Salzburg Travel Blog

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A beautiful afternoon in Salzburg - I had heard it was pretty, but the train ride over from Munich to Salzburg was breathtaking - rolling green meadows dotted (or sometimes completely carpeted) in brilliant yellow flowers, with towering dark mountains in the background capped with whiter than white snow. Oh, and blue blue sky with fluffy white clouds. It almost makes you want to break into song!

Pulling into Salzburg, I at first didn't think much of it until we were crossing the river and I got my first glimpse towards the Old Town - amazing. Lots of old gothicky buildings and green parks overlooked by a formidable castle on a hill top. Walking down to the Old Town from the train station is not hard at all, just follow the road back to the river and then turn right to head towards the Old Town.

The walk along the river is pleasant, and the water is a really unusual colour, not dirty, just different. I highly recommend a visit to Mirabella Park, near the riverbank, which is carefully sculpted beauty to a tee, and amusing statues (my favourite is the woeful lion...see pics!). You can also get a really clear view to the castle, and if you take your photo right, you can get a shot of the pegasus statue with the castle in the background.

Take time to wander through the Old Town, past the Residenz and the Cathedral, and through the many squares - ice cream is an essential accessory to this walk. When you come to the Funicular to the Castle, you may want to walk past it and take the set of stairs to the walk up to the castle, a much more pleasant, though laborious means of transport.

Especially as the funicular costs 10 euros!! The walk is not long at all, it is quite steep on the final approach up to the castle though, but I think it was definitely worth it to save the dosh.

The castle itself is most impressive, and you get the most amazing views from around it's ramparts. Take the tour of the battlement walk/tower/torture chamber - the torture chamber is not gruesome at all (and I am extremely weak about these things), and the tour is worth sitting through for the view from the top of the tower alone. Plus, it's included in the cost of your entry ticket anyway. I also liked the concert hall in the state rooms area of the castle, and the courtyard is a nice place to just chill out under the spreading tree branches and relax.

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