It was a whirlwind adventure in Salzburg because I was only there for one day. However, I accomplished a lot as I trampled through the city streets with a couple friends. Salzburg, Austria is a breath-taking city and there’s so much to do. From merely strolling along the streets to exploring the palaces there’s something for everyone.
I started this journey at Mirabell Palace and Gardens. The gardens are absolutely stunning and the flowers were in bloom. From the elaborate fountains to the to the flowers this was a must see location on the trip. Plus, many of the scenes from The Sound of Music were filmed here. I will gladly walk in Julie Andrews shoes any day!
Next, we stumbled upon Mozart Wonhaus, which was one Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s residence. It has now been turned into a lovely museum that is worth the entrance fee. It comes with an individual audio guide so that you can take the museum at your own pace. Some of Mozart’s original scores are on display as well as some of the very instruments in which he exercised his talents. For the music and history buff alike this is a must!
My friends and I then took to the streets and simply wandered around admiring the beauty and architecture of Salzburg. From the streets to the buildings and the churches there was never a moment of boredom. The Salzburg Cathedral was absolutely beautiful and worth the time to explore. Much of the church was destroyed during WWII but it was rebuilt to the exact specifications. The light still beautifully shines through the windows.
The next sight was that of Hellbrun Palace. It’s a quite the sight from outside however, there are tours of the palace itself and the gardens. It was pouring rain when we were there so we opted out of the tours and instead took a glimpse at The Sound of Music Pavilion. This is where the iconic “I am 16 going on 17” scene was filmed. However, it was still located at Leopoldskron Palace during the time that it was actually filmed. But it’s still the same pavilion just in a different location. Our adventure at the pavilion was complete with a dance in the rain!
We ended the day off by taking a taxi to the quaint little town of St. Gilgen. Surrounded by the Austrian Alps and by Wolfgangsee this picturesque place captured my heart. The views were stunning – they made my jaw drop. It was a nice change of pace from the city. During the day there’s a cable car that runs up the mountainside. We had planned on trying it out, however; it closed as we had arrived in the evening. Take a walk by the lake, snap some photos and enjoy an ice cream by the water. If you arrive early enough you may even be able to catch a ferry to the other side of the lake for an added adventure. We ended up stumbling upon a little restaurant and enjoyed some schnitzel before heading home.
Have you been to Salzburg? What was your favourite adventure? Let us know by commenting below!