When my sister moved to Munich for three month to do an internship after her Bachelors degree, I came to visit. As my sister had already seen a lot of Munich, we planned a trip to nearby Salzburg in Austria. I had not seen much of Austria so far, so I was looking forward to the day trip.
The city of Salzburg, with about 150,000 inhabitants, is the fourth largest city in Austria and was founded in the seventh century. As its name means „Salt Castle“ in german, the city got its name from the former trade of salt. Salzburg is known as a city of Mozart, the famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born and raised here.
Arrival in Salzburg
From Munich it is less than two hours by train. The cheapest offer we found was by Meridian: There was a „good day ticket“ for 2 people for only 29 euros. As we could take those trains the whole day, the round trip therefore only cost 14,50 euros per person. Just before eight o'clock we got on the train after a sprint from the subway. Just in time, because the doors closed and we were off to Salzburg right away. Since the meridian does not depart very often, you should try to be punctual. We were happy to be on the train and found two free seats.
At the tourist information office in Salzburg Central Station we got a map and started with our Salzburg tour. The old town is only about 15 minutes by foot, so no need for a cab or bus.
sightseeing in Salzburg
On the way to the old town we walked along the Mirabell Palace and through the Mirabell garden. It was one of the first sunny spring days and we enjoyed the sun. In summer, the garden is certainly more beautiful when the many plants sprout and show their colorful flowers. We (especially my sister) enjoyed the blossoming magnolia.
Via the Markartsteg we walked across the river Salzach into the old town. We strolled through the streets and suddenly stood in front of the yellow glowing birth house of Mozart, who lived here in Salzburg. We reached the Alter Markt and found a café called Tomaselli with a viewing terrace. Here we drunk an iced coffee in the bright sun and watched the horse-drawn carriages passing by. My sister Feli and I planed the day and discussed about what we want to see.
CAFÉ TOMASELLI: ALTER MARKT 19, SALZBURG
OPEN MONDAY TILL SATURDAY 7 AM - 7 PM / SUNDAY FROM 8 AM
Only a few steps away is the cathedral of Salzburg and the residence. You can’t see a lot of the residence, but I liked the cathedral. The baroque building with its white colors is a protected building and belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage. The visit is free and definitely worth it!
We continued south to Hohensalzburg Fortress. There is funicular that takes guests from the old town up to the castle and back down. The tickets are quite expensive and we decided to walk. It was about a 15 minutes walk up, which was fine. Up at the entrance to the castle, we had to pay admission to the fortress. The best thing we liked was the observation deck of the castle, from which one overlooks the whole old town. The ticket can also be used to explore museums and other areas of the castle. The exhibitions did not interest us much, but without you can’t explore the fortress. Included in this ticket, however, was the return trip down by funicular.
HOHENSALZBURG FORTRESS: MÖNCHSBERG 34, SALZBURG
OPEN OCTOBER TILL APRIL DAILY 9.30 AM - 7 PM / MAY TILL SEPTEMBER DAILY 9 AM - 7 PM
PRICE: FROM 9,40€ TO 15,50€
Our next stop took us to the pretty Goldgasse (gold alley). Here and also in the adjoining Judengasse are some restaurants, where we had a lunch break. The food was ok, but not as good that I would recommend it.
After that late lunch, we walked to the Mozartplatz (Mozart place) with his statue. As we were in Mozart’s city, we bought a chocolate specialty, called „Mozartkugeln“ to taste them.
We already had a great view from the fortress Hohensalzburg. However, there is usually one bad thing about such lookout points: if you enjoy the view from the sights, they are naturally missing in the panorama. Therefore, we also decided to climb the opposite mountain. On the northwest side of the city is the lift up to the Mönchsberg. For a few euros, a modern elevator takes you up to the Museum of Modern Art of Salzburg. We did not visit this museum, but the view from the mountain is great and includes the fortress on the opposite mountain.
Shopping in Salzburg
Back down, we strolled through the old town, visited shops, a bookstore and enjoyed the good weather. We particularly liked the shoe store called mia in the Getreidegasse, which also houses many other shops. Sandals with feathers, cool sneakers, modern rain boots ... I would have wanted to buy almost everything!
MIA: RATHAUSPLATZ 3, SALZBURG
OPEN MONDAY TILL FRIDAY 9.30 AM - 6.30 PM / SATURDAY 9 AM - 9 PM
In the late afternoon we made our way back to the central station. Of course, not without a stop at the home of Mozart, which is located on the northern side of the Salzach river. After a short walk back to the central station, we went back to Munich. Salzburg was great and definitely worth a visit! We enjoyed it very much.
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What about you?
Did you like Salzburg as much as my sister and I did? What did you enjoy the most? Any favorite cafes, hidden stores or sights I missed? Tell me your story about the beautiful city of Salzburg. I am looking forward to hear from you!