A day in Salzburg

Salzburg, Austria, by Packing my Suitcase.

This small Austrian town is often part of most European itineraries. Salzburg is not only charming and medieval, but simply stunning and enchanting, apart from being the hometown of the famous 18th century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Not far from Munich (145km), this romantic city is perfect for a weekend getaway or even for a day trip from the Bavarian capital.

I have been to Salzburg 3 times, but the third one was even more special, as I had the pleasure to take my mom and show her around when she visited me last October. I decided to take her for a day trip in a very European way, by train. It was a very pleasant and fruitful day.

The way from Munich to Salzburg was a breathtaking one, offering views from the lakes and the Alps. The central station of Salzburg is within walking distance to downtown, only about 15 minutes, so we had no need to spend money with any kind of transportation in the city whatsoever.

When we arrived, we headed straight to the famous Mirabell Palace and garden. This is no doubt a mandatory stop in Salzburg, what can I say… it is beautiful and it offers a beautiful view to the Hohensalzburg Castle.

Salzburg, Austria, by Packing my Suitcase.

Salzburg, Austria, by Packing my Suitcase.

Salzburg, Austria, by Packing my Suitcase.

Salzburg, Austria, by Packing my Suitcase.

Salzburg, Austria, by Packing my Suitcase.

Salzburg, Austria, by Packing my Suitcase.

We then made a quick stop at the house where Mr. Mozart lived – different from the one where he was born. We didn’t enter, as we had other plans for the day.

Salzburg, Austria, by Packing my Suitcase.Then, we crossed one of the beautiful bridges of the city. We couldn’t help but to stop and contemplate the wonderful scenario.

Salzburg, Austria, by Packing my Suitcase.

Salzburg, Austria, by Packing my Suitcase.

Salzburg, Austria, by Packing my Suitcase.

We enjoyed the morning wandering around the old town, mainly window shopping and talking about our lives. What could be better than explore a little town with no hurry? You always end up discovering hidden places that often give a special touch to the trip.

Salzburg, Austria, by Packing my Suitcase.

Salzburg, Austria, by Packing my Suitcase.

Salzburg, Austria, by Packing my Suitcase.

Salzburg, Austria, by Packing my Suitcase.

Of course we entered Mozart’s birthplace, the famous yellow house where he was born and began his career. The place is amazing and very well conserved, totally worth the visit.

Salzburg, Austria, by Packing my Suitcase.

Salzburg, Austria, by Packing my Suitcase.

Salzburg, Austria, by Packing my Suitcase.

Salzburg, Austria, by Packing my Suitcase.

After having lunch in one of the restaurants at the old town, we decided to wander a bit more, this time towards the Festungsberg, this little mountain where the gorgeous Hohensalzburg Castle is located.

Salzburg, Austria, by Packing my Suitcase.

It is possible to get to the Hohensalzburg Castle with a funicular or walking. You know me, I am afraid of heights, so I decided to walk, even if it took physical effort to avoid slipping on the very much inclined way to the get up there. It was worth the effort, the view to the city is stunning, and the castle is fascinating, so much that here was where we spent most of our time. How couldn’t we?

Salzburg, Austria, by Packing my Suitcase.

Salzburg, Austria, by Packing my Suitcase.

Salzburg, Austria, by Packing my Suitcase.

Salzburg, Austria, by Packing my Suitcase.

Salzburg, Austria, by Packing my Suitcase.

Salzburg, Austria, by Packing my Suitcase.

Salzburg, Austria, by Packing my Suitcase.

Salzburg, Austria, by Packing my Suitcase.

At the end of the day we walked back to the central station and took the train back to Munich. Was it worth it? Every single second, it was. We didn’t spend more the 100€ for the train tickets + eating and drinking + attractions tickets for 2 people, not to mention that the most important of all was the mother-daughter time we had.

If you ask me if Salzburg is really worth the visit, my answer will certainly be a yes. Once you are there, you immediately understand why people talk so much about such a small town, and you don’t even need to stay too long.

Salzburg, Austria, by Packing my Suitcase.

About Allane

A Brazilian living in Germany. Married to W. mommy to a baby girl and a Golden Retriever. Traveler, writer, aspiring photographer, diver, wine appreciator, Formula 1 fan, avid reader of historical and young adult fictions books. City girl, nature lover, believer of a better world, one little change at a time.

