After spending three days in Munich and touring Neuschwanstein, the next stop on our May European adventure was Salzburg! An easy and inexpensive train ride from Munich, Salzburg is a quaint, beautiful town, full of beautiful architecture and gorgeous gardens. It is, of course, famous for being the setting for the Sound of Music. So what better way to begin our two day visit than with a Sound of Music tour? Our tour took us to locations from the movie both near and far, including Mondsee, where the wedding of Maria and Baron von Trapp was filmed, the gazebo at Hellbrunn Palace, and Leopoldskron Palace.
We spent the rest of the afternoon exploring Mirabell Palace and its gardens, which date back to 1690, and feature manicured lawns and hedges, beautiful sculptures, and even a dwarf garden. We also took a stroll across Mozart’s Bridge.
Our second day was spent exploring Salzburg’s Old Town (Altstadt), with its Baroque buildings and amazing cathedrals.
Tucked into the heart of Old Town, at the base of the Festungsbahn, is the amazing Petersfriedhof, a gorgeous cemetery reminiscent of a secret garden. Each grave is meticulously tended, with colorful planted blooms and iron markers. It’s the loveliest cemetery I have ever seen! The adjacent St Peter’s Abbey is beautiful in its own right.
After our visit to St. Peter’s, we hopped on the Festungsbahn to Hohensalzburg Castle, where we toured the castle and enjoyed panoramic views of Salzburg.
Salzburg is a small, walkable city. We stayed in the newer town, across the bridge from Old Town, and loved being near the better restaurants and local grocery stores, while still being easy walking distance from Old Town.