A first we thought Salzburg was a little overrated, and perhaps we’d be spending more time in our hotel room working than exploring the Old Town. But once we’d made our way in and started exploring, our first impressions quickly changed, and we started to like the place more and more.
The Old Town has a relaxed vibe about it, with less tourists than I was expecting, although that may have had something to do with the drizzly weather we encountered during our 48 hour visit. It has a wonderful combination of busy retail strips such as Getreidgasse, small deserted alleyways, and wide open squares and spaces.
There’s a lot of specific, well known attractions to visit, such as Schloss Mirabell, Mozarts Geburtshaus, Salzburg Cathedral and of course Festung Hohensalzburg, the 900-year-old city fort high above the town.
But we suggest you put away the map, wander the streets and soak in everything you see, because after a few hours of exploring you will have bumped into everything in the Old Town anyway. There’s a few places to explore outside the Old Town, but if you’ve zig-zagged your way from Festung Hohensalzburg, through the Old Town and taken the Monchsberg Lift to the clifftops at the Museum der Moderne, you will have experienced almost everything that Salzburg has to offer.
For a relaxing escape from tourist mad Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Vienna, or any other close popular tourist destination, this is the place for you. Perhaps it’s different in the summer, but while we were there in September, it was a comfortable place to visit, and we certainly didn’t feel closed in by thousands of visitors to the city.
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