The green landscape of the Salzburg region drifts into autumn gently, its trees fading slowly as shorter days and crisper air burnishes their leaves gold, bronze, copper and bright yellow. If you are here in the fall and have time to spare, a drive into the country or a cycle along the river repays your efforts with beautiful scenery.
If you have a car, drive south on route 160 through Anif and then through the pretty little village of St Leonhard. Following the route will take you along side Untersberg in the direction of Berchtesgaden, Germany. The road runs along side the Berchtesgadener Ache, a river that flows through the valley to meet the Salzach. Marktschellenberg, just over the border in Germany, is a tranquil village nestled into a bend in the river. It makes a lovely destination if you don’t care to continue to Berchtesgaden.
If you want to hire a bike, cycle south along the Salzach toward Anif. Along the way, keeping the river to your left, you’ll pass through stands of wood lush with autumn colour. Near a dam on the river, you’ll find a recreational area with a natural lake surrounded by meadows and trees. A little further along, the river becomes more shallow as it eddies and tumbles over rocks. In the fall, the foliage along the banks and on the nearby mountains is wonderful.
Of course, there’s plenty of natural colour to be seen in the city itself. Stroll along the river under the chestnut trees. Take the funicular or footpath to the top of Mönchsberg and wander its wooded trails. And, for really spectacular foliage, climb Kapuzinerberg, which, at the height of autumn, blazes with fall colour. There are many paths to the top. The best way to begin is from Linzergasse. Turn right into the gateway at Number 14 and climb the steep Stefan Zweig path. Continue onwards at the monastery. Once you make it to the top, you can relax with wurstl and beer at the Frankziskischloss at the summit.