Austria Travel Guide

Just like the Germany travel guide I posted, I figured it made sense to do the same for Austria now that I’ve written our trip recaps (here and here in case you missed them). So, here we go!

Where we stayed

Hotel am Dom! And we couldn’t recommend it more. The location was perfect – right in the heart of Old Town Salzburg, and was within walking distance to everything. In fact, there aren’t really cars in Old Town because the roads are so narrow.

The staff was extremely friendly and they held our bags all day on our check-out day, because our train wasn’t until 1:40 a.m. the following day. And the rooms were so clean and cute! I loved the wood beam ceiling and the rain head shower was ah-mazing. The beds were so comfortable, too. Definitely highly recommend staying here!

Where we ate/drank 

One thing to know about me is that I like variety with my food. So after spending four days eating essentially only German food, I was ready for something else so we ate Italian food in Salzburg twice. (And when I write about Italy, I’ll share the delicious Mexican restaurant we dined at.)

Trattoria da Pippo – GO HERE TO EAT! It’s right in the heart of Old Town and has the best pizza we had the whole trip.

Festung Hohensalzburg – If you’re venturing up to the top, you might as well stop at the cafe for a beer and soak in the view.

Älteste Bäckerei Salzburg – Literally translates to “the oldest bakery in Salzburg.” They must have been real confident naming the place when they opened in 1429. We grabbed breakfast-to-go and the danishes were divine.

Mühlradl – Located outside of Salzburg in the town of St. Gilgen, this small family-owned restaurant had some of the best German/Austrian food we’d had. Definitely worth stopping by for lunch (and the views!) if you’re nearby.

Seppo – An amazing quaint little wine bar right in the heart of Old Town. It was one of the few places open late at night and had a great vibe, even on a random Tuesday night.

What we did

Old Town – We walked around Old Town and explored the streets on our first day and I wouldn’t have changed a thing about that. We walked along the river and stumbled across Mozart’s birth place.

Festung Hohensalzburg – Worth the climb or euros to take the tram to the top just to see the amazing views of Salzburg.

Bob’s Tours – Kevin and I aren’t really tour people, so this was only one of two tours we did out of our entire two-week trip, but we could not recommend this one enough! They were friendly, easy to deal with (i.e. when you book the tour online for the wrong date… twice, but they still change your reservation without hassle), and we got to see a lot of Austria in one short day.

Pro Tips/Stray Observations

Everything in Salzburg closes early – shops, restaurants, bars, etc. It’s a small city (less than 150,000 people) and they don’t accommodate late schedules, so plan to eat early.

Take the public transportation here. Seriously the bus system was so easy to navigate and it was dirt cheap (I think one, maybe two, euro for a one-way ticket).

And while we’re on the subject of transportation… the drivers in Austria were insane.

Soak it all in. This city is unbelievably beautiful and the higher up you go, the better it looks because the Alps surrounding the town make it look unreal.

We spent a day and a half in Salzburg and I think it gave us plenty of time to not only see the city, but explore the areas right outside of it. Perfect amount of time for us!

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