Pick up your hire car at Salzburg airport and head for this picture-perfect city with a sprinkling of fairy dust on top.
"We're a city straight out of a fairy tale, with chocolate trees that you can eat and grass made of sugarplum fairy dust!"
Whoa, steady on there. Salzburg is indeed almost perfect to look at, in a very Alpine way, but there are also the very real attractions of its lovingly preserved baroque architecture, imposing fort and romantic river.
Clean air, and clean living. It's a great city to wander around at a snail's pace. It's all about relaxing.
Living in such a picturesque city, the locals are understandably kind and well natured.
It's freezing in winter, but then that's just how you want it if snow-related sports are on the agenda. And even when the white stuff isn't falling, most resorts have snow-making facilities.
There are plenty of modern restaurants serving excellent food, but the brave tourist should really try some Old Salzburg garlic soup.
One man totally dominates the history of Salzburg - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The composer's spirit echoes through the streets of the city.
Much of the film The Sound of Music was shot in and around Salzburg.
“Framed by mountains, crowned by the Hohensalzburg Fortress and divided by the turquoise Salzach River, the Salzburg landscape is pure drama.” – Frommer’s
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This fortress is so impressive - and so effective - that it's never been seized in its thousand-year history.
Park your hire car at the bottom of the hill and either hike up or take the funicular railway. Car parks include Altstadt garage in Monschsberg or the park garage Linzergasse. The maximum daily rate in both is €13.
A kindly prince's gift to his mistress, this is one fantastic present. A gorgeous building with gardens full of posies and water features.
There is a free on-site car park.
As you'd expect, this is one of the real tourist hotspots. It's the building where God's gift to music, Mozart, was born.
The attraction does not have any parking facilities so you should park at the nearest car park in Gstattengasse that charges a maximum of €14 per a day.
This huge church has been around since 696 AD and the rumour is that Mozart used to play its organ.
Free street parking is available on St Peter's Bezirk off Erzabtei St Peter, which charges a daily rate of €13.
Another impressive religious building, this also has a Mozart connection: he was baptised here.
The nearest car park is the Contipark Continentale Parkgaragen in Basteig. It costs €2.40 for the first hour and maximum of €14.39 for a day.
Blessed with some of the earliest and most consistent snow of the season, as well as a beautiful lake, this is a favourite with serious skiers.
You'll be hitting the slopes in under an hour - follow the B150 and merge into the A10 toward Graz/Villach. Take exit 63-Ennstal to merge into the E651 and follow signs to the resort.
Give your weary ski limbs a break in the hot springs of this mountain town. The restorative waters have been healing aches and pains since the Romans discovered them.
Follow the B150 and merge into the A10 toward Graz/Villach. Take exit 46-Knoten Pongau to merge into the B311, then pick up the B167, following signs for Bad Gastein.
One of the most famous resorts in the world, Kitzbühel has some seriously fast runs where top racers can hit speeds of almost 90mph.
It takes an hour and a half to reach the resort by car. Follow the B1/Wiener Bundesstr and merge into the B178/Niederland. Take the ramp to Lienz/Kitzbühel and merge into the B161 to Kitzbühel.
Like baggy jeans and big ruffled hair, this resort is popular with the snowboarding set and, with 80km of piste to play around on, you'll soon see why.
Pick up the A10 toward Graz/Villach and take exit 46-Knoten Pongau to merge into the B311. It takes an hour to reach from Salzburg.
" All vehicles but taxis are forbidden in most of the old town, but it's no problem to just leave your car in one of the car parks in the modern part of Salzburg. Most of the tourist sights are concentrated in a small area so it's easy to walk around. There's also a park-and-ride system which most locals use. But use your hire car to explore the surrounding area, though you should know that if you want to drive on the motorways and expressways you need to display a sticker in your windscreen that can be bought from petrol stations or tobacconists. "