Nestled just between the Bavarian border of Germany and the Eastern Alps is the idyllic city of Salzburg, Austria. Much of the world knows Salzburg as the birthplace of Mozart or as the backdrop for the Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic, The Sound of Music, but my two days in this charming little city proved that it should be known for so much more. From the baroque and Italian Renaissance influences in architecture, all of which were practically untouched during WWII, to the perfectly manicured parks, friendly locals and delicious food, there’s really so much to love about this city. Not to mention, the clifftop fortress that sits formidably above Salzburg only adds to the already stunning scenery.
My friend Whitney and I added Salzburg to our Eastern & Central European Road Trip. It was our second stop after starting in Budapest. Neither of us had ever been to Salzburg so we were really excited to check out what Salzburg has to offer for ourselves. If you ever find yourself planning a trip to Salzburg, here is where we stayed, where we ate and what we did along with some tips to keep in mind about the area!
Whitney and I stayed in two hotels during our time in Salzburg. Both were equally as charming and had their own unique appeal. I’m not sure I’d recommend one over the other. I’d say read through the following and decide what would make your trip to Salzburg easier or more enjoyable based on the interests you have in being there.
HOTEL SACHER SALZBURG
Hotel Sacher Salzburg is a family owned hotel with only one other location, in Vienna, and prides themselves in offering a traditional experience for their guests. Upon our arrival, we were warmly welcomed by our new friend Sandra, from the marketing department, with a glass of prosecco and an informative run-down of the hotels’ history.
My favorite part of this history lesson was that the hotel was the birthplace of the most famous cake in the world, the Sacher-Torte. This chocolate cake is fluffy and delicious, refined with apricot jam. The frosting could not sit more perfectly along the top and the side. It was definitely delicious so, even if you don’t stay at Hotel Sacher Salzburg, you definitely need to stop in to satisfy your sweet tooth craving.
Although it is deemed the most famous cake in the world, I hadn’t heard of it the way I had heard about Mozart but I am taking Sandra’s word on this. Once we wrapped up our time together, we were taken up to our room, which is probably the most beautifully elegant rooms I’ve ever stayed in.
It was rainy and gloomy when we arrived so we turned on the fire and recouped in these chairs for a little while. We had just come off of our 5 hour drive from Budapest so a little rest and relaxation was much needed. We literally rolled into Salzburg with no plan and no expectations so we got to work on figuring out what we wanted to make sure we didn’t miss during our two full days here. More on that later in the post 🙂
One of my favorite things about our stay at Hotel Sacher Salzburg was the view from our room. The hotel is situated on the opposite side of the Salzach River from bustling and the well-known Old Town area, which gives you an incredible look at the Baroque and Italian Renaissance influences you see throughout the city’s architecture. Often deemed the ‘German Rome’, these influences have given Salzburg the reputation of one of the worlds’ most beautiful cities.
Check out the view on our first morning in Salzburg:
What made it even better was the bells that were clanging all at the same time. It was absolutely magical!
HOTEL SCHLOSS LEOPOLDSKRON
For our final night, we decided to head out of the main city center for an opportunity to stay at Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron. It was commissioned as a family home in 1736 by the Prince Archbishop of Salzburg, Leopold Anton Freiherr von Firmian but later fell into severe disrepair. It was purchased by Max Reinhardt in 1918, who was Europe’s most famous theater director at the time. He had a knack for the creative arts and, together with the talent of the artisans of Salzburg, renovated and added to the estate and, most literally, brought it back to life by holding live theater productions there. He made use of the entire Schloss, which is German for the word ‘castle’ or ‘palace’, moving his audience from room to room, which were made to be sets in and of themselves. Unfortunately, World War II brought an end to the Reinhardt Era. It was confiscated by the Nazi government as “Jewish property”. Reinhardt was working in Hollywood at the time and never returned to his beloved Schloss Leopoldskron.
How sad, right?
He died in New York City in 1943 and described this property and his days there as “the harvest of my life’s work”.
It truly is a beautiful. I’d be heartbroken, too, if that happened to me.
If you’re a Sound of Music fan, like myself, these two horses and this gate MIGHT look familiar to you. And, yes, it’s true … this is one of the many Sound of Music film locations throughout the city of Salzburg, where production of the movie took place in 1964.
This is where they shot the rowboat scene:
As you can see, it looks a bit aged now but maybe they cleaned it up that way just for production purposes. Who knows. But, Schloss Leopoldskron wasn’t the actual Von Trapp family home in the movie. In the movie, you see a yellow home, which is actually down the road at Schloss Frohnburg, as you learn in the Sound of Music Tour, which I’ll get to in the ‘What We Did’ section. If you do stay here, be sure to check out the Venetian Room [on the second floor of the Schloss; the website says the first floor because, in Europe, the first floor of buildings is actually the second floor here in America], which was the inspiration behind the ball room scene in the movie. Those scenes were filmed on a sound stage in Hollywood but this room was what they based the design of the set on.Today, Schloss Leopoldskron serves as the home of the international non-profit organization Salzburg Global Seminar and the Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron.
