If Christmas and a book of fairy tales had a baby, it would probably end up looking a little something like Salzburg. The marzipan filled city is best known for birthing Mozart, the Krimmel Falls that tower over its streets, and for being really, really good at cake. Really good. Now’s the time to pack your turtleneck and throw yourself into the holiday spirit with some Austrian Schnitzel and Strudel.
Where to Stay
Salzburg is renowned for being visually striking and embracing its history through architecture and tradition. Despite its appearance, the city isn’t afraid to take on a touch of modernism, and this couldn’t be reflected better than it is at Arthotel Blau Gans. The boutique hotel does a fabulous job of taking what Austria is great at – artwork and woodwork – and sprucing it up with a modern flourish. However, if tradition is what you’re after, we recommend renting a car and taking a short drive out of the city centre to Hotel Schloss Fuschl. For all the non-German speakers out there, Schloss means castle. That’s right, you’d be staying in a castle, next to a lake. The Hotel’s location couldn’t be any more breathtaking and if you needed more persuading, they have a pretty lovely spa.
“That’s right, you’d be staying in a castle, next to a lake.”
Where to Visit
When you think of Austria, the first thing that usually comes to mind is Julie Andrews prancing around mountain tops and singing in a dirndl. The dirndl is a staple in Austrian culture, and it’s steeped in history. The company best known for producing the traditional trachten attire is Gössl. Gössl’s headquarters are located in Salzburg in a traditional cloth house that looks more like a country estate than a factory. You can learn about the history of the clothes, visit their ballroom, and even catch a bite to eat in one of their three restaurants. We recommend soaking in the view and eating on the terrace.
Where to Eat
There is so much you have to eat on this trip. Wiener Schnitzel, Tafelspitz, Backhendlsalat, Gulasch. If you’re hungry enough, The Weiserhof offers all of these dishes and more. They plate up some seriously tasty desserts too, but if you want to get the most out of your trip, we suggest saving yourself for pudding at Café Konditorei Fürst where the Mozartkugel was invented. If you’ve been to Austria before, chances are you have had one of these delicious chocolates put on your hotel pillow. Now go get yourself the real deal.
Where to Drink
Everyone has ruined themselves with a vodka Red Bull at some point, but when you were nursing that hangover you probably didn’t stop to think about where the heart attack inducing beverage came from. Red Bull is a product of Austria and you can go see everything the company has to offer at Hanger-7. The Hanger is home to bars, lounges, a restaurant, Art and of course “cars, motorbikes, and action.” If you’re exhausted after soaking in all the cars and action, go for a cocktail and some nibbles at the Threesixty Bar. It’s essentially a really, really posh version of Mad Max.
“The first thing that comes to mind is Julie Andrews prancing around a mountain and singing in a dirndl.”
Where to Play
Sure, you could go to Mozart’s birthplace, you could check out some beautiful art at one of Salzburg’s many museums, you could traipse through gardens pretending to be a Duchess heading off to the Opera, or you could go eat cake at Hotel Sacher. Have we mentioned cake too much in this article yet? Hotel Sacher created the much-loved dessert, Sachertorte. If you aren’t familiar, Sachertorte is basically a tower of chocolate bliss finished off with a side of whipped cream so fluffy it will make you cry. Happy tears. If you’re lucky enough to be in Salzburg around Christmas, then you owe a Christmas Market a visit. Hellbrunn Courtyard hosts one daily during December, and it is honestly out of a book. Even if Christmas Markets aren’t your thing, they have Glühwein so…
Where to Dance
We are going to be upfront with you. Salzburg isn’t exactly known for its booming nightlife. But if you’re into Jazz and reasonably priced drinks, then you should consider paying ‘Das Jazzit’ a visit. The bar staff are friendly, the music is great, and your friends will think you’re all edgy and sophisticated when you suggest going to a Jazz club.
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