The city is the state capital, and the fourth largest city in the country. The Romans can be credited with merging several small settlements into a single town that would eventually grow up to become Salzburg, although for a period after the Romans departed, it looked like the city was doomed to be abandoned. In the 8th century though it got a much needed reawakening when St. Rupert founded a basilica on the banks of the river. In the years that followed, Salzburg grew at a steady pace despite being the centre for local political battles. By 1919, the city was named the capital of the First Austrian Republic, and post World War II it settled down to just be the state capital.
With its central location and artistic treasures, Salzburg has earned its reputation as a cultural capital of Europe. Mozart grew up there, and the modern visitor can trace his footsteps through the palaces and gardens of the lovely old city, designated a UN World Heritage Site in 1996. Judging from the view in down town hotels, Salzburg may appear to exist in another century. Salzburg is not a city content to live in the past: it is dynamic and innovative. Countless business conventions and the Europrix Awards for young multimedia professionals are held annually at the Salzburg Congress. Hotels in Salzburg are full during the Salzburg Festival each July, where the city's musical legacy continues to evolve beyond Mozart and "The Sound of Music." In short, whether to bask in culture or to bring together the brightest minds in business, one of the most popular destinations in Europe today is Salzburg.
Though historic Salzburg may seem worlds away, planes from across Europe land in its airport, the Salzburg W.A. Mozart International Airport, and the Salzburg Train Station is a vital rail hub, serviced daily by high-speed ICE trains. The city is very well connected to Vienna, and Munich by autobahn. Note that if you do choose to drive, you will need to ensure that you purchase a Vignette and display it on the window of your car. There are several regular buses that run the popular routes between Salzburg and nearby cities such as Munich, Prague, and Milan. Purchase a Salzburg Card and you will get free admission to all of the major attractions in the city as well as free use of the city buses, trains, boats and cable cars. Once you have arrived, you can book a room at one of the charming, reasonably priced Salzburg hotels. Hotels in the city centre are great places to experience the many sides of the city.
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The Best Western Elefant in Salzburg is a traditional accommodation looking back on a more than 700 years old tradition. It offers its guests a friendly atmosphere and 31 quiet rooms, all equipped with bath/shower, Wi-Fi Internet access, minibar, and safe.
The hotel Goldene Ente in Salzburg is a cosy 3-star city hotel for non-smokers. The 15 double and 2 single rooms are decorated in country style and equipped with antiques as well as other precious furnishings. The attached restaurant serves Austrian and international dishes.
The boutique hotel Am Dom in Salzburg welcomes its guests in an anchanting atmosphere. The single and double rooms are individually and caringly furnished and offer every possible comfort, including Wi-Fi Internet connection. In the morning, a rich Austrian-style breakfast buffet is served.
The 5-star Radisson Blu Altstadt in Salzburg is a luxury hotel with a long tradition. The 62 rooms and suites are individually furnished in a modern and comfortable way. The restaurant offers Austrian and international cuisine. The historic renaissance hall can be used for conferences for up to 55 persons.
The 4-star design hotel Stein in Salzburg is the ideal place for guests with high expectations. In 56 rooms the hotel offers the latest technology that is highly appreciated by leisure as well as by business travellers. The combination of listed historic architecture and modern elements creates a special atmosphere. From the café on the roof of the house guests can enjoy a beautiful view over the historic old town.
The Grandhotel Sacher Salzburg was built at the turn of the century and has been constantly adapted to the latest standards. The 113 rooms of Salzburg's only Grandhotel are decorated with antiques, original paintings, precious carpets and wall coverings.
Goldener Hirsch in Salzburg is a hotel with 600 years of hotel tradition. The 65 rooms and four suites feature special furnishings in authentic Salzburg style. Original antiques and hand-made furniture donate a particular atmosphere to the hotel. Its own historical library offers a look at the hotel's past.
Centralhotel Gablerbräu in Salzburg combines the historic atmosphere of a 600-year old building with the comfort of a contemporary 3-star hotel. Four restaurants offer a traditional ambience. The modernly equipped rooms and the excellent service of the hotel invite the guests for a relaxing stay.
The family-run Altstadthotel Weisse Taube in Salzburg offers non-smoking rooms equipped with bath or shower/WC, TV, minibar, telephone, radio, hairdryer and kettle. The rooms are accessible with key-cards. A traditional Austrian breakfast is served every morning.
The arthotel Blaue Gans is the oldest hotel in Salzburg, looking back on a 660-year-old tradition. Following some reconstruction works, it nowadays boasts an impressive combination of traditional and modern design. Guests will find available single and double rooms and suites, all individually designed.
The Star Inn Hotel Salzburg Gablerbräu offers its guests modern and well-equipped rooms, suites and apartments. In the mornings, a breakfast buffet awaits the guests in the Star Inn Hotel Salzburg Gablerbräu and after a sightseeing tour of the city, the hotel bar invites guests to relax.
Built in 1507, the Hotel Schwarzes Rössl in Salzburg warmly welcomes its guests to a friendly atmosphere. Its rooms feature an appealing mix of charming nostalgia and tasteful elegance. In the morning, the friendly staff of the Hotel Schwarzes Rössl serves a tasty breakfast.
The luxurious Hotel Bristol in Salzburg is a 5-star hotel with magnificent furnishings that will transport guests back to the old times. The beautiful antiques and works of art offer unforgettable moments. Whether during a delicious dinner at the exclusive restaurant or an afternoon tea in the elegant lounge, the stylish and refined ambience creates a wonderful atmosphere.
The family-run 4-star Salzburger Altstadthotel Kaiserbräu in Salzburg was built in 1342 and offers 45 rooms combining modern comfort with an individual equipment of antiques. A spa area with sauna and steam bath is available for the guest's relaxation. Moreover, the hotel offers Ayurvedic massages.