Next week I’ll be off for a 4 day break in Salzburg in Austria with my family and in order to get the most out of our trip I’ve been asking for suggestions from other bloggers on the things that we might enjoy. Here are the tips I’ve received and although we probably won’t have time to do everything on the list I hope I’ll at least try some of them.
The Hohensalzburg Fortress
Several people recommended the HohenSalzburg fortress or castle that sits on the hill overlooking the town. It was built in the 11th century and is one of the best preserved castles in Europe. Apparently we either need to get on our sensible shoes and walk up or take the easier option and get the funicular to the top. I’m thinking maybe we’ll get the best of all worlds and take the funicular up then walk back down. Thanks to @nomadicmatt, @WildJunket and @travelinbrandes and to Ingrid Katz on Gogobot for this suggestion.
The trick fountains at Hellbrunn
Did I mention that my 14 year old son will be coming along? and so I the recommendation of the Trick Fountains at Hellbrunn sounded like family fun if the weather’s fine. There are grottos and sculptures but the trick comes from the fountains that suddenly spurt up to soak the unwary. There’s a dining table where the unwelcome guest is in danger of being squirted at any minute, so we’ll be sure to pack our waterproofs for our picnic. Thanks for this recommendation to @Europeupclose and Travis Katz on Gogobot
Eating out in Salzburg
The place that everyone talks about is the Sacher Hotel where you can sit on the terrace overlooking the river to eat your Sacher Torte. Thanks to @LiveShareTravel for the tip. I also had several great recommendations for @Travelwriticus for places in Salzburg to eat. He suggested the Steinterrasse cafe and bar at Hotel Stein where you can take your kaffee and kuchen in modern surroundings with a great rooftop view over the city. For dinner perhaps the St Peter Skiftskeller for more formal dining in a series of elegant salon rooms, or the Sternbrau traditional brewery restaurant with different dining and garden areas. For something a bit less traditional I like the look of the restaurant and cafe at the Salzburg Museum der Moderne. I’ve also heard good things about Hangar 7 with a gourmet restaurant, cafes and art space in a hangar with art and old aircraft. And of course I’ll be trying out all the Mozartkugeln or chocolate Mozart balls recommended by @nerdseyeview.
The Sound of Music
For the film buffs and lovers of singing nuns, Salzburg was used as a location for The Sound Of Music, which apparently plays non stop in many of the hostels in Salzburg. The cheesy but fun thing to do according to @LiveShareTravel is to take a Sound of Music tour, although you can also save money by doing a bit of research and visiting the film locations yourself.
The Salt Mines at Hallstatt
The salt mines at Hallstatt are among the oldest in Europe and the salt from these mines and others around the city was the foundation of the wealth of Saltzburg’s prince archbishops. Now you can take a guided tour and even slide down deeper into the mine. The pretty lakeside town of Hallstatt is also worth a visit. Thanks to @TravelWonders for the tip
The Eisriesenwelt ice caves in Werfen
The Eisriesenwelt ice caves are found at Werfen close to Salzburg and are the largest system of ice caves in the world. You can take a the cable car up to the caves which are open from May to October (so they may not be open when we visit in April) As I’m looking more for spring sunshine than subzero temperatures, we may save this one for a rainy day, but it sounds facinating. Thanks for the tip to Ingrid Katz on Gogobot and @TravelWonders
The Countryside around Salzburg
Another recommendation from @LiveShareTravel was to get into the beautiful countryside around Salzburg and luckily we’re spending our final night on the shores of Wolfgangsee near Salzburg, where we hope to enjoy some fresh air and outdoor activities, perhaps cycling or hiking near the lake.
The Salzburg Card
I’ve also heard that if you like to pack in a lot to a short visit as we do, that the Salzburg Card can be good value as it provides free use of public tranport, the fortress funicular and entrance to the major sites of Salzburg.
Keep an eye on the blog, my Twitter profile @heathercowper and my Facebook page to keep up with the things we get up to, and thanks to everyone who sent me their tips – if you have any of your own please do leave them in the comments.
Articles about Salzberg
Searching around the blogsphere I also found these useful articles about Salzburg;
A useful round-up of things to see in and around Salzburg including the Hellbrunn Palace, Krimml Waterfalls, Dürrnberg salt mines, HohenSalzburg Fortress, Eisriesenwelt ice caves, Salzberger Freilicht outdoor museum, Grossglockner High Alpine Road and Tauern Touristik
Covering the historic charms and Mozart Connections of Salzburg and recommending Salzburg’s Museum of Modern Art as well as installations of public art commissioned by the Salzburg Foundation
Covering the famous baroque gardens of the Mirabell Garten where you might just see a wedding party in full swing and tasting a Sacher Torte at the Hotel Sacher on the terrace overlooking the river, followed by a visit to the house where Mozart was born.
Europe Up Close – Saving the best til last Covering the Salzburg Museum and Panorama Museum , some beautiful churches and the Hellbrunn Palace with the trick fountains
Covering the more energetic sightseeing options such as walking up to see the HohenSalzburg Fortress or the softer approach with a stop for a chat and a coffee, a stroll in the Mirabell Gardens and a stop for your Sacher Torte at the Sacher Hotel.
In which the recommendations are to avoid the expensive Sound of Music tours and seek out the film locations for yourself, buy your Mozart chocolates in the grocers rather than the more expensive souvenir shops, wear your sunglasses and hat for the hot climb up to the HohenSalzburg fortress and to explore the lovely countryside around Salzburg.
Photo Credits: Hellbrunn fountains by Tjflex2, Salzburg Castle by Adam39393, Ice caves by Inspiration Point Studio, Salt mine by Magic Ketchup, Krimmler waterfalls by Dorota h Hangar 7 by florian_aut, Wolfgangsee by Eric @Flickr
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