Are You An Independent Traveler?
Great Ways To Do The Sound of Music Tour On Your Own!
The Do-It-Yourself Option for the independent traveler
Why choose to see the movie locations on your own?
If you are an independent traveler, you will decide to do your own tour because you can then go where you want, when you want, see what you want to see, spend as little or as much time as you want, and probably spend less money doing it.
For a slightly more unusual way of getting around, why not rent a Segway. The company is known as Segway City Surfing and can be found at Mozartplatz, 5020 Salzburg.
A Segway is a two wheeled battery-driven vehicle that has a platform to stand on. They are very easy to learn to ride and is a great way to get around. Pre-booking is required. Guided tours are also available.
If you are an independent traveler who likes cycling but wants to take the strain out of pedaling, try hiring a movelo – an electric bike. There are battery replacement stations located around the region, so you are not restricted to staying in and around town. Check out the website, although it’s in German - http://www.movelo.com
Alternatively, go to http://www.mozartradweg.com/konto/11/eng/vid/Lde/content.standard.html for information in English.
If it’s a traditional bicycle that’s more your style, try TopBike Salzburg (tel: 0043627 24656 website: www.topbike.at), who have two locations in town, one at the Central Railway Station (Hauptbahnhof Salzburg, Südtiroler Platz 1), and one on Franz-Josef-Kai, near “Staatsbrücke”, the main bridge in the old town. A bicycle garage for 350 bicycles (including 130 lockable bike boxes) is located at the railway station.
You can have your bike delivered to your hotel or campsite, and have them picked up when you’ve finished. The bike rental season runs from April to October. They also offer self-guided tours through the city with a portable audio guide, and provides information about most of the important sights of Salzburg. You may also find that your hotel rents out bikes inexpensively.
Octopus Bike Rental
This looks such fun and is new to Salzburg. Unfortunately we were there before TopBike (same details as above) had these bikes to hire. They can accommodate up to seven people, all facing each other. I still haven’t quite worked out how you manage to cycle in a straight line. If anyone has a go on one of these Octopus bikes, perhaps you could let us know how it went?!
Car Rental Salzburg
If you want to do as much as possible during your stay in Salzburg, then probably the best option is to be independent and rent your own vehicle. This way you will be able to dedicate a couple of days to visit all the Sound of Music film locations in the surrounding Salzkammergut region.
If you have the time, then there is no better way of exploring a new city than to go on foot and walk! Salzburg is a very small city and is easy to find your way around. Many of the Sound of Music locations are within walking distance of each other. This way you can spend as much time as you like in each place and enjoy the beauty of your surroundings.
All you need is a good pair of comfortable walking shoes and a city map of Salzburg!
Listen as you walk around Salzburg by downloading your personal Sound of Music audio walking tour guide on to your MP3 player, iPod or CD. iJourney walks are fun, lively, informative and cool.
Visit http://www.ijourneys.com/. Get your walking boots on and enjoy the Sound of Music MP3 tour.
If you are not much of a walker, you could always catch a taxi to see all the sights. There are many taxis operating in Salzburg. Taxis can NOT be hailed on the street, but picked up at designated taxi ranks or booked by telephone (31300, 40100, 60160). The 'Taxi' sign on the car roof is illuminated if the cab is free. The main taxi rank is located outside Salzburg railway station.
One company called Salzburg Taxi Online is great for planning and paying for your trip ahead of time. Telephone number 43(0) 664-1407869 and can be found on Wolfsgartenweg 34/2. It is an exclusive taxi-service and will take you on your own private sightseeing tour, to places that you wish to go to in and around Salzburg.
Public Transport - Buses and Trams
Buses and trams operate the same ticket system. If you haven’t bought a Salzburg Card and are only staying in Salzburg for a short time, then a 24 hour bus ticket will be your best bet. The ticket is a pass that allows you to go on any bus in the city, and can be purchased before your journey at any tobacconists kiosk (Tabak stand).
As you get on the bus, enter your ticket in the blue validating machine to activate your pass. ( There are plain clothed ticket inspectors that can issue on-the-spot fines to anyone travelling without a valid ticket).
The main bus station, Südtirolerplatz, is outside the main railway station (Hauptbahnhof). Buses 1 and 4 will take you to the ring around the Aldstadt (Old Town). Check to make sure the bus is going to the Zentrum (city centre).
As well as buses and trams, there is the funicular railway (the FestungsBahn) which takes you up to the Hohensalzburg Fortress giving you great views of the city, and where it is possible to walk down to Nonnberg Abbey. Nonnberg is signposted on the path to and from the fortress.
The funicular railway can be taken from Festingsgasse. It climbs up a steep track through the Fortress walls. The FestungsBahn is the oldest funicular railway in Austria and was originally water powered, although today it runs on electricity.
As you climb higher the views of the Altstadt become more magnificent. The funicular railway leaves every 10 minutes and only takes a few minutes to reach the top.
Whichever way you decide to see the sights, imagine Julie Andrews and the rest of the crew singing and dancing their way around Salzburg...you never know, you might just burst in to song yourself!
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