In terms of accommodations, the hotel at Schloss Leopoldskron is very unique. The Schloss itself has 12 individually designed suites decorated with antique furniture. These rooms were under renovation while we were there. We stayed in one of the rooms in the Meierhof, formerly the administration building for the palace. In 2014, this building was renovated to provide guests single and double room accommodations.Whitney and I had a wonderful experience. Our room was quaint and cozy, equipped with two small double beds and a strong Wi-Fi connection. What more could two bloggers need? We slept well and felt like a couple of princesses in the morning while eating breakfast in the palace.
One of the loveliest perks of staying here is that no matter where your room is, whether it’s in Meierhof or the Schloss, you have the property available to you. The price is also pretty scalable so no matter what your budget is, you’re likely to find a room that fits the bill!
Overall, this was a wonderful place to stay. It is a little bit on the outskirts of the city but they do provide guests bikes to use free of charge. It’s also worth mentioning that the Schloss Leopoldskron is only available to guests of the hotel so, if you’re a fan of the Sound of Music and want to visit this location up close & personal, as we did, you will have to make a reservation to stay here.
ST. PETER STIFTSKULINARIUM
One of the most highly recommended places to dine that we received was St. Peter Stiftskulinarium, which is the oldest documented restaurant in Europe. Located in the St. Peter Abbey, there are multiple rooms that you could be seated. Whitney and I enjoy a corner table in the Richard Stube, which felt much like a cave, but actually used to be wine cellar.
Whitney and I both ordered wiener-schnitzel, a traditional Austrian dish, which is a fried filet of veal. It’s served with a lemon wedge, potatoes seasoned with parsley and a cranberry dipping sauce. I found it be quite delicious, although I know veal is not everyone’s cup of tea. I think it helped that I didn’t know it was veal at the time 😉 but it really was good!
This spot was recommended to us by one of the receptionists at Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron. It is located inside the Elefant Hotel in Old Town and we went solely to experience another iconic dish, this one specific to Salzburg, called Salzburger Nockerl. Our friends at Visit Salzburg told us it’s an absolute must! It is a sweet and fluffy soufflé whose peaked presentation is meant to remind you of Salzburgs’ snow-capped mountains.
But, don’t worry, this wasn’t the only thing we ate here, hah! We did have dinner before indulging in the Salzburger Nockerl but, I figured we’d start with dessert first since it was the main reason why we came to this restaurant, ha! I had the salmon and potatoes, which was delicious.
Honestly, these are the only two restaurants I remember dining at. I think we had picked up sandwiches and quick bites for lunch and then we had breakfast at our hotels each morning. We were there for only a couple short days so I’m sorry I don’t have any other recommendations aside from these.
SOUND OF MUSIC TOUR
Laugh if you like, but Whitney and I had way too much fun on the Sound of Music Tour and hold on to absolutely no shame over it! This movie was one of my Mom’s absolute favorites, aside from Steel Magnolias and Gone With The Wind, so I grew up watching it and singing the songs but I had no idea up until last year that a good majority of the film was shot in Salzburg, Austria. So, when this trip started shaping up and we realized that Salzburg was a realistic option to add to our itinerary, I definitely thought this might be fun way to spend part of our time there.
This film has garnered worldwide fame and certainly made Julie Andrews as household name in her role of Maria Von Trapp, who was actually from Austria and was a postulant at Nonneburg Abbey in Salzburg. There are multiple tours that you can take but we were told that the most popular one was the 4-hour bus tour that we took. As soon as you get on the bus, they start sharing facts and stories about the film and the real Maria Von Trapp and Captain Von Trapp as well as playing snippets from the film to refresh your memory if you haven’t seen the movie in awhile. They even encourage everyone to sing! It’s pretty amazing and super fun, especially if the group on your bus let’s their guard down and just get’s into it!
Here are the stops you make:
STOP 1: SCHLOSS LEOPOLDSKRON
This stop should already be familiar to you! Whitney and I stayed here on our last night in Salzburg. The rear of this palace is the backyard of the Von Trapp family home.
Here’s a closer look at the horses and the gate that might make it a little easier to distinguish:
When you watch the movie, you see that the exterior of the home is yellow and obviously the outside of this palace is a light neutral color. They explain that actually the exterior scenes were filmed at a nearby home called Schloss Frohnburg, which was one location that Whitney and I did not have time to squeeze in.
STOP 2: HELLBRUNN PALACE, GAZEBO
You may remember the song “16 Going on 17” and “Something Good” in the film. These were both sung in and around the gazebo. The original gazebo was located at the rear of Leopoldskron Palace, although it was only used for background shots. The scenes IN the gazebo were actually filmed on a soundstage in Hollywood as to give the actors more room to do their dances. Due to the success of the film and to offer this piece of Hollywood history a bit of security, the gazebo was given to the city of Salzburg and now resides behind the gates of Hellbrunn Palace.
STOP 3: NONNEBURG ABBEY
Once you have checked these two stops off of your tour, you will begin your journey outside of the city of Salzburg to the Lake District. On your way out of the city, you will pass Nonneburg Abbey, which is the abbey that the real Maria Von Trapp was a postulant and later married Baron Von Trapp. They filmed multiple scenes from the movie here, as well. On the tour, you simply do a pass by and the abbey is simply pointed out but you can venture up there independently to see the gate for yourself and the church’s services are always open to the public.
