Salzburg is a great place to visit when you’re looking for a taste of old Austria. It exudes a certain charm, with its winding narrow streets and the fortress that oversees it from atop a hill. I’ve used Salzburg twice as an “inbetween town”, in my travels, breaking up the long and arduous journey from Germany to Italy. It’s a great place to spend a day or two. There’s great Austrian food to be had here, and quite a few sights to keep you busy. I have a couple tips and fun things to do while you’re there, so here we go.
1. Hohensalzburg Fortress
It’s impossible to walk the streets of Salzburg without noticing this imposing building. It sprawls out atop a hill, covering enough ground to seem quite large above the city. In reality, it’s quite thin and long. Inside the fortress are small museums and beautiful views of the city. It’s a must-do for anyone visiting. There’s a cable car to take you up, included in the cost of the fortress admission, which is 12-15 euro for an adult.
As I said, the views from the fortress are quite spectacular, and worth the cost by themselves, in my opinion. There’s also a small cafe to sit, have a drink, and relax before you descend. Take your time! Enjoy the views, and go through the museums. They’re actually quite interesting, with lots of military artifacts and old torture devices. Yes, you heard that right. Lots of spikes and straps.
2. Explore the streets
The streets themselves have so much personality to them. All the shops have iron signs that protrude from the buildings, and their facades are that of older styles. There’s lots of modern stores along the city streets, so if you want to do some shopping, this is definitely the place. You might just stumble along some history as you walk.
We came across this as we walked along, exploring the winding streets of Salzburg. This bright yellow building is where Mozart (yes, that Mozart) was born. It’s always a wild experience to come across somewhere a prominent figure lived. It’s an interesting exercise to imagine Mozart as a young boy, wandering the streets you are currently standing on.
The house is now a museum, open to visitors that want to learn about his first instruments and his love of opera.
3. Enjoy a Himbeer soda in a cafe
Isn’t that photo the most refreshing looking thing you’ve ever laid eyes on? Well believe me, it’s as delicious as it looks. This is my favourite European drink by far. The Himbeer (Raspberry) soda. It’s essentially raspberry syrup mixed with soda water, and it’s absolutely amazing. Not too sweet and just the right amount of flavour. This one was at the Pamina Cafe near Mozartplaz, where we sat to regroup and relax after exploring.
4. Enjoy the market stalls
There are so many different stalls in Salzburg, selling everything from dolls, to souvenirs, to gorgeous meats and cheeses. They’re eclectic, colourful, and so much fun to look through. This stall was one that I found especially colourful and fun.
These are great places to grab a quick lunch, or get supplies for a picnic! They have lots of premade sandwiches and pretzels. Many of them also have amazing street food.
5. Eat some local food
Get out of your comfort zone a little and order something you normally wouldn’t. Austrian fare is heavy on the hearty dishes, with lots of meat and carbs like potatoes and noodles. I always recommend this with every type of travel, but try a local dish at least once in every place you visit. The food might surprise you, and you’ll find a new favourite dish.
I actually seem to have lost the location of the restaurant that we ate at for these lovely photos, and I wish I hadn’t so that I could share it with you. I’m sure that TripAdvisor has a lot of great suggestions for Austrian food that will do just fine, though!
I hope that I gave you some inspiration for your trip to Salzburg! Make sure you enjoy a soda for me. Check out my other travel posts for more inspiration, and check back on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for my newest posts!