6 Things Not to Miss in Salzburg
by Katie McCabe | @awelltraveledpair | January 30th, 2017
Salzburg is one of the most beautiful places in all of Europe. Home to Mozart, schnapps, and the Sound of Music, this enticing city has so much to offer. Whether you're visiting for one day, one week, or one month, be sure to see these six wondrous attractions.
Wander the Charming Streets of Old Town
The streets of Old Town have so much charm and character. Most famously known for their architecture and intricate store signs, we found ourselves wandering around for hours gazing at this beautiful city. The most popular street in Salzburg, Getreidegasse, is well known for being the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. A large yellow townhouse sits in the middle of Getreidegasse and draws quite a crowd of tourists looking to get a glimpse of the house where the famous composer was born in 1756. While in Old Town, grab a cup of coffee, pretzel, or strudel, and explore as much of this picturesque city as possible.
Eat a Mozartkugel
A Mozartkugel, also known as a Mozart ball, is a small sugar confection made of pistachio marzipan, nougat, and dark chocolate. In 1890, Paul Fürst made the original Mozartkugel and it quickly became Salzburg's most famous treat. Today, many shops sell impostor Mozart balls, and even though they are quite tasty, nothing compares to the deliciousness of the original. The originals are wrapped in silver and blue packaging and sold in certain stores around Salzburg. We found some at Josef Holzermayr Confiserie in Old Town and they were amazing!
Schnapps Tasting at Sporer
Schnapps tasting is a must do while in Salzburg, and Sporer is where you should do it. Making their own schnapps for over 100 years, Sporer is located on the famous Getreidegasse and steps away from Mozart's birthplace. With flavors such as elderflower, apricot, pear, sour cherry, and zirben, they have something for everyone's taste. Open Monday through Saturday, be sure to stop by and sample their incredible schnapps.
View of Hohensalzburg Castle from M32
Perched high on a hill, above beautiful Old Town, is Hohensalzburg Castle. There are so many amazing views of this fascinating fortress, but our favorite was from M32 restaurant at the Museum der Moderne. To get there, you'll need to hike up, or take the funicular lift for around $3 USD. At the top, enjoy a meal or handcrafted cocktail while taking in the incredible views of Hohensalzburg.
Stroll Around Mirabell Gardens
Mirabell Palace and Gardens are a ten minute walk from Old Town and definitely worth a visit. Strolling around the stunning grounds while listening to a live orchestra play will make you feel like you are in a scene from The Sound of Music. The majestic palace, perfectly manicured gardens, and stunning view of Hohensalzburg Castle make Mirabell one of the most exquisite places in Salzburg.
Have a Beer at Augustiner Braü
Seating over 1,400 people, Augustiner Braü's beer garden is a fun and lively place to end your day in Salzburg. Open daily from 3 pm to 11 pm, Augustiner serves the best beer in Austria. You can bring your own food, however, I highly recommend eating at one of their many food stalls. Numerous vendors set up shop at the indoor marketplace to sell their amazing homemade dishes. Grab a litre and a bite, and relax under the beautiful chestnut trees while enjoying some music and local fun.
We found Salzburg to be a relaxing and enjoyable city. From beautiful buildings and exquisite gardens to rich history and culture, Salzburg should be on everyone's travel list. We can't wait to return one day to explore more of what this great city has to offer.