STOP 4: SALZBURG LAKE DISTRICT AREA – ST. GILGEN
Next, you will drive out to the Lake District, passing Lake Fuschl and Lake Wolfgang, where panorama shots and scenes of the picnic were filmed. They stop the bus to give everyone a chance to hop out for a few minutes to get their photos of the beautiful St. Gilgen and Lake Wolfgang. You see this at the very beginning of the movie.
STOP 5: MONDSEE WEDDING CHAPEL
After a bit of a ride, you’ll finally stop in the town of Mondsee, where Basilika St. Michael is located. This is where Maria Von Trapp and Captain Von Trapp get married in the movie. The tour guide gives you the freedom to walk through and spend as much time as you want inside with enough time left to meander around Mondsee. Whitney and I opted for a little Apple Streusel, or Apfelstrudel as they say in Austria.
NOTE: If you pop into a cafe, be aware that they charge you a sitting fee. I say this as a head’s up because Whitney and I thought we would take our’s to go but then changed our mind after we paid. I knew about sitting fee’s in Italy but didn’t assume it was all throughout Europe but, when the lady behind the counter said “I thought you two were taking yours to go”, I quickly realized why she made the statement. Austrians aren’t rude but they aren’t overly friendly so they’ll certainly make their distaste known. We made our apologies and walked down the street and took a seat on a bench instead. 🙂
Okay, back to this beautiful cathedral! Here are some of the photos I took from this part of the tour:
I’m pretty sure if anyone ever commissioned me to choose paint colors for the interior of a beautiful cathedral, this pink and white color combination is exactly what I would choose. I’m keeping this beauty in my back pocket for my wedding location one day 😉
STOP 6: MIRABELL GARDENS
The last stop might have been my favorite. You end your tour at Mirabell Gardens where they shoot a large majority of ‘Do-Re-Mi’. The last piece of this number is shot at this staircase in the garden.
Here’s a video to refresh your memory if it’s been a minute since you’d watched the movie:
[Fast forward to 0:59 – 1:53 for quick reference]
The day we were there, the gates were closed but Whitney and I definitely got a photo and filmed a fun boomerang.
You can find the large Pegasus Fountain, the little gnome statues and the two body builder men statues that you see in the ‘Do-Re-Mi’ number in this garden, as well!
Overall, the tour is a blast! Lighten up, sing along and enjoy it! It’s not everyday that you get to see where Hollywood history was made! Don’t forget to tip your tour guide!
WALKED AROUND OLD TOWN
The Old Town area of Salzburg is known as the historical city center of the city, or simply ‘altstadt’. This area has earned the designation of an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site and all events and activities are strictly regulated in order to preserve the ancient buildings. As with any other city, I always encourage you meander as much as you can get lost, talk to locals, get their recommendations, treat them to a pint, shop around, etc.
CATCH THE SUNRISE ABOVE THE CITY
I dragged Whitney out of bed at some unGodly hour [after a night of one too many beers with some new Irish and Australian friends we made on the Sound of Music tour] to somehow find an elevator that would somehow get us up to this lookout point in front of the Salzburg Museum of Modern Art at sunrise. We were totally rushing but, thankfully, it was a Sunday so no one was on the road and there were parking spots available for free everywhere so we lucked out! We had to pay 6 Euro to access the elevator … unbeknownst to us … so we scrounged all of our change together and made it happen by the skin of our teeth!
Thank goodness because … I mean … look at this:
If only you could hear the bells! Oh wait … here, I have the video I took for you guys:
What do you think?
MAKE NEW FRIENDS
One of the things I enjoyed the most about our time in Salzburg was the fact that we made friends with some of the other Sound of Music tour goers. We stayed in touch after the tour and met up for drinks at a cute little pub in Old Town and shut the place down! There were two brothers from Melbourne, Australia and the other was a woman, the girlfriend of one of the guys, who lives in Melbourne but is from Ireland. Let’s just say that, due to the cultures that we were raised in, we were a loud and lively bunch and had a great time getting to know each other. Prior to their arrival, Whitney and I had been chatting and we started chatting with the couple just in front of us. The woman is a local tour guide, originally from Germany, and her boyfriend is a local to Salzburg. Since we were heading to Germany next, she gave us some recommendations of places to go and see in her native country and shared what she loves about living in Austria. We swapped social media information with all of our new friends and still keep up with each other. The world gets so much smaller when you make friends from all corners of the globe. Who knows … Whit and I could be planning a trip to Australia next year and we could have friends to meet up with who will gladly show us around their city! So, don’t be shy! Chat it up with the people you meet along your trip and follow each other! It’s not weird unless you make it weird! 🙂
This was the little pub we met up in! 🙂 It was so quaint and cozy inside!
TOUR MOZART’S BIRTHPLACE
This was something that Whitney and I wanted to do but didn’t have time. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the greatest composers of classical music, was born in Salzburg and spent a good majority of his childhood and early adult life there. You can tour his birthplace and his residence in Salzburg, both of which are located in Old Town.
Part of this post was brought to you by some of Mozart’s classical pieces. I listened to a playlist today and it was actually extremely motivating. Some of the more upbeat piano pieces got my fingers typing so much faster! I may start listening to classical music a lot more during the week!
• LANGUAGE: German, although just about everyone speaks English. However, I always encourage people to be able to say hello, goodbye, please and thank you in the native tongue out of respect for the culture.
