Salzburg Bus Trip
Duration: full day
Salzburg - a city which is inextricably linked with music, whether the classical strains of Mozart or the Rodgers and Hammerstein score of The Sound of Music. The two-and-a-half hour journey normally runs through Söll and St Johann before taking the short cut across Germany and entering Austria again near Salzburg airport.
Most of the bus excursions offer the option of a city guide around Salzburg and, if it is a first visit to the city, it is probably a good idea to take the hour's walk to get an idea of the main sights. The history of the city is an interesting one - ranging from its foundation on the wealth created by local salt deposits to the reign of the archbishops in the Middle Ages.
A central theme in the city is the connection with Mozart, whether it is his birthplace in the Getreidegasse (now a museum), the statue in Mozartplatz, or the ever present Mozartkugels (a chocolate speciality) in the souvenir shops. The Salzburg Festival from late July to late August expands the idea of culture from classical music into theatre and opera.
As in any city, some of the charm is off the beaten track, and it is worthwhile getting away from the main Getreidegasse in the centre and looking into some of the side streets and arcades. The cathedral, built in the 17th century, also provides a welcome respite from the summer crowds - the spacious interior can hold 10,500 people.
Some of the best views of Salzburg are from the other side of the river, where Schloss Mirabell and the Marionette Theatre are also located. The gardens in front of the Mirabell Castle will prompt many to remember the song "Doh Re Mi" from the film of The Sound of Music. Special themed tours are available for any diehard fans.
Anyone feeling energetic might want to walk up to the Hohensalzburg Festung - the fortress which is the landmark of the city. There are terrific views out over the city from the ramparts of one of the few remaining medieval citadels.
Please note that we do not operate or organise any excursions described on this site - they are usually run by British tour companies - and are unable to give any booking information for them as times and dates are only arranged at the start of the summer!
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