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Exploring Salzburg and surrounds with disabled friend (limited walking)

Jun 28, 2009  I was responsible for organising the trip and ensuring limited walking and stair climbing was required for my friend who has painful knees. back and hips.
4.5 of 5 stars based on 1 vote

Sightseeing over 4 days, including overnight trip to Halstatt, drive to Berchtesgarden, Untersberg and exloring the city of Salzburg.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Salzburg, Hallstatt
  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing
  • Appeals to: Business travelers, Seniors
  • 1. Halstatt

    We went on the Salzwelten tour at Halstatt. There are two other 'Salzwelten' tours in the region. The one at Hallein has a lake within the mountain to boat across and the celtic village nearby to visit which I believe is interesting. We chose Halstatt as I wanted to provide my friends with a typical Austrian village by the lake expereince. It is beatufiful.
    The Salzwelten tour costs ?22 per adult and lasts about an hour.You learn about the whole salt mining history and process. There is a car park at the base of the mountain ?6 for 6 hours. First you catch a cable car up the mountain. You then take an elevator and then walk up a wll gravelled path to the entrance of the salt mine. It took us at least 10 minutes to walk this bit. This was quite a challenge for my friend who has hip and knee problems however she has perserverance! There are interesting artifacts along the way and the walk is over an old burial ground (really old). There is a little hut with a skeletan on display. Once you have made it up the path you enter the cafe, ticket area, change and cloak room and start of the tour. Everyone is given a coat and trouser outfit to cover and protect their clothes in the mine. We looked like escaped convicts! Your bags are left in a supervised cloakroom. You can take a camera with you if you have a sealable pocket, small carry case or lanyard. I recommend wearing shoes and socks. I turned up in sandals. Whilst it was OK, socks would have been more comfortable. The tour guide takes you up more steps to the entrance of the mine. The tour is in English and German. The tour guide repeats everything. There is a long walk into the mine before the start of the tour. Its quite interesting. You get to slide down wooden miner slides (there are optional steps) its actually fairly safe and your photo is taken on the second one. Kids love it. A little tug with trailer and benches takes you out of the mine, sitting height only. I would highly recommend this, it was fun and my friends in their late sixties enjoyed it. Make it more fun for the kids and give them wind up torches on a string or get them those glow sticks to wear as braclets.

  • 2. Hohen Festung

    Salzburg's fortress overlooking the city. We bought the Salzburg two card for 32E its great value and you can use if for the return trip up to the castle via the furnicular. You need to show the cashier your Salzburg card in order that they print out a ticket for each trip up and down. It is compulsory to go on the audio guided tour if you want to go to the top of the castle. A guide just points you to room from room and you are given an audio guide in your language. I did not find the audio guide that interesting however the view from the top was great and provided a good perspective over the city. Its quite short. You can then wander the fortress on your own which we enjoyed. The state rooms were a favourite. After leaving the fortress via furnicular turn right out of the furnicular station exit and walk up the cobbled street to the Steigl Keller, sit in or outdoors for a snack and bier with a view. Lovely interior. We parked on the marketplatz at the end of Hofstallgasse using a disabled badge.

  • 3. Panorama Tours Original Sound of Music Tour
    Panorama Tours Original Sound of Music Tour, Salzburg

    I debated whether to go on thjs due to the price 37 however it was worth it. I am a bit of a SOM fan and it was a fun tour even if you have no interest in the SOM. Our guide Peter was fun. Look on the website for the list of where you go. In retrospect I might have booked Bobs tours instead as they are small mini buses and it would have meant less climbing up an down steps for my friend. We parked in Auersperstrasse using a disabled parking badge near the Congress Centre. The Mirabell gardens are one block away and the Panorama tour bus tickt office is on the congress end of Rainerstrasse, Mirabell Platz. Take the tour in good humour. You can by a beer or soft drink on board. Worth it.

  • 4. Salzach River Boat tour

    Round trip river boat cruise on Sazach river. We did this as it did not require walking and it was included in the Salzburg Card. It was pretty and scenic but not fabulous. It might be nicer to do the longer journey to Hellbrun Palace.

  • 5. Salzburg - Salzach river walkway markets

    Weekend marketsalong the riverside. Good quality crafts.

  • 6. Untersberg Cable Car and Lunch at the Top
    Untersberg, Salzburg

    We did the drive out to Untersberg and caught the cable car up to the top of the mountain well 1300m, the top is 1805m. It was misty so we did not see too much. But we went to the Hutte / Gasthof which is a 3 minute walk from the cable car station (up the stone path, steep). The wooden Gasthof is lovely and we had fab Goulasch soup and Batwurst, sauerkraut, potatoes and mustard..and Kaiser Karl bier. A great outing.

