Oh, where do I even begin? Okay, so when we were planning our Europe trip Joe was really into Austria and I was definitely excited about it, but I would catch myself dreaming more about Greece, Italy, & Ireland. Our time in Vienna blew me away and made me fall in love with Austria, check out our post about our time in Vienna. Salzburg was no different; it wowed me and continued to make me love Austria.
I had no part in planning what we would be doing at all in Austria; Joe took it upon himself to plan our 8 days with me only helping pick places to stay. Joe did a wonderful job planning a time I will never forget – he’s pretty much the best, ever.
We took a train from Vienna to Salzburg, it was about two and a half hours and it was a gorgeous train ride. Also, side note, Austria’s train line is amazing, it was WAY better than Italy’s…they had comfy seats, top of the line trains, and FREE WIFI! They also had all stops very clearly marked and announcements in English, YAY! Win, win, win. We were very impressed and it made the gorgeous train ride even more enjoyable.
I planned all of our places to stay while in Europe almost exclusively through Air BnB, and when we first started planning our trip I would browse places to stay by city just dreaming of our time. I found the place I wanted to stay in Salzburg very, very early on and knew we had to stay there.
We stayed with an Austrian family in their bed and breakfast they have in their 350 year old classic Austrian home. It was perfect, our hosts were both classical musicians and we could hear them practicing while we stayed, um yes please. The B&B is in old town Salzburg and situated directly at the foot of the famous Fortress Hohesalzburg, which you’ll see in a handful of our pictures. We could walk or bike to all the sights in Salzburg in minutes! The building directly next door is the oldest family-run bakery in Salzburg, we woke up to the smell of freshly baked apple strudel every morning. Our hosts let us use their bikes to bike the city for free, saving us the 30€ we planned to spend on renting them. It was such a perfect stay and would highly, highly recommend this place for anyone coming to Austria, check it out.
Staying where we stayed made me love Austria all the more but we also saw so many fun & interesting places while we were there. Salzburg is nestled right on the edge of the Alps so you can always see mountain peaks in the background, which makes it even more dreamy.
The Sound of Music was filmed in Salzburg but we definitely didn’t come just to see the movie filming locations. Although once we arrived, we realized they were the prettiest places in the city and quickly added more and more locations to our must-see list. We had just recently watched The Sound of Music before we came so we had all the spots in our minds.
Our first day we climbed the steps up the fortress and saw the Nonnberg Abbey where, in the movie, Maria is a nun in the convent there. We walked down the fortress in old town Salzburg where a hand full of scenes were filmed. We also explored St. Peter’s Graveyard where the von Trapps hide from the Nazis in the movie. We got to see the gazebo where Leisel sings “16 going on 17,” and where Maria and the captain first kiss. We saw the Mirabell gardens where “do-ray-me-fa-so-la-te-do” was filmed, which I personally loved. The gardens were so large and the flowers were gorgeous. I love flowers and gardens so I was drooling over all the gorgeousness. We also got to see the house where a lot of scenes were filmed. I really, really enjoyed seeing all the places in the movie come alive! There are tours you can do for about 40€ – 60€ a person that will take you to all the different stops, but we just biked the city and did it ourselves for free!
I would highly recommend biking around Salzburg; there are beautiful trails all over the city. We spent a little time hiking and stumbled across a path just across the river with steps straight up to an Abbey. It gave us some gorgeous panoramic views of the city and was lovely at sunset.
W also visited Motzarts birthplace and enjoyed classical musicians playing on the streets. We explored Old Town and we ate schnitzel, strudels, and my personal Austrian favorite – huge soft pretzels! All in all I really cannot wait to go back to Salzburg, we so enjoyed our time there! The city was so clean and well kept, packed with history and beautiful sites all situated in the Alps, doesn’t get much better. We highly recommend visiting Salzburg for several days if you are ever in Austria!