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Getting around Salzburg

Public transport

CityBus (StadtBus) (tel: +43 662 4480 1500; www.salzburg-ag.at/verkehr/obus) has a comprehensive bus route network covering Salzburg and its environs. During weekdays, buses leave every 10 minutes, 0630–2000, and slightly less frequently early in the morning and late in the evening. Services are less frequent at the weekends, particularly on Sundays.

In addition to single-fare tickets, you can buy 24-hour cards, which give access to the whole transport system in Salzburg. For a stay of more than three days, it makes economical sense to buy a weekly pass (Wochenkarte). There is also the SalzburgCard, which is made especially for tourists and is valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours. It allows admission to top attractions and gives unlimited access to public transport.

Taxis

There is no shortage of taxis in Salzburg, though they are quite expensive and it’s often easier to walk most places. Salzburger Funktaxivereinigung (tel: +43 662 8111) is a recommended taxi firm.

Driving

Driving around Salzburg is fairly straightforward, if a little pointless given the size of the historic centre and quality of the public transport links. The volume of traffic is steadily increasing and there are limited places to park. Also bear in mind that if you go on any Austrian motorway, you need to buy a toll sticker available at petrol stations, kiosks and toll stations.

Car hire

Car hire is available from most of the major international companies, including Avis (tel: +43 662 877 278; www.avis.at), Hertz (tel: +43 662 876 674; www.hertz.com) and Sixt (tel: +43 810 977 424; www.sixt.com).

Bicycle hire

Salzburg is a great place for cycling. Movelo (www.movelo.com/de/weitere-stationen-in-salzburg) has a handful of stations across the city where you can hire electric bikes. 

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Hotel Bristol

Looming over the river this stately property preserves the feel of a classic 19th-century hotel. First built in 1619 it opened for guests in the late 1800s and was the first hotel to have electricity in the city – earning it the name 'Electric Hotel'. It has hosted everyone from monarchs to Sigmund Freud. Today expect a blend of traditional atmosphere with contemporary service.

Castellani Parkhotel

Ideally located hotel on the edge of the Old Town, this handsome hotel has comfortable, modern rooms and top facilities including a fitness centre and steam room. The breakfast is a vast buffet, which includes cooked food, and the restaurant is pleasant. For extra luxury, try one of the 15 suites that are based in its 17th-century priory.

Hotel Stein

One of the hottest hotels in town is, without doubt, Hotel Stein. Commanding terrific views of the river and reached by bridge from the Old Town, it combines sexy modernity with classic style. Boasting a history dating back to 1399, its rooms range from the glamorous to the super-chic.

Yoho

Among the cheapest digs in town, Yoho is perhaps the most unique lodging in Salzburg. The rooms are comfortable and boast impressive mountain views, while the bar is always busy with young backpackers. What’s more, The Sound of Music is screened every day at 7pm in the TV room – take that as you will.

Hotel Goldener Hirsch

The hotel of choice for celebrities and royalty over the years, the Goldener Hirsch (the Golden Stag) is a Salzburg institution. Highly exclusive yet exuding genuine hospitality, the hotel has a unique old-world atmosphere combining the rustic with the luxurious. The hotel boasts two superb restaurants and a wonderfully decorated bar.

Wolf-Dietrich Hotel

The Wolf-Dietrich Hotel comprises the Altstadthotel and the Residenz, two houses that face each other near the city centre. In addition to being very comfortable, it is also healthy and environmentally friendly, being powered only by green electricity, serving organic food in the restaurant and incorporating feng shui into the design.