Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A Day in Salzburg, Austria


It is an undeniable fact: Salzburg is beautiful. It's nestled right up against snow-capped mountains, which are snow-capped even in the middle of July (when these photos were taken.) It's a small city, and peaceful. My friend Kasey and I were only there a day but I would have rather stayed much longer.

Truthfully though, Salzburg itself can be seen in a day. I wasn't kidding when I said it was small: you can walk from one side in the other in twenty or so minutes, which we did several times as we made trips to and from our hostel. There seemed to be so much to do around Salzburg, though: Visiting underground ice caves, salt mines, hiking and nature galore. I'd stay a week, or a month, if I had the time and money. 


Salzburg is touristy, largely in part to its role in The Sound of Music, and normally seeing hoards of tour buses and people  with backpacks and socks with sandals drives me nuts...but for some reason I really didn't mind it here. It was fun to play the part of a tourist: visiting Mirabelle gardens and having to exercise a lot of self control to keep from singing. Doe, a deer, a female deer...
I was in The Sound of Music on stage (more than once) growing up, so I know almost all of the film by heart. 


A huge highlight for me was visiting Nonnberg Abbey in Salzburg, which is still a working convent.

(Semi-related anecdote: We were attempting to find the Abbey with our maps, standing in one of the many little squares in the center of the city, when we saw a nun walking down the street. We assumed she was of course on her way to the Abbey, so we followed her oh-so-secretly to find our way there. Ha!)

There is a beautiful chapel you can walk around in, and when we were inside we heard a clock chime and then all of the nuns started singing! They were somewhere else in the convent and so we couldn't see them, but it was so cool to be able to listen to their songs.

(Another related anecdote: There is a sign on the door of the convent that clearly states (IN MANY LANGUAGES) that it is a place of worship and visitors should be quiet and show respect. About ten minutes after we arrived another group of Americans entered and they could not have been louder. I'm not just talking about kids either, I'm talking about six or so adults who were speaking to eachother in louder-than-average voices...in a church! We were floored. Couldn't they read? They got so loud at one point that a nun actually came into the chapel to shush them. Come on, Americans. You're giving the rest of us a bad name.) 

I loved every minute I spent in Salzburg. Have you ever been? What did you think? 




18 comments:

Megan said...

i went there in april and thought it was a cool city. i was reallllly annoyed with the amount of tourists, however haha. i think the city is so cute and quaint and the amount of tourists i faced then kind of ruined its charm. but id go back anytime :)

Tamaras Blend said...

I've been to Salzburg a couple days before Christmas, it was really stunningly beautiful! Great photos, as always!

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Laura said...

So beautiful! :)

Jenna said...

I'm dying to visit Salzburg! It seems like it has the best of both eastern and western Europe and I would love visiting all of the Sound of Music attractions :) It's also kind of nice that it's such a small city - I think small city's allow you to get to know them quicker and it makes it easy to explore on foot!

xxx
Jenna

kaity said...

have you been to the ice caves? my brother picked that as the activity he wanted to do when we were staying near Salzburg, and it really was not all that exciting. we had to hike to the top of the mountain to even find the entrance, and then everything in the cave was dark (duh, it's a cave) so it's not like you could really see. the guide had a little roll of magnesium that he would occasionally spark in order to point out something. plus the cave itself is filled with hundreds and hundreds of stairs, which were all icy. all in all, not my favorite part of that vacation.

Jennifer Diane said...

Really beautiful! We traveled through Germany a few years ago and ended our trip with a 2 day stay in Austria. It was amazing. I wish we could have spent more time in Austria. :-)

Blue Dog Belle said...

I went a few years ago and just fell in love. It's such a sweet little town, and gorgeous views from the castle!

mizhenka said...

Salzburg looks so stunning. Would love to visit one day!

Steph said...

Amazing photos! What a sweet place to visit!

Ginny said...

i grew up 60km south of it and went to high school in salzburg. it´s such a beauuutiful little city! and although it sometimes feels like there are more tourists than locals (especially during salzburg festival ans christmas) it will always be one of my favorite places!

Anonymous said...

I have never been but if that babe friend of yours Kasey is there I want to be there too.

Karm said...

GAWD. I love your photos and your trips. I tried to watch the Sound of Music, but with 4 naughty boys inthe same room... it was a fail. ): But the first 14 minutes seemed good... the area was so pretty. Thanks for sharing

Alex Butts said...

Did I tell you the devastating story how I was supposed to go there but we lost a friend in Munich and after spending the day looking for her we had to head straight to Vienna? Ugh, someday!

Erin Marie said...

That totally sounds like a dream! I love visiting churches like that. So much history. And to the loud Americans...preach it, girl. seriously.

Allie said...

looks GORGEOUS! i was in salzburg when i was super young so i dont remember... now im dying to go back!

Anh said...

Amazing! I've been wanting to visit Austria and Germany, and these photos and your blog make me yearn for it some more! So glad you came to my blog and yes, let's be blog friends!

How did you come about living in Europe??

xo,
Anh

Rachel said...

oh man i went there in 2004 and loved it! it is so gorgeous! and the salt mines were awesome! although the salt mines in Krakow are better :)did you take the tram up the mountain to check out the gorgeous view?!?

Anand Sharma said...

Reading so many positive reviews for Salzburg now I believe it is indeed a place to visit in one's lifetime. Great!

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