  • I also loved Salzburg (visited the same attractions as you did) and would love to take my parents there – I’m sure they’d love it too!
    It is so cute and awesome that you took your mom, it must have been a great bonding experience.
    Love your photos by the way! πŸ˜‰

    • It is very pretty isnt it? It is even more pretty during summer, though packed with tourists hahaha.
      I am sure your parents will love it!! My mom did πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much, happy that you like my photos <3

  • Oh Salzburg is just as beautiful as I imagined. I think when I do come and see you in Munich πŸ™‚ I’ll have to take the train and do the same trip! Wonderful that you got to spend some time with your mum. I would also like to run on the hills and sing The Sound of Music πŸ™‚

    • awwwnn when you come to Munich you must do it, it is only 1 hour away πŸ˜€ and it is worth it!!
      It was lovely to spend the day there with my mom, she loved it!!
      hahahahaha great idea to sing The Sound of Music on the hills!!!

  • Sounds like a perfect weekend destination !

  • I love how beautiful the streets are! πŸ˜€ Did you take any pictures from the train? When I come to Munich, I must add a day for Salzburg too! πŸ˜€

    • No I didnt πŸ™ I guess I was too busy telling some story to my mom hahaha sorry!!
      When you come to Munich, you certainly need to include Salzburg in your itinerary, it is the kind of town you will enjoy to take amazing photos πŸ˜€

  • Beautiful photos! Looks like a great place to go in spring or summer!

    • Hi Amanda!! Yes, Salzburg is even more beautiful in the summer <3 I hope you visit it sometime!
      Thank you, I am happy to know you liked the pictures πŸ˜€

  • Kan

    Sounds like a wonderful day Allane. That view of the town is breathtaking. Looks like climbing up to the castle was certainly worth it!

    • It was a wonderful day Kan! Yes, the climbing was totally worth it! Salzburg is a very beautiful little town πŸ˜€

  • Didn’t know that Salzburg is just an hour train ride from Munich. I would love to go there. Your photos are just awesome! What a perfect place to spend the day!

    • Hi Helene!! Yess, Salzburg is pretty close to Munich, same with Innsbruck also in Austria. It is an awesome place to spend the day or a weekend. I hope you visit it sometime πŸ˜€

  • That palace is perfection. A friend of mine just went to Salzburg and adored it. I also really want one of those beer maiden stress relief squeeze toys. My dog probably wants one too :)))

    • Yesss, Salzburg is a very pretty place! I hope you visit it sometime <3
      hahahaha oohh my, I totally understand why your dog wants it too, mine probably does too πŸ˜€

  • Beautiful! I took my parents just after Silvester and it was overflowing with post-christmas charm. Definitely a place to spend a long, relaxing afternoon!

    • Ohhh awesome!! This city is beautiful at any time of the year! I still haven’t been there during Christmas time, it must be very pretty! πŸ˜€

  • Lovely pictures!!! It looks like a wonderful city! I have been to Austria two, but this city looks very different from the cities I visited. I think I need to see more of the country πŸ™‚

    • Thank you!! Yes, Salzburg is very pretty and romantic πŸ˜€ I hope you visit it sometime when you are back in Europe πŸ˜‰

  • Another place to add to my list! Sounds like a great day out πŸ™‚ Mammy-time is always appreciated also – and in such nice surroundings, even better!

    • Yess, do add it on your list for when you come to Munich πŸ˜€ it is very worth it visiting Salzburg! It was very nice taking my mom there πŸ˜‰

  • Another one for my list! πŸ™‚

    Some really great pictures too!

    • Sorry that I am making your list grow!!!
      When you come to Munich to visit me we can go there πŸ˜€
      Happy that you liked the pictures πŸ˜‰

  • Also, maybe a lame reason, but they filmed much of The Sound of Music there! I went on a tour and it kind of made my life πŸ™‚

    • Yesss they did πŸ˜€ how cool that you loved it o much <3 it is definitely a special place!!

  • πŸ˜€ I love that anti stress hand trainer and the street alleys images – looks so beautiful and charming πŸ™‚

  • Salzburg looks like a beautiful town with a lot of olden day charm. The place Mozart was born. It looks very neat and not that old at all. If I guess right, you aren’t allowed to play the piano or touch most of the things there πŸ˜€

    That is very cheap for a day trip for two people. Just 100 euros including transport and food. From the overhead shot of the town, it looks like quite a big one. Good on you for making your way up to the castle. Nothing can stop you! To me, the castle looks a bit dark and a bit creepy πŸ˜€

    • Yes Mabel, Salzburg is a very pretty town πŸ˜€
      And no you can’t touch anything, its a museum haha πŸ˜€

      Its cheap to go there for the day, its only 1 hour from Munich, so didnt sleep there.

