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Salzburg Card: Where, How and Why you need to get one?

Salzburg Card is an all-inclusive city card that can help you cut down cost on your visit to the home of Mozart-Salzburg.

There are a lot of free things to do in Salzburg if you get the Salzburg Card. The Card can be used for free entry into important attractions, help you get discounts on many events and more.

In the current blog, I will address the questions related to the Salzburg Card. Do you really need it? Where to get it?  How to get it? etc.

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Salzburg Card: An Overview

The Austrian City of Salzburg, offers a blend of art, culture, historical and modern sights, amazing cultural events, and much more. The Salzach River divides the city into two parts. While the left bank houses the medieval and baroque buildings of the Altstadt (Old Town), the right bank is the Neustadt (New Town).

Salzburg’s is a delight to the lovers of art & culture and history. A Salzburg Card can help you cover these places at a price lower than the usual. Before elaborating the details, here are a few things that you need to know about the card.

Options Available

24 /48 /72 hours

Validity

Within City Limits

Benefits

One-time free admission to all city tourist attractions and museums

free travel on public transportation

discounts on cultural events and concerts

express entrance in some places

Free guidebook and map of Salzburg

Available from

Online

Tourist information offices

Hotel Reception

Ticket Bureaus

Airport



How to procure a Salzburg Card?

There are a number of ways you can get a Salzburg card. It can be purchased online before you visit Salzburg or can buy it once you are in the city.

Online

It is one of the most convenient ways of getting the Card.

Book the Salzburg card here.  

Once you have completed your booking successfully, you will receive a voucher. All you have to do is exchange your voucher for the actual card at one of the following stations.

Salzburg Card Information Office at Main Station (Main Hall) (Mon-Sun: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

Information office at Mozart Square (Mon-Sun: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (during May- September, closed on Sundays for the rest of the months)

Tourist Information Offices

You can get a Salzburg card at all tourist information offices in and around the city.

Hotels

You can also buy a card at your Hotel reception. 

Ticket Bureaus
Airport

What is the duration of a Salzburg Card & How is it calculated?

The Salzburg card is available in three variants– 24/ 48/ 72 hours. The number of hours is calculated from the time of entry into the first attraction. So, for example, you entered the Mozart’s Residence at 11 am today, then your 24 hour Salzburg Card will expire on the next day at 11 am. Therefore, the validity is not counted as per specific calendar days.

What are the benefits of a Salzburg card?

There are many benefits of a Salzburg Card for visitors travelling to the Mozart city. From free entry to discounts, there are other benefits to the card too. These are:

Free Entry to Salzburg Attractions

It gets you free and fast entrance to all of Salzburg’s tourist attractions and museums.

Free Public Transport

With the card, you will be able to ride all public transportation in the city for free as well!

You can use it:

Salzach River Cruise

Festungsbahn funicular

Untersbergbahn lift

Mönchsberg lift

Rides on public buses  & trains:

Bus Lines: 1-14 within city limits

Albus Bus Line:  Citybus A, lines 20-28, 34, 35, 151

Postbus lines 32, 180, 170 to Rif/Taxach

Train: Lokalbahn S1 to Schlachthof

WALSI Buscab

Discounts on Cultural Events

You can get additional discounts at many excursion destinations and cultural events with the Card.

Express Entrance

without having to stand in line at the ticket counter

Free guidebook and map of Salzburg

You also get a free guide and map of Salzburg which will help you plan your Salzburg trip more effectively.

Remember to grab a Salzburg Card booklet, listing all the attractions with their opening times, when you collect your card.

Which Locations can be covered by Salzburg Card for Free?

Most of the attractions in Salzburg allow a one-time free entry if you possess the Salzburg Card. There are more than 20 different locations including museums, fortresses that can be visited for free with the Salzburg Card.

The important locations where entry is free if you own the Salzburg card are –

Mozart Residence

Mozart was born on the “Hagenauer Haus” at No. 9 Getreidegasse in Salzburg. His residence has been converted into a museum. It displays all the relics used by the great Bard himself.

Hohensalzburg Fortress

If you’ve dreamt of going up the Eiffel to just get a glance of the entire Parisian beauty, move on and dream of Salzburg.  It is the biggest fully preserved castle in Central Europe, has a view so pure, so untouched that you can’t help but want to stop time to admire it.

Hellbrunn Palace & Trick Fountains

This palace has its mischievous secrets that are waiting to be discovered. The fountains of the palace may seem like an architectural jewel at first but this is just a facade. There’s much more to explore.

