If you’ve already planned a trip to Austria and you’re heading to Salzburg you’re probably wondering what there is to do and see in one of the country’s most beautiful cities.
For starters I recommend checking out my post on the things to do in Salzburg but I also suggest picking up their own city card, the Salzburg Card.
What is the Salzburg Card?
The Salzburg Card is a city card that gives its holders free access to the majority of sites, museums and attractions in the city.
Along with free admission it also provides free public transportation use and many more discounts for theater performances, concerts and other day trips from Salzburg.
Here’s a quick look at what’s included for free:
- Public transportation (bus, cable car up to the castle)
- Hohensalzburg Castle/Fortress
- Mozart’s Birthplace and Residence
- Monchsberg (including free elevator access)
- Museum of Modern Art
- Salzburg Zoo
- The Christmas Museum
- A River Cruise Along the Salzach River
- Hellbrunn Palace
- The DomQuartier
- The Salzburg Catacombs
- The Untersberg Cable Car
There are also a wide variety of discounts and price reductions included for:
- Gray Line Hop-On-Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour
- Walking Tour
- Hallein Salt Mines
- Mozart Residence Concert
How Much Does it Cost?
- 24 hours – €24
- 48 hours – €32
- 72 hours – €37
Is the Salzburg Card Worth It?
Whether or not the Salzburg Card is worth buying is ultimately up to your travel preferences and budget.
For example, entrance to the Hohensalzburg Fortress along with entrance to one more additional venue or attraction could definitely match, or even exceed, the cost of the 24 hour card. Not only are you able to explore more of the sites and other things to do in Salzburg but you’re able to take advantage of the free public transportation.
Being able to use public transportation without having to worry about buying tickets or paying for it at the time is quite a relief and, paired with the free entry to different venues, is definitely worth it.
In my opinion, I would say that the Salzburg Card is definitely worth it. Being able to access all of the different attractions, museums and other venues without having to worry about buying tickets for each one makes it worthwhile to pick up.
If you’re only in Salzburg for one day and don’t plan on checking out too many things, you’d rather just walk around the city and enjoy all of the free things to do, then it’s probably not worth it for you in that case.
However, for more than one day in Salzburg I would say that it’s well worth the value and will allow you to explore much more of the city than you otherwise would have been able to.
The free included public transportation is especially useful if you’re planning on heading to Mozart’s Residence across the river or other attractions that are a bit further away, such as the Hellbrunn Palace.
Something to keep in mind with the Salzburg card is that many of the attractions close early, typically at around five in the afternoon, so I recommend starting early and heading to the attractions that are further away first. In one days time I’d say that you’ll be able to visit at least four or five main attractions without feeling rushed.
If you’re only planning on visiting a handful of the museums and attractions then the 24 hour card should be enough, but only if you start early in the day. If you want to check out one of the palaces along with the Castle and Mozart’s Residence then the 48 hour card is a better option.
It’s a good idea to sit down and map out everywhere you want to check out before picking up the card. That way you’ll be able to see which locations are furthest away and you’ll have time to research how to get to them using public transportation.
Depending on how many days you’re spending in Salzburg I recommend checking out these itineraries for a better look at how to manage your time.
So, is it Worth it to Buy the Salzburg Card?
For me, yes the Salzburg Card was definitely worth it and I found it to be very valuable.
Without it I doubt I would’ve checked out everything I was able to see during my trip to Salzburg and I definitely would’ve spent more money than I needed to if I didn’t have the card.
The card also gives you more flexibility in regards to what you can do, what you can see and how easy it is to get around.
I personally recommend it if you’re interested in checking out the different museums, taking the cable car ride, going on the river cruise and heading up to Monchsberg for the incredible panoramic view of the city.
On the other hand, if you’re traveling on a budget and you only want to check out a few of the different museums and attractions then it’s probably a better bet if you just pay for them upfront rather than pick up the card.
Don’t worry so much about the free public transportation, it’s only useful if you’re planning on heading to the Cable car or visiting Hellbrunn Palace.
Salzburg is so small that it’s really easy to walk around and you can definitely reach all of the main sites on foot if you were so inclined.