Untersberg Mountain is located just south of the City of Salzburg straddling the border of Austria and Germany. It’s the perfect day trip if you are looking to escape the city and explore the majestic mountains. The best part is that it is easily accessible to families traveling with children.
Getting to the Untersberg Gondola
Public transportation in Salzburg is safe, clean, and reliable. Getting to the gondola takes about 25 minutes by bus from the Salzburg city center. You have a few options, but I recommend Bus #25. The last stop (called Untersbergbahn) is directly in front of the lift station. The bus also stops at Hellbrunn Palace and Trick Fountains. I recommend visiting Hellbrunn Palace after Untersberg to avoid having to cross the busy road with the kids. You’ll have plenty of time to visit both places in the same day.
How Much to Budget
The gondola is a bit pricey. The cost for adults is 25 euros and 12 euros for children. However, you can ride the gondola for FREE with the Salzburg card. The Salzburg card also covers public transportation, so the bus ride is included as well.
What to Bring
The gondola takes you to an elevation of 1,776 meters (5,826 feet). The temperature at this elevation will be cooler than at the base of the mountain. We visited the mountain top in the month of July and the air was noticeably cooler. We were quite comfortable in long pants and t-shirts (Aiden wore shorts…. but only because the boy hates long pants). Keep this in mind and plan accordingly. It isn’t unreasonable to pack a light jacket, especially when visiting in the morning or cooler part of the day. During the late fall or early spring, it is possible for there to be snow on the summit as the locals use the mountain for skiing and snowboarding.
I also recommend bringing comfortable walking shoes, snacks, and bottled water.
Tip – If the kids get cold, the restaurant has really great hot cocoa. 🙂
The Ride to the Top
The ride up takes about 10 minutes. The views from the gondola are spectacular. The gondola cab has windows on all sides, so you’re sure to get plenty of great photos. For those in your group who are scared of heights (ahem… Papaw), I recommend taking a spot in the middle of the cab away from the windows. The views coming back down are just as wonderful, so you’ll have a second opportunity to get that perfect shot.
Exploring the Top of Untersberg Mountain
Once you reach the top, you’ll exit the building to an observation area that looks north over Salzburg. After taking in the views there, take a short hike up to the official summit where you can look across the border into Germany.
Important – The trails are well maintained and there are fences and railings in some of the more precarious areas. However, remind the kids not to stray off the trails or climb on top of any boulders or railings. It’s best to avoid an unnecessary trip to the hospital. Besides, getting quick medical attention from the mountain top might take some time.
There is no limit to the amount of time that you can spend visiting the mountain top. Just be aware of the departure time of the last gondola if you are visiting later in the day. You don’t want to miss the ride down (or you will definitely be putting those comfortable walking shoes to use!!)
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