Six Hours in Salzburg
We had planned to explore Salzburg, Austria and the ancient UNESCO buildings like the Hohensalzburg Fortress. Plus, the Salzburg Cathedral and venues from The Sound of Music were on our list. Additionally, we also wanted to peruse the Hagenauerplatz shops.
Hoping to see as much as possible, 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.
Not only did we accomplish our goals, but we ate lunch and later stopped at a cafe to try some Austrian wine. However, the more we saw, the more we wanted to stay.
The Salzach River
First of all, you couldn’t miss the creamy green colored Salzach river that was used as a route to transport salt. Furthermore, when we looked beyond the river up to Hohensalzburg Fortress, the beauty of the ancient buildings against a bright sky mesmerized us.
What to do in Hagenauerplatz or Hagenau Square
We arrived in Hagenauerplatz and perused the shops, and as we neared the street’s end, a 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. Consequently, we knew that we were in a town that celebrated Catholicism, and we loved it.
Getreidegasse and Mozart
Turning down Getreidegasse, we spotted Amadeus Wolfgang Mozart’s home. Not only did Mozart live at Getreidegasse No. 9 for 17 years, but he was also born there. Most notably, Mozart’s house is one of the many UNESCO World Heritage sites in historic Salzburg.
We then walked toward the Hohensalzburg Fortress, and instead of taking the cable railway, we began our climb up the steep hill. Also, we stopped about halfway at Stieglkeller beer garden for lunch. The walk was a little challenging and I welcomed a break. After lunch, we continued our trek up and toured the castle.
Nonnberg Nunnery “Abbey”
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. Notably, to this day, you can still hear the nuns sing every morning at 6:45.
Furthermore, 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.
Next, we entered the square where horse and carriages are for hire for The Sound of Music tours, or dinner tours, and more. Moreover, in one of the scenes in Residenzplatz Square, Maria had splashed in the Residenz Fountain on her way to the von Trapp home.
Salzburg Cathedral or Dom zu Salzburg
We passed Salzburg’s holiest and most famous Cathedral, Dom zu Salzburg where 370 years ago someone marred the marble entranceway with graffiti.
The Sound of Music
After passing the Salzburg Cathedral, we proceeded west to Mirabell Palace and Gardens where Maria and the von Trapp children had sung “Do Re Mi.” Also, if we had more time, I would have gone on The Sound of Music tour.
Mirabell Palace and 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.
As shown above, you can hit the top tourist attractions in a day, but to fully experience the city, you will want to stay longer. I did.
Do you think visiting Salzburg during the holidays would get you in the Christmas spirit?