Small but mighty: the city of Salzburg, located in the heart of Austria on the northern edge of the Alps, has more than earned its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its old town is full of little alleyways and buildings dating back to the Middle Ages and the Baroque period. And all the sights of the city are easy to explore on foot. Ideally from our Motel One Salzburg Mirabell.
This Austrian city is more than just the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. There’s so much to discover both in and around Salzburg. Motel One Salzburg-Mirabell is located right in the city centre, making it the perfect starting point for exploring Salzburg. A stroll along the river Salzach is an absolute must. Or you could take a trip to Lake Mondsee!
Summer in the City
- Mirabell Gardens: Mirabell Palace is a truly unique place, especially in summertime when the stunning Mirabell Gardens are in full bloom.
- Hohensalzburg Fortress: Towering high above the city, Hohensalzburg Fortress is probably Salzburg’s most famous landmark. And with good reason. The fortress offers the best view of the city and a breathtaking panorama in every direction.
- Getreidegasse: This street is not only home to Mozart’s birthplace, but also many boutiques, shops and cafés.
- Café Tomaselli: Austria’s oldest café is the perfect spot for a little break. And it attracts a great many visitors, mainly because of its delicious cakes.
- Kapuzinerberg: You can reach the Kapuzinerberg hill via Linzer Gasse. There, you’ll find another stunning view of the city. Alternatively, you can head up to the roof terrace at Hotel Stein, which offers fantastic drinks in addition to the view.
- Salzburg Festival: Salzburg Festival, held every July and August, is a prominent festival for classical music, drawing visitors to the city from across the globe.
- Electric Love Festival: The three-day Electric Love Festival is held every year in July. With five stages and over 160 artists from every possible genre, this festival is a truly special experience.
And in the evenings?
The old town and the new town are separated by the river Salzach. On its banks, you can take a riverside stroll and while away the evening hours. However, swimming is not permitted in the Salzach. If you fancy a dip, you’ll need to head to one of the nearby lakes. Lake Mondsee, for example. It doesn’t take long to get to Lake Mondsee from our hotel in Salzburg. It’s a great place to cool down in summer and perfect for all ages.
To the lake!
- Alpenseebad Mondsee: This alpine beach resort, complete with a water park, water slides and countless other attractions, is sure to keep everyone entertained.
- Water sports: Lake Mondsee is well known for its wide range of water sports activities. From surfing, sailing and stand-up paddleboarding to kitesurfing, water skiing and wakeboarding – there’s a huge variety of activities to choose from, with something for everyone. There are suitable family- and child-friendly courses available for all water sports.
- Around the lake: Lake Mondsee is also a great place for a hike, a bike ride or a round of golf. And if you’d prefer to just relax, you can soak up the sun in the green meadows around the lake
Tip: If you fancy a little refreshment in between all the excitement, you’ve got to try the region’s most famous ice cream at Übleis. There’s sure to be a long queue, but it’s definitely worth the wait!
What’s going on at Lake Mondsee this summer:
- Mondseer Jedermann: This mystery play is a cultural tradition in Mondsee; it has been performed there on three dates in July every year since 1922. Event location: open-air theatre in Karlsgarten Mondsee. In bad weather, the performance takes place in the Festsaal Schloss Mondsee-Irrsee event centre in the Salzkammergut region.
- Seefest Mondsee: 5 to 7 August
- Musiktage Mondsee: 26 August to 3 September
How far is Lake Mondsee from Salzburg?
Lake Mondsee is located just 30 kilometres from Salzburg. The best way to travel there is by bus, car or taxi.
From Salzburg to Lake Mondsee by bus:
If you’re looking to travel from Salzburg to Lake Mondsee by public transport, your best bet is to take bus 140.
This direct bus service runs from Salzburg Bachstraße to Mondsee Busterminal. Buses run hourly, every day.
Travel time: approx. 45 minutes, cost: EUR 5–7
From Salzburg to Lake Mondsee by taxi:
You can also travel easily from Salzburg to Lake Mondsee by taxi.
Travel time: approx. 20 minutes, cost: EUR 65–85
From Salzburg to Lake Mondsee by car:
It takes approx. 20 minutes to drive from Salzburg to Lake Mondsee.
Once you arrive in Lake Mondsee, you can either park in the town or directly by the lakeside. There’s even some free parking available. And if you’re driving an electric vehicle, there are also charging stations located by the lake.
Cycle route from Salzburg to Lake Mondsee:
You can also get from Salzburg to Lake Mondsee by bike. The route is about 33 kilometres long and takes just under 1 hour and 50 minutes.