Flights to Salzburg
Salzburg is a beautiful city in Austria located at the northern edge of the Alps, and famous for its scenic alpine setting. With a beautifully preserved old town, scenery, and culture to enjoy in Salzburg this city has something for many different tastes.
In Salzburg, the airport is the W.A Mozart Airport (airport code: SZG) which is also just known as the Salzburg Airport. It’s just 3 kilometres away from the city centre. The only one-stop flights to Salzburg from South Africa are with Lufthansa and South African Airways, and they both have a connection in Frankfurt. If you fly with Virgin Atlantic, you will have to transfer in London as well as in Dusseldorf. British Airways is another choice, they offer a flight to Salzburg going through London and Vienna.
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The Tourist Attractions of Salzburg:
Salzburg is famous for many things including its historical architecture, scenery, culture and its association with The Sound of Music, as any lovers of the film and/or the musical will know! Amongst the many sights and landmarks in Salzburg are the following:
The Old Town
The Old Town is usually the first place visitors to Salzburg will come, and being such a beautiful place this is no surprise! The Old Town of Salzburg is one of the best preserved city centres in the region and is famous for its romantic baroque architecture. The architecture is so good that the Old Town has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. Many of Salzburg’s best sights are here in the Old Town. For example you can see the birthplace and home of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Salzburg’s most famous son!
Salzburg Cathedral is one of the major sights here. It’s a 17th century baroque style church that dominates the Old Town skyline. Nonnberg Abbey is also a dominating landmark. This is a Benedictine monastery and has achieved fame as Maria Von Trapp (inspiration for The Sound of Music) was a teacher at the abbey school.
On a hill overlooking Salzburg Old Town is Hohensalzburg Castle. Meaning ‘High Salzburg Fortress’ this huge complex is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe, and now also one of the best preserved.
Outside the Old Town
Salzburg is not just the Old Town; there are plenty of other impressive sights to see outside of the Inner Old Town area. The Palace of Mirabell and Gardens is another popular and famous attraction. Some scenes from The Sound of Music were filmed here including the fountain where the Do-Re-Mi song was sung. There are other landmarks around Salzburg that feature in the film too, and if you’re interested in seeing them all, the best thing is to join one of the guided tours that take you around all the filming locations.
Mirabell Palace is just one of several palaces in Salzburg. There’s also Schloss Leopoldskron in the south of the city. Schloss Hellbrunn is another, while the beautiful Schloss Klessheim is today a casino.
For a break away from all the buildings and landmarks you can visit Salzburg Zoo. This attractive and fairly large zoo features over 800 animals from 140 different species. There’s a petting zoo for the children and a restaurant where some nice traditional Austrian meals are served.
When Should You Visit?:
For sightseeing you should visit Salzburg in the summer months when temperatures are warm. There’s an average high of 24.4C in July though the summer is the wettest time of year. In the winter temperatures are cool and there’s plenty of snow if you enjoy skiing!