Salzburg – Austria’s little gem

Salzburg – Austria’s little gem

Located in the middle of Europe and made up of nine federated states, Austria is one of the continent’s most compelling countries. The nation has a population of nearly nine million. With a history full of famous musicians and renowned artists, and an abundance of breathtaking scenery and architecture, it’s a must-see destination for many travelers.

Salzburg, a small city near the border with Germany, is an iconic Austrian destination. The Sound of Music is my all-time favorite movie, and it takes place in Salzburg. I dreamed of going to Salzburg for a long time before I actually visited.



Hohensalzburg Fortress

Tourists from all over come to explore this longstanding medieval fortress. While touring through the castle, make sure to visit the staterooms, the torture chamber, and museums. Plan to spend an entire day there because you won’t want to rush this visit.

Visit Salzburg’s Old Town

While in Austria, make sure to wander through Salzburg’s Old Town to get acquainted with the cobblestone streets, quaint alleyways, preserved 15th-century buildings, and awe-inspiring architecture. The Old Town contains some of the best shopping around, making it perfect for picking up souvenirs and grabbing something delectable to munch on.

Salzburg Marionette Theatre

Established in 1913, the Salzburg Marionette Theatre is one of the oldest marionette theaters in the world. Live actors were used in the productions at this theater, and as of today, the theater is used to record live soundtracks. For marionette productions, there are over 500 characters that are still used, including the entire cast in the Sound of Music. The puppet masters for the theatre perform operas from composers such as Tchaikovsky, Shakespeare, Mozart, and Saint-Exupéry using their wooden characters.

Panorama Museum

Johann Sattler, a well-known painter from the 1820s, painted a remarkable wall that included an in-depth panoramic view of Salzburg. This painting includes great detail, not just of the buildings and architecture of the Austrian state but of the residents and their everyday lives from over 200 years ago.

Guided Sound of Music Tour

If you grew up watching the classic film, Sound of Music, you’ll be glad to know you can visit many of the filming locations. With over 15 sites on the guided tour, you’ll have the opportunity to see Mirabellgarten, Hellbrunn Palace, and the Nonnberg Abbey. Even if you choose not to take a guided tour, make sure you at least visit these iconic spots.

The Home of Mozart

Once Mozart’s family moved away from his birth home, they moved next to the Salzach river. Today, this home is known as Mozart’s Residence Museum, where you can get an inside view of how Mozart grew up and the delicate artifacts of his past.

St. Peter’s Cemetery and Catacombs

Dating back to the 1600s, St. Peter’s Cemetery and Catacombs is the first Christian burial ground in Salzburg. Since 696, monks have been coming to the monastery to pray, live, and work. This site isn’t just a place to mourn but a place that features gorgeous architecture and rock caves in the Mönchsberg.

The Klessheim Palace

Once, this magnificent Baroque structure acted as the residence to Archbishops of Salzburg. Now the Salzburg Casino, it is a beautiful place to partake in a little gambling. The interior design, gardens, and pleasure grounds are all worth seeing. If you make this trip, dress appropriately. There is a dress code for visitors.

Christmas Market/Christkindlmarkt

If you happen to visit Austria anytime in November or December, you must make it to the Christmas Market. This age-old event is one that will create memories that last a lifetime. The smell of roasted chestnuts and mulled wines fill the air as you walk through the three squares, Domplatz, Kapitelplatz, Residenzplatz, taking in the essence of the holiday.

Christmas Museum

If you like the Christmas Market, then you must make it up to the Christmas Museum. Luckily, Salzburg’s Christmas Museum is a year-round attraction. This museum will teach you all that there is to know regarding the spirit of Christmas and its history.

Salzburg Open-Air Museum

There is so much to experience at the Open-Air Museum. With structures and artifacts that date back to the 16th-century, you will get an intimate view of how the residents lived centuries ago. There are well over 100 historic structures, so get ready for a long, exciting day.

Stiegl Brauwelt

Calling all beer enthusiasts! This brewery will teach you all about the history of beer through its enjoyable beer tasting and exhibits. You don’t want to miss this multi-sensory experience.

Toy Museum

Whether you brought the kids along or left them at home, you should make a stop at the Toy Museum. This museum holds the most extensive assortment of toys from around Europe. Nearly the entire museum is hands-on and interactive, so there’s no doubt you’ll feel like a kid again.

Horse and Carriage Ride

Horse and carriage rides are popular forms of transportation when you’re trying to get around town. The tourists especially love them and for a good reason! Taking a carriage ride is one of the best ways to learn all about the city as you see it from a unique perspective.

Austrian Food

This one may be kind of obvious, but you can’t possibly leave Austria without trying some of its authentic cuisines and traditional foods. Austrians love their red meats, bread, and potatoes. Pair a mulled wine or freshly brewed beer with a hearty meal at least once before you head home. Some of the classic dishes you should consider include strudel, wiener schnitzel, tafelspitz, and speckknödel.

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