Fly To Salzburg, Austria
Salzburg is arguably one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Carefully preserved, the Austrian city is surrounded by a backdrop of lakes, landscapes and Alpine mountain peaks. Salzburg is the fourth largest city in the country and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 thanks to its baroque architecture.
While the city buzzes with first world European charm, it has remained largely untouched at the foothills of the Alps. Think majestic mountain peaks, dark lakes, phenomenal skiing and a destination worthy of a visit any time of year.
Visa Requirement & SA Embassy Details
- South Africans passport holders travelling to Salzburg do require a prearranged Schengen Visa to enter Austria. You’ll also need to ensure that your SA passport is valid for 6 months from the date of your return and that there are a few pages available for stamps.
- The South African Embassy in Austria is located in Vienna at Sandgasse 33, 1190 Vienna. Phone: +43 1 320 6493.
See and do
Schloss Hellbrun is a popular attraction that was once the summer palace of the Archbishops of Salzburg. It boasts impressive gardens and fountains, perfect for a relaxing stroll or picnic.
Hohensalzburg Fortress is located on top of a mountain and offers amazing views of the city and the Alps. There is an area of the fortress where you can look down on the field below and see just one house – the executioner’s. Within the fortress you will find a museum and public concerts are regularly held at this venue.
For shopping head to Alter Markt Sqaure for old fashioned stores, and if you’re travelling with the family you could spend a day at Salzburg Zoo which has a petting zoo and traditional restaurant. A trip up the Untersberg is also a must. The mountain can be reached by bus, foot path or cable car. There are also a variety of organised tours such as those to the salt mines. You can purchase tickets at the train station and once at the salt mines, don a white overall and ride a trolley into the mine.
Souvenirs to buy in Salzburg include Mozartkugeln (Mozart balls) which are chocolate candies inspired by the famous musician. Musical instruments, antiques and traditional clothing (tracht) are also popular purchases amongst tourists.
Getting around the city on foot is ideal. But if you’d prefer to be taken around Salzburg there is a network of buses called StadtBus. Some are electric powered and others fuel-powered. There are various types of tickets available including a €13.10 ticket that is valid for a week and will cover the entire city. If you need to get around late at night it’s advisable to take a taxi or walk as the last buses tend to travel a few miles out of town.
Another option is the post-buses that leave from the main train station. Alternatively, renting a bike is popular in Austria. There are more than 100 kilometres of bike paths in Salzburg. Not only is biking quicker but it offers a wonderful way to explore the city.
Salzburg W. A. Mozart Airport – SZG
Named after Salzburg-born composer, Mozart; Salzburg Airport is just 3 kilometres from the city centre and is the second largest airport in Austria.
Food and beverage: Enjoy a local beer in the Stiegl Terminal before boarding your flight or after landing in Terminal 1. You can also purchase beer and other merchandise to take home.
Lost Luggage: Should you need to report lost or damaged luggage you can do so at your airline’s Lost & Found counter in the arrivals hall.
Car Hire: Hertz, Sixt, Sunny Cars, Avis, Buchbinder, Europcar, Megadrive Autovermietung.
Airport Hub: Salzburg Airport (code SZG) is a hub for the Austrian Airlines Group.