If you’re anything like me you want to travel everywhere, and do everything, but you also find yourself juggling work, school, friends, family, and hopefully a cutie on the side, which can make finding time to travel tricky. So whether it’s a weekend getaway or you’re on that long overdue euro trip, your time is limited and precious, which is why I’m going to show you how I spent just 24 hours in Salzburg and still managed to feel satisfied without burning out.
Before I continue, I have a confession to make. I have never seen The Sound of Music *waits for horrified gasp*, but I can assure you that the enchanting city of Salzburg is more than just Mozart’s birthplace and a place where music makes the hills come alive. That being said, if you’re looking for tips on the best times to see where Julie Andrews rocked the English speaking world on those impossibly green hills, I am probably not your girl.
Let’s start the day!
Linzergasse is a pedestrianized street across the Old City, if you’re trying to keep your wallet happy and explore off the beaten path I recommend checking out this side of the river. This street has great outdoor seating areas, shops, restaurants and bars; it might be a good place to pick up one of those delicious Austrian pastries and your morning coffee (hot chocolate in my case) to get your day started.
If you happen to be a fan of modern art then I highly recommend the museum of modern art that sits atop of Mount Mönchsberg. While the contemporary architecture of the building was initially rejected by the locals, it has now become a welcomed part of the landscape. The museums location, which offers panoramic views of the old city, makes it a popular spot for tourists and photographers. Full disclosure, I did not go into the museum; I went directly to their restaurant, M32, to have lunch with a view. I absolutely loved the décor, my boyfriend and I could not get enough of the scenery indoors and outdoors. If you don’t feel like making the trek up, you can always take the Mönchsberg Lift on Anton-Neumayr-Platz. However I really encourage the ones who can, to walk back down to the river bank for continued scenery, I know some people like to walk directly to the Hohensalzburg Fortress, but I couldn’t resist taking advantage of the views on the way back to the Old City.
Once I got down to the river I followed the cobbled streets towards the Old City, and enjoyed the beautiful baroque architecture, which has made this part of Salzburg a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stopping briefly to admire the street artists doing their best Mozart impressions, I made my way to the FestungsBahn funicular on Festunsgasse. The modern elevators take passengers up to the Hohensalzburg Fortress without missing out on the views. You can get a combined ticket for the lift and entrance, for a very small price increase. Being low on energy I decided to focus on admiring the astonishing views of the city and mountainside, rather than the museum inside the fortress. You will not be disappointed, on a clear day you can see the rocky mountains that border the city.
My favorite Salzburg attraction was actually found by mistake, as I walked back down from the fortress towards Kapitelplatz, I spotted the entrance to St. Peter’s Cemetery, otherwise known as Petersfriedhof. The oldest tombstone dates back to 1288, but it was the catacombs that really caught my attention. Carved right into the Festungsberg, you can’t help but wonder just how they managed to construct all of that! Do not miss out; it is well worth the small price to go in.
At this point I was pretty beat, so I decided to head back to the Hotel to rest before dinner and drinks. Luckily this is also a perfect time to take some romantic shots on the bridge. Crossing the Old City towards the river you won’t run out of things to see.
I have to again recommend Linzergasse, the street has so many wonderful restaurants offering cuisines from around the world. Check out the menu before you sit down, or else you’ll find yourself with a pretty hefty bill. Don’t skip out on dessert though; Austrians are famous for their delicious cakes, pastries and chocolate treats. Salzburg in particular is notorious for their Mozartkugeln, also known as Mozart Balls. I had dinner at Stadtkrug, Aldstadt Hotel’s own restaurant. They serve typical Austrian food, and excellent Austrian wine; but for a steep price. I continued the night strolling the streets of the Old City, I always recommend seeing the sights at night if you can. And finally bar hopping on Steingasse near the Staatsbrücke, Salzburg’s main bridge.
If you’ve read other Salzburg tourist guides you’ll notice that I have skipped over several popular attractions, however, keep in mind that these tour guides are made to appeal to as many people as possible and to provide information about most if not all the sights. I chose to wing it, and see what appealed to me the most. Remember, you’re the one traveling, you’re in control, so don’t feel forced to see everything. You shouldn’t need a vacation from your vacation, have fun!