FAMILY ATTRACTIONS IN SALZBURG
Situated just an hour’s drive away from CLC Alpine Centre, the fabulous city of Salzburg offers a wealth of family attractions for all ages.
The Sound of Music Tour
The hills are certainly alive with the ‘Sound of Music’ in Salzburg, where the famous film of the same name was shot in 1965.
Major stars in the film included Julie Andrews as Maria von Trapp and Christopher Plummer as Captain von Trapp. Several scenes were filmed around the city in some amazing locations. The Sound of Music Tour takes around one hour and is a great way to see the natural beauty of the locations used in the film. The cult status of the production is particularly evident in Übersee, and many fans have life-long dreams of following in the footsteps of Maria.
Horse Drawn Carriage Rides – Fiaker-Rundfahrten
Once the equivalent of today’s taxis, horse drawn carriages are now a popular tourist attraction in Salzburg. Probably the best way to see Salzburg within a short period of time, a horse and carriage ride will take you around the cobbled streets of the Old Town on a magical journey.
Explore Salzburg’s UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage Sites, including the beautiful squares of Residenzplatz, Domplatz, Kapitelplatz, Mozartplatz, Alter Markt, Universitaetsplatz, Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz and many more.
House of Nature – Haus der Natur
Get ‘interactive’ with the kids at the Salzburg House of Nature in the middle of the Old Town. This amazing science and natural history museum also houses an aquarium and reptile zoo. Interactive stations, covering all manner of natural phenomena and 80 exhibition rooms attract 300,000 annual visitors.
Home to primeval dinosaurs, colourful underwater worlds and rare reptiles, the House of Nature is open daily from 9am to 5pm (closed 25th December).
The Toy Museum – Spielzeugmuseum
Another great family attraction, the Toy Museum is home to new and antique dolls’ houses, miniature railways and learning toys made of wood, clay and tin. A hands-on museum, it comprises three central themes – ´Games,’ ‘Experiences,’ and ‘Fascination.’ Also great for small children, the ground floor provides plenty of space for youngsters to have fun with a variety of tracks to race cars down or run marbles along.
On the first floor, Teddy and his pals lead on an interactive journey through a treasure chamber and doll house. A hundred-year-old toy shop is certain to set kids’ hearts pounding with pure excitement.
Home to over 1,200 animals from around the world, including lions, red pandas, Alpine ibex and brown bears, Salzburg Zoo, situated just south of the city, is one of the most popular attractions in the region. See the sloths and lowland tapirs from the Americas and the Parma wallabies from Australia. Broad, open enclosures allow the animals to live in a semi-natural environment surrounded by imposing rock faces and hilly countryside. The Petting Zoo is a favourite with the children and the Night Zoo on Fridays and Saturdays in August and September is well worth a visit.
Enjoy a view of Salzburg from the water with a motor boat cruise along the Salzach river. Board the boat at Makart Bridge in Salzburg’s historic city centre and enjoy an 8km cruise along the stunning cityscape towards Hellbrunn. Marvel at the majestic mountain ranges and proceed to Hellbrunn pier, where a historical London double decker bus takes visitors to the baroque palace in Hellbrunn, with its magical trick fountains.