The city of Salzburg is on Austria’s northern border with Germany, 9 miles east of Munich (via the A8 motorway) and 19 miles west of Vienna (on the A1 motorway). If you hire a car in Salzburg you'’ll find it stands on the Salzach River, among Alpine scenery to the south, and prosperous farmland to the north. Nearby attractions include Germany’s Berchtesgaden National Park, the outdoor activities on Gaisberg Mountain and the Salzburg Lakes. Further afield there is hiking and skiing at the historic spa town of Bad Gastein and an imposing fortress and spectacular ice caves at Hohenwerfen.