What to do on your trip really depends on the time of year you go. During the Summer months when the weather is mild, strolling around the old city with your children and taking in the sites is fantastic.
There are loads of parks with playgrounds, attractions and children’s museums including the Salzburg Zoo, the Silent Night Museum, the Salt Mines, Ice-Caves and the Locomotive Museum. The Salzburg Card is a cheap all inclusive pass for families. It entitles holders to free admission to Salzburg’s museums and tourist Sights, and free rides on the Salzach ship, castle funicular railway, the Untersberg cable car and all forms of public transport.
A trip to the Hohensalzburg Fortress or a ramble around the old town’s main street Getreidegasse with your family can be great fun. There are many live concerts in all sorts of venues throughout the city during the summer. It may be an opportunity to introduce the little ones to a new experience. Half a day can be taken up by going to the Mirabell Palace and gardens. The palace is situated very centrally and access is straightforward. The palace can get quite busy during the summer months so you may be better off getting there early in the day. When your kids have enough of the palace they will love a run around the gardens. Here you will find a hedge theatre and even a dwarf garden. This garden is full of 18th century misshapen marble figures that the kids will get a great kick out of.
There are many different Sound of Music tours to go on. These will take you around the city and out into the countryside. They are a good way to get around anyway. You will be in no doubt at the end of it, that the hills are still alive, with the sights and sounds of the very famous Julie Andrews film. www.salzburgcitytours.com is a good sight for more tour information.
A trip to the countryside is a must on a visit to Salzburg with little ones. The luge slopes that are used for winter sports are transformed during the summer months to allow for Sommerrodelbahn. This summer sport consists of a cart with wheels and a brake on/off system. You and your child can zip down through the course together as these carts are built for two. More information on this can be found at any of the local tourist information offices, of which there are many around the city centre.Walking, hiking and biking are all so popular here that you will feel yourself being swept along in this way of life.
During the lead up to Christmas, Salzburg is the place to be. Europe has many traditional Christmas markets, but the one in Salzburg is special. The Christkindlmarkt is located in the heart of the city around many of the old town squares. There are plenty of stalls selling food and drink and an array of winter delights. The Christkind and the angels pass through the streets for all to see in the afternoons leading up to Christmas. Access for buggies is no problem at this time.
The Winterfest is also ideal for young families at this time of year. A recently modern festival, running since 2001, the winterfest is held the Salzburg’s Volksgarten in the city centre. It is in essence a circus festival and attracts thousands of people every year to its circus entertainment, poetry readings and kids activities. Visit www.winterfest.at for more information.