Christian worked in Steyr up until Friday afternoon and then we drove (almost two hours) to spend the weekend in Salzburg. We checked into our hotel, Hotel Auersperg, which I highly recommend. It is located within walking distance of the historic town center (Altstadt) and is in a quiet area. We went for a short evening stroll to get our first glimpse of Salzburg.
On Saturday, we walked through the narrow shopping streets. There were so many shops selling the most elegant looking Tracht (dress/costume) for women (Dirndl & Jacke) and men (Lederhosen). This is the traditional dress that is worn in Salzburg & most known in Bavaria during festivals. Just take a look at this shop!
Salzburg is known for being the birth place of Mozart and of course, the setting of The Sound of Music! Salzburg is located at the Salzach River and directly surrounding the city are hills & mountains. You can’t help but hum to yourself, “the hills are alive with the sound of music,” as you are strolling through Salzburg! We climbed up to the Museum der Moderne Mönchsberg, which provided a great overlook of Salzburg.
We hiked further above Salzburg to Die Festung Hohensalzburg (the high Salzburg Castle or Fortress). Construction on the fortress began in the 11th century and throughout the years it was continually rebuilt and expanded. The inside exhibits were not so interesting to us but the views were very nice. We took the funicular railroad from the fortress back down to the Altstadt.
Our next stop was the Dom zu Salzburg (Salzburg Cathedral). It is a Catholic church built in the Baroque style in the 17th century.
We had a light lunch because we knew we wanted to have a treat at the café at the Hotel Sacher. We splurged and didn’t just order the Original Sacher Torte but the dessert sampler!
We needed to work off our desserts in order to be able to be hungry for dinner, so we ended up hiking up the hill called Kapuzinerberg, which is on the eastern side of the river & the side where our hotel was located. It is the green hill in the picture below. It had started to rain while we were hiking and we weren’t able to see much of the city below, as the hiking trail was deep in the trees. It was strenuous and long enough that we were hungry for dinner. We ate at Taj Mahal, an Indian restaurant that was recommended by our hotel. It was quite popular and we had to wait almost 30 minutes before being seated. I am sure you don’t think to get Indian food while in Salzburg but it was worth the wait!
The following day, we drove outside the city to Schloss Hellbrunn. We purchased a ticket to visit the palace, which included a guided tour of the trick fountains! Markus Sittikus, the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg, commissioned Hellbrunn Palace to be built in 1612 and it was completed in 1619.
Markus Sittikus wanted a fun garden with “water games” to trick and delight his guests. Sounds familiar, right (Peterhof)? Our tour guide was so engaging and funny. Walking through the water gardens was the best part of the visit to Hellbrunn and some unsuspecting guests did get wet!
Touring the inside of the Schloss.
The park surrounding Hellbrunn is quite extensive and we made sure to stop at the Sound of Music pavilion, which is located there! Next time I might need to take one of the Sound of Music tours.
After our visit to the Schloss, it was time to say goodbye to Salzburg. I flew back to Germany and Christian needed to get to his next client site.
So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, good night.
I hate to go and leave this pretty sight.