Salzburg

Located right near the German border, the UNESCO heritage listed city of Salzburg has music ingrained in its history.

It’s the birthplace of Mozart (you can even visit a house in which he lived if you’re a classical enthusiast) and probably best known for being the location behind the iconic Sound of Music film.

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Even now as I write this post I can’t help but hear Julie Andrews’ voice in my head singing a melody of songs, my hostel even played the movie each night – that’s how ubiquitous the Sound of Music is here.

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But if there’s one thing I’d recommend doing in Salzburg which has no musical attachment, it is a visit to the Augustiner Braustubl.

This. place. was. awesome.

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You know you’re in for a treat when there’s people just hanging around the entrance waiting for the doors to open.

I met three fantastic humans, another fellow Aussie girl and two American guys at my hostel and we explored Salzburg together as we were all in town for the same amount of time.

We strolled in at 2:30pm but it didn’t open until 3pm so we waited patiently and watched more and more locals and tourists alike, do the same.

Once inside the place kind of resembles a cafeteria in a way, there’s various permanent food stalls where you can get a variety of dishes but this is Austria after all so the majority will be sausage, chicken and potato based.

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One of a few packed rooms inside the beer hall

While the food was fresh and delicious, the best part was the quality beer which is table serviced by men who can carry about 5 steins in each hand, very impressive! The beer itself is made by monks at the attached monastery in which this beer hall is located.

Overall the atmosphere inside Augustiner was a lot of fun and it’s a really social place where you get a sense of how the Salzburg natives enjoy a meal.

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A church seen on the walk from the Fortress to Augustiner

We’d come to the Augustiner after working up an appetite climbing up to and exploring around the Hohensalzburg Castle.

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Construction dates back to 1077 and the high location and size of the site means it has been used as a fortress.

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The views from up here and those seen on the walk up are great – you can see all sides of Salzburg.

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There is a funicular you can pay to use to take you up to the top for those who can’t or prefer not to climb it. It’s a little steep but nothing unbearable.

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I can’t finish a post on Salzburg without mentioning that I personally do love the Sound of Music and couldn’t resist doing one of the many tours on offer here with a company called Panorama.

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It was atrocious weather the day I went and I somehow landed the good fortune of getting the most annoying passengers one could hope for, paired with a most irritating guide making for further delight.

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The gazebo from the scene, 16 going on 17

We saw maybe three or four things in signficant relation to the movie and for a hefty price of around 40 euro I can certainly say it was not worth it or perhaps a different company may have been a better way to go!

The tour includes Mirabell Gardens on its itinerary however it just starts and ends here – quite misleading. I saw the gardens myself and it’s a lovely albeit busy place.

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As mentioned the weather wasn’t great while I was there and so I was unable to visit Untersberg, a mountain you can reach the peak of by cable car.

The views are supposed to be fantastic and you can even see Hitler’s Eagles Nest from here, his holiday resort which is now a tourist destination.

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Salzburg Cathedral

I don’t feel you need a large amount of time in Salzburg, I visited for a couple days on my way from Vienna to Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic and felt it was enough.

It’s a quaint place despite the tourists, I was there in October so I can’t imagine how hectic things must be in the middle of summer, but the city is definitely worth a stop into to enjoy its music, beautiful scenery and that Augustiner beer!

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