January 10, 2014

 Last winter I spent a few days visiting the city of Salzburg in Austria.

The city famous for Mozart and The Sound of Music!



We visited in mid November just before the city got really busy with the Christmas markets and before the first heavy snow, although it was still freezing it was that lovely fresh Alpine freezing which you don’t mind. I love taking in an old city in that kind of weather!

We stayed in a lovely apartment on the 4th floor of a historic 13th century merchants building which faced onto Salzburg’s old market square.


Check out the door of the building!



It was lovely although a little creepy with all these stairs and crucifix’s !

Here are some of the sites we visited while in Salzburg

Hohensalzburg Fortress

Hohensalzburg Fortress

It is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe. Construction of the fortress began in 1077 and was gradually expanded during the following centuries. During its long history the Hohensalzburg Fortress has always remained unconquered by enemy troops. It is one of the best preserved castles in Europe. The Festungsbahn funicular railway opened in 1892 providing public access under the north side of the castle walls and this is still how you reach the top today!

HohenSalzburg Fortress

The view of the city from the top of the Fortress


You will find lots of modern art and sculptures as you walk around Salzburg

These are two of my favourites

“Sphaera” by Stephan Balkenhol


“Pieta” (Coat of Peace) by Anna Chromy


Here are a few of the many locations in the city of Salzburg, where the film ‘The Sound of Music’ was shot

Mirabell Palace and Gardens

(Where Maria and the children sing ‘Do-Re-Mi’)


St. Peter’s Cemetery

(It was here that the dramatic flight scenes were filmed)

St. Peter’s Cemetery is one of the oldest and most beautiful cemeteries in the world.


The Catacombs, hewn out of the Mönchsberg rock, are one of the special attractions in St. Peter’s Cemetery



You can visit the family home of Salzburg’s most famous son Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The prolific musician and composer was born at “Hagenauer House” at Getreidegasse 9. It is now a museum and cultural venue.


IMG_1541_newMe with Mozart!

Salzburg Cathedral


Salzburg’s Cathedral is beautiful and it’s worth sitting down in the pews to reflect and have a good look around this wonderful church. The ceiling frescoes and enormous pipe organ are very impressive.


Salzburg Cathedral

Around Salzburg

On one of the main shopping streets all the shops had these wonderful decorative signs



Around every corner there was something interesting to see





You could even take a horse drawn buggy ride!


The most fantastic thing about Salzburg is the Christmas shops!!



There are also some lovely shops selling wood carvings and the famous Austrian Cuckoo Clocks!



This middle Advent Calendar was huge!! Priced just over €50 probably the biggest and most expensive I have ever seen thats for sure!


Where is your favourite city break??

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  • Reply beanieman January 11, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Thanks for sharing your Christmas time tour of Salzburg. I particularly enjoyed it because I’m fanatical about all things German and have been trying to learn the language for ohhhh . . . 25 or so years now. It must have been dreamlike to be standing in the exact spots where the von Trapp family story played out. I can only imagine that you must have had “Do-Re-Mi” looping in your head. I’m the kind of person who loves looking at others’ photos and found it interesting to see the cityscape, the fortress (so amazing that a railway–built in 1892 no less!–takes people to the top), the architecture, etc. Nothing looks like that in the United States. We don’t have castles or any of the ancient-ness or quaintness you find in Europe. There are places I would call quaint here and there, but there are no places so evocative of fairy tales. Out of curiosity, I looked up how far Scotland is from Austria. The first bit of information that popped up said that the distance translated to about 20 hours. I envy the fact that in the time it would take for me to drive from Ohio to Florida (bleh), a person could be in an entirely different country in Europe! So awesome.

