Salzburg Car Rental

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The beautiful Austrian city of Salzburg will be immediately familiar to anyone who’s seen The Sound of Music. Located near the German border, and home to some 150,000 people, Salzburg is the fourth-largest city in the country. Renowned for its baroque architecture, which is among the best preserved in the world, Salzburg may be remarkably compact, but it certainly packs in the sights, being Mozart’s home town, as well as housing a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city’s name means ‘Salt Fortress’, a name that came about during the 8th century, when the city’s breathtaking Salzach River was a prime salt trade route.

Things to Do in Salzburg

Your first stop should definitely be a visit to Salzburg’s ‘Old Town’, taking in the historic shop signs of Getreidegasse. This part of Salzburg, with its glorious baroque buildings, is one of the best-preserved city centres in the German-speaking world and was rightly listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Known as the Florence of the North or the German Rome Salzburg is a real art lover’s dream – make a beeline for the Modern Art Museum, the Museum of Natural History and the Residence Gallery. And for music lovers, Mozart’s birth house and his place of residence are both open to the public. For the best views in the city, it’s well worth making the climb up to Hohensalzburg Fortress to gaze out over the Alps – and concerts are held here regularly too.

Top 3 Must See: Salzburg

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    A stroll along the Salzach River

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    Hohensalzburg Fortress

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    Mozart’s Geburtshaus (Mozart\'s birth house)

Driving Around Salzburg

Salzburg is well connected to both Vienna and Munich via the autobahns A8 (Munich - Salzburg) and A1 (Salzburg - Vienna). Be aware that there is an Austrian Motorway \"Vignette\" you have to purchase to drive on the motorways, with the price varying depending on whether you buy a yearly or 10 day vignette. As the city is so compact, Salzburg can be a tight squeeze for the unfamiliar driver, with tiny old street signs not helping any. But with a good Sat Nav you’ll be fine, although you may prefer to park in the city centre and explore more freely on foot. Also, if you’re travelling in winter, be prepared to encounter some snow!

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