Discover some of the best places to visit around Salzburg. If you can manage to escape the beauty of Salzburg you will find the surrounding area has soome amazing sights that you must see. Which is your favourite from the list below?
The Old Salt Works already received the title of “Most attractive salt works in the world” in 1846, as the austere quadrangle of buildings, with the main pumping hall and the magnificent spring works chapel, a Neo-Roman style treasure, is unequalled.
Climb down into the widely ramified network of mines and grottos and allow yourself to be led to the origin of salt mining in Bad Reichenhall. Here, you can find out everything about the salt deposits, the tapping of a spring, the origins of processing the “white gold” to this day.
Just as fascinating an insight into the history of salt and the Old Salt Mine, which embodies the historical roots of the city in a special way, is provided by the exhibition on the top floor in four exhibition rooms highlighted in colour.
The tour lasts one hour, after this, the individual viewing of the exhibition. Below ground, a temperature of +12°C prevails throughout the year. No age restriction for children. Unfortunately, dogs and prams cannot be brought along. Special tours are possible by arrangement at any time. Tours also in English, French and Italian
Official Website https://www.salzbergwerk.de
A totally new mountain experience. Discover the splendor of the largest ice caves in the world. You’ll see ice palaces of crystal-clear beauty, taking you into a wintry world of ice, even on hot summer days. The mighty entrance to the caves, measuring 20 m wide and 18 m high, can be seen from afar. The system of caverns stretches over 42 km, the first kilometer featuring gigantic ice formations. This part is open to the public and can be viewed on a guided tour. The caves have an average temperature of 0° C throughout the summer months
Official Website http://www.eisriesenwelt.at/
The Grossglockner High Alpine Road, the most famous road crossing the East Alps, leads directly to the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park, to the highest mountain in Austria, the Grossglockner (3,798 m) and to the Pasterze Glacier. On 48 kilometers of panoramic road with 36 hairpin bends, ascending to 2,504 meters, motorists cross a unique alpine landscape brimming with flowering grasslands, fragrant forests, mighty rock and eternal ice to the foot of the Grossglockner. In addition to the mountain landscape, the tradition, culture and history of the Grossglockner High Alpine Road are equally amazing: historic finds prove that people have crossed the Alps at this point for three thousand, five hundred years. In 1856 Emperor Franz Josef wandered to a point subsequently known as “Kaiser Franz Josefs Höhe.”
Having arrived at this point, you will be standing directly in front of the Grossglockner with a view of the longest glacier in the East Alps, the Pasterze. Marmots cavort in close proximity and with a little luck you will be able to observe the powerful ibex
Official Website https://www.grossglockner.at
Lying in majesterial aura and aloofness, surrounded by towering rock faces, the emerald green Königssee resembles a fjord set in the Bavarian alps. A sightseeing trip is an unique experience at any time of the year: in spring, mighty waterfalls thunder down over the steep rocks into the lake. Summer brings a rich, green contrast to the barren rock. Autumn paints a colourful tone poem of incomparable splendour. And if ice conditions allow, winter presents an unforgettable landscape.
The lake Königssee is 8 km long, up to 1 1/4 km wide and lies 602 m above sealevel. The average depth is 150 m. The deepest points are almost 200 m. Königssee is the cleanest lake in Germany. In 1978, it was declared a National Park. Plants and animals are protected in their natural environment. Since 1909, all of our boats are powered by batteries; this preserves the cleanliness and silence of the lake
The road leading from Obersalzberg to the Eagle’s Nest bus parking area is considered to be a great feat of engineering. This unusual road, one of a kind in the world, was blasted out of solid rock and completed in as little as 13 months. The great difference in elevation from start to finish is reached by only one hairpin turn, switching back along the steep north side of the Kehlstein Mountain. In 1952 the Eagle’s Nest road was closed to normal traffic and a public bus service to the top parking area was put into operation.
The Eagle’s Nest
Since 1960, the Eagle’s Nest has been under the administration of the Berchtesgaden – Königssee Tourist Office and has been leased out as a mountaintop restaurant. The imposing building with its massive foundation walls is typical of the architecture preferred during the National Socialist era. The ascent from the bus arrival zone into the building is most unexpected: a stone-lined tunnel leads 124 meters (406 ft) straight into the side of the mountain. At the end of the tunnel an elegant brass-lined elevator takes visitors on a 41-second ride another 124 meters (406 ft) up through the heart of the mountain and into the building itself. At the summit, visibility permitting, visitors can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view over the Berchtesgadener Land.
