Quiet. Grand. Painteresque.
All the dreams you never thought you had of a place.
It is no secret that Salzburg holds one of the dearest places in my heart. This place quickly became home after 3 months abroad during my years in undergrad. Maybe it was the fact that I woke up seeing the magnificence of the mountains and felt the crispness in the air, or perhaps it was the fact that I could wander every day without a clue of where I was and feel like I had been here forever.
Being that it is a small town, you are bound to run into the same people on the bus, bars, and city centre. What a concept.
- German is the dominant language. Not to worry, most people within the city centre speak English and are kind enough to deal with toursits asking where the nearest bus stop is. Don't be shy.
- Using public transportation is key. Buses will get you all around town and are easy to locate and figure out the lines. They have different tickets: 24 hours is €3.80, 1 week is €16 and a monthly pass is €53.90. And yes, you should probably run to catch the bus.
- Get some Euros. Since it is a small town (though evolving fast) I'd recommend carrying cash with you to be safe. Most large CCs are accepted, just make sure to carry an ID (and no, not your passport...plz)
- Eat the damn cake. During my years spent abroad I have acquired a life motto: calories don't count while on vacation. You're in one of the most picturesque cities. Grab your Americano (or verlängerter) and pair it with a chocolate croissant.
THE GOOD STUFF
your guide to eating, drinking, and exploring like a local*
*do leave the fanny pack at home
FUEL UP HERE
- Bio Burger; tasty burgers in the heard of the city- pro tip: they have vegan options!
- My Indigo; take out curry place - don't be intimidated, it's fairly mild
- Gasthof Alter Fuchs; my absolute favorite Austrian Rest! V local. DO make a reservation, they fill up fast! Try the Schnitzel & Goulash.
- Paul-Stube; Intimate, candle-lit restaurant with comfort food. Try their bacon mac & cheese.
- L'Osteria; go crazy over your own pizza
MID-DAY PICK ME UP
- 220 Grad; such good coffee. this place turned me into a snob. also, get their fruit cake ooo and their bailey's cappuccino. You deserve it.
- Cafe Bazar; river=side views in a fabulous cafe in the heart of the city
- Carl Schatz-Konditorei; treat yourself to a little Austrian cake tasting. This is one of the oldest bakeries in town and well worth the visit!
- Cafe Tomaselli; yes, the coffee shop front you've been dreaming of on Pinterest. Though a bit overpriced, this cafe allows you to people watch while you refuel with a cappuccino
DON'T MISS OUT ON
- The Salzburg Lookout point; This one's a good one. See the picture at the top of this post? That's where this was taken (shh!). You start on Linzer Gassee and right before you see the crepe shop on the right side you will see a set of steps that lead you thru a tunnel - follow it all the way to the top, take a few curves, and you have arrived!
- Augustiner Beer Garden; sausages, pretzels, patio, beer... need more?
- Fortress; though, save the price of the ticket and hike up to the look out and trough the forest and around the city. all. the. views.