Salzburg’s nearest mountain rises up behind the landmark Hohensalzburg fortress and rewards those who make the short trek out of the city with some incredible views. Accessible via a brief cable-car ride on the Untersbergsbahn, Untersberg provides not only a bird’s-eye perspective on Salzburg
itself, but also dramatic panoramas across the Alpine landscape, including vistas of the Berchtesgadener Land district just over the border in Germany
and, on clear days, the lakes of the Salzkammergut resort area to the east. Untersberg is a popular destination for those interested in hiking and paragliding, as well as for ski enthusiasts in winter. Lodges are available for those who wish to make it an extended Alpine adventure.