There are many stunning locations to visit in Salzburg, and travellers who rent a car in Salzburg have greater and more convenient access to all the sights. The city centre of Salzburg is a great place to start; featuring many grand architectural sights such as the Salzburg Castle and the Mirabell Palace and Gardens. The Salzburg Castle, also known as the Hohensalzburg Fortress, lies on a hill overlooking the rest of the city. One of the biggest castles in Europe of the medieval period, the fortress is an astounding and impressive architectural feat. It also provides an incredible scenic view over the city of Salzburg and the surrounding area. The Mirabell Palace and Gardens is a UNESCO world heritage site. It features an opulent palace in the 17th century baroque style, surrounded by stunning gardens. The Mirabell Palace is a must-see for a unique photo op.
Visitors to the city should pay a visit to the Salzburg Cathedral, a baroque style church that doubles as a museum. The Salzburg Museum is also a favourite of both locals and visitors. Here, you can learn about the history of art and culture in both the city of Salzburg and the general Salzburg region. Another interesting place to learn about the artistic and cultural history of Salzburg, particularly for classical music fans, is the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart's birthplace has been transformed into a museum with artefacts from Mozart's life and tours describing Mozart's childhood and life. The Salzburg Christmas market is a classic Salzburg activity in the winter. It's one of the world's oldest and most charming Christmas markets, offering traditional and delectable food and drinks as well as many local, handmade products.
Salzburg lies on the banks of the Salzach river, just to the north of the Alps. Much of the area to the south of the city centre itself is dominated by mountainous and alpine scenes. The northern area of Salzburg is generally more lush and flat, located in the Salzach Valley along the river. Both the areas in the Salzach Valley have many gardens and parks, and the alpine areas feature a diverse natural environment. Many different species of animals can be seen in the valley as well as in the mountains If you are lucky, you will see a chamois, a species similar to the antelope, or an eagle owl. Visitors who rent a car in Salzburg can easily traverse the different areas to experience the contrasting landscapes and environments. I you have kids along, Mühlbach am Hochkönig is an idyllic region that offers petting zoos and farms where you can try your hand at milking cows, feeding lambs, riding horses and much more. It's a wonderful way for the entire family to get close to the rural surroundings.
Salzburg, and Austria in general, follow primarily the same driving regulations as most of Europe. However, there are several specific regulations to be aware of when driving in Austria. First of all, while driving with the headlights on is optional during the daytime, it is mandatory in the night. Furthermore, during the winter months, between November and April, all vehicles that are driven must be equipped for wintry conditions such as winter tyres. It is mandatory for the driver and passengers to wear a seatbelt at all times. Finally, the legal limit for drinking and driving in Austria is 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, and the penalties for going above this limit are severe.