In the state of Salzburg, a maximum of two hours’ drive from the city of Salzburg, there are some fascinating excursion spots. There is sure to be something for everyone.
The Salzburger Land is known for its exciting mountains and unique landscape. In between there are special features that make every excursion an experience. Castles, ice giants, a romantic high alpine road or a salt mine are on the program.
The medieval Hohenwerfen Castle rises on a steep rock cone high above the Salzach Valley.
The 900 year old fortified castle brings the Middle Ages to life. Birds of prey demonstrations take place in the imposing castle garden – an impressive experience, especially for families with children.
The castle can be reached barrier-free via a romantic 15-minute walk or comfortably with the castle lift. A guided tour of the castle – including the torture chamber -, various museums and exhibitions make the day at Hohenwerfen Castle a special experience.
The largest ice cave in the world is one of the most popular sights in Salzburg and is home to fascinating ice sculptures. The entire cave system extends over 42 km. The first part, around 1 km long, is accessible to visitors.
The ice cave can be reached via a 4 km long footpath in about 1.5 hours or with the steepest cable car in Austria. Appropriate clothing and good shoes are recommended, as is a good physical condition. Even in summer it is 0 degrees in the cave and there are 134 meters of altitude to overcome via steps. Your efforts will be rewarded with the impressive beauty of this unique natural monument.
Grossglockner High Alpine Road
Since the construction of the Grossglockner High Alpine Road in 1938, the impressive mountain panorama of the Grossglockner has not only been a special kind of experience for mountaineers. The mountain road fits harmoniously into the vast mountain landscape.
After 38 hairpin bends you reach Franz-Josefshöhe and you will be rewarded with a view of the mighty mountain range of the Hohe Tauern with the highest mountain, the Großglocker (3798 m) and the largest glacier in Austria, the Pasterze.
Mountain inns, information centers and hiking trails in the incomparable fauna of the high mountains, encounters with marmots and ibex round off the experience.
Dürrnberg salt mine near Hallein
Salt has significantly shaped the history and culture of the State of Salzburg. The Celts began mining salt as early as the 7th century BC and drove the tunnels 300 meters into the Dürrnberg. Mining was resumed in the 12th century and contributed to the prosperity of the state of Salzburg. In today’s show mine you can gain an insight into the history of salt mining. A trip with the mine train into the mine, a raft trip over a salt lake and two long miner’s slides offer a unique experience. A visit to the open-air museum Keltendorf. rounds off the visit
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