With its skyline of Baroque steeples and domes, its intimate medieval streets and lanes and reminders of The Sound of Music—and Mozart—everywhere, Salzburg is one of the world’s most romantic cities. And lovers, young and old, will find plenty of scope for making special memories.
Perhaps the most special of all romantic restaurants is the Smallest Restaurant in the World, a tiny snug of a room in a tower in the Hotel Schloss Monchstein, high above the city. This private dining room will seat four, but it’s perfect for just the two of you. Here’s where you can, for a price, make romantic dreams come true.
Less pricy but also intimate is Winebar Restaurant Flavour on the city’s Right Bank. This cosy room is carved out of the stone of Kapuzinerberg. Softly lit in violet, it features an imaginative fusion menu and attentive service away from the crowds.
The Gersberg Alm Romantikhotel restaurant has offered Salzburgers a retreat from town life since Mozart’s time. Serving Austrian specialities, this favourite site for weddings and other romantic occasions is rich with traditional charm. In addition to an extensive wine list, you’ll find a tantalising range of Schnapps.
Tucked inside historic Linzergasse, a burbling stream passing along the floors of Restaurant Wasserfall lends a romantic soundtrack to the evening. This intimate restaurant and winebar draws on the cuisine of the Mediterranean. It’s especially strong in seafood.
Though it seems counter-intuitive, one of Salzburg’s finest restaurants is located near the airport, in a hangar. Ikarus, part of the empire of Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz, hovers over his collection of vehicles below. Its degustation menu changes frequently as guest chefs visit.