Creating the perfect solo travel itinerary can be tricky. The key is knowing how many days you need in your destination. In my case, the timeline was tight, but I managed to create the perfect 2 days in Salzburg itinerary.
If you are a solo female traveler in Europe, check out Salzburg, Austria! It is one of the safest European cities to travel alone as an independent woman! As a solo female traveling, safe cities are significant to me. In general, I don’t think you can go wrong in Europe, traveling alone as a woman. Salzburg is the spot for solo traveling when you are a single woman, especially a beginner in adventure traveling!
This post will contain the perfect 2 days in Salzburg itinerary ideas of top-notch recommendations!
How Many Days Do You NEED In Salzburg?
Salzburg is small, so if you were interested in just seeing what the city of Salzburg has to offer 2 days is enough. The area around Salzburg has a lot to offer, and if you were planning on days of excursions you will need a few more than just 2 days in Salzburg.
I managed to get around to nearly everything I had on my Salzburg bucket list in just 2 days. If you plan your trip well, you too will see everything. How many days YOU NEED in Salzburg really does depend on your level of interest in its sites. There are many places to see in Salzburg, I created a list of the ones you don’t want to miss!
Langauge Spoken in Austria
In Austria the language is German. It is Austrian German, which has a little bit of a different dialect. The most important words to know are:
- Good Morning – Guten Morgan
- Beer – Bier
- Wine – Wein
- Where is the toliet – Wo ist die toiletten
- Thanks- Danke
In Austria, you will need to have Euros, and I would suggest you need approximately 100 euros per day for spending money. Austria is not the cheapest place I have visited, not the most expensive either. Luckily in Salzburg, you can use your credit card in most establishments.
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The Transportaion to Salzburg
Salzburg is easy to reach from major cities such as Vienna or Munich. Making it the perfect day trip! Traveling from Vienna will take approximately take 2 1/2 hours by train, or 2 1/2 by bus. Transit times are similar to Munich.
It would be possible to make a day trip out of Salzburg if you staying within 3 hours of the city. But personally, after visiting Salzburg, I would recommend that you try and stay a minimum of 2 nights. An optimal stay of 3 nights is ideal.
Transit Information In Salzburg
Download the app or visit the site for the local bus and trolly. Here you can buy day tickets in advance, which will save you time and money. Everything is digital these days. I would recommend downloading the Transit App by clicking HERE.
How many days in Salzburg you spend will determine whether or not you should obtain the Salzburg card.
If you plan to stay more than just a day and will visit multiple museums, I would highly recommend purchasing the Salzburg Card. This will get you free admission to most museums, trains, and buses, also the river tour. Many discounts for hotels and attractions. For more information please click HERE
Salzburg is pretty small, which gives you the advantage to see most of the city on foot. The main train station is about a 10-minute walk to the historic old town. I would leave the high heels at home though, these old cobblestone streets are hard on the feet.
Day 1: What to See in Salzaburg in 2 days
The perfect 2 days in Salzburg itinerary includes all of the top-notch sites! The standout attractions of Salzburg are Fortress Hohensalzburg and Mirabell Palace. I suggest that you focus the first day of your 2 day Salzburg itinerary here.
- Fortress Hohensalzburg, which can be seen in my pictures, is perched on the hill overlooking the city. You have a choice of taking the trolley to the top or burning off all that pastries by walking up on foot. Whichever way you get there, you will feel satisfied with the outcome. The views are truly spectacular, and plenty of activities to do upon the grounds. If you are hungry and thirsty, you can satisfy those cravings at the castle restaurant or tavern, located within the castle walls. If you want to go to the castle crazy, visit the website here, and make plans to visit the many castles in the Salzburg Region.
- The streets in Salzburg come alive with the sound of Mozart. The historic old town is relatively small, making getting around easy. The gardens at Mirabell Palace are as if taken straight from a romantic novel. An afternoon can easily be lost wandering around the grounds of this palace. Bring a book, coffee and just enjoy its beauty.
Salzburg 2 Day Itinerary Add-On’s
There is no better way to see Salzburg than by bike! When I am a solo female traveling around, I always look for a bike tour. It’s a great way to make travel friends!
Hellbrunner Wasserspiele is known as a true wonder that can still be experienced today although it was built more than 400 years ago. Here you will find Mystic caves, water-driven figures, and treacherous spray wells!
St. Sebastian Cemetery is a 400-year-old that has been revived in the heart of the city. It’s worth checking this place out when visiting Salzburg.
