Old Town Salzburg is a UNESCO Worlds Heritage site.

Salzburg, Austria

 Six Hours in Salzburg

We had planned to explore Salzburg’s ancient buildings and cathedrals, and venues from The Sound of Music. We took the 10 a.m. train from Munich to Salzburg and arrived around 11:30. We left the train station and walked about 15 minutes then crossed the Salzach river bridge heading toward the shopping district Hagenauerplatz.

The Salzach River

The Salzach river winds through Salzburg.
The Salzach river was a transport route for salt.
Salzburg building remains date back to the 7th century.
The Salzach river winds through Salzburg, Austria
Old Town Salzburg is a UNESCO Worlds Heritage site.
Hohensalzburg Fortress perches on the Festungsberg and the Monchsberg Mountains.

What to do in Hagenauerplatz or Hagenau Square

St. Blasius Church is at the end of Getreidegasse.
St. Blaise is the”patron saint of throat ailments.”

We arrived in Hagenauerplatz and perused the shops, and as we neared the street’s end, the meticulous sculpture of Jesus on the cross caught our attention on St. Blasius or St. Blaise’s Church. Though it was September, a note posted on the church advertised an Advent music event. We knew that we were in a town that celebrated Catholicism.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born at Getreidegasse 9 in Hagneau Square.
Pandora is one of the shops that we had recognized in Hagenauer Square.

Getreidegasse and Mozart

We turned down Getreidegasse and spotted Amadeus Wolfgang Mozart’s birthplace and the home that he lived in for 17 years at Getreidegasse No. 9. Mozart’s house is one of many UNESCO World Heritage sites in historic Salzburg.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born and lived in Salzburg.
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Hohensalzburg Fortress

Hohensalzburg Fortress was built in 1077 to protect the archbishops and their land from attacks.
Cobblestones pave an alley in Old Town Salzburg.
Old Town Salzburg, Austria preserves their ancient remnants.

We then walked toward the Hohensalzburg Fortress, and instead of taking the cable railway up to the fortress, we began our climb up the steep hill. We stopped about halfway at Stieglkeller beer garden for lunch. After lunch, we continued our trek up and toured the castle.

Churches and spires dot the Salzburg skyline.
The best view of Salzburg is from Festung Hohensalzburg.
Salzburg, Austria
Festung Hohensalzburg offers a view of the Alps and the Salzburg countryside.

Nonnberg Nunnery “Abbey”

Nonnberg Nunnery and Abbey in Salzburg
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After the tour, we directed our path down the hill to the Nonnberg Convent that was founded between the years 712 to 715 and is known as the oldest working nunnery in the world. To this day, you can still hear the nuns sing every morning at 6:45. The real Maria von Kutscher who had inspired The Sound of Music had lived at the abbey, and scenes from the musical were filmed at Nonnberg.

Residenzplatz Square

Next, we entered the square where horse and carriages are available for hire for The Sound of Music tours, or dinner tours, and more. In one of the scenes in Residenzplatz Square, Maria had splashed in the Residenz Fountain on her way to the von Trapp home.

Visitors can take horse and carriage tours in Salzburg, Austria.

Salzburg Cathedral or Dom zu Salzburg

The cathedral was rebuilt and consecrated three times
The original Salzburg Cathedral was constructed in the year 767.
Salzburg Cathedral in Austria
The three dates, 774, 1628 and 1959 represent the consecration times after it was rebuilt from fires and a bombing during WWII.

We passed Salzburg’s holiest and most famous Cathedral, Dom zu Salzburg where 370 years ago someone marred the marble entranceway with graffiti. We proceeded west to Mirabell Palace and Gardens where Maria and the von Trapp children had sung “Do Re Mi.”

Mirabell Palace and Gardens

Maria and the children finished the song on the gaited steps.
Hohensalzburg Fortress and the Salzburg Cathedral are visible from Mirabell Gardens.

We enjoyed the gardens and the view of the cathedral and fortress, but today the palace is used for municipal government business, so we entered the foyer only. With time to spare, we relaxed at a cafe and sipped some Austrian wine paired with a selection of cheese.

One day, we hope to return and stay longer. Salzburg, entrenched in history, classical music, and religion, seems like the perfect place to celebrate the Christmas season.

Two Traveling Texans

15 thoughts on “Salzburg, Austria

  1. Salzburg is on my list! It does look beautiful with plenty to do. So question, how bad is the trek up to the castle? Would you recommend the walk or the cable car? I do like that you can take a break halfway up. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.

    1. I would love to return and spend a few nights. In terms of visiting the castle, I would do the walk to get the best photos, though it’s steep. Thanks for reading my post. #The WeeklyPostcard

  2. Salzburg looks like a fairy tale. After I´ve seen Viena it´s been on my bucket list for a while…. #theweeklypostcard

  3. I want very badly to visit Salzburg, Mozart’s place of birth. Your pictures of it are very enticing, but I’m sure it’s even more beautiful in real life. I hope to make it there next spring, when I’ll be in Europe. #TheWeeklyPostcrd

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