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Austria Province of Salzburg (Salzburg County)


State of Salzburg Tourist Information, Hotel Accommodation and Travel Guide

Province of Salzburg county

Although Salzburg is a famous town in Austria, this is also the name of one of the nine states in Austria. The state Salzburg is the smallest state when it comes to population – 520 000 inhabitants. The capital of the state is the city Salzburg and the state covers a total territory of 7 154 sq km. The state is divided into five districts – Pinzgau (capital district), Pongau, Lungau, Tennengau and Flachgau (which includes the city Salzburg). The state is located between the Austrian states Upper Austria, Styria, Carinthia and Tyrol and the German state Bavaria. Salzburg is bounded on the east and north by the Dachstein Massif and the Berchtesgaden Alps and on the south it includes the Central Alps (plus the Hohe Tauern mountains), which have many 3 000 m peaks.


In the state of Salzburg there are many interesting things and tourist facilities. The state can offer 21 tourist regions with 115 resort towns and 192 000 tourist beds. There are 185 lakes in Salzburg, the biggest of which is Wolfgangsee.

The biggest river in the state is called Salzach and the highest peak is 3 666m above the sea level in the Grossvenediger mountain. For the nature lovers there are around 7 200 km of hiking paths (2 500 km of which are used both summer and winter), 2 000 km of cycling paths and 3 000 km of mountain bike trails. The state also offers one national park, 1 700 km of ski slopes and 2 220 km of cross-country ski trails. Especially for the winter season there are numerous interesting places – the Sportwelt Amadé ski area with around 350 km ski slopes, Kaprun-Zell am See European Sports Region, where skiing is available throughout the whole year in the glacier area, the Hochkönig's mountain realm, the trails in Saalbach-Hinterglemm and many more.

Salzburg Skiing

In terms of culture Salzburg is also pretty captivating. Many of the buildings there are dating back to the Baroque and the Rococo periods and the Old Town in the city Salzburg was given the name “a Treasure of World Cultural Heritage” by UNESCO.
Here are many other places of interest in the state Salzburg:

  • Castles - Burg Finstergrün, Burg Hohenwerfen in Werfen, Burg Mauterndorf, Festung Hohensalzburg and more;
  • Cathedrals - Dom in Wals-Siezenheim, Pongauer Dom (Cathedral) and Salzburger Dom;
  • Monuments - Brunnen Mozarts Mutter, Heimatmuseum Kösslerhäusl, Mozartplatz and others;
  • Museums - Aberseer Heimathaus Lipphaus, Heimatkundliches Museum, Karl Heinrich Waggerl House and so on;
  • Caves - Dürnberg "Knappen" trails, Eisriesenwelt Ice Cave, Lamprechtshöhle, Naturhöhle and more;
  • Nature reserves - Bergspielplatz, Brutplatz, Gerzkopf Nature Reserve, Hohe Tauern National Park…;
  • Nature trails – Butterfly Trail, Glacier Nature Trail Ödenwinkelkees, Hollersbachtal, Thalgauer Achen-Herbularium and others;
  • Bridges, fountains, chapels, churches, historical buildings, galleries, gorges, waterfalls, craft shows, observatories and so much more


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