Passengers on flights to Salzburg are in for a treat as their plane descends over the Alps into the city’s airport – the aerial view provides a breathtaking vista of the city’s famed baroque architecture and stunning natural setting. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed old town has remained miraculously unchanged since the boyhood of one of its most famous exports, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. But Salzburg is far from trapped in the past – today’s city has a thriving student population, a sprinkling of award-winning new landmarks and some of the best shopping and dining outside Vienna.
Salzburg enjoys a typical continental European climate, with warm, sunny summers, wet spells, and snow and frost in winter. The peak season occurs in July and August, when music-lovers from all over the world converge on the city for its famous summertime music and drama festival. A smaller festival is also held each Easter. If you’re searching for cheap tickets to Salzburg, you’re unlikely to find the best bargains at festival time. Go out of season, when the tourist crowds have departed, to enjoy the city at a more tranquil pace and take advantage of the most competitive deals on flights and accommodation.
UK flyers are spoilt for choice when it comes to looking for return flights to Salzburg. During the winter months, popular low-cost carrier EasyJet flies from London Gatwick, London Luton, Bristol and Liverpool direct to Salzburg. Their blue-and-yellow-liveried competitor Ryanair has departures from London Stansted all year round, and Monarch Airlines offers a charter option from Birmingham. If you don’t mind a pit stop along the way, Airberlin and Austrian Airways operate one-stop flights from Heathrow.
Salzburg Airport is just a couple of miles from the city centre, so onward transport is cheap and plentiful. Hop on a trolleybus and be at the main railway station in less than 20 minutes; here you can link into the convenient and efficient public-transport network to travel around the city or explore further afield. If you feel like splashing out a little, the taxi stand situated immediately outside the airport terminal is lined with smart cabs that will whisk you straight to your hotel.
From Mozart to the von Trapp family, the storied streets of Salzburg have been alive with the sound of music since time immemorial. Its glorious palaces, grand halls and elegant theatres seem custom-made for concerts. Even outside of festival time there’s always a packed programme – to find out what’s on during your visit, head to the tourist office, appropriately situated in Mozartplatz. Pay homage to the musical genius himself at his birthplace on Getreidegasse, then make the music even sweeter with a gooey slice of Sacher Torte in Hotel Sacher, one of the few places in the world authorised to sell Austria’s most famous lip-smacking treat.
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