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There is a PRIVATE train-company in Austria now as well and all they do is travelling 12 times a day between Vienna and Salzburg.
What I found perfect with them:
For just 25 euros you can travel from Salzburg to Vienna with them, 50 euros is the returnticket and they will go 12 times a day in each direction.
Compare that 50 euros with the daytrips by bus from Vienna that are more than 100 euros !
The ordinary tickets in this distance with ÖBB (the normal train-company of Austria) is 50 euros one way, (or 25 euros when you have a "Vorteilscard" that will cost you an extra of 100 euros per year)
You dont need to buy your ticket in advance, you just take a place in the train, and the conductor is coming to sell you a ticket.
travel-time is about the same as with ÖBB: 3 hours to Salzburg, although ÖBB has a few trains that are 15min faster !
trains also stop in: Wien-Hütteldorf - St.Pölten - Amstetten - Linz - Wels - Attnang-Puchheim
and they use the same rails & stations like ÖBB !
Trains go every day of the year at the same time, also on sundays & holidays
There are 3 snack-bars in each train, they sell coffee, sandwiches, softdrinks, croissants etc. BUT no hot meals !
What I found a disadvantage against ÖBB:
the last train is leaving Vienna already at 06.32pm and in Salzburg at 07.24pm
I missed HOT snacks in the snack-bars
I missed seats thal allow you to take a nap
their seats are changeable a bit, but that was not better for sleeping !
When you sit in the upper floor you have to store your bigger luggage
below, in the lower floor in a lockable place !
When you don't have an Eurail,Interrail-ticket etc. yet and intend to go by train from Vienna to Zell am See, Salzburg, Graz, Hallstatt etc - and when you are still under 26 years of age it makes sense to buy a "VORTEILScard <26" !
It is a ticket that you may get at any train-station. You pay 19,90 Euros, bring a passport-pic and will first get an interim-paper ticket, later by mail you get something looking like a credit card. Already the paper ticket entitles you to buy and use tickets for half-fare right away!!
On the distance Vienna-Salzburg you may save around 19,90 Euros one-way already !! because the ordinary ticket is 39,80.
This ticket makes sense for any tourist under 25 years planning to travel by train in Austria!!
In case that you have no permanent address in Austria, where they could send the final ticket, give them your hotel address, a friends-address etc. - it will take several weeks until you get the final card, BUT you have to have an address ready, otherwise the counter might refuse to sell that ticket.
That ticket is valid for 365 days and you might even use it again in your next vacation in Austria.
The ride from Zell am See to the village of Krimml takes 75 minutes and the station of the bus is rather close to the entrance of the Krimmler Wasserfaelle.
In case that you are coming from Kitzbühel, Innsbruck etc. you will have to change the bus in Mittersill.
There is a train as well from Zell am See, but it really makes mainly sense for fans of narrow-gauge and steam-trains, they also go only the weekends !
Krimml is quite easy to drive to, when you are coming from Zell am See and Mittersill, the road is also quite scenic - dont miss the view of the Großvenediger, it will be on the left of the road and will last for a few hundred meters only and you will see the snowcovered mountains in the back between other mountains in front, it is like the famous "Jungfrau-blick" in Interlaken.
In Krimml you will find really large parking-spaces, the easy-ones you have to pay for parking, the last one is free of charge, that is close to the "Waterworld" the walk to the entrance of the falls from there is about 10 minutes and it is the one in my main picture.
They even have lockers for motorbikers-luggage (on my 2nd pic)
During the high season - after june 21st and maybe untill end of september there are Taxis that will take you to the upper waterfalls through the woods on seperate alpine-roads that are not open to the public trafic. That might be a good way to see the waterfalls the easy way and it will also be the only way to get there for handicapped people.
I found these signposts at the carpark next to the Wassererlebniswelt, it seems that these taxis are waiting there during sunny days and you will find their tel.number there as well.
the Königssee from above
can be done best from Zell am See
I took a flight in a small airplane over the austrian alps including the Grossglockner and even over the Koenigssee in Bavaria, that was a really great adventure. I also was lucky that I was able to join 2 young couples who had booked that flight in advance and had a seat free, and as they wanted to sit togeather I was even able to get the seat in front, next to the pilot.
