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Hiring a car from Salzburg airport

Pick up your hire car at Salzburg airport and head for this picture-perfect city with a sprinkling of fairy dust on top.

60-second guide to Salzburg airport

in its own head

"We're a city straight out of a fairy tale, with chocolate trees that you can eat and grass made of sugarplum fairy dust!"

but more realistically

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.

the vibe

Clean air, and clean living. It's a great city to wander around at a snail's pace. It's all about relaxing.

the natives

Living in such a picturesque city, the locals are understandably kind and well natured.

the weather

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.

the local speciality

There are plenty of modern restaurants serving excellent food, but the brave tourist should really try some Old Salzburg garlic soup.

the celebrity

One man totally dominates the history of Salzburg - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The composer's spirit echoes through the streets of the city.

did you know?

Much of the film The Sound of Music was shot in and around Salzburg.

they say

“Framed by mountains, crowned by the Hohensalzburg Fortress and divided by the turquoise Salzach River, the Salzburg landscape is pure drama.” – Frommer’s

5 to see in town...

1. Salzburg Fortress

This fortress is so impressive - and so effective - that it's never been seized in its thousand-year history.

where to park?

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.

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2. Mirabell Palace and Gardens

A kindly prince's gift to his mistress, this is one fantastic present. A gorgeous building with gardens full of posies and water features.

where to park?

There is a free on-site car park.

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3. Mozart's Geburtshaus

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.

where to park?

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.

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4. St Peter's Abbey

This huge church has been around since 696 AD and the rumour is that Mozart used to play its organ.

where to park?

Free street parking is available on St Peter's Bezirk off Erzabtei St Peter, which charges a daily rate of €13.

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5. Salzburg Cathedral

Another impressive religious building, this also has a Mozart connection: he was baptised here.

where to park?

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.

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and 4 to drive to...

1. Zauchensee Lake

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.

how to get there?

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.

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2. Bad Gastein

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.

how to get there?

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.

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3. Kitzbühel

One of the most famous resorts in the world, Kitzbühel has some seriously fast runs where top racers can hit speeds of almost 90mph.

how to get there?

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.

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4. Grossarl

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.

how to get there?

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.

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