      And I guess the bad weather made castle more creepy hahahaha but it has an amazing view over the city and the region nearby.

      • Hahaha! It actually didn’t look much like a museum at all…even if I knew it was a museum going in, I will be very tempted to jump over the security rope or reach over it to get a feel of the furniture πŸ˜€

        I love those day trips where you don’t have to spend the night at a hotel. I’ve been in some hotels, and motels especially, that are dark and creepy. Don’t know if you have, I would think so since you travel more than me ^^’ But you always seem so happy and chirpy that it doesn’t sound like it will happen to you.

        • hahahaha oohh my!!

          Sorry that think like that about hotels hahaha… I have had bad experiences with hotels too, it happens sometimes! But I have also had great experiences too πŸ˜€ I prefer to remember the good ones…. though the bad ones often make up for a funny story later! hahaha

          • We always see the good stories on your blog, but I’m sure you never forget about the bad ones. Maybe one day you will have a disappointing themed travel post talking about all the bad times πŸ˜€ For me, when I go to a new place, if the food is bad, I will always, always remember that!

          • hahaahha yess!! Ohhh I already have one… about my failed trip to the Bahamas! And I still have another one to write about hahaha πŸ˜€
            I also never forget a bad experience!

  • It is not always the travel or the destination, many times it the company that makes the journey so special. One cannot have a better person than the mother who you have the pleasure to guide her and treat her in your own way and the things you know how much she loves…mother-daughter relationship so special it assumes wonderful glory with age and as a son I have always cherished my relationship with my father and it has grown with age…

    The way you have captured the nuances and nitty-gritty of the day’s outing at Salzburg in such lovely place is what makes one to repeat such beautiful travel with one’s own mother and make her feel so special and only she deserves that.

    As always you manage to seize and present some of the most enchanting and inspiring moments and scenes one would love to have capture…

    • You are so right Nihar…. I have been to great places with a bad company and it wasnt as amazing as it was in simple places with wonderful people πŸ˜€ the company is really important when one travels!

      It was very nice to spend the day with my mom there… we did a lot of great things while she visited me here in Munich last year πŸ˜€ I hope she can come again soon!

      How wonderful that you have a great relationship with your father! This is so important in one’s life.

      • The opportunity to take mom and dad on travel trip and seeing them happy, perhaps one of the most precious feeling we can preserve and it so difficult to measure and express it. Parents who put so much efforts and sacrifice for us, we just cannot repay, it is only these little things but so profound in its manifestation…

        Yes, we all look forward to have our parents back at our place and we can take them to so many different places…lovely thoughts!!!

        • You are right Nihar!! We can never repay all the dedication of our parents, but mainly being grateful to them and expressing our love in simple things! Its is always good to be near them!

          • These little gesture goes a long way in what we can do for our parents, there can’t be enough whatever we do for them…such is the relationship with our parents. Indeed a very special bondage we all have with them…words and gesture can never be sufficient.

          • Exactly!! We owe a lot to them πŸ˜€

          • Indeed, and nothing can be more gratifying…

          • True Nihar…. very gratifying πŸ˜€

  • I share your passion for Salzburg and have taken the train from Munich twice. I loved looking at your pictures. Christmas is a magical time there – if you get a minute, zoom over to my site and have a read of my Salzburg post. Wilbur.

    • Hi Wilbur, thank you so much for stopping by!
      Nice that you also like Salzburg πŸ™‚ it is a great place to visit near Munich πŸ˜€
      I still haven’t been there at Christmas time!
      I will check you blog!

      • Allane – let me know what you think. Salzburg is like being transported back to a simpler, safer time. Wunderbar! Wilbur

        • Loved the post πŸ˜€ I left you a comment there! Have a great rest of the week!

  • Adorei…. JΓ‘ estive perto, mas nunca esteve nos planos, agora… Muito bonito o lugar.

    • Vale a pena conhecer, especialmente se vocΓͺ estiver por Munique πŸ˜€ e durante o verΓ£o a cidade Γ© ainda mais linda!

  • Oh,Salzburg! I’ve been there last year and I had such an amazing time. I still think about that trip. I love your pictures! You captured its beauty perfectly! <3

    • It is such a pretty city isn’t it? <3
      Im happy to bring you some good memories back πŸ˜€
      Thank you dear, I'm happy you enjoyed the pictures πŸ˜€

  • Really? That sounds really exciting! I hope you guys have a wonderful time!
    I will be again in Slovenia this summer πŸ˜€ can’t wait!
    If you need any tips I can help you with, let me know!