The fourth largest city in Austria, Salzburg is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations alongside Vienna. With spectacular Alpine landscapes, enchanting culture and a location just next to the German border, Salzburg makes for the perfect day trip from Munich.
What to do in Salzburg
The birthplace of Mozart and the filming location for The Sound of Music, Salzburg is home to a wonderful fusion of picturesque historic architecture and breathtakingly beautiful nature. Make sure you don't miss visiting:
- Hohensalzburg Fortress: constructed in 1077, this is one of Europe's largest and best-preserved castles and one of Salzburg's most iconic monuments. You can either hike or take the Festungsbahn funicular railway up to the peak for panoramic views over the city. Inside, marvel at the Medieval decoration of the princely chambers and grimace at the centuries-old torture instruments on display.
- Birthplace of Mozart: opened in 1880, the museum located in the house where the world-renowned composer was born has become a place of pilgrimage for music lovers. Explore rooms still preserved as they were and admire instruments played by the artist himself.
- Salzburg Cathedral: this beautiful Italian Baroque style cathedral is the city's most important religious building. Despite its lengthy history and fair share of fires and destruction, many years of restoration means the Cathedral remains as flawlessly magnificent as ever.
- Hellbrunn Palace: built in 1612 as a summer residence for the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg, Mark Sittich von Hohenems, Schloss Hellbrunn is an architectural delight set in stunning gardens.
- Salzburg Museum: the city's museum offers an excellent overview of Salzburg's history, culture and art, located in the beautifully restored Neue Residenz Palace.
Worth a day trip
If you've got an extra day to spare during your time in Munich, Salzburg is well worth a visit. You'll be captivated by the Medieval, Romanesque and Baroque buildings that line the charming cobbled streets, as well as the stunning mountain scenery surrounding the city.
How to get to Salzburg
There are several ways to reach Salzburg from Munich:
- English language guided tour: by far the easiest and most comfortable way to visit Salzburg from Munich is to book a tour that includes transportation and an English-speaking guide. If you want to experience the best of Salzburg, reserve our reduced group full-day bus trip here. Alternatively, we offer a guided tour by train too.
- Train: the train journey between Munich and Salzburg takes between an hour and a half and two and a half hours each way, and tickets cost between € 30 (US$ 31.50) and € 36 (US$ 37.80) depending on departure time.
- Rent a car: Salzburg is around a two-hour drive from Munich. Follow this link for great car rental deals.