This month’s Thursday Travel Throwback posts share a trip to Vienna G and I took a couple of Decembers ago to enjoy the Christmas markets.
Knowing we were just a few hours away from the home of the Von Trapps and the hills which Maria brought to life with ‘the sound of music’ I knew we had to take a day trip to Salzburg while in Austria…
Located in northwest Austria, Salzburg is a quiet city surrounded by gorgeous mountain ranges.
Famous as the birthplace of musical prodigy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Salzburg’s popularity reached new heights in the 1960s when it acted as the backdrop for the film The Sound of Music.
^ Mozart’s former home…which is now home to a convenience store.
There was (of course!) a Christmas market which we explored before hopping on the funicular to Hohensalzburg Castle to take in the views over the town.
Once back down at ground level we wandered through the cemetery outside St. Peter’s Abbey Church and monastery.
The interior of the church is absolutely stunning and inspires quiet contemplation.
Leaving the hush and candle-lit glow of the church and walking out into the bright bustle of the market was a bit like being hit with ice cold water but a delicious hot chocolate and some tasty pastries helped with the acclimatization.
Returning to meet our ride back to Vienna we admired the Salzburg gardens one more time and even spotted a friend doing some last minute shopping!
Salzburg is lovely but, being completely honest, if you’re pressed for time on a trip to Austria it could be skipped. Ultimately, it was a bit underwhelming and so I’d suggest using the time you have to explore more of gorgeous Vienna.
Make sure you check back next Thursday for the third installment in my Vienna Thursday Travel Throwback posts and find the first one here if you missed it!