One of the oldest cities in Austria, Salzburg as it is today was founded in the 7th century CE. Archeological evidence suggests that the spot where the current city stands has been inhabited as a settlement since the Neolithic Era, near the end of the Stone Age in Europe. Today, Salzburg is Austria’s fourth-largest city with a population of just over 155,000 people.
Flights to Salzburg arrive at Salzburg Airport W. A. Mozart (SZG). It is the second-largest airport in the country, located just two miles from Salzburg’s city center. Flights to Salzburg, Austria, are available from many other countries around the world as the city’s location near the Austrian Alps makes it an ideal starting point for skiers and snowboarders traveling to the country’s alpine ski resorts on vacation. Travelers in warmer climates looking for a cooler getaway, as seen with passengers who book flights from San Francisco (SFO) to Salzburg, also find comfort, fun, and plenty to do in this beautiful city.
Passengers who fly to Salzburg can travel from Salzburg Airport into the city using the Salzburg Trolleybus System. This efficient public transportation network has more than 20 lines with trolleybuses arriving and departing from most stops every 10 minutes. It is also possible for travelers from nearby countries, such as Germany, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic, to get to Salzburg by high-speed ICE trains.
The city has much to offer sightseers. Salzburg’s historic city center has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. Located on the banks of the scenic Salzach River, the city center is home to dozens of significant historic sites. Among these are Mozarts Geburtshaus, the house where classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born that is today a museum; Nonnberg Abbey, a Benedictine monastery that dates back to the 8th century; Saint Sebastian's Church, built in the 16th century; and Hohensalzburg Fortress, a medieval hilltop fortress that was built in the early 11th century on the site of an earlier fort constructed by the ancient Romans.
Because it is rich in culture, and due to its proximity to the Alps, many students and other young people from abroad take cheap flights to Salzburg to take classes and to sightsee. During the school year, these students often study at one of the city’s six universities. When school is not in session, many young people work, ski, and snowboard at nearby ski resorts.
Business travelers who take first class or business class flights to Salzburg often work in one of the city’s main industries, which include textile production; beer brewing; the production of leather goods; luxury automobile design and manufacturing; and the manufacture of musical instruments.
Although it is a small city, several notable people come from or once lived in Salzburg. These include classical composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Michael Haydn; Saint Liutberga, a Roman Catholic saint; mathematician and physicist Christian Doppler; and Georg von Trapp and Maria von Trapp, on whose experiences the famous Broadway musical and film The Sound of Music were based.