Check out my recap of our travels around Vienna, Austria!
Below are some of my suggestions for those visiting Salzburg, despite the fact that I only spent a few hours there.
– Mozart’s house
– Sound of Music tour ($48 per person)
– Mirabell Palace & Gardens
– Salzburg Altstadt
– Salzburg Fortress
– Old Market Square (Alter Markt)
We had scheduled 4 days in Austria and we all loved the idea of taking a day trip to Salzburg, a city about 2.5 hours outside of Vienna by train. Getting there was so simple – we booked a high-speed train to Salzburg at 8AM for $58 roundtrip. The train ride was incredibly comfortable – we had wifi, cozy seats, and silence (the trains in Europe are seriously so quiet) – and I slept for most of the trip. And the best part was that our tickets were valid for any train time we wanted, so we could’ve hopped onto any of the trains that ran to and from Salzburg hourly.
We arrived to a cold, dreary day but were determined to make the most of the seven hours we had.
After a simple breakfast and lots of coffee, we strolled around the city and awed at the beauty surrounding us.
Of course Salzburg had its own love lock bridge, beautifully spanning the Salzach River:
We also made sure to stop by the birthplace of the one and only Mozart.
At some point in my life I developed a deep appreciation for classical music, so seeing the home of one of the most famous composers in the world was truly incredible.
For those who don’t know, Salzburg is where the Sound of Music was filmed. Given our short time in the city, we opted to explore the most famous locations via the Sound of Music tour. It was a wonderful decision and one I would highly recommend to those similarly pressed on time.
The tour took us to many of the locations where the movie was filmed, and our awesome tour guide also took the time to explain the history behind many of the buildings we drove past. Our first stop was one of the locations used for the Von Trapp family home.
Fun fact: this location was only used for the backyard scenes of the Von Trapp home. Remember that scene where the kids and Maria fell off the boat? Yup that was filmed here. But the actual exterior of the house was filmed at another location because the producers felt that this home was too large and extravagant.
We hopped back onto the bus and drove to the location where Maria walks to the Von Trapp home for the first time while singing “I Have Confidence.”
Another fun fact: the veranda where Liesel (the oldest daughter) dances and sings with her boy was actually specifically built for the movie and placed in the backyard of the home pictured above. It was eventually moved because people (i.e. fans of the movie) kept sneaking onto the private property to take photos.
And here it is now!
Unfortunately, it was closed for business because a few years ago a woman was trying to recreate that famous jumping scene…and fell haha.
We snapped a few photos in the garden…
…before getting back on the bus, this time with some champagne in hand!
And then we drove to the best part of the entire tour – the hills! Yes, those hills that Maria sang were alive with the sound of music.
I think we all collectively oohed and aahed when the bus stopped and we walked out to this view:
The photos don’t even do it justice, such beauty cannot be properly captured.
We were told that the water here was so pure that you could literally walk up and drink from it without any concerns. In fact, the water in all of Austria, Vienna including, was delicious.
But the incredibleness didn’t end there! We were then taken to a small town in the mountains, Mondsee.
So much charm, so.much.charm.
There was some festival happening and everyone was dressed traditionally. The streets were crowded with food and souvenir vendors. I knew I had to try the cheese bread the moment I saw it.
I mean…melty cheese, toasted bread, and paprika
I basically died and went to heaven
We only had about 45 minutes to stroll around the tiny town center, but managed to sneak in a quick trip to a local ice cream parlor at the end.
You guys, this ice cream. Words cannot describe how phenomenal it was. It was easily one of the best ice creams I’ve ever had in my life. I immediately knew that it was freshly made with what was probably the freshest, highest quality milk and cream ever.
Our final stop on the tour were the gardens where the “Do Re Mi” scene was filmed.
I even got a boyfriend there!
But it was a short-lived romance because we had to part ways.
And then our trip to Salzburg came to an end. I definitely wish that we spent a night there, perhaps at a hotel in the mountains, but at least we were able to see much of the city on the tour!