Salzburg Zoo

This is a lovely place for kids and adults alike. The zoo has a variety of animals including Lions, white rhinos, hippos, different species of birds etc.

Cable Car Untersberg

The cable car carries you in comfort to the top of Salzburg City’s Untersberg mountain. As you step out of the lift, you will be greeted by imposing views that stretch out to the far horizon.

St. Peter’s Monastery & Cemetery & Catacombs

St. Peter’s is a Benedictine monastery and former cathedral and one of the oldest in the area. The architecture is brilliant. The cemetery and catacombs are also a must-see for fans of “The Sound of Music”.

Cathedral Excavations Museums

It is a part of the Salzburg Museum and located underneath the Cathedral- and Residenzplatz Squares. This is a great place for Visitors interested in history and architecture.

Mozart Sound and Film Collection

This is a collection of audiovisual documents on W.A. Mozart.

Museum of Modern Art Salzburg Mönchsberg

The Museum der Moderne is located on the Mönchsberg, high above the rooftops of Salzburg’s Old City. The four levels of the museum have many international art treasures.

Salzburg Open Air Museum

This unique museum lies in the middle of Untersberg Nature Park, close to Salzburg City. The place records rural buildings, lifestyles and aspects of the rural economy from the 16th to the 20th century.

 

Salzburg Card Salzburg card allows free entry to several spots including the Hohensalzburg Fortress. Photo Credits: Hans Braxmeier

Which activities are available at discounted rates on a Salzburg Card? 

Many companies and tours offer discounts on car and bike rentals, outdoor activities, Walking and rickshaw tours concerts etc. Some of them are:

Audio-Visual City Tour – iTour
Bad Reichenhall Old Salt Mines
City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off
FlyTandem – Tandem paragliding
5 O’Clock Concerts
Hallstatt Salt Mines
Hohenwerfen Fortress  
Salzburg Walking Tours
Sound of Salzburg – Show and Dinner
Top Bike Salzburg – Bike Rental

 What is the price of a Salzburg Card?

The price of the Salzburg Card depends on the season you are visiting. There is a peak season usually the summer and spring and a Lean season which is the winter season. The price of the Salzburg Card is lower in winter when some of the Salzburg attractions are closed.

Peak Season: May-Oct

The peak season in Salzburg lasts between 1st May to 31st October. The price of the card is relatively expensive during this period.

24 Hour Salzburg Card

Adults – 28 Euro

Child-13.50 Euro

48 Hour Salzburg Card

Adults – 37 Euro

Child- 18 Euro

72 Hour Salzburg Card

Adults – 43 Euro

Child- 21 Euro

Low Season: Jan – April & Nov – Dec

The peak season in Salzburg lasts between 1st January to 30th October and from 1st November to 31st December. The price of the card is relatively cheaper during this period.

24 Hour Salzburg Card

Adults – 25 Euro

Child-12.50

48 Hour Salzburg Card

Adults – 33 Euro

Child- 16.50 Euro

72 Hour Salzburg Card

Adults – 38 Euro

Child- 19 Euro

 Is the Salzburg Card worth the money?

If you are travelling to Salzburg for the first time and you are keen to cover most the city attractions, you should probably get one of the cards. This is because most places you would like to cover will be covered by the card.

Make sure you don’t forget the guidebook and map that is given along with the Salzburg Card. It will provide the details of all the main attractions and also give you the idea of the sequence you can cover them in.

When not to buy a Salzburg Card?

If you have a limited time in Salzburg or just want to cover one or two places, Salzburg Card is not for you. Also, if you are here only for the Mirabell gardens or taking a walk around the town, do not buy the card. It will prove to be expensive.

Salzburg is the place to be at if you want the perfect blend of sight-seeing and peace. The Salzburg Card will ensure the best possible use of your money. Visit Salzburg to find a new, refreshed you. 

Happy wayfaring 🙂

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sana Shah

Sana Shah

Sana Shah is an old soul in a young world who feels she belongs to a different time. An ambivert by nature, Sana is as much of a social animal as she is a snuggled up reader. A self-proclaimed coffee addict as well, her perfect world consists of books, hot brewing coffee and travel tickets. Sana loves the green mountains and the blue skies alike. Also, lakes are her best friends. She loves to travel to quaint locations and experience their cultures, in order to expand her horizons.

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