My trip to Salzburg had been one that I had been looking forward to for so many months! Between the Sound of Music, Mozart and just the general beauty of Austria, I had a feeling that this would be my absolute favorite trip in Europe and as of now, it definitely is!
My coworker, Nicole, and I flew out Thursday evening and got into Salzburg much later in the evening. While flying in to Salzburg from Frankfurt, it was so exciting to see all of the mountains while the sun was setting and to see their outlines while the sun was setting. After getting settled into the Airbnb right near the bus and train station, we prepared for a full day of exploring and fun on Friday!
We started Friday with the Sound of Music tour and we were both absolutely giddy! The tour took us to many of the major filming sights in Salzburg while the guide told us history of the actual Von Trapp family and the movie magic used during the filming. We spent the 4 hour tour frolicking between the different city spots as well as out in the countryside in a town called Mondsee. My favorite spot on the tour was the Mirabell Gardens that we saw at the very end. It’s where they filmed the “Do-Re-Mi” scenes and they looked exactly the same as the movie and were so beautiful to see in person. After the tour, we walked to the Hohensalzburg Fortress sitting on top of one of the big hills in Salzburg which was quite the hike! We had a nice walk around the fortress including a beer and a pretzels overlooking the incredible mountains. After a few hours, we rode the funicular down the hill and walked around Old Town exploring the sights and different buildings and churches. After some time enjoying the views, we had Thai food for dinner and had an early night in bed to enjoy the next day!
On the second day, we started super early with our trip to Hallstatt, an Alpine village built next to a lake two hours away from Salzburg and is known for its beautiful views and historic salt mine. To get to Hallstatt, it takes about two hours by train and then a very short yet beautiful ferry ride to the other side of the lake. During our day trip, our big excursion was the tour of the salt mine on the top of the mountain. The tour was somewhat tourist-y, but the fun part was the two wooden slides used to move throughout the mine and the little train used to take us out of the mine! It was super silly and unlike anything I had ever tried before. Afterwards some lunch, walking around some more and enjoying the amazing views, we headed back on the train to Salzburg and relaxed in the Airbnb for the evening.
On our final day, we checked out of the Airbnb and explored Salzburg more. First we explored Mozart’s family home which I was absolutely thrilled about! I loved seeing the family portraits, letters and even some of his childhood instruments. I was in love! Afterwards, we went to St. Peter’s Abbey and it was definitely my second favorite church I’ve ever seen (first being La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, of course). We then went to the Nonnberg Abbey which was where Maria was a nun in the Sound of Music and we tried to see the Sound of Music stage although the roof was covering it. However, we did get to hear a trumpet choir from the Fortress and all of the church bells striking at noon. They were the most beautiful sounds (and it sounded just like how it did in the movie)! We spent the rest of the days relaxing, walking along the Salzach River, watching a movie being filmed around the city and relaxing in one of the parks. In the evening, we headed towards the airport and were both super sad to leave. It was such a beautiful trip and was so much more than I had imagined. I can’t wait to go back one day!