Schnitzels, Strudels, and Salzburg: A Spontaneous Day Trip

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Salzburg is the home of Mozart and the Sound of Music. It lived up to its historic name and definitely did not disappoint. As my family came to Germany to visit we decided to take a spontaneous day trip to Salzburg, Austria. I am so glad we did this! Salzburg is such a beautiful city. The weather was gorgeous and the skies lit up as the sun set around 5:30pm.

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The bus ride took under 2 hours, and it provided amazing views of the Austrian hillsides as we drove to the Salzburg Hauptbahnhof. We arrived around 2pm and immediately began our way to the middle of Old Town. We passed little cafes with people sitting outside sipping their espressos and eating their ice cream (it was a warm 40 degrees!).

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The Mirabell Gardens was our first stop. This is one of the filming locations of The Sound of Music. Marble statues were immaculately placed around the manicured lawn. We walked around and took photos. Salzburg is a perfect walking city. We saw a ton, and we were able to walk everywhere very easily.

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Getreidegasse is a cool shopping street that has original signs hanging above some shops. It has a lot of modern stores, but also a couple traditional ones. We ate lunch here and walked further down the street to Mozart’s Geburtshaus (Mozart’s Birthplace).

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Half of the fun in Salzburg is walking around (in search of a gelato sign) and admiring all of the sights and culture. The stunning sky really set the mood as we made our way up to the Hohensalzburg Fortress. We knew the museum part would be closed after 6pm, but the views are unparalleled (and free). The hike is pretty much all uphill but it is well worth it. We were able to see the cannons and torture chambers from the days the fortress was used in 1077. Yes, 1077!!

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As the sun set, we made our way back down from the fortress and slowly made our way back to the Central Station. Our walk back was sweetly interrupted by a dessert stop. We ate huge sundaes and played cards.

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Salzburg is one for the books. It is a perfect place for a day trip from Munich. It can also easily be stretched into a three-day weekend trip as well. From Innsbruck to Vienna to Salzburg, Austria proves again and again to be an amazing country!

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