The elegance of Salzburg, Austria

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Home of Wolfgang & the Von Trapps

When planning our Croatian road trip, which we embarked upon from the UK, we added in a couple of stopovers along the way.

One of which was to the musical city of Salzburg in Austria.

Firstly, famous for the notable composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & secondly for the setting of the Von Trapp family’s The Sound of Music.

The Castle, Salzburg, Austria

Time is of the essence

As a stopover destination we only really had a few fleeting hours of daylight to discover Salzburg. So we headed straight towards the Salzach River along Linzer Gasse.

Linzer Gasse is one of Salzburg’s many pedestrian streets, lined with intriguing little shops and boutiques.

Linzer Gasse at night, Salzburg, Austria
Scheffer, Salzburg, Austria

The elegant shop signs tempting you along the way to the local delicacies & chocolates.

Mirabell Palace Gardens

Before heading across the river, we wandered into the colourful Mirabell Palace Gardens, which was built during the 17th-century

A Lion in the Mirabell Palace Gardens, Salzburg, Austria

The gardens which are relatively modest in there planting, are really quite striking. Your eyes are lead along to the imposing statues and the water features. All the while Hohensalzburg Castle staring down from the hillside beyond.

The Mirabell Palace Gardens, Salzburg, Austria

Do-Re-Mi

The avid Sound of Music fans may recognise the gardens from the scene of the song ‘Do-Re-Mi’. I fully understand if the Von Trapps are not quite your bag….

Pegasus in the Mirabell Palace Gardens, Salzburg, Austria

Did you know?

That the Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1996.

Discover Altstadt

It’s now time to head to the Old Town, we cross over the Makartsteg pedestrian bridge, adorned with its love locks, to uncover the history amongst the lanes and Salzburg’s squares.

The Salzach river through Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg is a very elegant city and a city that its residents appear very proud of.

Strolling along Getreidegasse, Salzburg, Austria
Hotel Altstadt, Salzburg, Austria

The wonderfully kept Baroque buildings and the ornate shop signs that are on display throughout the streets are amazing.

Amadeus

Salzburg’s most famous son is without doubt Mozart, and evidence of this tastefully displayed throughout the city.

Mozart's birthplace, Salzburg, Austria

Mozart’s birthplace is quite a draw, along with his other residence while in Salzburg, but surely this is why we visit these places, to discover their history & past.

Mozart's House, Salzburg, Austria

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Discovery

Although the weather wasn’t entirely on our side, we went exploring. Salzburg has some lovely squares & plaza’s or Platz as they call them, to relax in. One of which is Mozartplatz with its dedication to Mozart.

The statue to Mozart in Mozartplatz, Salzburg, Austria

Just a short hop from here is Residenzplatz, a larger square adjacent to the cathedral and has a charming Baroque fountain as its centrepiece, which was built in 1661.

The Cathedral from Residenzplatz, Salzburg, Austria

Dom

Wandering further through the archway into Domplatz, you are then greeted from the front of Salzburg Cathedral.

The Cathedral from Domplatz, Salzburg, Austria

A Dom was founded on this site originally in 774, however, due to various reconstructions and damage suffered, the Cathedral was rebuilt entirely during the 17th-century in a Baroque style.

There’s another

Through another arch to the south, you enter Kapitelplatz, from here, you get a fantastic view of Hohensalzburg Castle & its funicular railway.

The Castle from Kapitelplatz, Salzburg, Austria

Take a stroll around as there is a very impressive fountain which is slightly secluded. It was built during the 18th-century and was modelled on a Roman fountain.

Kapitelschwemme, Salzburg, Austria

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Catacombs

Any trip for me wouldn’t be truly complete unless I visited a local cemetery.
 
This fascination I have with discovering local history while on our travels, draws us into St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Among the graves, Salzburg, Austria

The intriguing churchyard is literally at the foot of Festungsberg mountain, in the heart of Salzburg Old Town with catacombs & crypts dug into the mountainside.

Carved into the hillside, Salzburg, Austria

The wrought iron style of headstones is like nothing we’ve seen before, so we investigate, and with recent graves being added there must be a fascinating story behind this place.

St Peter's Abbey, Salzburg, Austria

So much to discover

Unfortunately, our visit to the very picturesque city of Salzburg was too short; it is certainly worthy of more time than we could give it.

The Franciscan Church, Salzburg, Austria
Stunning buildings, Salzburg, Austria

Local Fayre

Although a little touristy, Gary and I couldn’t resist the Zipfer Bierhaus. Gary chose the bratwurst fest with sauerkraut, and I had the schnitzel, washed down with a local beer.

A sausage fest in a Brauhaus, Salzburg, Austria

Where we stayed

Our accommodation while in Salzburg was at the Mercure Salzburg City.

We had a pleasant stay, however, the main reason we chose the hotel was that it had secure parking, and it actually had two car parks. One underground, and one next to the hotel, which was behind a barrier. They were both €13 a night; we chose the one next to the hotel as the underground car park looked quite tight for a larger car.

We would have preferred if the hotel were closer to the town. However, it was only about 10-15 minute walk back, and it was peaceful during the night.

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Janis

Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight.Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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The elegance of Salzburg, Austria was last modified: July 10th, 2018 by Janis