Salzburg, Austria

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, The Sound of Music, Alpine hiking, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hohensalzburg Castle.

I could go on and on about Salzburg. What more could you want from the 4th largest Austrian city? Castles, german food, beautiful Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and baroque architecture…. SHOPPING! Yes, the shopping is outrageous. Salzburg is known for being one of the most beautiful cities in all of Europe. I think I agree, it’s pretty up there in my book. 

We were only in Salzburg for a day and a half until we went into the Alps for hiking. So, I can’t give too much detail about the city but I can tell you what we did while we were there.

Getreidegasse – The famous shopping lane and something you have to see. A narrow lane with wrought iron gilded signs, tall narrow houses stacked on top of the shops, the romantic passageways and exciting courtyards. It’s a must see when you’re in Salzburg.

Hohensalzburg Castle – We took the entire morning to hike up to Hohensalzburg Castle. It was a hefty hike… steep indeed. (Don’t worry, there’s a funicular that will take you up, it wasn’t open when we went.) We had the entire castle to ourselves, maybe 15 people there that early in the morning and just how I like it. I’m not big on crowds, so this was AWESOME. We wandered the entire castle, took loads of photos and even played some of the castle games that were set up in the courtyard. I wanted to stay there all day but we had to catch a train later that night. We did eat at a local restaurant where I had to get some Wiener Schnitzle, of course.

We did, of course, walk by the famous Sound Of Music garden where they shot part of the movie. From what I could see it was amazing and I’m sad we didn’t get to go in and walk around.

Salzburg is everything every travel magazine says about it, simply beautiful and enchanting.


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