Suggested Itinerary: Salzburg for a Week & longer
Salzburg is a city with a clearly outlined city centre (the Altstadt or Old Town) and offers plenty of things to do and see for a couple of days. However, if you stay longer than three days, there is an obvious trade-off between the city and going into the surroundings. There are several great destinations for day-trips that we would recommend for the time following day three of your Salzburg vacation. For suggestions for the first three days of your stay, have a look at our suggested 3-day-itinerary.
For excursions to the surroundings, two things are clearly at the top of the list: The Salzkammergut lake district with towns such as Mondsee, St. Gilgen or St. Wolfgang; and the ancient salt mines of Hallein. Both places are covered by organised trips that you can book as packages with several tour operators in Salzburg; however, for the Salzkammergut your own car would be nice, for Hallein, public means of transport should do.
During the summer, you might want to combine a visit in the Salzkammergut with some hiking or swimming in Lake Fuschlsee, the most beautiful lake of the region (by general agreement among the Visit-Salzburg.net editorial team).
Day-Trips & Excusions in the Surroundings of Salzburg
Other day trips and excursions: Note the Silent Night chapel in Oberndorf or the Fortress Hohenwerfen with the famous Ice Caves nearby in the town of Werfen, south of Salzburg. It is accessible via trains from Salzburg. Note also the hugely popular day-trips to nearby Berchtesgaden for the Eagle′s Nest or Kehlsteinhaus; and Lake Königssee. It can be combined with a visit to Bad Reichenhall. A bit further away but very impressive and rewarding for a day-trip is the National Park Hohe Tauern and the Großglockner Hochalpenstraße, a panorama road with stunning vistas on Austria′s highest mountains and several glaciers.
During the winter, you can of course look into arrangements for skiing vacations to supplement your sightseeing experience. Spa hotels and thermal springs can supplement a sportive vacation. Note the spas of Bad Vigaun near Salzburg, but also in the Gasteinertal and in areas nearby in Bavaria and Upper Austria.
For hiking, all of the surroundings offer plenty of attractive destinations - many of which are accessible by public means of transport. Just ask at the tourist information centre in Salzburg. For inspirations on other places in the surroundings of Salzburg, have a look at our overview on communities in Salzburg: Here you will find short articles for all municipalities of the province.
Salzburg Itinerary suggestions from the tourist info office
Itineraries for Day-Trips from Salzburg