I Have Confidence (I'll find my way round Salzburg and spend lots on Christmas Stuff!)

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Our hotel, the Radisson SAS Hotel Altstadt...our room is on the fourth level, the two windows far right in the pink!

Have you picked up on the fact most of these entries might have titles from Sound of Music songs?

Anyway, we arrived at Salzburg Airport around lunchtime, and hopped in a cab to the hotel, I think it cost about 12 euros, which isn't too bad. We were dropped off on the Rudolfskai side of the hotel, and as you'll see from the review I've written of the hotel, we were really pleased. It was so traditional and lovely inside. I always think you can stay in a tower-block Hilton, Sheraton or even Radisson in pretty much any city in the world, but this Radisson was very much a part of the traditional architecture of the city, and it merged in with the surrounding buildings. Apparently it's the oldest Inn in the city....so there!

Anyway, I usually crash out after travelling but I think the earlier flight naps saw me OK and we dragged our bags upstairs to our HUGE room, put on a couple more layers of clothes and headed out into the city.

Nutcrackers, Nutcrackers, as far as the eye can see!

The hotel was ideally located for the Christmas Markets in Damplatz and Residentzplatz. You can pretty much buy anything festive at the Christkindl Markt (http://www.christkindlmarkt.co.at/) from crafts, textiles, food and drink, baubles, garlands, clothing and almost anything else you can think of. We started stocking up, and I got an adorable Santa tea light holder among other things. Now I'm sure lots of the stuff is made in Taiwan, Thailand or China, but it's cute nonetheless!

We wandered around enjoying a mug of Gluhwein and a Hot Dog, as well as a bag of caramelised cashew and macadamia nuts. These became our afternoon pick-me-up, from a stall in the DamMarkt, absolutely delicious!!

We found our way around the area near the hotel including the shopping streets, like Getriedegasse, which was just along Judengrasse from the hotel.

The view from our bedroom window to the fort

We went back to the hotel, I had a nap and we ate dinner in the Symphonie restaurant in the hotel, which was lovely, although I was so tired, I couldn't really eat much!

But a lovely first day none the less!

My big advice for Salzburg - wear flat comfortable walking shoes! I wore UGGS the whole time I was there which was great - my feet were csy but not too hot, they were comfy and I could have trailed around all day - had my knee not got sore in the cold!

jennjeff1 says:
I love Gl├╝wein! ~Jeff
Posted on: Jul 02, 2008
mfmcp1982 says:
Gluhwein is wine which is flavoured with spices, like cinnamon, and then heated. It's lovely...also called Mulled Wine.
Posted on: Mar 03, 2008
row-zzzzz says:
What is a mug of Gluhwein ... never heard that type of sentence or term
Posted on: Mar 03, 2008
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