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Sydney, Australia
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How long would you recommend to spend in Salzburg

We are planning on going to Salzburg in January next year as part of our vacation.

I am in the process of working out our itinerary, specifically how long to stay where.

How long would you advise that we would need to spend in Salzburg to see Old Town, and the main sights, cathedrals, ice cave, toy museum, sights from the Sound of Music?

Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Edited: 4:52 am, March 10, 2013
Vienna, Austria
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for Vienna, Austria, Innsbruck
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1. Re: How long would you recommend to spend in Salzburg

Salzburg itself: 1-2 days

Surroundings of Salzburg: 1-4 days (depending on activities chosen)

Ice caves are located in Werfen as well as Obertraun, hence not in Salzburg. Moreover, they are closed in winter.

Sydney, Australia
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2. Re: How long would you recommend to spend in Salzburg

Mikey, thank you very much for that. It helps a lot.

Hong Kong
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3. Re: How long would you recommend to spend in Salzburg

Hihi, we are planning to visit Vienna and Salzburg in mid-September. We plan to stay in Vienna for 6 to 7 days, and 3 to 4 days in Salzburg. Please advise whether this would be an optimal arrangement. And what would you recommend to us to do during our stay in Salzburg? Thank you.

Francis Cheung

Hong Kong

March 11, 2013

Victoria, Australia
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4. Re: How long would you recommend to spend in Salzburg

We spent 5 full days in Vienna and 4 full days in Salzburg (incl. Xmas) and that worked pretty well although I could happily visit both places again and hope to do so.

1 Salzburg day was a full day trip to Ramsau for a Xmas day sleigh ride, another was to the salt mine at Hallein. The rest of the time was happily spent exploring Salzburg, with a large chunk of time spent at the fortress.

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5. Re: How long would you recommend to spend in Salzburg

Number of days you need is the number of days YOU need.

Everybody is different and have different interests.

Assume you are not just flying in to Salzburg from Oz or a day or 2 then flying home so what is your overall itinerary. This will/may have a bearing on what you see/do.

Some people like the city, others spend more time out of it than in it and some do it as a day trip from Munich. Everything depends on you personally.

People staying in Salzburg can spend more time outside it than in it for example


Berchtesgaden is in Germany and the Germany RVO BUS company operate a service from Salzburg to Berchtesgaden.


A day ticket to use all the Berchtesgaden buses including the 840 service is only €9.50 per person

other services of interest

Bus to the Jennerbahn www.jennerbahn.de and Königssee www.koenigssee.de


General list of buses


All the RVO Berchtesgaden buses (except the special Kehlsteinhaus line) are also included on the Bayern Tciket (see below)


You may also be interested in visiting the Herrenchiemsee on Lake Chiemsee. It is another on of König Ludwigs follies (he of Neuschwanstein "Disney castle" fame). Located at Prien am Chiemsee (only 1hr from Salzburg or Munich on the Munich - Salzburg train - again Bayern ticket)



There are various ferry services to the islands. Take the local steam train to the harbour






Easy bus ride from Salzburg to St Gilgen



1h30 on local Regional trains. Can be done using the Einfach Raus ticket. Similar to the Bayern Ticket (see below) but only valid on Regional trains



There is a ticket called the Bayern Ticket. Costs €22 for 1 person then €4 for each additional person up to a total of 5 people. Gives you UNLIMITED use of ALL Regional public transport in Bavaria. Includes ALL Regional trains (includes all Regional trains between Munich and Salzburg - there is a train every hour and the journey takes 2hrs), ALL Regional buses and ALL city transport in Munich, Augsburg and Nürnberg.

Only the fast ICE, IC, EC and RJ Railjet trains are excluded

Valid from 9am weekdays (midnight weekends) until 3am the following morning

Full T&Cs and click on Bayern


Hong Kong, China
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6. Re: How long would you recommend to spend in Salzburg

Many thanks for your advice/information.

Francis Cheung

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7. Re: How long would you recommend to spend in Salzburg

I would spend 3-4 days - it is much smaller than Vienna and in 2 days you can see old town, castle, Schloss Hellbrunn, etc. - the rest depends on your interests - there are lovely lakes and mountains and pretty villages around Salzburg. You can also spend 1 week and see many interesting things.

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