Salzburg & Saalbach Hinterglemm, Austria
Ever wondered if the hills really are alive with the Sound of Music?
Then check out our 10 day family friendly itinerary based on all of our favourite things about Salzburg and Saalbach Hinterglemm.
A truly magnificent outdoor adventure for kids of all ages.
Day 1: Arrive in Salzburg and check into your hotel / hostel.
Day 3: Experience the Sound of Music Tour and retrace Maria’s steps from the classic musical.
Day 4: Board the train to Zell am Zee and check into your alpine hotel in Saalbach Hinterglemm.
Day 6: Pool day, more hiking or try various alpine activities.
Day 8: More spectacular views, hiking, parks and even tobogganing at Saalfelden.
Day 9: Head into the local town or more hiking.
Day 10: “So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye!” Time to head home.
How We Did It – All The Details
1. Getting There
There are many ways to get to Salzburg. You can fly direct with airlines such as British Airways, Easyjet or Ryanair. Alternatively, you can drive or catch the train.
As flights to Salzburg were so expensive we decided to fly into Munich and then catch the train to Salzburg with Deutsche Bahn.
London to Munich – 90 minutes
Munich Airport to Salzburg Main Station – 2 hours 30 minutes
Route: München Flughafen (Munich Airport) – München Ost – Salzburg Hauptbahnhof (Salzburg main station).
The entire process was a very simple one. Munich train station is a short walk from Munich airport and you can book tickets on the day at the information desk next to the station or book them in advance online.
2. Accommodation in Salzburg
Trying to find a reasonably priced hotel toom in Salzburg was very difficult so we booked a hostel instead.
The A&O Hostel Salzburg Central Station was a fantastic choice because it was only 500m away from Salzburg train station and was extremely family friendly, comfortable and clean. We had our own bathroom and even a spare bed as our room had 6 beds.
We spent 2 nights here and it was the perfect place for booking activities and exploring Salzburg.
3. Train from Salzburg to Zell am See Station
The closest train station to our hotel in Saalbach was Zell am See and the hotel provided a free pick up from here.
Once again, you can book this train in advance with Deutsche Bahn or purchase tickets on the day.
Route: Salzburg Hauptbahnhof – Schwarzach-St.Veit – Zell am See Bahnhof
Duration: 90 minutes
4. Accommodation in Saalbach
We stayed at Hotel Johann for 7 nights. It is the perfect location for a luxurious holiday in the mountains as everything you could possibly need is in one place.
The price of your holiday includes accommodation, organic gourmet board for all meals, childcare, swimming pools and a free Joker card which gives you free access to local buses, cable cars, guided hikes and much more.
The food is delicious, the staff are friendly and the pool is simply stunning!
We cannot recommend this hotel enough as it’s the perfect location for a family holiday in Austria.
5. Train from Zell am See to Munich Airport
After a wonderful week at Hotel Johnann, it was time to check out and set off on our final scenic train journey from Austria to Germany.
Route: Zell am See Bahnhof – Schwarzach-St.Veit – München Ost – München Flughafen
Duration: 3 – 4 hours
You can either purchase tickets in advance with Deutsche Bahn or book them on the day,
6. Accommodation at Munich Airport
To limit the amount of travelling we did in one day we decided to stay at Munich airport the night before our flight home.
We stayed at the Novotel as this was close to the station and the airport.
7. Going home
A short flight from Munich to London Heathrow and home.
I would recommend booking train tickets in advance, especially if you want to travel in first class.
Pack light. There’s nothing worse than dragging loads of luggage on and off trains. There are laundry facilities at Hotel Johann.
Take lots of things to entertain the kids on the train and make sure you bring headphones for all video games/tablets. My favourite books are the Lonely Planet kids range.
If you decide to travel to Austria, please share your photos and any tips you discover along the way.