Rich in musical heritage – and now a popular base for world-class skiing – Salzburg is the perfect destination for both adventure lovers and culture vultures. Nestled on Austria's border with Germany, this historic city is right in the heart of Europe.
Icelandair offers regular flights to Salzburg from Iceland and North America, for travelers to enjoy picturesque Alpine surroundings accompanied by famous music – from Mozart, of course, who was born in Salzburg, and from cult movie ‘The Sound of Music’, which was filmed here.
Before you re-enact movie scenes in Salzburg’s showstopping locales, how about a stopover in Iceland for a dose of Iceland’s renowned music scene? When you book flights to Salzburg with Icelandair, you can stopover in Iceland at no additional cost.
From the grandiose baroque DomQuartier, which combines treasure-filled museums with castle-like interiors, to Mozart’s birthplace at Getridegasse number 9, Salzburg is a hub of Austrian history and culture.
Explore the beautiful and historic Old Town. Venture into the numerous art galleries, boutique stores, and cafes, and marvel at the old merchant homes which date back to the 15th century. Honor the Mozart legacy by savoring one (or more) of the ubiquitous Mozartkugeln, balls of marzipan covered in chocolate.
Why not soak in these city sights from aboard a Fiaker, an old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage, for a truly Austrian experience?
Salzburg is in the heart of Austrian ski country, in the region known as SalzburgerLand. Come winter, there’s a crystal-clear focus on snow-themed Alpine adventures. You wil find big-name ski and snowboarding areas in the vicinity of Salzburg, such as Kitzbühel, Saalbach-Hinterglemm (the fun-sounding ‘SkiCircus’), Zillertal, and Obertauern. There are literally thousands of miles of perfect pistes.
Across the region, top-quality infrastructure caters for all skill levels. New to skiing? There are 110 ski schools. Looking for black runs? Sure, there’s over 200 miles of them. Floodlit slopes? Yes. Family-focused areas? Of course. Want to go glacier skiing, or snowshoeing, or ice-skating on a frozen lake? That's all possible. Plus, there are rustic Alpine huts refueling hungry skiers, and you just know there'll be an après-ski scene to suit.
Taking influence from the cuisines of neighboring countries, Austrian food has gained a reputation for experimenting with locally sourced ingredients and cooking techniques to create delicious dishes.
You may be familiar with the unique Austrian Schnitzel – not to be confused with German Schnitzel – and classic apple Strudel; but the Salzburger Nockerl is an underrated sweet souffle delicacy that you must try on your trip to Salzburg.
If you're visiting Salzburg’s winter markets, enjoy sipping on a mug of Glühwein – warm, sweet, mulled wine that is a staple of the markets. Pick up some Käsekrainer – traditional Austrian sausage with small chunks of cheese – or Pofesen – French toast with an Austrian plum jam twist – to eat as you browse the wares.