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Summer in Salzburg

Proper summer in Salzburg begins in July, when both the weather and the activities really heat up. In town, the Salzburg Festival takes over with a mix of world-class opera and classical music, Mozart afficionados mixing with Sound of Music day-trippers. Just outside the city limits, discover quirky performances like a miners' sword dance known as Schwerttanz in the town of Hallein, or a ceremonial pole- carrying event, Prangstangen. The mountains and lakes around Salzburg are a spectacular setting for summer swims, hikes and bikes. In fact, you may find many of the locals escaping the city as well.
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St. Wolfgang

Leave the city limits for a day and dive into the crystal clear waters of the lake at St. Wolfgang.

Untersberg

Whether you hike or hitch a cable car, the view from Untersberg, the biggest mountain in Salzburg's direct surroundings, is worth the trip.

Trick Fountains at Hellbrunn

Built around 1700, these fountains were meant to play practical jokes on visiting nobility, soaking them at unexpected moments. Assuming you're not wearing your ball gown, getting soaked on a hot summer's day is actually very welcome. Needless to say, this is also a great place to take kids....

Hotel Goldener Hirsch

This historic hotel is a luxurious stay, perfect for those who want to experience only the very best of Salzburg.

Hotel Stein

Watch the sun set over Salzburg from Hotel Stein's rooftop bar, whether you're a guest or no. Centrally located, with perks like free wifi and four star service, it's smart to book a room as well as your table.

Augustinerbräu

A frosty mug of beer on a hot summer's day is a wonderful way to cool off, and the Augustinerbrau delivers with its leafy beer garden. Locals bring their own food rather than paying for the expensive fare at the stalls.

Getreidegasse

This narrow shopping street makes a great sunshade, while you can choose from any number of frozen treats to further cool you down between purchases.

Café Bazar

Enjoy a leisurely lunch on the banks of the river. Advanced booking is recommended for the best views.

Die Weisse

Wheat beer and traditional food like spaetzl are served in Die Weisse's charming beer garden.