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Torn Between Two Countries

Currently we have booked hotel stay in Munich for 3 nights in August...however I'm seriously thinking about changing my stay to Salzburg and doing a day trip to Munich. Munich is a place that I want to visit but the more I read about it I'm not sure that I want to stay there. I'm a sucker for mountains...can anyone tell me if the mountains views in Salzburg are superior to those in Munich? 3 nights isn't much time but I would rather wake up and go to sleep surrounded but the beautiful views rather than the hustle and bustle of Munich. I do realize that travel time will be extended due to the trip to/from the Munich airport. If however the views aren't what I think they might be in Salzburg proper then I won't change my plans and will visit the Swiss Alps some day in the future.

Thanks so much....

Posted by
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There are no mountain views in Munich. You need to drive 30 minutes or more south of Munich to see the foothills of the Alps. There are mountain views in Salzburg but again a big city is not the best place for mountain views.

Posted by
5547 posts

Salzburg's my kind of town and I can say it's a worthwhile three night visit. But my only Munich experience is departing from MUC at the end of our Austria trip. (We flew into Salzburg and departed MUC). No mountains close to Munich. But we were in Munich traffic for an hour or more getting the the airport on a Sunday morning.

If you have watched the Sounds of Music you will know that the hills around Salzburg are alive.

Posted by
768 posts

If you want mountains then it is Salzburg and it offers lots of sights like the hilltop fortress and Mirabell Palace and the scenic old town.

Posted by
31056 posts

If you want mountain views, Salzburg is a better choice. For the ultimate in scenic mountain views, take a trip to Hallstatt which is one of the most incredibly beautiful places I've seen in Europe. One of the RS Scrapbook entries has great views of that area. Try to take the Funicular up the mountain to Rudolfsturm (on the way to the Salt Mine tour), where you can enjoy a "cool one" or a fine meal on the outside patio and enjoy views that are stunning! Salzburg is also close to Berchtesgaden, which also has wonderful scenery.