24 Hours in Salzburg, Austria

Twenty-four hours in Salzburg is not nearly enough time. We sandwiched a stop to Salzburg in between our journey from Munich to Prague. If I had it to redo we would have spent a lot more time there. Salzburg feels like a fairy tale. The air is clean, the mountains green, the architecture interesting, and the city itself, immaculate. The vibe is relaxed even when the streets are crowded. The taxi drivers are hands down the nicest I’ve encountered overseas.

I say twenty-four hours isn’t enough simply for the fact that I would’ve been content spending days on end sitting on a patio, taking in the view. However, in the short time we were there, we saw quite a bit without feeling overwhelmed.

So should you ever find yourself with just twenty-four hours to spend in Salzburg…follow the 6-Pack roadmap for a day of sightseeing and good times!

Book a room at the Hotel Amadeus. It’s adorable, centrally located and a steal at around  $120 American dollars a night. We booked a room with two beds and to our surprise had what was basically a two bedroom apartment.

Take some time to stroll through old town; do some shopping; have a coffee and admire the beautiful architecture and signage.

If you’re on a tight schedule have a go to list of major landmarks/museums you want to see. We decided to hit up Mozarts Geburtshaus (Mozart’s childhood home). While it was really neat to set foot inside the apartment Mozart was born in; I wish we would’ve checked out the apartment he lived in as an adult instead. Unless you’re a huge Mozart fan or into music history, I would probably just snap a photo outside the apartment and move on.

Do a lap around Mozart square; check out the nearby outdoor market; grab a pretzel and a souvenir as you make your way towards Fortress Hohensalzburg.

If you have a fear of heights, close your eyes and hang on tight as you board the tram that creeps up a steep incline to the fortress entrance.

Once you’re to the top, calm your nerves with a drink and some grub (I suggest the vegetable strudel) at the fortress beer garden. You will want to take your time and soak in the awesome view.

With your belly full and your nerves calmed, set forth and explore the exhibits inside the fortress.

Try your hand at mastering the art of the marionette (also an exhibit within the fortress). Truth be told, these things CREEP me out!

After you’ve had your fill of re-enacting your favorite movie scene with marionettes, take a cheesy photo to commemorate the occasion.

Final “to do” at the fortress: climb the staircase to the top of the tower to take in yet another amazing sight. Rolling mountains in every direction (insert The Hills are Alive song here).

The fortress conquered, it’s time to set your sights on an evening of good beer and conversation at Augustiner Braustubl. Make your way there by walking along the Salzach River while oohing and ahhing over the scenery at sunset. Seriously, this place offers a picturesque view at every turn.

Your feet tired and your brain chocked full of history and culture, sit back, relax, strike up conversation with a stranger, and enjoy some delicious cold beer and nibbles. There’s an assortment of food vendors within the beer hall that offer a variety of eats. There is definitely something for all tastes and appetites.

Finally, enjoy a few hours sleep in your cool hotel room; wake up bright and early and head off to your next destination.

Cheers!

-Jessica

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