Travelers whose purpose is sightseeing can also find plenty of mid-range hotels to budget-friendly accommodations in the region, allowing access to many of the top attractions in Salzburg.

Learn more about the most popular places to stay and the top-rated hotels in Salzburg in the next sections.

Popular types of accommodation in Salzburg

A trip to the fascinating Salzburg, Austria, means opportunities to relax at any of the 6 different types of places to stay in the region. Overall, travelers can choose from the following: 262 hotels, 104 vacation rental apartments, 10 cottages, 3 hostels, 3 guesthouses and 2 bed & breakfasts. While each type offers varying amenities and rates, there is no denying that Salzburg provides a great selection of lodging options ready to cater to every kind of guest.

Among all these choices available in the region, Altstadt Hotel Hofwirt Salzburg is one of the top picks of travelers in Salzburg.

The hotel is located at Schallmooser Hauptstraße 1 and boasts many great utilities, including Air conditioning, Airport shuttle, and Bar.

Budget accommodations are also incredibly popular among travelers in Salzburg. Cheaper alternatives allow travelers to save on accommodation costs and have more to spend on other experiences.

In Salzburg, travelers looking for an economical yet top-rated place to stay usually choose a&o Salzburg Hauptbahnhof. For approximately 27 EUR, guests can book a comfortable Unknown at this popular hotel.

Below is a list of all 6 different types of places to stay in Salzburg. Select the type you prefer to compare options under each category and find the best accommodation.

Top hotels in Salzburg

Hotels are travelers' go-to accommodations in Salzburg for the unique experience they provide. So if you're the kind of traveler who prefers staying at hotels, you'll be glad to know that the region is home to around 384 hotels.

Besides offering basic amenities, many hotels in Salzburg provide meals and extras, such as shuttle services, spa facilities, tour desks, and other services. But because not all hotels in Salzburg are created equal, finding the best in the region often requires careful research. For your convenience, we've done all the research to make it easier for you to check out all the top hotels in Salzburg.

Radisson Blu Hotel Altstadt offers the most luxurious rooms and is perfect for travelers looking for the ultimate 5-star hotel experience in Salzburg. If comfort, convenience, and affordability are your non-negotiables, check out H+ Hotel Salzburg, the top 4-star hotel in the region. When all you need is a pleasant place to rest and sleep in between your activities in Salzburg, the highest-rated 3-star hotel, Altstadt Hotel Hofwirt Salzburg, is for you.

Below is our hand-picked list of the best hotels in the Salzburg. Travelers are encouraged to book early as these hotels quickly reach capacity.

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Use the Accommodation Search tool below to find available stays in the region of Salzburg on specific dates. This handy feature also allows you to compare prices and amenities.

Enter the preferred check-in and check-out dates. Then, select the number of guests and rooms. Click the Search button to find all the available hotels and places to stay in the region of Salzburg that match the information provided.

Car rental in Salzburg

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Experience the freedom and convenience of a self-drive vacation by renting a car for your adventures in Salzburg. Salzburg has 9 car rental companies ready to provide you with the perfect vehicle for your travels.

Automatic cars for rent in Salzburg start from 44.07 EUR per day or 308.46 EUR per week. The cheapest automatic rental car is an Opel Crossland Aut.

If you prefer driving a manual car, you’ll find multiple options for rent in Salzburg, starting from 20.33 EUR per day or 142.3 EUR per week. The cheapest manual rental car is a Suzuki Swift.

Learn more about the different types of cars you can rent in Salzburg, Austria, below.

Popular types of car rental in Salzburg

Discover and choose from our broad range of popular car rental options in the region of Salzburg to find the best car for your travel plans. Travelers in Salzburg can choose from small cars, medium cars, large cars, estate cars, mini vans, SUVs, convertibles, premium cars, camper vans, mini campers, vans, cars. All car rentals come with CDW insurance for added protection throughout your trip.

Renting a car is a popular choice among travelers who want to explore Austria at their own pace. The most popular type of car rental among small groups of travelers in Salzburg is a TopLevel.

Another very popular type of car to rent in Salzburg is a TopLevel. This car is particularly popular among couples and solo travelers touring the region of Salzburg.

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Get ready to hit the road and explore the beautiful region of Salzburg. Find the best deals on a variety of popular car rentals in Salzburg, Austria, or any other destination in Europe by using the search tool below.

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Popular destinations to visit after Salzburg

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The region of Salzburg is just one of the many unique and scenic destinations you can visit in Austria. So if you're itching for another cultural adventure, a relaxing road trip, an action-filled city break, or a memorable weekend getaway, know that Austria has it all.

Austria is calling, and the country is asking you to experience its culture and diversity to the fullest! Take the opportunity to visit other captivating places in Austria that are as magical as the region of Salzburg. The most popular travel destinations in Austria are listed below. Click on the name of the place you want to explore next to learn more about it.

All the best destinations in Austria

When unsure of where to go next, use the map below. This map shows the locations of all the best destinations in Austria. Use the map to plan your trip and find the best routes.

Domestic flights from Salzburg

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A taste of Austria through a visit to Salzburg can often reignite a traveler's passion for adventure. When this happens, the best way to satisfy this wanderlust is to book a domestic flight from Salzburg to another remarkable destination in Austria.

To begin your search for the best or cheapest flights from the region of Salzburg to other spectacular locations in Austria, jump to the last section of this travel guide.

Popular domestic flights from Salzburg

Travelers in Austria can catch flights to domestic airports in Vienna, Linz, Klagenfurt, Innsbruck, and Graz. Domestic flights in Austria are operated by 11 airlines: Ryanair, Transavia, British Airways, Lufthansa, and easyJet. There are around 22 scheduled flight routes operating to Salzburg on a weekly basis.

From Salzburg, travelers can book scheduled flights to 5 domestic destinations. The most popular flights from Salzburg depart to many top-rated destinations in Austria and are offered by Ryanair, Transavia, and British Airways.

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Traveling to another city or region in Austria? Use the flight search tool below to quickly find the cheapest one-way or round-trip flights from Salzburg to different local destinations.

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