Eurotrip 2012- Salzburg

Salzburg crept up on me as one of the more enjoyable places we stayed. The more I think about the time we spent there, the more I realize how much I really liked the place. It’s cozy.

We got in on a Saturday and by the time we were showered and settled in the cheap and cheerful Pension Elisabeth it was time to find some food and get a good night’s rest to make our one full day in the city count.

Sadly, this one day-was a Sunday and unlike North Americans or the British they actually keep up with the whole idea of Sunday being a day of rest. A day to chill with your family etc etc. So pretty much any retail store was closed along with a ton of other places. This surely narrowed our scope but the guide I’d picked up indicating all the lovely independent shops and boutiques was pretty much useless at that point. *Insert heartbreak here*. Perhaps this is a reason to go back. I would. I’d definitely head back to Salzburg.

We woke up to our free breakfast (my favourite) and then sauntered down the very lovely Paris-Lodron-Strasse.

We stopped in at the Loretokirche (Loreto Church) which ended up being a treat. They have a large graveyard/court area filled with headstones, epitaphs and other odd statues. We must have spent a good 45 minutes or so checking everything out. I don’t think we saw anything quite like it in any other city.

We sauntered past the impressive Dreifaltigkeitskirche (Trinity Church), pondered going into the Salzburger Barockmuseum but opted to use that time to see more of the city. We took a peek at St. Andrew’s church which is where the market takes place just outside before heading to the much anticipated Mirabellgarten (Mirabell Gardens). This picture should explain my excitement.

The gardens are incredible!! So beautiful and the sun came out just in time for our walk. I must have had “Do a Deer” in my head for hours afterwards.

(Now you can too :) take note of the background in each shot- Salzburg is that stunning.)

Kinda related- you can also watch this- ’cause it’s amazing.

Anyhoo- back to Salzburg!
Next we crossed the Muellner Steg Bridge which crosses the Salzach river and gives you one of the loveliest views of the old town and castle. We lucked out because there was a crafts market on the kaipromenade. Zing!! So although the shops were closed we still got to see some local wares. This is also where Roisin and I decided to start bracelet collections as all backpackers do- and acquired our very first one here.

Once we started our journey through the old town we had to of course stop for warm apple strudel. (Sadly no schnitzel with noodle). I’m pretty positive we went to a place called Wurtzel Zucker- but I can’t find a link for it anywhere… to be honest the service was pretty shitty so maybe that’s a good thing. The strudel was good… being able to pay and get the waitress’ attention- not so much. Anyway, all the reviews say we should have gone to Alter Fuchs for strudel anyway. (So don’t make our mistake!)

Next we walked around enjoying the architecture, found the Blasiuskirche, sauntered down Getreidegasse Lane, checked out the Spielseugmuseum, and the Pferdeschwemme (Horse Pond).

The nice thing about Salzburg is that although it’s a very old and beautiful city it also has a very large student population so it somehow still feels very current and hip. I like that dynamic. We kept walking past these lovely university buildings as we went along- The Catholic Theology Faculty etc- mostly the University of Salzburg I believe.

I fell in love with a pickle outside of the Museum of Modern Art, then we sauntered towards to the incredible St. Peter’s Abbey. So lovely!! Then we went to the Salzburg Cathedral.

We started to make the walk up to Hohensalzburg Castle to find there were massive line ups for all the ways of getting up there. So we decided although it would have been nice to head up the massive hill… we’d opt out.

We did decide to go into the Panorama Museum for the Sound of Music exhibit. It was awesome :D We only got a little short of an hour as the place was close to closing but it was worth it.

Then we hung out in Residenzplatz checking out the fountain and glockenspiel, as well as Mozartplatz. (I’ve also just noticed now that there’s an O’Malley’s Irish Pub which we entirely missed out on by not walking down this wee street GUTTED!)

We enjoyed our walk back just peeking in the windows of shops in the old town, stopped in the University Square, and made our way back across the river deciding on a cheap Italian meal for tea.

Salzburg is indeed a treat. The next day we were off to Munich around mid day.

K

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