Salzburg: City & Province
Every year the spirit of Mozart and the charming, historic city center attract hordes of visitors from all over the world to Salzburg. Apart from the City of Salzburg itself, there is a lot to do and see in the surrounding area as well. Explore such wonders of nature as the Königssee and Raggingersee lakes, do not miss out on local traditions and cultural events, marvel at all the historic buildings, and experience rural life in the nine villages surrounding the city of Salzburg: Anthering, Bergheim, Elsbethen, Elixhausen, Eugendorf, Großgmain, Grödig, Wals-Siezenheim and Hallwang. Untersberg on the outskirts of Salzburg lends itself to walking, hiking and climbing, skiing and backcountry skiing. Gaisberg is a secret tip among cycling and mountain biking buffs, while golf enthusiasts meet at Eugendorf or Lake Fuschl.
Charming villages on the periphery of Salzburg
Salzburg’s lovely suburbs attract visitors with their rural charm and innumerable routes for walking and hiking, Nordic walking, cycling and mountain biking, including the well-known Tauern Cycle Path and the Mozart bicycle trail. All of the villages have their own highlights and attractions. The Plainberg nature reserve and the pilgrimage church in Bergheim offer stunning views of the city of Salzburg, while Naturdorf Anthering boasts a public herb garden and the popular Schaukelweg trail. Anif makes a fine base for visits to Schloss Hellbrunn, and Elixhausen’s scenic center is an absolute must-see, too. Schwarzenberg, Gurlspitze and Mühlstein in Elsbethen offer various routes and trails for those who love walking, hiking and mountain biking. Eugendorf is just a stone’s throw from Lake Wallersee, the largest lake in Salzburg’s lake district.
Grödig is home not only to Untersberg (1,940 m), a paradise for walking and hiking enthusiasts, but also to a fascinating ice cave and large sinkholes. An open-air museum is the major attraction of Grossgmain, reflecting the province’s rural lifestyle and traditions, while Wals-Siezenheim and Hallwang are known for having retained long-standing customs and traditions, such as ‘Goaslschnalzen’, as well as for their gently rolling hills.