Since as early as 1875 the adventurous looking ravine calledLiechtensteinklamm has been fascinating man as a unique natural sight. It was then that it was provided with devices for walking due to a donation of the Prince of Liechtenstein. At some points the ravine is so narrow that the sky can be observed as a small strip only. The roaring waterfalls and the torrential waters have been making their way for centuries deeper and deeper into the ravine. All these incomparable impressions provide this miracle of nature with a touch of adventure, special event and romantic atmosphere.
This ravine, unique in the Alpine area, can be reached easily by car (parking lots are to be found at the entrance of the ravine) and is situated right in the center of the Salzburg province, only 60 km south of Salzburg, Mozart’s native town. The footpaths and footbridges are checked regularly and can be walked on in every weather. Thus, everybody can visit the Liechtensteinklamm ravine. Depending on the season, suitable shoes and warm clothing are recommended. The Liechtensteinklamm is open from beginning of May until September 30, daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from October 1 to 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m
Sparkling atmospherically and impressively adventurously, the Salt Mine presents itself in a new light. It is a world of the local miners, who have been working in the active part of the mine day-in, day-out, for centuries and whisk the visitors away into their aforementioned world. Highlights, such as the slide or the journey on the Mirror Lake melt with gripping information over the indispensible vital element of salt. An adventure with many unforgettable impressions, which you not only experience during the course of the SalzZeitReise, but will also experience with all of your senses!
Prior to entering, each visitor to the Salt Mine Berchtesgaden receives functional overalls. Please note that the temperature below ground is at a constant +12°C throughout the year. The tour underground takes approx. 1 hour. Please allow 1.5 to 2 hours, including ticket purchase, changing, receipt and return of the miner clothing
Official Website https://www.salzbergwerk.de
Fun, adventure and mystical moments await you in this ancient realm of “White Gold”. The galleries of the salt mine in the Dürrnberg near Hallein were the source of Salzburg’s wealth. Visitors hop aboard the mine train for a comfortable, fun-filled ride into the center of the mountain, where two long miners’ slides take them down to a subterranean salt lake, site of a new multi-media show that transports them into a magical world of light and sound. They follow in the footsteps of the Ancient Celts, who had been mining salt here since 400 B.C., and discover the mysterious world of the miners themselves who, with their bare hands, dug kilometers-long labyrinths deep into the mountain. Today’s visitors, big and small, can look forward to adventure, fascinating insights and all kinds of fun during the tour. And it doesn’t matter at all whether it is hot or rainy outside
Official Website https://www.salzwelten.at
At the Silent-Night museum in Oberndorf you learn everything there is to know about where and how the world famous Christmas carol was written. The Silent-Night-Memorial Chapel was built on the site of St. Nikolaus Church and was consecrated on August 15, 1937. Thirteen years had passed since the laying of the foundation stone. Till 1910/13 the parish church of St. Nikolaus, in which the Christmas carol “Silent Night! Holy Night!” was first performed in 1818, was located where the chapel stands today.
Every year at 5 p.m. on December 24th, a memorial service in honor of the creators of the Silent Night carol takes place in front of the Silent Night Memorial Chapel. Thousands of people from around the world attend this ceremony and sing “Silent Night!” in many languages at the conclusion of this ceremony. You will get more information dealing with the ceremony and guided Silent-Night-tours (including Oberndorf and Arnsdorf) at the Oberndorf Tourism Office – there you are able to get CDs, videos, cassettes, books and souveniers concerning “Silent Night!”
The Christmas carol “Silent Night! Holy Night!” set out to conquer the world via Tyrol. To this day it has been translated into about 300 languages and dialects all over the world. A small selection of the versions in various languages can be seen in the sound carrier collection of the museum
Official Website http://stillenacht-oberndorf.com/
Come along on a lovely ride to the top of the Untersberg mountain in a spacious cabin of our cable car. During your ride, you will have magnificant views of the Rositten Valley and the surrounding mountains. From the cable car station atop the mountain, you can hike to the Geiereck (1805 meters), visit the mountain climbers memorial, or walk to the Salzburg Hochthron mountain (1856 meters). From the summit, you’ll be able to see the beautiful Salzburg Lake District, as well as the ice-capped Hohen Tauern mountains. You will also want to visit the Hochalm restaurant and the Zeppezauer house while on the Untersberg.
It’s important to remember that you are in high-alpine country and that you should therefore have proper clothing and shoes.
Official Website http://www.untersbergbahn.at/
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