I payed something like 100 euros for a long flight of about 90 minutes
Go to the airport and ask for a flight ! Or even better : click on the link below and make a reservation !
the road to the highest mountains of Austria
Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse is a toll-road and at first sight it looks quite expensive, BUT with that fee you dont only get the toll for the road, but in fact also all of the parking-fees and entry-fees to all museums along the road to Heiligenblut.
Some of the hotels in that area will refund that toll, when you stay for a few days
the 30day ticket for cars: 45 / 35 euros for motorbikes
the round-ticket for cars: 32 / 24 euros for motorbikes
something special for motorbikers:
Motorradhimmel Großglockner / Biker's heaven is a new project in the aea in order to improove the facilities along Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse for motor-bikers.
So they will find lots of garages and changing rooms or shelter-rooms for bad weather conditions. At Kaiser Franz-Josefs-Hoehe they will even find special lockers (see my 2nd picture), big enough to store their leather-overalls, the helmet and luggage etc. while taking a walk in the mountains. these lockers are free of charge, you need a 1-euro-coin that you will get back at the end.
25 euros for the 15-day-ticket
35 euros for the 30-day-ticket
By Public transport to Grossglockner :
Take Postbus 610 from Zell am See
Exploring Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse without your own car makes sense and is a lot cheaper as well, as you totally save the fee for the toll-road. There is 1-2 buses daily and all of them will have a stop of 30 minutes at Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Hoehe, so you dont see that area only by bus, but will have the chance to walk around a bit, watch the marmots, get some food etc.
Bus 651 will take you within 2 hours and 15 minutes to F.J.Hoehe, in case that you like to take a wheel-chair or a bike with you you have to reserve for them at least 1 day in advance : Tel.+43 6542 5444-10
*Rollstuhl-/Fahrradmitnahme 1 Werktag vorher anm., Tel.+43 6542 5444-10 (Gültig vom Mai bis Oktober); Fahrradmitnahme begrenzt möglich
Driving to Hellbrunn is easy also by car, in case that you know how to do it:
When coming from Vienna and other places east or west of Salzburg you better drive around the city of Salzburg on the highway, and take the exit in ANIF in the south of the city - Hellbrunn is just about 2 km from that exit and you totally avoid the stress of driving through the town-centre of Salzburg.
For parking of your car in Hellbrunn you will find plenty of spaces and always have to pay a small fee :
31 to 120 minutes of parking is 2 euros
every additional hour is 0,60 euros
in any case, the maximum-fee is 3,20 euros per day
Type: Car/Motor Home
Take the public bus #25 that starts at Salzburg Hauptbahnhof, it will take you within about 30-35 minutes to Hellbrunn. You will not leave the area of the city of Salzburg, so the busride is included also in the daytickets and in the Salzburg-Card.
On my pictures : Wasserspiele in Hellbrunn is a lot of fun, when water will rush out at places, where you would not expect it.
For timetables and more infos, click on my link below !
take bus #2 to the airport
BUS 2 will take you from the main train-station / Hauptbahnhof Salzburg directely to the airport. That rides takes 15 minutes and you may check for the times of departure at the webpage below or here
That bus-ride will be included in the day-tickets of the Salzburg transportation system and the so-called "Salzburg-Card"
For Hangar-7 you have to considder, that the walking-distance from the terminus of Bus #2 to Hangar-7 is about 20 minutes, because you have to walk through the tunnel under the airfield.
longtime parking at Airport Salzburg
Parking directely at the airport of Salzburg is quite expensive, especially when you fly to a distant destination and need to park your car for 10 or more days there.
The car-park is divided into 2 parts :
1)short-time-parking for up to 24 hours
2)longtime-parking , see the prices for that at my picture.
This parking DOES NOT make sense, when you just want to visit the museum of Hangar-7, because that is in a large distance, at the other side of the airfield.
For more details and infos about the airport Salzburg, please click on my link below !
Type: Car/Motor Home
a large car-park at Hangar-7
You may drive with your private car directely to the Hangar-7 and park your car opposite of the great museum. It is a bit confusing that there are absolutely NO sign-posts telling you that this would be the parking for Hangar-7-visitors. I spoke about that to the lady at the reception of the museum, and she told me, plenty of people think that same way, except her boss, Mr. Red Bull...
Anyway, its great to have that parking, free of charge like the museum, and just opposite of the entrance of the building.
Type: Car/Motor Home
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