Coordinates N47.798850° E013.048400°
The traditional start of the race takes place directly in the city center of Salzburg. The city’s famous Mozartplatz sings a new tune as athletes and fans toe the start line before running towards the Gaisberg. The first few steps of this 1,138 km journey are easy because adrenaline is high – but they’re definitely not slow. Tradition almost requires athletes take off running – rarely will they run this quickly during the long haul across the race route. Situated in the Northern Alps far to the East, Salzburg is the perfect jumping-off point for the race, as it offers easy access to numerous paragliding ‘super-highways’ that will allow the athletes to move quickly through the air. The city start makes for a perfect day-long excursion for fans of Red Bull X-Alps – action begins at mid-day, allowing time for spectators to travel in – and the start of the race is easily accessible by public transportation or with a 15-minute walk from the main station. Following the start everybody rushes to the next turnpoint (and first take-off!) the Gaisberg. But be warned: if you want to see the start at the Mozartplatz – get there early to claim your viewing area – there’s always a crowd, rain or shine!