The second stop of our Eurotrip was our favorite destination and quite possibly one of my favorite cities that I’ve ever traveled to…. SALZBURG, the city of Mozart! We only spent 2 nights here, but you really don’t need more than that because the town is small and you can cover a lot of ground in just one day.
There are two parts of Salzburg that you must visit. The Old Town and the New Town. We decided to stay in the Old Town as we got to experience a bit more of the history there. We had the best time and completely fell in love with this city for a few reasons.
Salzburg as a whole is beautiful and has a massive fortress that overlooks the city. We were so lucky to have gone when we did because there was this celebration happening right at the bottom of the fortress for a few days where locals dressed in traditional attire, played music and danced. We ended up making friends with some of the locals (even with a language barrier) and they were more than generous in making us feel welcome and at home. I will never forget the experience I had here and cannot wait to go back one day!
You can click here to check out the festival.
In case you are planning a trip to Salzburg, here are some of my tips and recommendations.
How we got there:
We started in Munich and took the train to Salzburg which got us there in under 2 hours. The train tickets themselves were around 30 Euro and the train we were on had wifi! Buying tickets for trains in Europe is fairly simple and all of the ticket machines allow you to read in English.
Once we got to the train station in Salzburg, we decided to walk to our hotel which took about 20 minutes.
Where we stayed:
We stayed here because it was right in the heart of the Old Town, had great reviews and was affordable. By far the best value hotel we stayed in on our trip. The rooms were smaller, but most hotel rooms in Europe are very small. This didn’t matter to us because we spent the majority of our time outside exploring. The hotel provided a nice breakfast each morning with quite a few different options for everyone.
If you are looking for a hotel in Salzburg that has a great value, then this is it. All of the major attractions are just minutes away.
There is only one restaurant I absolutely urge you to go to.
We did a lot of research on restaurants to eat at while in Salzburg and read great reviews on Zum Zirkelwirt. We ended up going for lunch one day and the weather was so beautiful we got to sit outside.
Chris ordered the Schnitzel and I got the Cheese Spatzle which was AMAZING. If there were more time, we would have gone back here a second time.
Our Favorite Activities:
While in Salzburg, we did a lot of exploring on our own. We went in and out of some of the most beautiful cathedrals that we would randomly stumble upon, visited Mirabell Gardens, and visited a lot of the Mozart sites, but our favorite things that we experienced were Hohensalzburg Fortress and the Stiegl Brewery Tour.
Hohensalzburg Fortress – This castle is located right in the center of old town and overlooks the entire city with views you’ll never forget. If you’re up for a nice hike, you can walk all the way uphill to the fortress (about 20 minutes) or you can take the cable railway that will get you up in about a minute (click here for prices).
The tour of the Fortress was fascinating. Hohensalzburg Fortress
was actually one of the largest castles in Europe in the 11th century and has been through so much history and stories that you will learn about.
Stiegl Brewery Tour – As you may know from a few of my past posts, my husband and I are big beer lovers so, of course, we had to go to the Stiegl Brewery! We walked from the hotel to the brewery which was about a 25-minute walk. I’m sure you can cab it over there but my husband and I do the majority of our exploring on foot so we can see things we might not have.
We ended up signing up for the tour of the brewery which ended with beer tastings. Our tour guide spoke great English and had a great sense of humor. The history of this Brewery is just so fascinating that the tour ended up being one of our favorite things that we did in Salzburg.
I know I said it at the beginning of this post, but I simply cannot wait to go back to Salzburg!