Visiting the Most Dreamy City of Salzburg

Hello Friends,

I recently visited Salzburg with my friend Richard and we had a pretty wonderful time together.

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Our path to Salzburg from the apartment was filled with incredible views of mountains and the city

Accommodation Recommendation

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.

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Salzach River

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.

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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.

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The details on the ceiling of Salzburg Cathedral are breathtaking, lay you head back while sitting in one of the pews for the best views ;). 

Salzburg Cathedral

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.

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Salzburg Cathedral

Hohensalzburg Castle

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.

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One of the views of the Old Town on the way up to the castle
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Enjoying the view from halfway to the castle
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Exploring the castle grounds

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.

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Hohensalzburg Castle

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.

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The view from the balcony of the castle

Mikki 🙂

 

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