• CURRENCY: Euro! Bank cards are accepted most everywhere. Check with your particular card to inquire about international transaction fees. Always make sure to have cash on hand for taxi’s. Usually, a taxi driver is open to finding an ATM for you to get money out, if need be.
• TRANSPORTATION: One of the things I love about Salzburg is that it’s an extremely walkable city! Most hotels have free bikes to check out during the day and / or coordinate a taxi for you, if needed.
• TIPPING: Many restaurants include tax and a service charge in their bills, and it is customary to round up the total when paying. So, if you’re bill is €18.50. Round up to €20.00 and pay that to the waiter.
• WHO SHOULD VISIT SALZBURG: Anyone who loves the Sound of Music, Mozart, performing arts, captivating architecture and stunning mountainous views!
• GOOD TO KNOW: Our friends at Visit Salzburg provided us with a 72 hour Salzburg Card, which you can purchase to save money as you see the city sights. With a choice between a 24, 48 or 72 hour pass, you’ll get free admission to over 30 attractions and museums in the ‘City of Mozart’, free use of the public transport network and discounts at numerous other sights. NOTE: the Sound of Music tour is not part of this, but nevertheless it will cover a lot of other sights so look into it depending on the sights you’re hoping to see!
• BEST TIME TO VISIT: September and October is typically deemed the best time to visit as it is when the summer crowds have tapered off and you can still enjoy the stunning mountain views and beautiful pruned gardens in comfortable temperatures!
• DID YOU KNOW? The Red Bull Headquarters are located just outside of Salzburg, in a town called Fuschl am See, and Austria is actually the drinks home market. It was sold there for the first time on April 1, 1987. If you go on the Sound of Music Tour, you will pass it as you head up to Mondsee. Also, the coveted composer Mozart was born in Salzburg. He is one of the biggest draws of tourism to the city. One of his local haunts, that I wish we had time to pop into, is the Café Tomaselli. Their baked items look divine.
Well, that about does it for Salzburg! I enjoyed my time in this beautiful city and very much hope that you are able to visit one day! If you have any questions about this destination or my road trip, please feel free to leave your question in the comment section below!
Thanks for stopping by today, loves! I really appreciate it! xo.
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Such beautiful photos Alison! I’ve always wanted to visit Salzburg, it’s definitely on the bucket list!
I hope you’re having a wonderful Monday,
Sigh, ich liebe Osterrich… I lived in the foothills of the Austrian Alps during my semester abroad and visited Salzburg many times. Thanks for this amazing post. It’s making me crave a trip back!!
I go to Salzburg in July with my family and couldn’t wait to read your post about it! We are doing a Sound of Music tour on bikes and I will definitely be letting loose and singing all the songs! Thanks for sharing!!!!
Ich liebe Salzburg! Beautiful post! We visited there last June but now I want to go back in the winter!
I am visiting Salzburg in July with my family so I couldn’t wait for your post! We are doing the Sound of Music tour on bikes and I will definitely be singing every song!!! Thanks for your write up!
Wow this looks like such an incredible city! I will definitely be adding this to my travel list!
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What a dream of a trip!! I am dying to go and your travel guide is so helpful I could practically plan my trip just off of this alone!
Hi Alison! Thank you for this incredible post! Especially for the clip of the bells. You put so much thought and feeling into your posts and I truly appreciate it. I’ve been to Austria once as my grandmother was from Austria and now am longing to go back! Thank you again, for bringing it to life in my inbox! Take care, Monica
Salzburg looks and sounds amazing!! Both hotels look great! I’m not sure which one I’d want to stay at!! Thanks for all the info Haley!!
Wow! I love all the pics! That first hotel is gorgeous! Those rooms are so dreamy! I love that you include little tid bits on every travel post. It’s one of my fave parts!
I have to be honest, I’m not sure I’ll ever
Find myself here but I think it’s AMAZING how you pour so much into these travel diaries for your readers! I can only imagine how helpful this week be to someone wanting to visit this destination! Also, these pictures are to die for!
This post looks like a labour of love 😉 thanks for putting it together 🙂
Your travel posts are always my favorite! You go into such great detail and this is a great resource for anyone looking to travel!
So informative and those pictures are beautiful!
Love that you all made friends on your tour!! When I studied abroad, we met an American couple on a tour in Lisbon who live in Switzerland and ended up going to visit them and their kids a few months later! It was the most wonderful, serendipitous thing but led to the best adventure!
Oh my gosh! That’s amazing! My friend, Whitney, had a similar experience. She was in Croatia and met a woman from Lisbon. They connected and exchanged contact information to stay in touch. A few months later, Whitney planned a trip to Lisbon and the lady picked Whitney up from the airport and cooked her the most delicious Portugese meal and met up with her and her friends for dinner one night and ordered everything for them. She said the woman was so kind and totally elevated her experience in an already beautiful and culturally unique place!
Great travel post! I may just have to add Austria to my travel bucket list 🙂
I absolutely love Austria and took my daughter there several years ago. We enjoyed the sound of music tour in Salzburg as welll!! Your diary and pics make me want to return again soon! Thank you!!
This trip looks amazing, my sister is headed to Germany in a couple weeks and I’m gonna give her these recommendations!
