5 hours in Salzburg – Mini Guide

 
My travel buddy @burningblonde and I were planning to squeeze 3 Austrian cities in a 3 days trip, sounds insane – come on, some people spend their entire 2-weeks holiday at one resort doing f* all, but yeah, here’s me, always hungry for new adventures.There’s a great train connection between Innsbruck and Hallstatt (via Salzburg) and we really hoped we’d make it – but considering that the train from Innsbruck to Hallstatt takes over 5 hours and we only had 1 day for this trip, it just seemed pointless, we wouldn’t have enough time to see both cities so we decided to spend a day in Salzburg instead, as it was closer to Innsbruck.

We spent a few hours in Salzburg and really enjoyed it, so here’s all you need to know about the journey and places to see!

How to get to Salzburg from Innsbruck?

I don’t recommend renting a car in Innsbruck/Salzburg, public transport there is very convenient and cheap. I do however recommend getting an ”All Inclusive tourist card (Innsbruck Card or Salzburg Card) which not only enables you to use public transport for free but also gives you a free access to most of the tourists places (cathedrals, churches, museums etc.)

I personally love travelling by train as it reminds me of my teenage years in Poland and that once upon a time I used to be this ”girl on the train” observing world through the window.

Here’s how to get from Innsbruck to Salzburg by train:

From ”Innsbruck HBF” station, get an express train to ”Salzburg HBF” (main train station in Salzburg). The journey takes around 2 hours so make sure you reserve a seat as at peak times the train gets very crowded. Best way to buy your tickets and reserve a seat is online, but you can also get them from a ticket machine at the station. Booking on the day of travel is likely to be more expensive, so it is worth booking in advance if you can to save money. We bought our tickets on a very last minute at the station and paid 24 Eur (one way) per person.

Things to see

Please bear in mind this guide is based on our 5hr visit and there’s still lots of places we’ve missed due to lack of time, however if you’re planning to spend a few days in Salzburg, here’s a travel guide to Salzburg: Salzburg.info

Salzburg, also known as ”Salt Castle”, Mozart’s birthplace or ”City of churches” – is the fourth largest city in Austria, and you notice the difference after visiting Innsbruck which seems so tiny in comparison with Salzburg 🙂

Few of the most iconic places to see in Salzburg are: the Mozart’s birthplace & Mozart’s residence, historic Hohensalzburg Fortress and Mirabell Palace & Gardens – especially during spring/summer when the gardens are blooming – pretty much a fairytale view – literally, because you can see the Hohensalzburg castle from there.

The garden’s are open to the public and free to access.

What I love about Salzburg is that you don’t need a plan, you don’t have to follow the map to see its true beauty – because to discover the city, sometimes you have to get lost in it. All these narrow streets that can’t be reached by car, often lead to the most charming places.

There’s a reason behind Salzburg being called a ”City of churches”, there are SO many churches and cathedrals you’ll need at least a couple of days to see them all. (Südliche Dombögen, Salzburg Cathedral, Stift St. Peter Salzburg / Erzabtei Sankt Peter)

On the way to the Hohensalzburg Fortress you’ll cross the Kapitelplatz square – a market with souvenir shops and traditional food booths. Make sure you try the local pretzels, they’re so delicious!

You can get to the top of the castle by walk or a cable railway (Festungsbahn Cable Railway). Price list & opening times: here
This place is something you can’t miss, the panoramic view is just breathtaking!

If I had to choose between Innsbruck and Salzburg – I would say Innsbruck is an ideal place for those seeking quiet, relaxed holidays while Salzburg is more lively, has more tourist attractions. I liked Salzburg, but Innsbruck will always have a special place in my heart – perhaps because I have dreamed of Innsbruck for so long, however Salzburg is a place you must visit – even for a day.

Read my Innsbruck Guide

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