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Salzburg's "house mountains" are so called because of their proximity to the city settlements. You can take the bus to the summit of the Gaisberg, where you'll be rewarded with a spectacular panoramic view of the Alps and the Alpine foreland. The Untersberg is the mountain Captain von Trapp and Maria climbed as they escaped the Nazis in The Sound of Music. In the film they were supposedly fleeing to Switzerland; in reality, the climb up the Untersberg would have brought them almost to the doorstep of Hitler's retreat at the Eagle's Nest above Berchtesgaden. A cable car from St. Leonhard, about 13 km (8 miles) south of Salzburg, takes you 6,020 feet up to the top of the Untersberg for a breathtaking view. In winter you can ski down (you arrive in the village of Fürstenbrunn and taxis or buses take you back to St. Leonhard); in summer there are a number of hiking routes from the summit.
Oct 20, 2011
For me, this was a highlight of a recent three day visit to Salzburg. The bus ride out to the mountain base is easy and fairly short. The Gondoa rdie is spectatular (and I've been up a lot of mountains). The view once up is well worth the time spent and the price of admission. My regret is that we did not allow enough time to hike further up. If I ever make it back, I'll head out and up in the morning with a packed lunch, then plan on about a three
hour (RT) hike to the German border. After a beer at the upper cable house, you could be back in Salzburg by mid afternoon. Keep in mind this is somewhat athletic adventure if you take on the hike up top. Wear good shoes capable of taking on grade and rocks, and a coat.