Salzburg or Graz?

Mar 7th, 2012, 05:55 AM
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Salzburg or Graz?


Would love some help deciding between Salzburg and Graz for a side trip from Vienna. We'd probably do a day trip via train to Graz, vs. a flight for an overnight in Salzburg. The travel times and prices are close enough to seem not to be a factor. We love walking around and looking at buildings; that's pretty much what we do with our day. Which city would you say impressed you more?

Thanks for any advice
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Mar 7th, 2012, 06:04 AM
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Haven't been to Salzburg - not being a Mozart or Sound of Music fan I've chosen Innsbruck instead - but I very much liked Graz. Hope to go back some day. Photos might help:
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Mar 7th, 2012, 06:24 AM
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I have been to both. They both have beautiful, walkable Old Towns. Personally, I preferred Salzburg (although I would stay clear of the Sound of Music Tour). I thought Salzburg was friendlier, and also I am a big Mozart fan.

You will prefer Salzburg if you love classical music, particularly Mozart. But since you like looking at buildings, you might enjoy Graz even more with its unusual mix of old medieval charm and space age architecture (like the Kunsthaus). One more thought, Salzburg is definitely more touristy if that is a factor for you.
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Mar 7th, 2012, 10:40 AM
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I love Salzburg - both charming and historic - and plenty to do to fill up a couple of days. IMHO Salzbrug has it all over Innsbruck.

Sorry haven;t gotten to Graz yet.
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Mar 8th, 2012, 05:45 AM
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Salzburg is great but totally overrun by tourists.

Graz is very interesting with not so many tourists.

Salzburg would probably impress you more however Graz gives a more realistic depiction of Austria.
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Mar 8th, 2012, 07:08 AM
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No need to consider flying Vienna -to Salzburg -

Frequent train service Vienna- Salzburg 2 3/4 hours

less expensive than to Graz +- and only 15 minutes more time.

Salzburg - overall more to see and do- easy walking as much in the " Old Town " much more impressive from the Fortress high above - to the beautiful gardens and palaces.
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