Jan 12, 2015

The Hills Are Alive: Salzburg Part 1


This time last year, D and I hopped in a car with two of our friends and made our way to Salzburg for a totally Austrian weekend. Austria was one of those countries we always kind of forgot about. Even though its borders were just 6 short hours away from our home in Wiesbaden, Austria is so similar to Germany that we often chose to venture off to other destinations around Germany. When the time to leave our life abroad started to creep closer, we knew there were a few iconic cities we needed to check off our bucket list before leaving Europe. Salzburg was high on our list.

As the birthplace of Mozart and Rodgers and Hammerstein's cinematic treasure, The Sound of Music, Salzburg runs no shortage of historic sights and beautiful landscapes. Our weekend was chock full of "wow!" moments and diving straight into the pages of my college art history textbook. We decided to stay just across the river from historic Salzburg, placing our home-base at a hotel with a view of the Mirabell Garden & Palace gates. After checking in late on a Friday night, we woke early Saturday morning, drank cappucinos at the bakery below the hotel, and started our tour of Salzburg with Mirabellgarten (open year-round). None of the boys were interested in doing the whole Sound of Music bus tour, so us gals settled for strolling around the gardens singing and pretending we were part of the Von Trapp family. Really a surreal start to our day of sight-seeing.


After strolling the gardens, we made our way across the Salzach River to wander around historic Salzburg. Along our walk, you could see Fortress Hohensalzburg towering over the city, and gorgeous mountain-scapes hovering over every ounce of visible skyline. To live in a city completely surrounding by beautiful mountains? That's the dream. 


Baroque architecture reins supreme in Salzburg and the city oozes a fun blend of opulence and kitsch as you wander along its narrow streets. I'm a sucker for wrought iron signage and elaborate facades, so Getreidegasse (popular shopping street) was a total dream to me. We spent quite a lot of time going in and out of shops, tasting marzipan, trying on traditional dirndls/lederhosen, and tasting local schnapps at Sporer (highly recommend a pop in--smooth as buttah, that stuff!). It was so easy to lose track of time there! Salzburg is such a friendly city, the locals really embraced us and made us all feel welcome (especially where schnapps and beer were involved!). After getting our fill of shopping, we decided we needed to "get high"...so off to the castle we went!


More from gorgeous Salzburg to come!

20 comments:

  1. I've heard some really great things about Salzburg, its never been one I would have thought to explore before but its making its way onto my bucket list!

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  2. I'm here visiting from Helene's blog. You seem so delightful! And Salzburg looks amazing!

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  3. You didn't do the whole Sound of Music tour? That's when you override the boys and tell them to suck it up! LOL

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  4. Beautiful pictures - and it sounds like such a fun outing! I must admit I've never been to Salzburg or Austria, despite hearing amazing things about both. I had wanted to go the last time I was in Germany, but I just didn't end up having the time to pop over. I'll have to make time on the next trip though!

    xx Kathryn
    http://www.throughthethicket.ca

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  5. You are so cute and I'm so glad I found your blog! I feel as if we are kindred spirits. I also LOVE to travel - so much so that I just got a job with Delta Airlines! I've never been to Salzburg but your pictures are stunning. We went to Vienna last summer, and although I enjoyed it, we rode the train through Salzburg and I remember wishing we had stopped there instead. Oh well - I plan on going again sometime this year!

    I look forward to following you and reading about your travel business and adventures!

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  6. what a cool little town. I hope you have a great week

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  7. Loved reading your post and seeing all of the beautiful photos! Makes me wish I could see more of Austria during our European vacay. (We're in Vienna right now!) I guess that means I have to come back!

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  8. What a beautiful city! Love all your pics! We are hoping to go there this Spring!

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  9. I LOVE Salzburg! It's one of my favorite European cities. We visited 3 times while living in Italy.

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  10. I have never heard of the place but have to say that it looks awesome,

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  11. ahhh totally loved seeing this! for my grandparents 50th wedding anniversary, we all cruised the danube river and ended up in salzburg on christmas eve! it was truly magical and loved seeing your gorgeous photos!

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  12. Ah! Salzburg is one of my favorite cities. We went twice when studying in Italy. Perfect little town with the best atmosphere. www.eatallovertheworld.com

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  13. You have such a wonderful blog.
    I wish that I could travel, I have such bad wanderlust but our new house means no travel for years to come!
    Will just have to travel vivaciously through your blog ha ha.
    xx

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  14. Oh to constantly be surrounded by mountains! Growing up in Georgia, the only "mountains" I knew were the foothills of the Appalachians. You can imagine my complete awe the first time I visited the alps. mind blown.

    Also, do you remember the name of the hotel you all stayed at?

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  15. We just came back from 2 weeks in Italy and Garmisch, Germany. We did a day trip to Salzburg while we were in Germany and it was one of our favorite cities that we visited. We wished that we had more than a day to explore since there is so much to see there. The backdrop with the Alps, the river and the architecture were so beautiful. I look forward to "revisiting" while reading your blog.

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  16. Oh my goodness I really need to visit Austria! Looks so beautiful. I loved the Sound of Music when I was young and I remember my mom talking about how much she would love to visit Austria. Would be amazing to have her head this way and us visit together :)

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  17. Fabulous photos glad you had a lovely day it was grey and miserable when I went there, it is such a beautiful place http://bit.ly/1AYzdIS

    I hate to say this the Sound of Music tour was amazing, maybe next time, here's what we learned! http://bit.ly/1AYyOGh

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  18. Gorgeous photos! I loved Salzburg. It is so beautiful.
    I originally went because of my love for The Sound of Music, and while that was so amazing to see, I fell in love with the city beyond its famous movie locations. Great post!
    https://classiccosmopolite.wordpress.com/

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