Two weeks ago my fiance and I went for a short trip to Austria.
Living in Northen Italy, (North-East), we have the chance to take advantage of a weekend to go and visit the countries close to the border.
We left in the mornig and it took us more or less 3 hours to arrive in Salzburg. While being quite a big city, the forth largest city in Austria, it has the amosphere of a small town. Very quiet, clean and cozy this big little city has a lot of history and it’s also a college town.
After a short rest at our hotel, a little far from the city center, we started exploring the city.
The main attractions includes:
- the Hohensalzburg fortress built by bishop Gebhard in the year 1077. The fortress towers above the city from a hill; there’s also a cable car to arrive.
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s birth house. The famouse compositor was born in Salzburg on the 27th Jenuary 1756. Today the house host a beautiful museum where you can learn everything about the artist.
- Getreidegasse is the heart of Salzburg city center. Along this street you can find a lot of shop (also designers boutiques) while admiring the beautiful architecture of the city.
We ate at Gasthaus Zwettlers. The meal was delicious I had knodels with beef stew.
The next morning we left our hotel pretty early (around 7 o’clock) to avoid the crowd and get to enjoy the city even more.
After a disappointing hotel breakfast we moved to Bad Goisern where we had booked our second accomodation. The location was pretty isolated but the view from our room was amazing and it’s ideal for those who loves hiking.
In the afternoon we moved to Hallstatt. Wow…this town is magical. It’s just like landing on a fairy tale. A lot bigger and crowded than we thought, Halstatt is definetely a place to go at least one in a lifetime. Walking down the main street, you can enjoy both the view on the lake and the tiny characteristic houses.
We had lunch in the best restaurant in one of the best restaurants in Hallstatt: the Seehotel Gruner Baum. Our table was a few centimeters from the lake. I had a Wiener Schnitzel with potatoes and Sauerkraut.
We went for a 50 minute boat tour around the lake to get to see the lake in all of it’s beauty.
After a fast breakfast at the hotel we packed to start our journey back since the weather wasn’t boding well. On our way back we made a quick detour to Klagenfurt where we had a short walk in the city center and stopped for lunch at Gasthaus im Landhaushof, situated in a beautiful square, where I tasted one of the best goulash I ever ate. If we had more time we would have stop to visit the Klagenfurt Minimundus, but, we were stuffed with food and also a little late.
If you have time and you live close to the area I definetely suggest you to visit this places because the tranquillity and the calm you get from them are unbelieveble. I’m missing those days already.
With love, Blessing.