  • 7. Niemetz Konditorei

    Venerable Cafe. The locals attend here. Neat dress seems usual. Beautiful selection of cakes. Try the Apfel strudel and vanilla sauce, E370 and Cappucino mit Schlag (cream) Viennese style. Beautiful old world decor. Seems to be adults mostly, take aways are available.

  • 8. Hallstatt
    Hallstatt, Upper Austria

    We thought this was a beautiful village. Well worth an overnight stay to enjoy the ambiance. The tourist info office helped us find accommodation. Its 1.5 hours slowly from Salzburg. We stayed at a ferien wohnung by the lakeside, fabulous. We had dinner at the Brau Haus, an old salt store converted into restaurant and accommodation. The food was thoughtful and reasonably priced. The service was a bit lacking, the waiter took plates away before all the party had finished then ignored us for half an hour. The beer garden looks nice for sunny weather. I liked the fish soup, my companion did not, she thought hers had too much potato. Fresh fish is avialble from the lake. Jury is out on that one.

  • 9. ferien wohnung halstatt / holiday home

    We stayed in Manuela's Wohgnung (Haus) 2. It has 80's interior. The Wohnung 1 is far more modern. The kitchen was very well equipped and the flat was comfortable. The bathroom is accessed via the hallway. It has a shower and washing machine in it. The second bedroom (single) is accessed via the main bedroom. So its OK as long as you don't mind walking through the other room for loo runs. Parking within the house grounds. The house is right on the lake, amazing. To get to it drive to the Poliezi station, then turn right. It has ferien wohnung on the side of the house. We had breakfast at the table overlooking the lake. There is a trampoline and summer house. You can walk down the steps to swim. Garden furniture..lovely.

  • 10. holiday apartment Taxham, Salzburg / near the airport

    We stayed here as I wanted an apartment for 3 people that allows a bit of chill space, as we were not going to be going out at night. It is expensive to find somewhere in central Salzburg that also has parking. Taxham is a satelite suburb, very near the airport and motoway so its easy to find. The apartment is located in a clean and tidy housing estate, with gardens. You can hear the planes every now and again but they are not is annoying as anyone that has lived under Heathrow flight path. It was fun to live with locals and not be treated like a tourist. Parking was 10 metres from the front door. There were 6 steps up into the apartment. Nicely furnished with lovely sitting room with big LCS cable tv. Wifi internet. There is the No 20 bus in the stree outside, walk about 30 metres after the Tabak, Bakery and Hair salon. Its a functional practical apartment. if you want something with window boxes and gables, go elsewhere. It was perfect for our needs. No hairdryer and bring soap. There is a Billa and Lidl supermarket nearby. Most shops are shut on sunday so prepare for this. It took 10 minutes to drive to the Hohenfestung or the Congress Centre. Get the large hotel brocure with map from the airport info desk as the free ones in the city are too small to find Taxham. Taxham is also near the Europark shopping centre. Its a practical living suburb nothin fancy. The owner Karin and son Roman are helpful. It would be a good business person base as the second single bed bedroom has an office / desk set up.

  • 11. Augustiner Braustubl
    Augustiner Braustubl, Salzburg

    Go and experience. Free parking for 3 hours. If you like, bring your own picnic to have in the beer hall or garden (bring no drink). Fab food stalls to choose from. Good source of food on a Sunday if you need to get nice takeway items for dinner. Great atmosphere.

  • 12. Helpful Info / Disabled access / Toliets / Parking

    Disabled access: Salzburg is amazingly well set up for a wheelchair user, person with limited walking or frequent toilet user. I was impress by the the number of public WCs around the city. Some you had to pay a donation 20-50c. They were clean! Unlike London public WCs.
    I would recommend downloading the 'barrier free' pdf to Salzburg provided by the tourist office. I used this to work out where I was going to park. The difficulty with the parking map is that you need to get the Salzburg hotel brochure that has the grid with letters and numbers, luckily we got one from the airport by chance however your hotel should provide the brochure. if you are a wheelchair user or require frequent toliet stops you can obtain a special access key from the office (dfferent location than the main tourist info office). Organise in advance.
    Bring a collapsible umbrella in your hold baggage as it does rain quite a bit! Also one of those emergency 'macs' or lightweight raincoats can be useful just in case. Good walking shoes, camera and enthusiasm for coffee and cake breaks! We found the locals unfailingly polite. It is worth learning the tourist basics in German to get you by. I found the drivers civilised. I alsways take a sticky note pad and write a note saying 'keep right' and stick it in the odometer area. Its good just in case! We did a loop drive out through Grodig toward Berchestgarden and back.
    If I was on my own I would have gone to the Public Thermal baths next to Mirabel Schloss and gardens or out in Bad Reichenfall. I ws also keen on the rope access place in Untersberg. We did not go out in the evening to any music events as energy levels tended to cope with 11am- 6pm outing then a home dinner and wine and relax on the sofa watching local cable which was fun.