Destination Guide: Salzburg

Salzburg is like a fairy tale. Everything from its architecture to the flowers to its flowing river makes you feel like you have time travelled to some far-off land that is so much more grand and exciting than your own life. Simply put, the city is brimming with beauty and history and has an endless list of possible places to visit. So here, a brief destination guide to help you catch a a glimpse of the enchanting city, Salzburg.

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Where to stay:

Hotel Stein is a historic and luxurious hotel situated on the banks of river Salzach, in the heart of Salzburg.  A relatively smaller hotel with just 56 rooms, each space has been decorated with a different style and design. Do take a room with a view of the Hohensalzburg fortress or head up to the hotel's terrace bar for a breath taking panoramic view of the city.

Fun Trivia: The hotel is also most famous for a scene from the movie Knight and Day and this is where Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz stayed while shooting for the film in Salzburg.

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What to see:

Hotel Stein is walking distance from Mozart's birthplace. The house where Mozart lived with his family for seventeen years is now a museum. Glimpse some of the instruments he plied his trade on or try the local snack, mozart chocolate balls.  Cross the bridge and head over to the Baroque Old town to see the Salzburg Cathedral and the beautiful churches each with its exciting history. Wander the cobbled streets of the old town to the festival square, stroll down Getreidegasse, Salzburg's elegant shopping street or visit the rooftop restaurant M32 for a piece of cake and a splendid panoramic view of the city. Spend the evening at the Mullner Brau Brewery to enjoy the unique experience of sitting in crowded beer halls or beer gardens sampling some locally brewed beer.

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Salzburg Festival Square

The next day you can visit the Mirabell Palace and its beautiful baroque gardens, which you may recognise from The Sound of Music.  If you are a big fan of the movie you can take a special Sound Of Music tour to see more sites from the film like the Von Trapper house, Rock Riding School etc. or spend the afternoon at the Salzburg museum for some history. In the evening you can go to one of the many concerts in the city or relax in one of Salzburg's many cafes.

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The hours seem to stand still in the beauty of Salzburg, and I can't wait to go back again.

p.s. If you have an additional day in Salzburg, be sure to explore the breathtaking landscapes outside the city. The most interesting places to visit are The Eagle's Nest, which was Hitler's hideout and has the most remarkable view across the alps, the 450 year old Salt Mines and the largest ice caves in the world, Werfern Ice Caves. Take escorted day tours to these places and be amazed by nature's abundant beauty everywhere your eyes wander.

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