    • Reply Mary January 11, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the post! It was a lovely few days, I just missed the Christmas markets unfortunately 🙁 I know we are so lucky here we can be in Europe in just a few hours. When we travelled there we took a flight to Frankfurt which is just under 2hrs then a short internal flight to Salzburg.There are so many places in the US I want to see you may not have the fairytale castles we have here but there are some amazing places to visit! 😉

  • Reply Pinkx January 12, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Thank you so much for showing these beautiful pictures. I am sure it was a wonderful experience that you’ll be able to look back on for a while to come. The scenery just looks amazing.

    • Reply Mary January 12, 2014 at 10:32 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the post. It was a lovely city 🙂

  • Reply cpefley January 15, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Your pictures are absolutely beautiful! Oh what I wouldn’t give to live in Britain and be able to vacation in Europe. Simply gorgeous!!

    • Reply Mary January 15, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      Thanks! It was a great trip 🙂

  • Reply Amy Louise January 15, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    I was lucky to visit Salzburg in 1996. Thank you for your post it brought back many happy memories of a wonderful trip.

    • Reply Mary January 15, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  • Reply angelarose January 17, 2014 at 12:45 am

    This is beautiful! What a gorgeous city, I love your photos. I hope to someday see Europe, especially Austria. The Cathedral, the old city, the shops, the buildings, the castle, even the way you described the cool crisp, it sounds so lovely. Thank you so much for sharing your trip.

    • Reply Mary January 18, 2014 at 12:27 am

      Thanks, so glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

  • Reply Kate January 18, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Your photography is amazing and it’s been a place I’ve wanted to visit for a long time now. I especially enjoyed seeing the pictures of the fortress.

    And the cathedral… gorgeous! Sure as I’m sitting here, it’s that middle advent calendar that my daughter would have wanted to buy! 🙂

    • Reply Mary January 18, 2014 at 11:50 pm

      Thanks! It is definitely somewhere I would recommend visiting, can you believe that Advent Calendar it was huge!! 🙂

  • Reply Evelyn Chuter February 3, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Thanks for sharing those awesome pictures with us. OMG it is beautiful in Salzburg. Now I have to go there. It’s now on the top of my bucket list. I did have Italy on top but no more! And I would die to stand in front that sculpture of Mozart. I love cities that are old and have a lot of History like that. I really enjoyed your trip with you and I’ll probably be back to view them again.

    • Reply Mary February 3, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      Thanks it is a great place! Glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

  • Reply BarbRad February 13, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Thank you for bringing back my own memories of Salzburg. I was there in 1972. I can’t even remember the time of year, but I believe it was spring. I remember walking across that bridge. I remember touring that fortress. It’s a beautiful country, full of Old World charm. It was wonderful to be able to walk almost everywhere we wanted to go.

    I can’t remember the name of the small hotel where we stayed, but I did love the bakery across the street from us. We managed to enjoy wonderful pastries from it for breakfast every morning. I wish our stay in Salzburg had been long enough to do more exploring, but we only had a couple of days there before continuing our trip to meet my husband’s relatives in Yugoslavia.

    • Reply Mary February 13, 2014 at 10:58 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the post 🙂 It is a very charming place, I love a good walking town too with all the sights close by 🙂

  • Reply DISASTERmom February 17, 2014 at 1:17 am

    I just finished watching last night “The Sound of Music” and it brought me back to my childhood. Your pictures are lovely and have sparked my desire and interest to visit this fabulous city. Did you visit the church where “Maria” gets married from the movie? I always thought this church was one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen! My husband’s family is German and although my husband does not speak it, he has the classic German looks as do my children. Austria is on my bucket list of memorial cities to visit and explore. The fact I can connect it to my childhood and family ancestry is even better. I home school so we are studying the great composers and of course Mozart is included. This city is obviously historic and I could see how people could spend lots of time there, especially if you are a romantic like me! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Mary February 17, 2014 at 10:03 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the post 🙂 it was a fantastic trip and I would like to see more of Austria as its such a beautiful country. Unfortunately the church in the movie in which Maria gets married is not in Salzburg you will find it 16 miles east of Salzburg, its The Collegiate Church in Mondsee. 😉

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