OMG I love seeing all the sounds of music stuff!! I am sixteen going on seventeen!! Lol love it. I have hat coat and I love it so much!! You are adorable! You make me wanna go there!
Ugh I’m so jealous!! I was suppose to study abroad in Austria, but it didn’t end up working out! Can’t wait to go and visit! Living through you in this post!!
These photos are breathtaking! Definitely one of my favorite of your travel posts- my family and I watch The Sound of Music every thanksgiving and it’s my dad’s absolute favorite! My parents love it so much they used to sing me to sleep with “My Favorite Things”. Thank you for sharing!
This post makes me miss Europe! I grew up in Augsburg, Germany less than an hour from Neuschwanstein. I miss all the beautiful scenery that is around there so much! It looks like you girls had an awesome trip! I’m actually taking my fiance down there and most likely stopping in Salzburg. This post has been really helpful! I visited Salzburg when I was younger, but I don’t remember too much of it.
Oh my gosh I loved this post! I go to Austria 1-2 times a year to visit family and I just got married over there last autumn so this was a post I had been waiting for you to write about your thoughts on Austria 🙂
Absolutely love that you and Whitney are Sound of Music nerds like me haha true love for that movie lasts a life time and the pics you guys took are to die for! Wonderful post xox!
I absolutely love traveling and you are definitely my travel guru!!! 🙂
This looks great! Read a bit on the post but I want to dive into this one because I love this and those mountains my goodness. Great post!
Oh my stars!!! This trip ???????? The pictures are gorgeous!!!
Your travel posts are my fave!!
Beautiful!! Can’t wait to read more of your travel diaries. I’m going to the Amalfi Coast and Florence for my honeymoon and saw you were going to post one on the Amalfi Coast – so excited!
Hi McKenzie! Yes, I will be 🙂 When is your honeymoon?
I won’t be going to Austira anytime soon – HOWEVER – I have made a notebook and I print out all of your travel guides.
Is that too much?! Lol. You inspire so many people and until I get my chance – I live vicariously through you Haley! ❤
OMG that is extremely flattering! Thank you so much, Cassie! Don’t let anything stand in the way of you getting out there and seeing the places that strike you! xo.
So glad you did the Sound of Music Tour! It was one of my favorite parts of Salzburg!
I live vicariously through your travel post! It looks beautiful here! Thanks for sharing!
This is number one on my list of places to do! I love your love of musicals!
Looks like you had the best time! Love watching your adventures on your IG stories, but love to read about your tips/advice/adventures on your blog even more!
These photos are amazing…but that first one is jaw dropping!! The sun!
I have a new place to visit on my bucket list now!! Thanks for taking to time to write about this travel diary! I always enjoy reading your posts!!
I’m currently studying abroad in Spain and this post made me move Austria to the top of my list. I also loved watching your Instagram stories while you were visiting there! Looks so amazing!
Austria is on my bucket list so I am filing this away for when I finally go!! So helpful
I visited Austria when I was living in Germany but I was little so I don’t remember much. Would love to go back! 🙂
I am absolutely obsessed with your travel guides! I literally use them as a template for all my trips if I go to the same destination!! In fact, I admittedly create a Pinterest board for each new place I am going to visit, and the first place I check to see if there is a travel guide available is your blog! Your travel guide is always the first pin in my board for those places! LOL I live for these posts! Keep them coming!
Thank you, Joyce!! I really appreciate that! They’re a labor of love with the intention of making a place less intimidating and your trip easier to plan than you believed it would be 🙂 xo.
Your pictures (especially the first one) are breath taking!!!
That one is my favorite! It was such a beautiful start to the day.
I had never really considered a trip to Salzburg, but from your review and recommendations it looks gorgeous and filled with things to do and see. Really appreciate your travel posts! Once our kids get a little older we’ll start traveling abroad again and I’m sure we’ll use these posts!
Such a cute travel guide! I’ve only been to Vienna in Austria, and absolutely loved it, but now I’m thinking Salzburg needs to be on my list as well!
Love, love, love your travel posts! They are some of my favorite!
What a dream! So jealous of all of your travels..:feeling super inspired to find a way to Europe since your most recent posts! Love the travel guides!
Adding this to the bucket list!
I’m a big musical fan too and Sound of Music has always been one of my favorites! What an amazing experience to stand right where they filmed. It’s such a beautiful place! I hope I am fortunate enough to travel there someday.
The hotel view is absolutely gorgeous! And the mountain range…what an amazing trip!
So dreamy and magical! And a little jealous of course! Not going to lie after seeing your Instagram stories from these locations I played The Sound Of Music multiple times!
I need your job. Lol Love seeing your travel blog. So gorgeous there.
Ok. First of all, I am Sound of Music obsessed. I used to watch it all the time with my mom growing up. Now, I only watch it ever so often because my husband makes fun of me. ????????????♀️
I sent this post to my mom to read. I think this could be the perfect girls trip for us to take together! Appreciate the detail you put into this, girl!
Oh my gosh! That would be SUCH a fun trip to take with your Mom! I wish I could have! I recommend tacking on another city or two, though, if I’m honest! You can do Salzburg in 2 and a half days, for sure. Vienna or Prague were two cities we thought about doing. They’re not far from Salzburg!
Everything is so beautiful! I would love for you to be my tour guide!????
These photos are amazing! What a beautiful trip. Thanks for the review, will be adding it to my travel list.
