As the title suggests, I’ve just gotten back from a magical trip to Salzburg in Austria.
As many of you know, Christian, Floyd and I are emigrating in February to a very very hot location (keep visiting theblondetonic.com for more updates). Before all the hysteria really kicked off, we thought it might be a nice idea to have one final escape. A little city break to escape all the stress of such a big move. Considering we’re moving somewhere hot, we thought going somewhere freezing would be a great idea.
I love and have always loved Austria. The people are sensational and the food in my eyes is second to none. Last summer we visited Rome (link here) to experience all things Italian and of course, we ate double our body weight; so to say we’re into our food is an understatement. So the food was a huge appeal BUT in addition to that, being a massive film fan, it had always been a dream to visit the setting of ‘The Sound Of Music (1965)’.
I’ll begin with a small warning… to anyone wishing to visit Salzburg to see the many settings of The Sound Of Music… don’t bother in winter. You’ll be incredibly disappointed, ha! All the places were either closed or covered to protect from the snow. Forever the optimist though I am delighted to say that I saw the grounds from the Mirabell Gardens! Another warning which completely shattered my heart is that you can no longer visit the von Trapps’ house on the lake as it’s banned from the public unless you’re staying in the hotel. We tried, and quite literally got escorted out the front gates. I didn’t cry as such but there was a small leak from the corner of my eye. Nothing a little tissue and slice of strudel can’t fix though huh?!
Anywho, moving on… we visited some awesome places, ate some astounding food and tried our best to be cultural. Enjoy my photos and if you find yourself in Salzburg anytime soon, be sure to bear in mind some of these absolute gems.
Also, I wouldn’t say there is much of a ‘style’ theme to this post. It’s super difficult to be trendy in a ski jacket enduring temperatures of -bloomin’ freezing. Just thought I’d point that out…
We took a 15 minute taxi from the airport into Old Salzburg. There is a narrow passage on the cobbled streets known as ‘Goldgasse’, our cute little boutique hotel ‘Hotel Am Dom’ was the first building on the right nestled among the fairy lights and bows.
I always like to read up about places before I visit, especially cities bursting with recommendations. I also like to explore and find new and exciting new places that aren’t as obvious. However, I read about a very famous cafe in Salzburg called ‘Tomaselli’, it’s the oldest in Salzburg. Now, I was so excited to experience it for myself, I dragged Christian there on the first day. From the minute we walked through the door we were taken aback with disappointment. It was messy, soulless, had little to no cakes left and the staff were more than a little uninterrested – borderline rude as a result. So, we left after a couple of minutes and decided to find a treasure of our own. Thank goodness we did because we found this AMAZING place…
Next up, it was our mission to find the best place to have the best schnitzel and we definitely did!
Before I reveal to the world this next place, I’d like to start by firstly saying that when I travel abroad I never visit the same food spot twice. This is nothing personal, I just prefer to spend my time sampling new places rather than repeating previous experiences. The one exception to this rule is this next place: 220 Grad. I can’t put my finger on whether it was atmosphere, the food or the coffee? I couldn’t highlight any one element but, all I can say is that if you find yourself in Salzburg, get your butt over there for breakfast pronto.
HEADING UP TO HOHENSALZBURG FORTRESS
Sacher-Torte at Café Sacher
This place really does look entirely different when tucked in under a large blanket of snow. The one film location from the Sound Of Music that we managed to visit can be found in these grounds. See if you can recognise it…
So long, farewell, must finish with a Strudel…
It was such an amazing trip and I enjoyed every magical moment! I WILL be visiting again and I’d love to see how different it looks during the summer season. Stay tuned to read more about my travels and adventures. We emigrate in exactly a month, so watch this space for exciting updates…