If you’ve been following along, you’ll recall that my Dad and I packed 3 Austrian cities into 3 short days. We began in picturesque Hallstatt, and next on our list was Salzburg – birthplace of Mozart and film site for a lot of do-re-mi’s. The Old Town is as charming as they come, with light pastel buildings boasting elaborate window facades and roofs. Some buildings are painted with entire motifs! We missed the town fair that took place earlier in the day, but I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the ferris wheel, swings and waltzer painted with traditional Austrian designs!
As I wandered through the cobbled streets, I couldn’t help but get Christmas tunes stuck in my head. Garlands with twinkle lights were already up (in September!) and holiday shops were overflowing with crowds. One thing I really loved was seeing all the different designs painted onto Easter Eggs. They hang these up for all holidays, but I think it’s especially cute they paint eggs as a family to hang on their Christmas trees. Bringin this one to the US!
As the air became cooler, I followed the smell of coffee to the cutest little Starbucks across from Mozart’s birthplace (the yellow house pictured below). Next to it sat a rose gold restaurant with traditional Austrian cuisine. We followed Yelp to Sternbrau where we had some delicious pork roast and spaetzle. Be sure to try the Salzburger Nockerl, a fluffy egg souflee that’s lighter than air and accompanied by a delicious raspberry sauce.
Our time in Salzburg was brief, since we took a day trip to Innsbruck the next day, but I loved every second of this charming city. I imagine it’s pure magic during the holiday markets, and I hope I can return with more time to explore the nooks and crannies of this city one day soon.
Keep an eye out for Innsbruck!