“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” — Miriam Beard
Salzburg took my heart away, I absolutely fell in love with this picturesque city which made me feel as if i had entered a different era altogether. This old world charm city is the birthplace of the most popular music composer Mozart and that makes it even more charming. It’s like a fairy-tale with sprawling mountains, beautiful castles, bridges, mesmerizing gardens and of course the music of Mozart. Most of the places that we visited in Salzburg were on foot as its truly a walking city. We stayed here for just 2 days thinking it would be sufficient; but in reality to actually grasp the calmness and the tranquility of the place you need more days.
The first thing that we did after arriving in Salzburg was to buy the 24hrs Salzburg Card which gives you free entrance to all museums and attractions of the city. Most of the attractions in Salzburg are concentrated around the Old Town (Altstadt) and luckily our hotel was just 10 minutes walking distance from Alstadt.
We booked the hotel online and i must say both me and my husband were mighty pleased that the hotel was situated at a beautiful corner overlooking the mountains as you can see below –
The evening we arrived we went for a long walk to observe the historical baroque architecture and to get the feel of the Old Town of Salzburg – a UNESCO World Heritage listed area that is both charming and hypnotic, all at once. It was around 9pm, the cobble stoned street and the pathways looked lovey but the place was almost sleeping…very few restaurants were open and we were lucky to find one Italian restaurant to relish the delicious food and wine on our first night in Salzburg.
The next day we started with Mozart’s birth place which is a yellow colour building ‘Hagenauer House’ at no.9 Getreidegasse, Salzburg’s most famous (and busy) shopping street. It was exciting for us to see where Mozart grew up and lived. His house is open to all, one can see his violin and other musical instruments in this Mozart museum.
We also loved walking around to drink in the beauty the place offered. The city felt so magnetic with its calmness, beautiful by-lanes and subtle elegance.
Getreidegasse is Salzburg’s best-known shopping street, its crowded and popular with the locals as well as the tourists with its quaint boutique kind of shops and romantic passageways.There is a certain kind of magic in this city which will leave you mesmerized by its charm, quaintness, breathtaking views, cobblestone lanes and artistic looking squares.
While walking through this city, we found this amazing looking clock which is visible from far and completely stands out because of its size and architecture –
To soak in the spirit of the city, i would highly recommend visiting the Hohensalzburg Fortress, it is one of the largest medieval castle in Europe and the view of the city from the castle is simply breathtaking.
Residenzplatz is the heart of Salzburg’s Old Town. Residence Square is surrounded by the cathedral, shops, bakery and a cafe.It is also home to what is considered Salzburg’s most beautiful fountain. The Residence Fountain is decorated with horses, dolphins, giants and is topped with a Triton shooting a jet of water from a conch shell.This is the place where we stopped for a coffee to marvel at this lovely square. While delving into the layers of Salzburg you will get the feeling of stepping back in time.
Salzburg is also about ‘Sound of Music.’ I am extremely glad that we got an opportunity to see the most beautiful Baroque gardens in Europe ‘Mirabell Palace and Gardens’ which is very close to Salzach River.”Sound of Music” was the first English movie which i had watched with my father when i was in class 3rd and that was pictured here at the beautiful Mirabell Gardens therefore i truly cherished taking a walk in this gem of a garden.
Its these little nuggets of history and architecture that makes Austria magical and very special.
Some facts –
- Salzburg is about a 2.5 hour train ride from Vienna.(which was our next destination)
- The Salzburg Card is a good investment as it gives free admission to Salzburg’s attractions and free public transport in the city.
- Salzburg is the most famous music composer Mozarts birth place.
- Mirabell Palace is open to visitors on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 am- 4:00pm. On Tuesdays and Fridays you can visit from 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm. There are no visits allowed during special occasions. Admission to Mirabell Palace and Gardens is free.