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Salzburg in One Day: Part I

Salzburg in One Day: Part I September 2, 2011 | Things to Do | Read More
View of Salzburg from Mönchsberg Photo by Lorraine Seal Salzburg is a compact city, but with 24 churches in its historic core, scores of fountains and sculptures and a wealth of exquisite Baroque architecture, it rewards a visit of at least a few days. However, if your schedule demands you spend only...

Gold in Autumn

Gold in Autumn September 2, 2011 | Things to Do | Read More
Photo by Lee Cannon courtesy of Creative Commons 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...

Fall Refreshment

Fall Refreshment September 2, 2011 | Food, Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
Photo by oksidor courtesy of Creative Commons Fall in Austria brings Sturm, a slightly fermented grape juice. Also known as Jungwein or ‘young wine’, it’s sold unfiltered, in both white and red. Light and somewhat sparkling, it’s very refreshing. Available for only a very short time, from September...

Charmed by Hallstatt

Charmed by Hallstatt September 2, 2011 | Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
Hallstatt, just about an hour southeast of Salzburg in the Salzkammergut, makes wonderful destination for a day trip or, even better, an overnight excursion. An UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s one of the prettiest villages you’ll find in Austria. Nestled between the large lake, Hallstättersee,...

Taking the High Road

Taking the High Road September 2, 2011 | Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
There may be no more dramatic drive from Salzburg than the route along the Großglockner Hochalpenstrasse—in English, ‘Großglockner High Alpine Road’. Just over an hour’s drive from Salzburg, the trip along this 49-kilometre-long marvel of engineering offers visitors a memorable day or overnight...

Rupertikirtag: Salzburg’s Own Festival

Rupertikirtag: Salzburg’s Own Festival August 2, 2011 | Events, Things to Do | Read More
Late each September, the many platzes of Salzburg’s Altstadt are transformed into a gigantic fair and traditional folklore festival, Rupertikirtag. St Rupert was the first Christian missionary to Salzburg and, perhaps not incidentially, a tireless promoter of the salt trade that made Salzburg rich....

Four More Absolutely Free Things to Do and See in Salzburg

Four More Absolutely Free Things to Do and See in Salzburg August 1, 2011 | Things to Do | Read More
Salzburg’s vibrant street life and love of art, combined with its long history as an ecclesiastic principality, mean that there are many absolutely free things to experience here. Here are a few, some close to the city centre, some a little further out. Climb Untersberg mountain. In another list of...

5 Free Things to Do, See or Hear in Salzburg

5 Free Things to Do, See or Hear in Salzburg August 1, 2011 | Things to Do | Read More
A stay in Salzburg doesn’t have to break the bank. Many of the most interesting, beautiful or unusual sights are free and readily accessible to most visitors. Here are a few of my favourite free sights to see or things to do. Climb Kapuzinerberg. The taller of the two mountains on either side of the...

Cycling Along the Salzach to the Spitz

Cycling Along the Salzach to the Spitz August 1, 2011 | Things to Do | Read More
One of my favourite bike trips in Salzburg is the trip to the Salzachsee, a leafy recreational distrist at the northwestern edge of the city. You can reach it in about 45 minutes, or a little longer if you take your time. Salzachsee, at the edge of farmland and a quiet residential area, has a swimming...

Climb Not Every Mountain, But Climb This One

Climb Not Every Mountain, But Climb This One August 1, 2011 | Things to Do | Read More
Austrians in general love outdoor activities, and one of the most popular in Salzburg is climbing Untersberg, the iconic local mountain. The tallest Alp in the immediate area, Untersberg is vivid in the popular imagination. It is said that Emperor Karl—Charlemagne—sleeps within its depths. He sits...