Walking in the footsteps of Mozart is easy, thanks to regular rail connections from major European aviation hubs. Travelers from the USA can easily catch the train to Salzburg from Vienna, Munich, Berlin, or Venice, and be at city-center hotels in no time at all. It's the perfect way to arrive in one of the world's great musical cities.
Almost all rail connections will arrive at Salzburg's Hauptbahnhof, which can be found on Südtiroler Platz, a short walk west of the historic center. From there, passengers can get to Mozart's birthplace and other historic attractions in a matter of minutes, while trolleybuses serve major routes around town, making it easy to reach suburban destinations as well.
The major operator of trains to Salzburg is DB, the German national rail company. Services from Italy are usually provided by Italo, while Westbahn and ÖBB run from Vienna in the east. Those coming from further afield may also require connections with SNCF or Eurostar, before transferring to regional rail companies.
There are many good reasons to take the train to Salzburg. For one thing, the arrival at Salzburg is sublime. Trains snake through the city, providing unrivaled views of the cathedral and the picturesque city center. When they arrive, trains deposit passengers in a convenient location, and most accommodation should be within 10-15 minutes' walk. That's not the case with arrivals at Salzburg Airport. Transfers from there will take 30-40 minutes in most cases, so arriving by train is simply more convenient. To round things off, trains are also quicker for short-haul journeys from Munich or Vienna.
Upon arrival, most visitors will want to purchase a Salzburg Card. This handy card makes sightseeing much easier, offering discounted admission to Hellbrunn Palace, the Open Air Museum, and St Peter's Monastery among other highlights. Film lovers won't want to miss the Sound of Music Experience, while families will adore the quirky Salzburg Christmas Museum, both of which are covered by the card. Slightly off the beaten track, Werfen's ice caves are well worth seeing, while the Panorama Museum provides remarkable insights into how the city looked in the time of Mozart.