Although lovely Salzburg is a visitor magnet year-round, there’s something special about visiting this enchanting city in the winter, when a layer of snow coats the nearby Alps and thoughts turn to Christmas. Here’s how to make the best of winter weekends in Salzburg.
Why visit one beautiful city when you can visit two? Take a day out from exploring the charms of Salzburg and head for Munich in Germany. Visiting Munich from Salzburg takes 90 minutes by road – and it’s a scenic one at that, meandering through the Alps with spectacular views.
As one of the homes of the Habsburg family during the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Innsbruck is brimming with remnants of imperial largesse and extravagance. Although a little outside the city, Schloss Ambras in Innsbruck is worth a visit for its armory collections and Habsburg portraits.
The landmark snow-clad peak of Grossglockner is the highest mountain in the Austrian Alps, topped by the largest glacier in the country and also home of the highest mountain road. Grossglockner High Alpine Road (Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse) is considered to be one of the most exciting high-alpine drives in the world.
Swarovski’s highly stylized visitor center at Wattens near Innsbruck is one of the Tirol’s most popular attractions and it just got sparklier. Reopened at the end of April, visiting Swarovski Crystal Worlds from Munich makes for a fascinating day in the Austrian Alps.
Often regarded as a winter destination for skiing, Innsbruck is just as busy in the summer, with visitors seeking fresh alpine air, lashings of culture and the town’s fine architecture. Whether you’re interested in taking to the mountains or chilling in cosmopolitan cafés, summer activities in Innsbruck are plentiful.