Sorry to add to the many similar questions on this forum, but I'd really appreciate some opinions on how I should plan my trip.
I'm currently in Vienna and have Friday-Sunday free, with a flight on Sunday at 20:05 from VIE. I am planning to visit Salzburg by train - to see the old city, and the famous mountains and lakes. Not keen on hiking, looking more for a leisurely visit. I was thinking mountains and lakes on the Saturday and Salzburg city centre on Sunday.
I've already booked Saturday night's hotel in the city centre. I am wondering if I should book Friday night as well, i.e. is ~24 hours enough to explore Salzburg as above? I've noticed the lakes are quite far from Salzburg, as is Untersberg, and I don't want to spend too much time travelling, but I don't want to miss anything spectacular.
-Would it be better for me to stay in Salzburg Friday night as well so I can spare time to travel a bit further?
-Or, would it be better to take a day trip from Vienna to said lakes on Friday and spend the weekend in Salzburg only?
-If 24 hours is enough, can anyone recommend some closer-by lakes (e.g. 20 min bus ride from city centre)?
- Which mountains are best to visit if you don't want to hike? I'm planning on Kapuzinerberg, Monchsberg, are there others worth travelling to considering the lack of time?
Lastly, what's the quickest way to get from Salzburg to the Vienna airport? I have read train to Westbahnhof then bus to the airport, but the bus doesn't depart frequently and I worry about traffic. I would book a taxi but the traffic to the airport has been horrendous this past month (taking 4x longer than before). Not all taxi drivers know the side routes to get you there on time (or speak english if you want to communicate this to them) I want to waste any time, but don't want to miss the flight either ;)