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From Munich to Salzburg by Train

From Munich to Salzburg by Train February 27, 2012 | Travel Tips | Read More
The River Salzach in Salzburg by night. Photo: Flickr user marco_ask Salzburg’s W.A. Mozart Airport is a regional airport served by about 30 airlines. That means it is not nearly as busy as Frankfurt’s or Munich’s larger airports. And that means you may not find it cheap or easy to arrive in Salzburg...

Smoking Regulations Don’t Necessarily Clear the Air

Smoking Regulations Don’t Necessarily Clear the Air February 20, 2012 | Food, Travel Tips | Read More
Photo: Flickr user Malte Schmidt Smoking remains very popular in Austria. With about 2.5 million smokers in the 20 to 50 year-old age range—or about 60—its population approaches near-world-record status for percentage of smokers. Among teenagers about 15 years of age, 24 percent of boys smoke. Among...

Feiertage: Austria’s Official Holidays

Feiertage: Austria’s Official Holidays December 7, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
Photo: Flickr user p2bg With thirteen official holidays throughout the year, Austria is very generous with its public holidays. Of these, ten are specifically religious in origin. Even if the holiday falls on a weekend, it is always observed on the day on which it falls. Holidays are not moved to the...

Travel Resolutions for 2012

Travel Resolutions for 2012 November 30, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
Salzburg in Mist Photo: Flickr User Gatanass With the New Year nearly on us, it’s not too early to make some resolutions to ensure even more fulfilling travel in 2012. Here are my intentions for getting the most from upcoming adventures: Read more about the history and culture of places I plan to...

Enter the Christmas spirit in Salzburg

Enter the Christmas spirit in Salzburg November 22, 2011 | Events, Food, Nightlife, Travel Tips | Read More
There’s a lot to do and see in Salzburg during the weeks leading up to Christmas. From the end of November, Advent is marked by festivities in streets, platzes, concert halls and restaurants. Here are the top three Salzburg Christmas traditions. Krampuslaufen ‘Er kommt, er kommt!’ is the cry heard...

How to Get from the Airport by Bus

How to Get from the Airport by Bus October 31, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
Bus stops are marked by yellow and green H signs. Photo: Lorraine Seal If you fly into Salzburg’s W.A. Mozart Airport, you’ll find three municipal buses that run from there to the city centre, Lines 2, 8, and 27. These are regular city buses that make multiple stops between the airport and the city,...

Baby, It’s Cold Out There

Baby, It’s Cold Out There October 24, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
Photo by Lorraine Seal Winter in Salzburg is cold, frosty, damp and icy. The city’s beauty is often sheathed in snow; its cobbles are icy and slippery, though the city takes care to grit them. If you’re planning a trip to the city of Mozart’s birth anytime between November and March, be prepared...

What Are You Drinking?

What Are You Drinking? September 30, 2011 | Food, Nightlife, Travel Tips | Read More
Coffee and cake at a Salzburg street cafe. Flickr: European Travelista Salzburgers love to relax in outdoor cafés, wine bars, coffee houses and beer stub’n. Year-round, you’ll find them visiting over drinks in the sun when the weather is good, under umbrellas at pavement tables when it rains, or...

Say What?

Say What? September 30, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
View of Salzburg's Festung Photo: Lorraine Seal Generally, English speakers are very lucky when we travel in Europe, because English has become the lingua franca – the default language – no matter what one’s native tongue. In Austrian schools, learning English is mandatory, so most of the...

The Essential Convenience

The Essential Convenience September 30, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
In Mirabellgarten the public toilet is near the Birdhouse. Photo: Lorraine Seal There’s almost nothing worse than being caught short with no toilet in sight. And Salzburg’s many venerable buildings, while beautiful, were built before the days when public convenience mandated plumbing. While it’s...