SALZBURG is located in the north central section of Austria, in the heart of central Europe, and is within easy access of Munich, Vienna, Prague, Venice, Innsbruck, and many other European cities. The city has a population of 140,000, and is famous for its beauty, cultural life, and scenic alpine surroundings. For years, Salzburg's music and drama festivals (Salzburger Festspiele, Mozartwoche) have attracted visitors from all over the world. The nearby mountains and alpine lakes offer excellent hiking, biking, skiing, and other recreational opportunities.
An extensive public transportation system (buses and trains) serves the city and surrounding areas, and the European rail system provides opportunities for fast, safe, comfortable travel to other cities and countries. Generally, walking is the best (and sometimes the only) way to explore Salzburg's beautiful buildings, gardens, forest paths, and squares. Strolling around is also a great way to stumble across an excellent little café, restaurant, or shop.
Internet access is available at numerous cybercafés, and some program housing options offer limited access as well. Phoning the US is easy at any pay phone--you will learn about the best phone card options at orientation. You can receive calls at the university dorms and at host family homes. The postal service is modern and efficient, and there are post boxes and offices throughout the city.
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