I recently visited Salzburg with my friend Richard and we had a pretty wonderful time together.
We booked a nice apartment with Airbnb which was a 20-minute walk from the old town. From our bedroom, we had a view of the Alps, where we watched an epic sunset one evening. If you might be interested in staying in this apartment here is the link to it. If you have never used Airbnb before and would like a $50AUD discount for your first time, use my link to sign up to Airbnb.
Salzburg Altstadt/Salzburg’s Old Town
Salzburg’s Old Town (Altstadt) is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and despite extensive damage from bombings in World War II remained largely untouched. Salzburg is well-known for being the birthplace of Mozart, the house where he was born is located in the Old Town. It is also known for being the setting of the film ‘The Sound of Music’, tours of filming locations can be done from Salzburg.
My Impression of Salzburg/ Salzburg’s Vibe
Salzburg has a very relaxed vibe and is the perfect place to wander around aimlessly. It is small enough to wander by foot but there are definitely a lot of beautiful sights to see. It is also a very romantic place, so it is a lovely destination for a couple.
When to Visit Salzburg
Salzburg is best to visit at the end of winter or early Spring before all the crowds fill the city and the weather is just starting to become pleasant.
Fortunately, Richard and I have a very similar travelling style. We both like to wander around and go inside every church that we see, so on our first day, we went inside 3 different churches. One of the churches we went inside was Salzburg Cathedral (Salzburger Dom) which has incredible Baroque-style architecture.
Hohensalzburg Castle is a large medieval castle (one of the largest in Europe) which is visible from the old-town and from even further away. You can take a Funicular up to the castle for about 5 euros or you can get a ticket which includes the Funicular, entrance inside parts of the castle, the castle museum and an audio guide etc. (for prices and more information click this link). Richard and I walked up to the castle for free and that walk was quite a challenge up a steep hill with a rough cobble-stone type of surface. At some points, there was a ramp that looked like it was for goats with a handrail which I happily used and I really hung onto that rail (confession: I have a mild phobia of stairs and steep surfaces after having two bad falls down stairs). The literally breath-taking climb to the top was absolutely worth it especially when we finally got to a large balcony which had a view of the Old Town and its surroundings.
It was actually pretty funny because Richard and I were initially gazing at the views from the small windows of the castle before a man who worked at the castle told us about THE VIEW. We had a good laugh after that.
Food Recommendations for Salzburg
In terms of food recommendations, we had dinner one night at a bustling Austrian pub called Alter Fuchs which was popular amongst tourists and locals alike, with decent prices. They serve mostly traditional Austrian food and they do have vegetarian options. I also recommend going into one of the many Konditorei’s (cake shop) and having some Sacher Torte if you haven’t yet had a piece or sampling one of their many other beautiful cakes and pastries.