How BREATHTAKING!!! The mountains! The history! The gorgeous architecture! Defitnely just added Austria to my list of places to see!!
Always love the travel posts! Even though I know it’s cold in the winter over there, everything looks so pretty decorated for Christmas!
You have totally inspired me to go to Germany! Your blog is my go-to for travel diaries!
Hi Claire! Aw I’m so happy to hear that! Did you mean I’ve inspired you to go to Austria? That’s where Salzburg is 🙂 It does have ties to both Germany and Hungary so I totally understand the confusion but I did want to make sure you knew that for your planning purposes 🙂 xo.
I absolutely LOVE this post and the pictures you have up here. It makes Austria look like a dream. I honestly travel a lot and have been to lots of places but I never thought of going to Austria until seeing this post. I enjoy reading your recs about food, places to go, things to do. I like that you already have the experience of going and can tell me if its good or not. Really am a fan of your travel blogs! xoxo
I really enjoyed following this trip along on insta stories. It’s such a beautiful place that I had no idea I even wanted to visit until you went. Thanks for sharing your travels with us! Love coming to you for ideas on my next destination.
Salzburg looks amazing! The Sound of Music tour would be a must-do for me too if I was visiting, I grew up watching that movie. Who doesn’t love Julie Andrews? 🙂
Oh my gosh it looks amazing there! My husband and I love to travel and have been wanting to Austria.
Also, I love your coat and am so bummed it’s sold out at Nordstrom????
Hey Morgan! You guys should definitely plan a trip! I posted that coat a few times throughout the Fall and Winter! I’m sorry you missed it :\
This is probably so dumb of me but I really though Australia was warm for the most part. I’d love to go sometime but it’s so far away and I feel like if I do go, I’d need it to be a two week trip in order to be able to see everything I want. Your trip definitely looked like a good time!
I would definitely recommend tacking on a couple other cities aside from Salzburg because it takes so long to get over there and there’s not a TON to do because it’s such a small city but yeah, if you added two more destinations … a week and a half to two weeks would be perfect! xo.
I went to Austria when I was 12 and I’m so bummed because I didn’t appreciate it’s unbelievable beauty at that age. I try to stay away from repeating international destinations (there is so much world out there!) but I may have to break my rule and go again because your pictures look AMAZING.
My sister recently just went to Austria and loved it!
Well this is now on my bucket list! Just curious did you find the J Crew jacket to be tight in the arms? I almost bought it this winter but some of the reviews said it was tight
They seemed to fit appropriately for me. If anything, they were a teeny bit short but that’s it!
After reading this blog post you have officially become my favorite blogger!!! Salzburg has never been ok my radar and now because of this post it has moved to the top of my to go places! What time of the year did you go? It looks beautiful!! And I need to do this Sound of Music tour
Hi Sophia! Aw, wow! Thank you so much! You are so sweet! Austria was amazing. I was there in January! xo.
What a detailed and informative post! I think you thought of everything. Beautiful photos as well!
This place looks beautiful and I had no idea I wanted to visit until now. You always give good informative posts about your travels and I love that!
Thinking of a trip to Austria this summer! How perfect!
Beautiful pictures! Great post 🙂
All of your travel diaries are fantastic! I particularly like this one, because I rarely here about traveling to Austria and you do such a great job capturing the beauty of this wonderful area. Thank you for sharing such a magical place!
Oh my gosh! Every single one of the pictures in this post is incredible! I think I need to update my travel bucket list! Thank you for this post!
Your travels are amazing! I studied abroad when I was in college (in Northern England) and I cried when I flew home after the year away. I wanted to move there permanently! Your European travels make that hunger to go back stronger and I can’t wait for my babies to get a little bit older so that I can continue seeing the world!!
They can travel with you! 🙂
Beautiful place!! These types of blog posts seriously help so much when planning a trip!
these photos are amazing! Austria is such a beautiful country! I love how detailed your post is…even down to their tipping practices. You should just write a travel book 🙂
Salzburg looks so incredibly beautiful!! I would love to travel there one day!! And I love The Sound of Music so I would definitely need to take the tour bus!!
That cathedral left me breathless!!! Austria looks so beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us!
What a beautiful city! My parents are visiting there this summer, I’ll have to pass along your recommendations!
Your travel guides are incredible!! So thorough and informative! Sounds like great trip!
Looks so amazing !!! I want to go !!
Salzburg is just stunning! I would love to travel there one day! It looks like you guys had so much fun!
Looks BEAUTIFUL!! I’ve been to Vienna, but definitely need to pay a visit to Salzburg!
I love your blog and the dedication you clearly put into it! When I grow up, I want to be just like you ????
I love following your travels and adventures on your Instagram but this post is amazing. I seriously had no clue about random things like the sitting fee. Thanks for taking the time to pull this together. Can’t wait for more travel guides!
WOW!! Austria is breathtaking. I have been to a few places in Europe, but it is my dream to travel all over. You inspire me to travel and try new things. Thank you for sharing all of your travel guides. They are my favorite out of your posts!
How gorgeous! That sunrise! And that pretzel.. haha! So jelly. What an AMAZING post
Thanks for another informative travel post!! The travel posts might be my favorite. I’m considering adding Budapest and Salzburg to my summer plans, so your posts have been very, very helpful!!
