salzburg! so full of culture, class, and charm.
i came years ago with my family and i remember thinking it
almost didn’t seem real – more like a fairytale. i was excited
to go back with chase and experience it all over again.
like usual, one of the first things we like to do in a new city
is find the highest point and head straight there. it always
helps me understand a place better to see it from above
and then wander the streets. we took the funicular right
up the mountain and walked all around the fortress to start.^^ we became big fans of this pass when it got us to the front of
the funicular line. we were waiting in a very long & hot ticket line
when one of the employees said “if you have a salzburg card you
don’t have to wait!” that alone made it worth it! not all city cards
are worth it, but this one was for us since it got us up the funicular,
into mozart’s house, in the christmas museum, & even more attractions.
after some panoramic views, we couldn’t wait to get down
to the charming streets below and see what they had to offer.
the streets of salzburg are so unique and full of life. walking here is
unlike any other city. a few things that the streets have to offer:
pretty white buildings // horse drawn carriages // sparkling
fountains // traditionally dressed locals // music in the air //
wienerschnitzel // chocolates // winding streets // & basically bliss.
i live for these narrow little european streets with iron balconies.
walking through them in salzburg, you can get a taste of the
old town long ago when locals wandered from shop to shop.
one on of these streets we caught a whiff of some heavenly
smelling food, and we couldn’t pass it up. we stepped
into brasserie goldgasse for a traditional austrian meal
right in the heart of old town, off the bustling street.
chase had his first wienerschnitzel here and became an immediate fan.
this face means…”please don’t take my photo, i want to eat” *noted!*
back to the streets we went after a top notch meal.
and we got ourselves to this pretty building, which happens to be the
home of MOZART.
we toured the childhood home of the child prodigy
and even got to see his first piano! chase wanted to play it…
i’m sure that would have gone over well with the security! :)
the room where wolfgang amadeus mozart was born ^^
we thought we had done quite a lot of walking so far, so
we hopped in a rikschatour after meeting these friendly
guides. we’ve only done this in india & china before, where
rickshaws are as normal as bicycles, but we wanted to
learn more about salzburg. the guide jonas was so friendly, and
we couldn’t resist. we felt a little bit silly being carted around,
but i can’t say i didn’t enjoy relaxing and just listening.
the streets were crowded for the summer festival going on,
so we were amazed at the way our little rickshaw navigated
the busy streets. we just did a quick tour of the old city with
a few sound of music sights sprinkled in. it was the perfect
amount of time and gave us more knowledge about the
history of the city and some local insider tips as well.
we went inside st. peter’s church which i had never done here.
it was stunning and completely quiet from the crowds outside.
^^ these two became fast friends & exchanged info to
keep in touch. don’t they look a little like brothers?
austria has some of the prettiest architecture anywhere ^^
we saw europe’s oldest restaurant (!!) and made plans
to return later that night. it is built into the mountain
and trust me, i will be sharing all about it next post!
our salzburg cards gave us entry to the christmas museum,
so i couldn’t pass that up. it’s a small top-floor museum but
it’s pretty magical like you’d imagine, going all through the history
and traditions of christmas with some pretty darling decorations.
^^ i can’t get over this miniature christmas market on the left,
or the tiny austrian children christmas outfits on the right. ahh!
^^ we paid some more tribute to mozart later on at his statue,
and watched the festival-goers in the square. i thought everyone
was dressed up in costume for the festival as volunteers, but our
guide jonas told us that these were just locals dressed up for a night
out at the theatre/opera. i LOVE this! i had no idea that the traditional
dress of lederhosen and women’s dirndls are actually considered like
wearing a gown & suit or tux would be in the US! how amazing is that?
just another example of europe’s incredible and strong cultures that i love.
we ended the evening by walking along the river market
and crossing the love lock bridge (does every city have one now?)
no need for a pricey concert ticket, since even the street performers
are amazingly talented musicians playing gorgeous classical music.
salzburg in the summertime is full of life, music,
history, and culture. it fills up all of the senses!
*thank you to visit salzburg for partnering with us on this post!