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Untersberg bahn - 1/2 day or day trip from Salzburg

We spent a couple of hours on Untersberg this morning - it was beautiful day and you could see the mountains and scenery in all directions. You get a fabulous view of the whole of Salzburg, the Salzburg Lake District and the Hohen Tauern mountains. The cable car seems to run every 1/2 hour and takes about 15 minutes to get to the top. There is a gravel/rocky path that will take you to two or three outlooks points and there are a number of story-boards along the way that talk about the history of salt mining, the ecology, wildlife, etc. There are three restaurants near the top (one requires a bit of a hike down the hill aways), so taking a leisurely lunch is an option. For the hearty and strong legged, you can also hike up or down the mountain on different paths. We saw a number of folks arriving at the top and then enjoying a relaxing lunch.

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Ahhhh, sounds wonderful! As I mentioned in your thread reviewing Haus am Moos, the weather didn't cooperate during our last, too-short stay in Salzburg, so we didn't take the cable car...but we will on our next visit!

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We took the trip out to Untersberg last October because it was included in the Salzburg Card -- loved it!! Unfortunately we only had sneakers and there was snow/ice on the ground so we mostly just enjoyed the views from near the cable car stop. Gorgeous!!

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Thanks for the report. How does one get there from Salzburg? And is there a trail up the mountain as well? We like to hike up and ride a cablecar down--- would that be possible?

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Hi Lola - we were staying on Moosstrasse, so we just drove through Grodig and into St Leonhard, where the cable car starts. I'm not sure exactly where the trails start. There are many of them. One of the main trails starts in Furstenbrunn, which is very near Glanegg - at the end of Moosstrasse. I would google hiking on Untersbergbahn to see what you can find. I'm not sure if the Untersbergbahn is part of the Salzburg Card. Bus 21 seemed to go there, and there were a number of folks going from the cable car to the bus, so they may be co-ordinated. We like to hike too, but didn't have time, or the right footwear on this trip. Other RS folks may know more about these trails.

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As Susan noted, there is a bus from Salzburg that ends at the lift station -- when we did it last year the bus (round trip) was also covered by Salzburg card. If you did not use the card, the bus was slightly more than a local Salzburg bus.

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Thanks! I will look into the Salzburg card for our visit. Nthis trip is a year off so I have time.. .