Munich to Salzburg by Train
Munich (München), Germany’s third largest city is a modern, sophisticated city with a history steeped in tradition. It’s famous for its annual beer festival, the Oktoberfest, which attracts thousands of visitors every year, but whether you’re fond of the amber ale or not, you’ll find plenty to entertain you in Munich. Top of the list for most visitors is the Marienplatz and its neo-Gothic Rathaus and Glockenspiel, where at 11 a.m. and 12 noon, the colourful characters on the clock will perform a dance for you. Munich also boasts magnificent churches, the Nymphenburg Palace, the English Garden and much more.
With music at its heart, Austria’s Salzburg is the perfect place to indulge in a bit of culture or just wander the quaint cobblestoned streets of the Altstadt (Old Town). Beautiful Mirabell Palace gardens, the Dom (Cathedral) and the Hohensalzburg Fortress, are all worth a visit. Or why not enjoy a meal at St Peter Stiftskeller, Europe’s oldest restaurant which dates back to 803? It’s the perfect place to grab a bite to eat after going from Munich to Salzburg by train.
How to get from Munich to Salzburg by train
By high-speed train
Super-fast and super-smooth, high-speed RailJet trains will have you in Salzburg just one and a half hours after leaving Munich. The non-stop service operates three times per day. Seat reservations are optional but recommended during high season and peak times. The fee is 3.50 Euros for both 1st and 2nd class.
By regional train
If your preferred style of travel is at a more leisurely pace, you’ll be spoilt for choice on this route. Regional Express and EuroCity trains operate regularly throughout the day, stopping multiple times on the one-and-three-quarter to two hour journey. If you like to explore off-the-beaten track towns and villages, take the regional trains.
Getting to Munich Hbf station
Munich’s main train station, MünchenHbf, is a busy, modern station with a huge range of shops and restaurants to keep you occupied whilst waiting for your train. you’ll also find a tourist information office and lockers for storing your luggage. You can reach Marienplatz in a few minutes by taxi or S-Bahn (covered with your Eurail Pass), but if you prefer to walk, allow around 15 minutes.
Arriving in Salzburg
Salzburg’s main train station, Salzburg Hbf, is close to Mirabell Palace and gardens. A leisurely 15 minute walk is all it takes to reach the Altstadt across the River Salzach, but buses and taxis also depart from outside the station. At the station you’ll find a selection of cafes and a well-stocked supermarket, an information desk and luggage lockers.
Top stop on the Munich to Salzburg route
Prien am Chiemsee
Prien am Chiemsee makes a pleasant stop en-route from Munich to Salzburg by train. Regionalbahn and Regional Express trains stop in the lovely lakeside town which is about one hour from Munich. Often called the Bavarian Sea, Chiemsee is a large freshwater lake in Bavaria and Prien’s railway station is just a 20-minute walk from the lake. Two of the lake’s 3 main islands are inhabited. They’re well worth visiting, and you can reach them from the station by public transport and boat.
Herrenchiemsee is home to an uncompleted palace built by King Ludwig II in 1878, which he modelled on the Palace of Versailles in France. Some of the palace’s rooms are open to tourists. On Frauenchiemsee, you’ll find a Benedictine nunnery which dates back to 782.
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