To ski or not to ski? The many highlights of a summer break in Salzburg

August 7, 2019 • Lifestyle

Salzburg, Austria is famed for its Baroque architecture, being the birthplace of 18th-century composer Mozart, the world-class Salzburg Festival, and for being the setting for the musical play and film The Sound of Music. The city is dominated by churches, castles, and palaces, and is known for being a pretty and picturesque travel destination. Owing to Salzburg’s cosy Christmas markets and stunning snow-topped mountains, many tourists visit the city during the festive period. However, there are many benefits to a summer break in Salzburg.

Here are our top tips for enjoying a summer in Salzburg:

The music

As Salzburg was the birthplace of Mozart, the city has become a mecca for classical music. Experience Mozart’s influence all around the city as its streets come to life with live music. Talented musicians perform on every street corner, with music students rehearsing, and violinists and harpists performing in the city’s historical squares. The Salzburg Festival is certainly not to be missed; no other classical music festival still draws such a crowd. If classical music isn’t your thing, however, Salzburg also has many jazz and contemporary-music venues to offer, which give free entry and attract large crowds.

The romance

A summer in Salzburg can be incredibly romantic, a dreamy place for a mini break with your significant other. Many hotels offer packages to couples which are designed for an enchanting retreat. Often chalet-style, they boast beautiful views, gourmet restaurants, and luxurious swimming pools. Many people even choose to get married in Salzburg, with May being famous as the ‘month of love’.

The landscapes

Salzburg has something to appeal to everyone’s tastes, owing to its mix of rural and urban landscapes. You can explore the city streets, head into the wilderness, or visit the quiet neighbouring towns of St Gilgen or Werfen. Although Salzburg is generally considered a winter break destination, the weather is incredible in summer. The skies are blue, temperatures are in the high twenties, and the surrounding mountains are lush and green.

The art and culture

Salzburg has a burgeoning art and cultural scene, most recently opening its Museum of Modern Art. This exhibition is spread across four levels, and includes works by an exciting range of 20th and 21st century Austrian artists.

The skiing

Close to the magical city of Salzburg, SalzburgerLand contains 23 ski resorts, and is just a short drive from WA Mozart airport. SalzburgerLand has 2,700km of contiguous slopes, many lifts and cable cars, as well as a variety of off-piste areas. You can also enjoy after-dark skiing, snowbiking, and snowboarding, as well as visit a resort dedicated purely to family skiing, ideal for young learners. You can reach SalzburgerLand and Salzburg itself by flying from Birmingham, Manchester, London Stansted, or London Heathrow. Make sure to book a transfer, however, as having a convenient way to get to your hotel is vital for your holiday and you can do this through Airport Taxi Transfers

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