Information & Facts
Salzburg has a continental climate with Alpine influences
because of its proximity to the mountains. Summers are warm and
pleasant, although rainy days are common. Winters are cold,
temperatures hovering just above or below freezing, with plentiful
The central core of Salzburg is easy and pleasant to explore on
foot. There are buses and streetcars available, for which a 24-hour
pass can be bought which includes the use of the Hohensalzburg
Funicular. Taxis are plentiful at visible ranks throughout the
city, but they are expensive.
The official language in Austria is German.
The unit of currency is the Euro (EUR), which is divided into
100 cents. Currency can be exchanged at banks and bureaux de change
available in all towns, but it may be easier to use the ATMs. Banks
are closed on Saturdays and Sundays, but exchange offices at
airports and major city rail terminals are open seven days a week.
Major credit and debit cards are widely accepted though some small
hotels and restaurants may only accept cash. Travellers cheques are
Local time in Austria is GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday
in March to the last Sunday in October).