I LOVE your Travel Diary series. I used your Florence guide before my honeymoon this past September and it was such a great help!! Thank you for posting another great one 🙂 I went to Salzburg back in college when I was abroad and did the whole Sound of Music Tour so this brought back a lot of memories!
Im revisiting Salzburg this summer since I loved it so much the first time. Thanks for adding some stops to my list!
I followed along with your Europe trip on Instagram and I immediately added Austria to my list of places to go! I also love the layout of your travel guides! Thanks for sharing ????
You are so well traveled Alyson and are so fortunate to have visited these beautiful cities and countries. Austria is so much more beautiful than I pictured in The sound of music and maybe one day I’ll be lucky travel there. Thanks for sharing. You always look so comfy in your outfits. Love it!
I love following your trips through instagram and snapchat!! I also love that you do travel dairies, I’m about to turn 21 and one of the big things I’ve decided to do in my 20’s is go on a trip overseas. Your travel diaries make planning a lot less stressful and fun.
Salzburg looks so beautiful. I enjoyed all your IG stories while you were there. It took me back to the time I went to Innsbruck which was also so beautiful. I went to the Swarovski World while I was there and although it is a cool concept it absolutely has nothing on the beauty of old town centers. In terms of nature and scenery, Austria and Switzerland have been my favorite countries to visit.
Love traveling! Beautiful pics ????
Salzburg is beautiful! Thank you for shedding light on this incredible city!
Thank you so much for sharing! I’m going to show my mother this post, she is OBSESSED with The Sound of Music and is planning a trip here in the near future. I know she will love reading about your experiences in Salzburg 🙂
On my bucket list. I love the Sound of Music, one of my favorite movies of all time. But I think I want to go when the weather is warmer!
Love your travel diaries. Always look forward to them. Thanks for all your hard work on these posts.
ive been here and it was a dream
Stunning pics and great details!! Now I’m in the mood for a European vacation!
Wow, this destination is truly gorgeous. I feel like every time you do a travel diary, I add the place to my bucket list! 🙂
This is so helpful! I’d absolutely love to go here one day. I’m headed to the UK in a couple of weeks and I can’t wait! Traveling is the best <3
How gorgeous! I can’t wait to see more of Europe. I’m headed to the U.K. next week to see Edinburgh! So excited <3
This is such a beautiful post, and I loved following your trip on IG stories. So fun!
Bucket list! Your pictures are incredible and dreamy and I love how your review makes you feel as though you’ve been there or makes it so much easier to plan a trip there!
This travel diary is so great. I’m excited to read the rest of yours as I am new to your site. Your diary makes me feel prepared to plan my own trip. Thank you, thank you!!
Thank you for always sharing your adventures! You are fearless! It’s amazing to see how you put yourself out there for all the wonderful experiences!
Wow what an amazing post. You discribed everything perfectly. We visited Salzburg three times and did the Sound of Music tour as well. WWII did a horrible travesty to all of Europe, so sad to see it in person. History is not taught in schools so when folks can get their kids over there, it’s amazing to see. It is a dream of ours to own a home in Germany because from there you can get anywhere in Europe. Keep the detailed posts coming, for me it was a walk down memory lane.
Wow this place looks amazing. It looks like you had a really great time!
These photos are breathtaking! Looks like an awesome trip!
These photos are GORGEOUS! It truly looks breathtaking. Now I need to add this to my bucket list. Love! ❤️
Your travel posts are hands down my favorite. I cannot wait to go here one day.
Austria is on my list! Thank you for sharing your adventures with us 🙂
this is so neat, I love your travel posts they’re so detailed and the best
Living vicariously through these pictures! Looks absolutely beautiful!
Definitely adding this on my places to visit after reading this! I also watched your Instagram stories while you were there and I was so in love with the city.
This place looks amazing! Will be adding it to my list of places to visit!
Thanks for doing this giveaway! Wish I could travel more!
I have super travel envy right now. What a beautiful historically rich place! I have not made it over to Europe yet and I definitely need to. I love reading all your travel blogs because it makes me excited to see new places. I need to research this sitting fee that you mentioned, I have never heard of that! Thanks for sharing your travel adventures!
I have been looking for a place to honeymoon at and I am loving all of these travel posts you put up.. it may be making it harder because all of the places you travel to are amazing!!
Well, I had never considered Salzburg as a vacation spot until now haha! The pictures look gorgeous!!! Ps. I passed this post along to my friend who is really into traveling (and The Sound of Music) and she was very appreciative 🙂
I’ve always wanted to visit Austria! Thank you for sharing your journey, I love all of your photos! 🙂
I first say all the carbs and the hotel room… I may need to sleep in with a doughnut. In another country. Ha. Looks like a beautiful vacation.
Such a beautiful place! Definitely has been added to my travel bucket list 🙂
I love love love this post and now need to go to Austria! All of the pictures looked so beautiful and I appreciate all the details along with how you organize the information. This is such a comprehensive guide. I love meeting people from all over the world, it does make it feel smaller! Loved reading your story about your new friends. Thanks for a fantastic post! Your travel ones are my favorite!
This post was so awesome! The pictures were beautiful! I never really considered Austria before, but now I think it’s on my travel destinations list!
