Our stop in Salzburg was short, too short. When we arrived we were taken with Salzburg immediately. After Vienna, Salzburg was a very small city but one with a lot of beauty and history.
To be honest with you, we only stopped here on the way from Vienna to Munich because I am a big Sound of Music fan and I knew a lot of the scenes from the film were shot here – we even did the Sound of Music Tour! So of course I wanted to check this place out. But what I didn’t realize was how much this city had to offer.
We went on a walking tour around Salzburg, which we find is always the best way to familiarize yourself with a new place. It’s also a great way to stumble across little hidden treasures, which we so often do. We saw so much of the city and had a great time. Here are the highlights.
We met our guide at our accommodation, the lovely Bergland Hotel, and she ‘guided’ us through the beautiful city.
This is my favorite place in Salzburg! It’s hard to believe these Gardens have been around since 1690 because they are so well kept. Probably one of the most beautiful gardens I have seen, Mirabell is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, what many people know Mirabell Gardens for is the scene in Sound of Music where Maria and the children sing ‘Do-Re-Mi’. Okay, when I say ‘many people’ I am referring to the many Sound of Music fans.
The Gardens are part of Mirabell Palace. Prince Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau had the Palace built as a token of his love for his partner, Salome Alt. It must have really impressed her because they had 15 children together.
Salzburg was the birthplace and home of Mozart. Mozart was born in 1756 and was just 5 years old when he started playing for Royal members. That’s a lot of pressure for a five year old! Today the house has been turned into a museum, displaying items that once belonged to the talented musician.
Not far from one another, you can visit both the house he was born in and home he resided in later in his life. Whether you are a fan of his music or not, it really is quite interesting to take a peek into the life of a musical genius. We recommend Mozart’s birthplace as it feels more authentic.
Salzburger Dom Cathedral
Built in 767 the original Cathedral was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1167. Four hundred years later another fire ravaged the cathedral and it was once again rebuilt and was officially reopened again in 1628. You will find the church in the ‘old town’ of Salzburg, and while not the most impressive cathedral I’ve seen, its definitely worth a visit.
St. Peter’s Monastery
This Benedictine monastery is considered to be the oldest in the German speaking world. Served as a home to monks for over 1000 years, St Peters is a Romanesque structure which has been around since the 5th century. The monastery is the home of the oldest library in Austria and is open to the public. St Peters is quite breathtaking and well worth a visit, even if you are not religious in any way.
St. Peter’s Cemetery
We don’t normally find cemetery’s exciting. In fact, when walking tours walk through them, we usually look at each other and roll our eyes. Who wants to see a bunch of tomb stones? This one was different though. For one, it was small and had so much character. It’s right behind St. Peter’s Monastery so isn’t too far out of the way.
For information on the different types of walking tours available, please visit Salzburg Information.
Have you been to Salzburg?