How Salzburg Stole my Heart

Stadtpanorama im Winter
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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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    February 20, 2016 at 1:27 am

    I am from Salzburg and even though I’ve been travelling so much, I still think it’s the most beautiful city in the world. So make sure you all come to Salzburg and Austria, we have so much to offer here all year round 😉 Martina

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    September 7, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    I visited Salzburg in June 2015, really love this city!! There are a lot of small alleys which are quite interesting. You will never get bored walking in this city. The shops sell many antiques and little cute souvenirs. I was so glad that I took time to visit Mozart’s residence. It’s really an eye opener for me.

    I’m a huge Sound of Music fan and I will definitely visit this city again!!

    May 21, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    Great post! Awesome photos!

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    March 2, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Hi 🙂
    I visited Salzburg with a friend on route to a small town on the other side of the country. I wasn’t really interested in going though because my friend is a HUGE Sound of Music fan we stopped over for a couple of nights…. so disappointed we didn’t stay longer 🙁 As like you, during my short stop here the city and surrounds stole my heart and I will definitely be going back! We also did the Sound of Music tour, I haven’t seen the movie though am glad I did it while I was there as it showed us so much of the surrounding area. We also did the Eagles Nest tour and it was just equally as beautiful. Can’t wait to go back to go back to Austria.

    January 7, 2015 at 10:04 am

    I just adored Salzburg and have truly left part of my heart there! I cannot wait to return! Another suggestion for a cheap and excellent place to stay was the YoHo youth hostel. My husband I rate it as one of the best places we stayed while we travelled across Western Europe.

    January 6, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    i am from Austria, Vienna. Never saw the film “the sound of music” – like the most Austrians 😉

    Austria has so many great places…try to stay in a small guesthouse in the mountains, or holidays on “Bauernhof” (farmers place), maybe in Corinthia or Tyrol – i think, you will love it. And don’t forget to visit Vienna. you are welcome 🙂

    December 24, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Wow, great post on Salzburg! I didn’t get a chance to travel to Austria while I was on exchange in England, but on my next Europe trip, I have to make a trip there 🙂

    December 23, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    The place looks like paradise. I can see why it has taken your hear.

    December 22, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Oh my gosh how beautiful! Definitely going on my never-ending ‘must visit next time I’m in Europe’ list!

    Chalsie | The Workshop Co. x

    December 22, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Looks so charming and magical!

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    December 21, 2014 at 8:57 am

    I’ll be going to salzburg right after christmas! Looks like it would be a wonderful winter experience 😀
    I can’t wait!

    X, Carina
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      January 6, 2015 at 1:20 pm

      i am from Austria, Vienna. Never saw the film “the sound of music” – like the most Austrians 😉

      Austria has so many great places…try to stay in a small guesthouse in the mountains, or holidays on “Bauernhof” (farmers place), maybe in Corinthia or Tyrol – i think, you will love it. And don’t forget to visit Vienna. you are welcome 🙂

    Jake Ryan
    December 21, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Great Post 😀
    I’ve been hoping to visit Salzburg for some time now 🙂


    December 21, 2014 at 5:19 am

    Wow! I really should travel more in Europe.

    December 20, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    When I backpacked through Europe this was one of my favorite cities. I love all your pictures.

    December 20, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Beautiful photos! I’d love to return to Salzburg in the snow, or in the summer. One of my favorite things about Salzburg was the view from the fortress – amazing (and worth the climb)!

    December 20, 2014 at 11:01 am

    One of my friends is visiting here now and it looks absolutely gorgeous! I’ve always wanted to visit the birthplace of Mozart. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    S Lauren@Modern Granola
    December 20, 2014 at 7:14 am

    How magical! I want to go now!

    Is It French?
    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 🙂