Seriously loving this travel diary!! Sound of Music is one of my favorites! This is one of my top travel destinations for sure!! ????
The pictures you took were amazing! My mom and I were looking into going to Austria this summer, but chose Hawaii instead. Austria is for sure still on our bucket list though. It looks/seems amazing. When we go I’ll have to go on the sound of music tour bus!
Read 3 times, saved for later, pinned, and made notes because Central Europe is my next big trip I want to plan! This is perfect ????
I absolutely LOVE the Sound of Music so this is definitely trip goals!!! Thanks for the guide, I love getting recommendations before traveling anywhere!
I plan on doing a Europe trip in about 2 years but all of this information is super helpful and I can’t wait to start planning my trip and saving my money. Im already super excited and reading this blog post is super helpful on where I should visit and how I should spend my money while I am there! I have only ever been to Paris but there are so many places to explore and Salzburg is definitely on my bucket list!
I LOVE watching your insta stories when you travel with Whitney!!! And the travel diaries that follow are so detailed and truly a resource for those planning a trip to that area. My husband and I are looking to plan a 2nd honeymoon, and I’m using all your travel guides as a starting point to get inspiration on where to go! Keep them coming!!!
This makes me so happy to read! Thank you for your kind words! 🙂 xo.
Travel goals & so helpful!
Gorgeous pictures! I love visiting your travel diaries for inspiration when my husband and I start planning our next big trip! If you travel in the southeast, would LOVE to see your take on weekend-trip locations!
I’m going to be honest and never considered visiting Austria but this has COMPLETELY changed my mind! I LOVE this review and enjoyed all the honest details. The cathedral would be the most gorgeous place to be married in 🙂
Looovveeeee. Giving me wanderlust for sure. Thanks for sharing ❣️
Wow, it looks so gorgeous there. I would love to travel here someday!
This is amazing!! Austria is definitely on my travel list now!
i have definitely traveled a lot throughout my life, but austria i have not been to. i never really had a desire to go there, but after reading about your experience, and seeing your photos, I am going to have to look into it more 🙂
Beautiful pictures! Would love to go one day!
Oh my gosh these pictures!! Hope you had the best time traveling, it looked SO FUN! Also, love the travel guide – so helpful!
The Sound of Music is my ABSOLUTE favorite movie, so based on your recommendation I should definitely visit Salzburg! I remember watching your Insta-stories while you were on this trip and it looked like a dream! Thank you so much for sharing!!
I love reading your travel diaries, they always give me new inspiration of where to go and what to see!!! I love The Sound of Music so when I saw yours and Whitney’s Instagram’s on the tour I was smiling and singing along with you!!! Thank you for helping me add another place to my travel list!!!
Good for you to do all of the traveling you want. Life is too short to be hemmed in by a 8-5 job. Proud of you for making the changes you needed to explore your interests!
I am so jealous you girls got to go on the Sound of Music bus tour in Austria. That is on my bucket list and that’s my favorite movie ever! I loved watching you and Whitney singing along and acting out certain scenes on you guys’ instastories!
Looks like a fantastic trip! Great photos – looking forward to seeing 2018’s trips!
Those pretzels look sooooo good. I want one.
Oh my gosh. it looks so pretty over there. definitely on my bucket list
You’re travel guides are seriously the best! Keep it up girl!
These photos are amazing! The sound of music tour AND that pretzel looks amazing!! I swear some food photos are the best to look at! 🙂
Your friendship with Whitney is such goals! I love watching y’all on insta-stories together. Also a 4 hour bus tour of The Sound of Music sounds like heaven. Adding that to my bucket list immediately.
I always love watching the Sound of Music with my family, so this is definitely something to be saved for future reference 😉 Your travel posts are always so inspiring! Thank you for sharing with us. Recently I heard someone say that travel/vacations are one of the things in life that remind us how precious our time really is and it is so true♥
I love that! I agree 🙂
I never really placed Austria at the top of my traveling bucket list but now it just might be! I loved watching yours and Victoria’s insta stories while you guys were on this trip, I feel like it made the trip look more appealing! I was totally nerding our when you guys did the sound of music tour ????
Amazing photos and if I ever go here I will keep all this in mind
Your pictures are so beautiful! I have been to Austria and I loved it, I love being able to travel with you through this posts. Thanks so much.
Ok, this might be my favorite blog post to date!! One, because this is when we became “friends” during the SOM sing along, haha. And two, because I did this trip back in 1991 and your post brought back SO many memories. We even did the catacombs tour, which I don’t even know if they do anymore. Such a beautiful city. I remember the gardens around the city to be especially beautiful, too. But, the SOM tour was my favorite. Glad I got to “experience” it again with you. Thanks!!!
I love that you are such a travel bug and I can’t wait to hear about your next adventure!! ????
Absolutely beautiful! Austria just moved to the top of my travel list! I loved seeing all the Sound of Music pictures!
We did a day trip to Salzburg while staying in Vienna over Christmas/New Year’s. It was so magical! We also ate at St. Peter Stiftskulinarium, and I was more than a little obsessed with their amazing Christmas decorations. Such a beautiful city!
Fantastic post, lovely pictures, you should also write about skiing in Austria post
This blog is seriously amazing! Your pictures and photography skills are really good!
This is a high bar in terms of travel blogs and city guides, really well done.