My friend and I planned a spontaneous trip to Salzburg, Austria few days ago. The plan went smoothly as we travelled to Salzburg yesterday by train from Munich Central Station regardless of the heavy snow. We were definitely nervous the night before because I do not want to jeopardise my friend’s career if we did not make it back the same day due to the heavy snowing in the state of Bayern. We went to the central station early to ask for information if it was safe to travel. The lady said yes. So, we took our chances.
Our train departed exactly at 0856 hours according to schedule, and arrived at 1042 hours in Salzburg Central Station. Along the journey, we could see how thick the snow was and it was snowing all day too. Thankfully, when we arrive in Salzburg, it stopped snowing. We had a few hours of that before it started to have snow shower. The streets were wet with the melting snow, as you could imagine. Waterproof boots, winter jacket, warm gloves are highly recommended. Plus, beanie and warm inner wear too if you want to survive the winter. It sucks that we need to wear so thick but that is just how it is! I love summertime because we can wear less!
Anyway, the ride to Salzburg was not that crowded. Along the way, the train does stop at least 6 to 7 different stations to drop and pick passengers up. However, the ride from Salzburg central station was packed. Some passengers had to stand throughout the journey. It is always safer to be there at least 30 minutes before the scheduled time unless you do not mind standing for 1 hour 45 minutes or more.
Purchasing train ticket:
I bought the train ticket via DB navigator app. The Bayern-ticket costs 25 Euro per person. For each person you add, it costs 7 Euro extra. There were two of us so we paid 32 Euro for our return ticket. We were choosing between Flixbus and the train. My friend had an unpleasant trip with the bus, therefore, we opt to try to train instead. It was my first time using the train on a long journey as well. It was worth it. I would highly recommend to take the train. We had the Meridian train.
It was rather easy to find which platform the train would be at by referring to the board at the Munich Central Station. Otherwise, there is an information centre just right in front of the platforms too.
Cafe Tomaselli is one of the popular cafes there. It was crowded when we arrived, and we got lucky that someone just left a table for us. They serve breakfasts, cakes, and drinks from alcohol to non-alcoholic. Tomaselli Hot Punch was my choice: mix of rum, orange juice and black tea. The waiter said it was a good choice if you want to sleep well! I have to admit, the hot punch was delicious. I would have this any day instead of Glühwein (mulled wine). I would highly recommend you to try it, too!
As for the cakes, there are pretty women walking around serving the cakes. Once you decided what you would like to have, you will have to pay it on the spot as well. Drinks and cakes are paid separately. The cake I had was dry but it was not overly sweet. It has a good balance.
After Cafe Tomaselli, we walked around the area in the snow shower. The shopping area is very unique. Usually we are used to the big shopping malls sort of thing but the ones in Salzburg are not that way. You can see it in the photo below:
We came across Mozarts Wohnhaus, Mozarts Geburtshaus (birthplace). We did not make any exact plans on where we need to visit. So, the idea of being spontaneous was not bad either. Salzburg have beautiful buildings. The people we met along the way are friendly, and smiley.
Traveling with the bus in Salzburg:
The ticket machine did not work when we needed to use it. We are able to purchase tickets from the bus driver, too. The single-ticket costs 2,70 Euro per person. There is an option for 24-hours ticket as well.
It is easy to get one location to another by foot, when the weather allows you to. The earlier you depart from Munich, you will have more time to spent in Salzburg. The Salzburg Central Station is not far from the city and is easy to get there by bus if you are in a rush. If you are not doing any shopping, you can survive a whole day with 100 Euro. We spent on drinks and food, and I spent less than 100 Euro per person including the bus tickets.
May there be more adventures ahead!
Extra shots from Salzburg below!