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Transportation and Accommodations

Getting there

We took a train from Munich to Salzburg that took about 1.5 hours. We booked it through EUrail/railjet ahead of time to make sure we had spots as with this train, you had assigned seat assignments. They physically sent the tickets to us in the mail so make sure to do this ahead of time if this is what you chose to do

There is a small airport here too, but do not know what direct flights exist

Getting around

Walkable city

The only time we used the bus (which was easy), was to get to Hellbrunn Palace and to get to and from the train station

Things to do and see

Mirabell Gardens and Palace

Sound of Music fountain is here

Palace open until 4 pm on weekdays

Gardens open daily until dusk


Shopping street

Pretty and cute signs above each storefront

Hohensalzburg Fortress

You can walk up from the bottom of town

You can take a funicular up to the top

You can walk from the viewpoint at Monchserg and make it most of the way up

We did this and it was very nice

When facing away from the city, take a left and follow the path to the fortress

Salzburg Cathedral
Old Town (The Altstadt)
Residenzplatz (city center)
Makartsteg Bridge

Bridge with some locks on it

Mozart’s birthplace
Monchserg View

Take the elevator from the bottom of the Modern art museum to the top for a nice panoramic view of the city. There is also a restaurant up here if you would like.

Peter’s Church
Peter’s Cemetery

This was cool as each grave is different and decorated. The fencing on some of the graves inspired one of the scenes in Sound of Music (when the family is hiding at the end)

Day trip to Hallstatt

If you are not staying there, this is a MUST!

Augustiner Brau Beer Garden

This is actually in a monastery (did not know this when we went there), but there’s a nice outdoor beer garden


Another mountain with a nice view (this was my least favorite view)

We took the stairs up from one of the streets Linzergrasse

Mozart’s Residence
Nonnberg Abbey

The Sound of Music Abbey

Sound of Music Tours

We decided to do it on our own and found these locations:

Nonnberg Abbey: The Abbey

Mirabell Palace Gardens: Pegasus fountain

Some of the ‘Do Re Mi’ song was recorded here

Hellbrunn Palace: Gazebo

Saint Peter’s Cemetery: inspiration for the scene where the Von Trapps are hiding from the Nazis at the end of the movie

Panorama Tours comes highly recommended if you want an organized tour

Hellbrunn Palace

Sound of Music Gazebo is here

Trick fountain tour (30 minutes; plan on getting a bit wet if you do this. You can get soaked if you choose. It’s not necessary, but we had some time to kill so we made our way over to the palace on a hot day)

Getting there: catch Bus 25 and take it towards Hellbrunn Palace. It takes about 20-25 minutes from the city center depending on where you get on. We purchased a 24-hour student bus ticket at the station we waited at (validate it when you get in the bus for the first time with the ticket). It was very easy to figure out, just make sure you are at the correct bus stop (bus is going the direction you need to go).

Untersberg Mountain

10-minute cable car up or you can hike it for a view of Salzburg

Note: supposedly cooler and windier at top so bring appropriate clothing

Food and Drink Recommendations

Schatz Konditorei

Bakery off of Getreidgasse

They sell Sachertorte which is a special type of chocolate cake that was invented in Austria

Augustiner Brau Beer Garden

Other Notes

You can also just do a daytrip from Munich or Vienna. However, we wanted to visit Hallstatt, a small Austrian town outside of Salzburg so we decided to stay 2 nights in Salzburg