How Salzburg Stole my Heart

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Every so often I find myself in a city or town that captivates me as much as it inspires me, intrigues me, and as such completely overwhelms me with all of this happening at once. Cue Salzburg, one of Austria’s most charming cities that almost relies solely on tourism due to its old world charm, spectacular architecture, connection to the Sound of Music and for being the birthplace of the world’s most prolific composer, Wolfgang Mozart.

With an introduction like that, its little wonder this charming small city captivates the great majority of its visitors. So without further ado, here is how Salzburg stole my heart…


It doesn’t take longer than a day to fall in love with Salzburg. A great place to start is also one of the settings for the world’s most known musical film, The Sound of Music. Inside the Mirabellgardens, visitors can marvel over the freshly cut green grass that dazzles with an array of colourful flowers – colours that change each year according to tradition.

From there, its just a short fifteen minute walk over one of the many pedestrian bridges to make your way over to the Old Town of Salzburg – a UNESCO World Heritage listed area that is both charming and hypnotic, all at once.

Here inside the Old Town, be sure to visit a selection of the cities’ highlights, including: The Salzburg Dom Cathedral; Hohensalzburg Fortress; St. Peter’s Monastery; Mozart’s Birthplace on Getreidegasse; and wander around the many shops whilst there.


While just one day is enough to explore the walkable city of Salzburg, its a good idea to plan for more time to enjoy one of the day trips from the city. Whilst I would have loved to journey to Eagle’s Nest on a day trip from Salzburg or visit nearby lakeside town Hallstatt (also UNESCO World Heritage listed); I was quite content taking the day tour from Salzburg to visit the sights and sounds of the Sound of Music tour

The tour lasted for 4 hours in length and visited all the filming locations in the city itself, followed by locations just outside of Salzburg and finishing in the lakeside town of Mondsee.


Back in the Old Town, there’s still plenty to see and do beyond the main tourist attractions that can be covered in a day. The city is so charming that it is quite easy to pass a few days here, sipping on an Aperol spritz in the summer time or a glühwein in the winter. 

If you so happen to be in Salzburg during the winter seeking an authentic winter Christmas experience, you’re in luck. The city comes to life for the festive season with the world famous Christkindlmarkt and the surprisingly good Winterfest (I was at first sceptical but pleasantly surprised with one of the best performances viewed this year). 

Getting Here: Within Austria, Salzburg is well connected to Vienna by car and rail. Within Europe, Salzburg is easily accessible from Munich and Zurich, especially by rail. If you find yourself in nearby Cesky Krumlov (2.5 hours south of Prague), CK Shuttle offer a door-to-door shuttle service to Salzburg. If you’re flying in from outside of Europe, you may find it beneficial to fly internationally to Munich and catch the train to Salzburg.

Stay: WoW stayed at the four-star Hotel Villa Carlton, located next to the Mirabellgardens. Staying on this side of the Salzach river is a great way to save a few dollars and the Old Town is a mere 15 minute walk away.

Eat: For Austrian cuisine with a modern twist, consider the popular Blaue Gans (blue goose) in the Old Town.

Stadtpanorama im Winter


World of Wanderlust would like to thank Salzburg Tourismus for arranging my visit to Salzburg and creating a fantastic three day itinerary to introduce myself and my readers to this beautiful city! My views are, as always, my own.

Due to weather difficulties this blog post contains both my own images and those of Salzburg Tourismus.

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    December 20, 2014 at 6:10 am

    Following you on Instagram showed me some amazing sights of salzburg and I virtually fell in love with it too.

    December 20, 2014 at 6:04 am

    Ohhh I just love Salzburg. Definitely one of my favorites places I have ever traveled to. I am so happy to see other people have fallen in love with it as much as I have.

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    December 20, 2014 at 4:37 am

    I can see why it stole your heart, this place looks amazing.

    December 20, 2014 at 3:27 am

    looks lovely, i’ve never been

    Anna // The Blonde Banana
    December 20, 2014 at 3:07 am

    So cute! I’d love to visit Austria one day.

    Claire & Laura
    December 20, 2014 at 2:49 am

    This made our little hearts ache. *Quickly scribbles Salzburg down on the bucket list*

    Marie @ Marie Away
    December 20, 2014 at 2:27 am

    Beautiful. My boyfriend has a degree in classical guitar, and his influence has given me such an interest in the artistic history within Austria. I’d love to visit Salzburg, it sounds breathtaking.

    December 20, 2014 at 1:01 am

    I went on The Sound of Music tour in 2011 when I was in Salzburg and it was fantastic. I absolutely loved Mondsee. Salzburg is just such a beautiful city – it stole my heart as well! Love the blog. Keep up the fantastic work!


    December 20, 2014 at 12:43 am

    I have been through Salzburg to visit the Eagle’s Nest and Berchtesgaden and fell in love instantly. Salzburg has been on my mind ever since and I plan to visit it very soon! Great post!

    December 20, 2014 at 12:28 am

    i am from austria and i’m really happy to find a post like this on your blog and read about how much you liked it. you’re right, salzburg is really beautiful and worth a visit, i really like it there, too!

    Angy from Upside Down Kingdom

    December 19, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Looks like a dream! Never been to Salzburg or Halstatt, but will definitely work on this when I come back to Europe!

    December 19, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    I live like an hour away from Salzburg and love going there for weekend trips or simply for a day. Such a gorgeous city. 🙂
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

    December 19, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    wow really gorgeous

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    December 19, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Awesome place. thanks for sharing nice views.

    Bianca @itsallbee
    December 19, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Firstly love the new layout! I havent been to Salzburg yet but its one of many places I am hoping to see next year!


    December 19, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    “Weather difficulties” in Salzburg? Never! 🙂

    Thank you for this. I just moved away from Salzburg after 8 awesome years of getting my degree and working at Segway Tours in Salzburg (which is a great way to get around … err and I’m not biased at all haha … but unfortunately not during the winter) and I’m always excited to see the city pop up in travel blogs. Wishing you a lovely holiday season and a happy new year with lots of new stamps in that passport! 🙂

    x Kathi

    December 19, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Great pictures! I definitely want to visit Salzburg sometime!

    December 19, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    This looks so gorgeous! Would love to spent Christmas there 🙂 It reminds me of the good times I had in Austria when I used to go skiing with my family around Christmas time when I was younger.

    December 19, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    I love Salzburg. But I think it’s so funny how everyone except we Austrians has seen “The Sound of Music” and connects it to Salzburg/Austria. Really need to see this movie one day.

    Kate Rivington
    December 19, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    I visited Salzburg at Christmas time a couple of years ago, was the most magical experience of my life with the snow capped mountains and the christmas markets! Amazing post 🙂

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