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A lovely holiday
Member Name: annav
Advantages: pretty town, loads to see and do
Disadvantages: food expensive in town
I travelled to Salzburg with EasyJet with my partner. We stayed at the Hotel Am Mirabellplatz which was just across the river from the old town. A very safe feeling to walk around at night in the centre of town and near our hotel.
To get to the centre from the airport you just have to take a bus which is free if you buy the Salzburg card at the tourist office at the airport. The card costs 36 Euros for 72 hours as we were there for 3 nights, and starts when you first swipe it. We managed to see the palace outside the city where the sound of music was filmed at the pavillion, go on a boat tour down the river, get on all buses for free, go in the cathedral, the state rooms, go up the funicular to the fortress, and loads of other little museums and things we wouldnt have normally done. My favourite was going to Mozarts birthplace and his fathers first house in Salzburg.
I also managed to see a concert for free as my partner felt tired that evening. A lady came up to me and gave me a flyer for a free concert just down the road from the hotel. It was a choir singing lots of Mozart and was brilliant as the advertised concerts at the fortress cost around 50euro each!
The centre of town is very compact and its impossible to get lost, there are loads of little cafes and restaurants which are quite expensive selling everything from pizza to traditional Austrian food. We ate on our side of the river as it was a lot cheaper for the same type of food, and there seemed to be more locals in the restaurants and bars where we were.
There are loads of hotels everywhere in Salzburg, I booked ours through expedia and hotels.com and it was very easy to find the cheapest one nearest to town. A lot of the hotels also have restaurants attached.
3 days was enough to see pretty much everything in the town centre and one day trip out for an afternoon. If you want to go to the local mountain and go up in a cable car you may need more time. We couldnt do this as it was shut for maintenance the week we were there. Its a great destination for a short break, and the best thing to do for us was to fly to Salzburg, then get a train to Vienna.
Summary: Great for 3 days.