Hanger-7 is located at Salzburg Airport. This unique building houses the historical Flying Bulls aircraft and a collection of Formula 1 race cars. It also has, Restaurant Ikarus, two bars, an outdoor lounge, and one cafe. It’s an event location, and a meeting point for art lovers and bons vivants, too.
The Erzabtei St. Peter, the oldest monastery in the German-speaking world, in the heart of Salzburg’s old town. Since 696, monks have been living, praying, and working here.
The Residenplatz is a magnificent forecourt between the archiepiscopal residences in the heart of Salzburg’s Old City. It is bordered by the New Residence with its carillon, the Cathedral, the Old Residence, and a continuous row of townhouses.
Salzburg Cathedral is located in the center of the old town, Salzburg Cathedral is most impressive! A visit shouldn’t be missed.
Day 2: What to See in Salzburg in Two Days
Sound of Music Tour You don’t have to be a fan of The Sound of Music to enjoy any of the tours provided by this company! When you are a solo adventurer or have a short amount of time, guided tours are the best. This tour would take up the whole second day of your Salzburg 2 day itinerary.
If you wanted to skip the tour and stay in the city of Salzburg, the above list of itinerary items would be plenty to keep you busy.
Perfect Two Night Stay in Salzburg
Boutique Hotels in Salzburg
- Hotel Goldgasse is a special hotel located in Old Town. Arty, creative and cool is the best way to describe the hotel’s atmosphere.
- Hotel Goldener Hirsch is traditional and exceptional when it comes to the aesthetics of this hotel.
- Arthotel Blaue Gans is a great choice for a boutique modern style hotel.
Luxury Hotels in Salzburg
The most luxurious hotels can be found in Salzburg. If you are looking to treat yourself to a one-of-a-kind experience, look no further.
- Hotel Sacher Salzburg This hotel is FANCY. Bling, bling, Oprah would stay here fancy.
- Hotel Castle Mönchstein With the word “Castle” in the name, do I really need to say more? This is the kind of hotel that is more of an experience. I would suggest this hotel if you have a lot more time than just 2 days.
- Sheraton Grand Salzburg This hotel is rated as “fabulous” by previous guests. Centrally located, modern and clean!
Budget Hotels in Salzburg
If a lady is looking for ways to spoil herself in Salzburg but has a tight budget, here are some tips for you:
Two Days in Salzburg | Where to Eat
The perfect 2 days in Salzburg itinerary must include all the best places to eat and drink in Salzburg. How many days you can spend in Salzburg is also dependent on how many days you can handle the tempting cakes and pastries! Full warning, it can be very hard to resist!
Walking around old town Salzburg you will be inundated on every corner with the smell of freshly baked cakes. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
- Schatz Konditorei Loosen the top button, ladies! Or better yet, just wear leggings. It’s time for some of the best pastries!
- 220 Grad This place is the ULTIMATE coffee experience!
- Magazin is a unique dining experience. A store that serves small bites, and sells goodies of all varieties. Magazin is also a full-scale restaurant on the upper floor.
- Augustiner Brewery would make an excellent choice for a casual lunch on a day of site seeing.
- Stiegl Brewery Women like beer too! Salzburg has some particular brewery, and Stiegl is offering public and private tours. There is an on-site restaurant, a perfect place to have lunch! Also, for the beer enthusiast, there is a beer museum.
What are the places to have a tasty dinner on my own and meet new friends in Salzburg?
- St. Peter This place is extraordinary. Dining here is a true experience. If it’s Mozart you enjoy, then you can have a Mozart dinner. Check the site for more details.
- Restaurant Herzl Traditional Austrian dishes that will make you want to move to Salzburg.
- Bärenwirt is a modern dining restaurant serving Austrian fusion fare. Get a reservation ahead of time.
There is always time for a cocktail! Even if you have a strict Salzburg 2 day itinerary. For a great cocktail, check out this spot!
- Mayday Bar & Threesixty Loungy vibe with craft cocktails. This is located in Hanger – Seven.
Where To After The Perfect 2 Days in Salzburg Itinerary?
When you are finished with Salzburg, move on to Hallstatt! Hallstatt is approx. 2 hours by train from Salzburg. Click Here for Train Site
Hallstatt is located on the western shore in Austria’s mountainous Salzkammergut region. The most recommended way to travel to Hallstatt would be by train. The Attnang-Puchheim train station is 50 minutes from Salzburg and 135 minutes from Vienna.
Innsbruck, Austria was the backdrop of the film The Sound of Music. I was lucky enough to spend an afternoon here in 2009. It was so incredibly long ago, I will need to do a more intensive visit before offering any recommendations. I can tell you from its approximately 4 1/2 via train from Vienna and only approximately 1 hour 45 mins via train from Salzburg!
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