Salzburg – Christmas Personified

Salzburg in winter

Salzburg is the perfect city break for anybody interested in culture, amazing food, beautiful architecture and music.

However, I would recommend visiting Salzburg in the week running up to Christmas, I personally have never experienced such an overwhelming amount of Christmas cheer. Every courtyard has a market which sells hand made food, liquor and gifts. The entire city is decorated with stunning christmas trees and ornaments.

The ancient castle sits nestled onto of its mountain over-looking the city offering amazing panoramic views, along with a very interesting guided tour, which is well worth while. It also contains several lovely restaurants serving traditional Austrian dishes and world-famous apple strudel.

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View from Castle

Things to do:

  • Strudel: The best Strudel in the city is located in Cafe Tomaselli, it feels as if you are stepping back in time with original furnishing and century old recipes that can only be described as perfection. 

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  • Christmas Markets: In the week running up to Christmas Salzburg buzzes with Christmas energy, every inch of every street and building is decorated shamelessly and beautifully. There are four large Christmas Markets located around the city, however the largest is the Advent Market St. Leonhard, all packed full of food, mulled wine and gifts. A must visit in salzburg.

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  • The Sound of Music Tour: If like me, you are a big fan of the famous film ‘The Sound of Music’ than it will have played a large part in your decision to visit Salzburg, as this is where the film was set and filmed. Several Tours run daily visiting all the different sites and filming locations. It is a very enjoyable way to spend your day, especially if it is sunny.

    Famous conservatory from scene '16 going on 17'
    Famous conservatory from scene ’16 going on 17′

Where to stay:

Although there are many fine hotels in Salzburg, I have to make mention of one special one called ‘Hotel Goldgasse’.

It perfectly located in the small ancient streets seconds from the largest Christmas market and main landmarks.

It is run by two friends who have perfected customer service, the rooms are luxurious and unique, this is one of the best boutique hotels I have stayed in. I would highly recommend it.  

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