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What to do in Salzburg in 24 Hours


Sometimes, we may not have as much time as we would like for our holiday. Some tourists go on ‘weekend shotgun trips’ which will only allow them a day worth of viewing. However, in the case that you are short on time, there are still some ways for you to experience the best of Salzburg in only 24 hours. You just need to know where to start!

Getting There and Around

From the moment you landed, the clock has already started ticking. In order to ensure that you are not wasting time, you better ensure your means of transportation beforehand. Forget the public taxi line outside the airport. Those are always crowded and overly expensive, making you pay thrice the worth for a car that you’ve waited for 30 minutes. Your best bet would be to book some private Salzburg airport transfer services that will be waiting for you when you land. You have the option of picking your vehicle of choice depending on the number of people you are travelling with, and you may also get some cheap prices if you choose the right company. Fast and efficient, you may also get inside tips from the drivers!

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First Part of the Day

With a map and some Euros in hand (and maybe a Salzburg Tourist Card), you will want to start by visiting Mozart’s birthplace in the Old Town. It’s easy to spot: just look for a big, yellow painted block with “Mozart’s Geburtshaus” written on it. You will also find a museum with everything you need to know about Mozart’s life, riddled with souvenirs. From there on, you can go Salzburg Fortress and enjoy the view over the town.

Next Stop, Salzburg Cathedral, which is just a short distance away. It’s a very intricate baroque-style building, and it is also the place where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was baptized. After this, you may want to stop for lunch at one of the local shops.

Second Part of the Day

After you have filled your stomach with a dose of energy, the next step would be the Mozartplatz. It’s a very good place to shoot some photos, considering that the largest statue of Mozart in town can be found there. Close enough, you can find the Salzburg Museum, which you can either enter for a fee or with a tourist card. It’s a great place where you can learn about the history of Salzburg. From here, you can head towards the Mirabell Gardens and Palace, to enjoy the stunning views.

Lastly, before you tuck yourself into your bed at the hotel, make sure to take a glass of wine and gaze over the town. If you are lodging at Hotel Stein, you may want to go on the rooftop bar, which will give you an even more impressive view. Taking a sip of your drink and gazing at the Mozartsteg Bridge from afar, you can now congratulate yourself for managing to visit the best of Salzburg in only a day.

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