Postcard No 2 from Salzburg – The Fortress and plenty of Weissbier

We had an intensive sightseeing day yesterday in Salzburg that ticked all the sightseeing boxes. Up to the Hohensalburg Fortress that dominates the city, tick. A stroll around the pretty Mirabell Gardens, tick. Visit the birthplace and family home of Mozart, tick. Try and spot as many Sound of Music locations as possible, tick.

Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg

Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg

We started by taking the funicular up to the HohenSalzburg Fortress and did the audiotour around some of the inner rooms, walked around all the courtwards  with thick walls towering above us, and looked around the museum with some horrible instruments of torture.

Down the funicular again and we were ready for a sit down in the sunshine outside the beer tent that was up for the Mayday weekend -we grabbed a bratwurst sausage with sauerkraut and mustard to the sounds of the Austrian band and washed down with a Weissbier (pale wheat beer).

Next we walked across the river to the pretty Mirabell gardens, in full flower with tulips and pansies – I can see why it’s such a popular spot for the wedding photos. We spotted the same stone unicorn where I’d had my picture taken with my sisters as children when we were here with my parents and took the same shot with my son, just to recreate the moment.

Then it was the Mozart birthplace museum where the family of four lived in a small apartment in between travelling all over Europe to give concerts. The last part of the afternoon we sat and had another Weissbier in the outdoor courtyard of the Sternbrau restaurant, and then walked along the river for tea and Sacher Torte with an amazing view on the Steinterrasse, on the 7th floor of the Steinhotel. As it only served snacks, we returned once again to Sternbrau for our hearty traditional Austrian dishes for dinner washed down by more Weissbier.

Back to our hotel and watched the Sound of Music DVD before bed and spotted many of the places we’d already been that day.

Wish you were here!

Check out this great video about Salzburg, Innsbruck and Graz as well as the other videos about Holidays in Austria

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  • Reply
    Barbara Weibel
    May 2, 2011 at 3:09 am

    Cute post card post. And what a perfect season to visit Austria!
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    May 2, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Don’t you just love Salzburg? It’s easily one of my favourite places in the world. Have fun!
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    Debbie Beardsley @ European Travelista
    May 2, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Sounds like your trip is a huge success! How can you go wrong with Sound of Music, sausage and sauerkraut, cake from Sacher and beer. The picture of Mirabell is beautiful.
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    May 2, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Austria… such a lovely country! I also wish I was there 🙂 We thought of visiting a friend of ours who lives there last summer but something came up…too bad we didn’t go!! it’s never too late though 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!
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    Bluegreen Kirk
    May 3, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Never been to Austria but it seems like a wonderful place to visit. I love the Sound of Music and would love to try some beer from Austria.
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    May 4, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Wow, what a site. I am already falling in love with that city. It looks so peaceful and relaxing. I can live one day.

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    David Ebikeme Jr
    May 6, 2011 at 11:25 am

    I love this article, just from looking at the image, it looks like a great place to be so much culture and history, what isn’t there to love.

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    Donna Hull
    May 8, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    I’ve always wanted to visit Salzburg. Loved the “ticks” and the beautiful photo. Keep having fun.
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    Travel Mom
    May 12, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Makes me want to dig out my old photo albums and look at my pictures from my trip. Yours look much better. In college I had a pretty crappy camera.

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    September 9, 2011 at 1:57 am

    Looks beautiful; and the pics are great!

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