Salzburg is a city that captured my heart instantly. I had no expectations and no idea what to expect after hopping off the train from Italy. But it is hard to resist a city full of colour, music and old world charm whilst being surrounded by nature at its finest. There are so many reasons why I fell for Salzburg, but here are just a few of them.
Old Town of Salzburg
It is no wonder this old town centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A combination of Baroque and Medieval buildings, it really is a feast for your eyes! There are some streets that feel like a throwback to another time, and for a moment you think are in another century. I particularly enjoyed the Fortress Hohensalzburg and walking along the banks of the Salzach river.
The Mirabell Gardens
The Mirabell Gardens were definitely a highlight of our trip to Salzburg. I loved the pops of colour and the little sprinkling of magic that seemed to fill the gardens. Not even the rain could dampen our spirits that day (or our desire to recreate a certain Sound of Music song!).
Need I say more? Salzburg was our first taste of colder weather in Europe. Something about the grey skies and needing to pull on our coats, made sitting in cute little cafes drinking tea and eating strudel feel like a picture perfect moment. We somehow managed to eat strudel every day
All things Sound of Music
Okay, I need to admit something here. It may be possible that the reason we hopped on a train to Salzburg was for the Sound of Music tour. I had no idea just how wonderful Salzburg actually would be. Or that the tour we were on would show us so much of Salzburg’s beauty.
After doing a little research I booked us in for the Original Sound of Music Tour with Panorama. I was very pleased with our choice of tour. Our lovely tour guide worked very hard to make sure we all had a great time. She entertained us with interesting facts about the filming of the Sound of Music, as well as the history of Salzburg.
We were like giddy school girls on the tour bus, so full of excitement and anticipation of the wonderful day ahead of us. Having been involved in a production of the Sound of Music only a year earlier, I felt a rather special connection to the story.
On the tour, we discovered the Mirabell Gardens where Do-Re-Mi was filmed, the Leopoldskron Palace (which you will recognise as the Von Trapp backyard), the Gazebo where Liesl sang 16 Going On 17 and visit Mondsee to see the chapel where the Captain and Maria were married. I really loved Mondsee and wished we had more time to go exploring. We also got to see great views of Nonnberg Abbey and Salzburg Lake District. It was such a fun day that I couldn’t help but have a huge smile on my face all day!!
Its a city bursting with art and culture
It seems as though Salzburg is always playing host to some festival. While we were there, there was a lovely little festival taking place in the centre of the Old Town. While exploring in the evening, we frequently stumbled across musicians performing on pop up stages.
Salzburg at dusk
Salzburg at dusk is nothing short of pure magic. The sky becomes full of the most spectacular shades of blue and purple with a golden glow that dances across the water and lights up the fortress.