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  • Writer's pictureLeslie

Traveling to Salzburg, Austria with Kids in the Summer or Winter

Hellbrunn Palace with Kids Salzburg with Kids and toddlers
My daughter and I having fun playing around the gardens at the Hellbrunn Palace.

Are you dreaming up a family trip to Salzburg in the winter or summer?

You can't go wrong with either time — promise. We’ve visited Saltzburg with our littles during both seasons, and I have to say it’s a tough choice… both are great seasons in Salzburg! 

The Case for Summer:

On the one hand, you can see the Mirabell Gardens in their full, blooming glory. You can tour the Hellbrunn Palace, and enjoy getting splashed by the trick fountains (during wintertime it would be too cold). Our daughter, just over one at the time, was mesmerized by the intricate fountains! Also another fun family excursion? Walking up to the top of Fortress Hohensalzberg (the castle is worth exploring, plus the views are top-notch). You can take a funicular up and down as well (called the "FestungsBahn") if you're not in the mood for a trek.

For families older kids (ours have been too little to appreciate it), you might want to check out a Sound of Music tour. My sister and I did one when we were in our early 20s, and had a surprisingly fun time!

You could also pair a Salzburg trip with a visit to one of the nearby lakes. We went to Zell am See after exploring Salzburg, but there are also so many other lakes in the region worth checking out (my parents, for example, love Lake Hallstatt).  

Salzburg with kids at Christmas Family trip to Salzburg Christmas Markets
The Christmas Markets in Salzburg are lovely, but it can get pretty cold.

The Case for Winter: 

Two words: Christmas markets. Also, the last time we went over winter, there was snow blanketing the town, which made it magical. But brrr was it cold, so if you do go in the chilly season, be sure to bring your thick winter coat.

You can also combine a winter Salzburg trip with either a ski/snowboard excursion (there are a number of nearby mountains — including at Zell am See) or head to Munich (just over an hour away by train) for more Christmas Markets.

So what’s your vote, summer or winter in Salzburg? Or both?



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