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5 Things to Do on a Day Trip to Salzburg, Austria

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

There’s something rather strange in the air when you first get to Salzburg.

The peaceful, glowing Austrian City heftily endowed with old-world charm that we all found so charming in The Sound of Music – Salzburg is literally swarming with tourists – sadly you weren’t the first one to think that coming here would be so amazing. Oh well, if you can’t beat them, join them! There are so many charming things to see here that you’ll see why it’s so packed – not just because of the almost religiously adored movie.

1. FOOD & SOCIAL LIFE: Enjoy a Kaffee und Kuchen in a nice café

First, you’ll probably want to just sit down and take in your surroundings for a few minutes- there’s a delightful indoor and outdoor café in the Residence Square near the fountain and Cathedral where you can pause and enjoy a Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake) while chatting with friends – this is what Europe’s all about!

2. NATURE: Stroll along the Mirabellgarten

Next, stroll along to the Mirabellgarten, the beautiful gardens where the children learn to sing in The Sound of Music – sadly also swarming with tourists, this time many of them singing! Still, there are many exquisite patterns of flowers on show, and the whole place feels completely untouched since the mov… day it was constructed.

3. HISTORY: Take a trip down Getreidegasse and see Mozart’s birthplace

After that, take a trip down Getreidegasse, a traditional shopping street in the Old Town. Mozart’s birthplace apartment can be seen from here, as well as little shops with several western brands, as well as tourist shops. Most charming is the tiny McDonalds, which in order to keep in context, has a famous little brass overhanging sign. Upon seeing it you’ll wonder whether to laugh or cry, it’s so ironic. Globalisation… However, the presence of this chain does make eating cheaper for tourists on a budget, that is, if you’re too unadventurous to try some of the Wurst (sausage) meal deals.

Other dining options for those with more cash include the excellent Restaurant Goldener Hirsch, in the Hotel Goldener Hirsch.

4. LANDMARKS: Visit Festung Hohensalzburg Fortress

After lunch, head out up the sandy path up the fairly steep hill (or, if you’re disabled or elderly, take the funicular railway which runs from the downtown every 10 minutes) past the Nonnberg Nunnery (yes, where Maria from The Sound of Music lived) to the Festung Hohensalzburg, a spectacular Medieval Fortress and one of the largest in Europe. It overlooks the whole city and the views are fantastic – well worth the arduous walk… if you made it! Inside the fortress is a mildly interesting museum with several exhibits such as weaponry that both children and adults may find interesting and panels on the fortress’s history, which is both long and engaging.
When you’ve finished, take the funicular railway on the way down as walking down can be worse than walking up.

5. MUSIC: Listen to classical music at the Salzburg Festival House

Because of Mozart, Salzburg has become a sort of world capital for musical events, with all sorts of orchestras and classical bands playing here. If you’re interested (and even if you’re not) head to the Salzburg Festival House adjacent to the Festival Square where musical events are often held for free – well worth viewing.

After all this you’ll probably be utterly exhausted and willing to return to the hotel – end your day in style with Kaffee und Strudel.

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Venere Travel Blog writer paul crompton

Paul Crompton is an avid reader and has a passion for cars and technology, primarily. He loves traveling to whichever exotic travel location which is cheap. His dream is to become an advertising executive.

2 responses to “5 Things to Do on a Day Trip to Salzburg, Austria”

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  1. Travel Ideas says:
    January 22nd, 2010 at 07:31

    That’s a good list! Implied in your list, I believe, is simply wandering around the old town area at the base of the hill. It’s all very atmospheric and a fun place to wander around.

    Also, though there are beautiful old churches all over Europe such that they don’t need to be high on your list in Salzburg, I’d still suggest taking a peek into the Collegiate Church while you’re in the area.

  2. neelam says:
    April 17th, 2014 at 09:08

    Very nice article. But Have you seen the Austria’s Upside Down House – A Wonder House to Live. If not, you can refer to the following link:

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