24 hours in Salzburg, Austria

24 hours is just not enough in this beautiful city! The birth place of Mozart and the setting for the film ‘The Sound of Music’, Salzburg is one of the prettiest cities I’ve visited.

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We arrived by train from Innsbruck, where we were spending the weekend. More on that here. Although we had only a short amount of time, we hit the ground running and tried to see as much as we could.

On our first afternoon we decided to just stroll around the streets and take in the atmosphere. As it was Easter Saturday, the streets were packed. Salzburg is a compact city and easy to get around on foot. There are bus tours of the city and we even saw a Sound of Music’ tour, which visits movie locations around Salzburg.

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An ode to Salzburgs most famous composer.

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Getreidegasse alley, famous for its wrought iron signs.
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Horse and carriage rides of the city are available in Salzburg.

That evening we walked to the Augustiner Brau beer hall, about a 15 minute walk from the centre. It’s a huge beer hall with steins of beer, long communal tables and a great atmosphere. There is a food market area as you enter the beer hall with lots of options for dinner or snacks to accompany the beer. There is also a beautiful outdoor beer garden, a bit cold to sit outside on the day we visited, but I imagine it would be fantastic in the summertime.

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After the beer hall we strolled along the river back to the old town area of Salzburg (Altstadt). There are some beautiful views along this walk and lots of insta worthy photo opportunities!

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‘Spirit of Mozart’ sculpture
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Love locks on the Makarat bridge. A great spot for a photo of the city!
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The castle by night
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Trying to capture the beauty of Salzburg. The Hotel Sacher in the distance serves the famous ‘Sacher cake’.

The next day was Easter Sunday, so with all the shops closed, we decided to head for Hohensalzburg Castle. But not before coffee and breakfast in the cool and quirky Afro Cafe!

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Fuelled with caffeine and sugar we headed to the castle! The 900 year old castle towers high above the rooftops of the medieval city and can be seen from all over the city. It’s a steep walk to the castle entrance or there’s the option of the castle lift, which takes you to the top in minutes. The views from the top are beautiful. There are various tours you can do there, such as audio tours, visiting the museums in the castle grounds and accessing the magical theatre. We opted for a basic ticket which included return train and entrance to the castle. This cost about €12. There is a restaurant and bar on site, decorated in medieval theme!

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The view from the Castle to the streets below. Take the castle lift to the top.
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Inside the castle courtyard

For dinner, we decided to pay a visit to the Bosnagrill, famous for its hot dogs! Down a little side street, is a small stall, selling just hot dogs. The queues are long but worth the wait!

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Follow the sign for the best hotdogs! Be prepared to wait in line! Its worth it!
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Fine Austrian Cuisine

Salzburg is a perfect spot for a city break. Easily accessible by air or train it has history, culture, great food and or course fantastic beers! So much beauty around every corner and plenty to do and see, 24 hours just wasn’t long enough! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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I’ll be back!

Let me know if you visit! Find me on Instagram and twitter!

Until next time,

Aisling x

 

 

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