Your recommendations for Salzburg – in Austria

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

The Hohensalzburg Fortress

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.

Trick fountains at Hellbrunn in Salzburg

Trick fountains at Hellbrunn in Salzburg

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

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 Ice Caves at Werfen

The Ice Caves at Werfen

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.

Wolfgangsee near Salzburg

Wolfgangsee near Salzburg

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.

Thanks to the Austrian Tourism Board who are hosting us on this trip – you can find them on Twitter @Austria_UK

Articles about Salzberg

Searching around the blogsphere I also found these useful articles about Salzburg;

Europe Up Close – Eight Sightseeing Wonders near 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

Europe Up Close – Austria’s Hidden Treasures – Salzburg, Graz and Innsbruck

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

Europe Up Close – Mozart, Sacher Torte and a wedding in Salzburg, Austria

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

Europe a la Carte – Two ways to visit Salzburg

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.

Europe a la Carte – Top 4 sightseeing tips for Salzburg, Austria

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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    This is on the list of top five places I most want to go to next! The Sound of Music is one of my favorite movies and I love movie location vacations. Was so jazzed I got to meet Christopher Plummer in February when he was in L.A. Thanks for great info on Salzburg!
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    Tomorrow, I’ll finally visit Salzburg for the first time. It’s a little late, seeing as I GREW UP in Austria, but oh well! Your article’s been so helpful – I love the sound of those ice caves, so I think they’ve just been added to my itinerary 🙂 Amazing post, thanks a lot!! x
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