If you’ve been following my adventures for a while, you’ll know that I spent most of winter 2016 in Austria. When we were first planning this trip, I was super excited about staying in this country. Innsbruck, where we spent most of our time, is in the middle of the Alps and I couldn’t WAIT to experience living right next to the mountains. This said, the main reason I was so enthusiastic about living in Austria was that it is home to my favourite movie — The Sound of Music. So, when we headed to Salzburg near the end of our trip, I was literally giddy with excitement to visit the city where this story was based — And it did not disappoint!
Salzburg is Austria’s fourth largest city, and one of its most popular tourist destination, especially if you include its neighbouring Lake District (Salzkammergut)! It is near the German border (only about an hour and a half from Munich) and is not too far from the German Alps, making it prime location for many Germans and Austrians on holiday!
We had a car while visiting this city, so we stayed in an AirBnb that was about a fifteen minute drive from Salzburg’s Old Town. The apartment was in the middle of beautiful fields and had an amazing view of the surrounding mountains. It was literally everything I could have hoped for and more.
One of the first things we did in Salzburg was, of course, the Sound of Music Tour. This tour lasts about four hours during which the tour guide entertains us with movie trivia and songs! On this tour, we got to see the filming locations for the front (Hellbrune) and back (Leopoldskron) of the Von Trapp family home, the gazebo used in the film, the path Maria dances along on her way to the Von Trapp mansion and Mirabellplatz, where many scenes are filmed.
We also got to tour the Lake District and stopped for lunch in Mondsee, where the church used for Maria and Captain Von Trapp’s wedding is located. In the lake district, we got to see Mondsee, Wolfgangsee and Fuschlsee, and had some breathtaking views of these lakes.
The next day, we hiked across the Mönchsberg and headed to the Hohensalzburg Fortress! The fortress was really fun to visit and we got an amazing view of the city from there! We then headed down through the old town and spent the afternoon walking around. We visited Nonnberg Abbey’s burial ground Petersfriedhof, which is also the oldest cemetery in the city. We also checked out Mozartplatz (because, for those who don’t know, Salzburg Mozart’s hometown), Residenzplatz and the Salzburg Cathedral.
We had an amazing, relaxing stay in Salzburg and would love to go back, especially in summer — the Lake District looks like an amazing place to spend summer holiday! Before heading to Salzburg, we stopped in Hallstatt, which is a small, picturesque village, also in the Salzkammergut region. I didn’t include it in this post because I have way too many pictures already, but you can take a look at my article on the top things to do in Hallstatt if you want to know more about this beautiful Austrian town!