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Welcome to Salzburg, The Fairy Tale City

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When we planned our Europe trip, we each got to choose one city to be fit into our itinerary. As you know, I chose Berlin. Ji, who had been to Switzerland before, chose the same place again; while W wanted to visit her brother. The last member of the family, a seasoned traveler, picked Austria. Unfortunately, at the last minute, she couldn’t make it, leaving the rest of us “stuck” with Austria, both Salzburg and Vienna.

I had a plan for Vienna, something related to eating a cake; while Salzburg, I went without expectations. And once again, I am so glad I got to see it. To quote Sir Richard Francis Burton:

[Tweet “The gladdest moments in human life, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands.”]

Salzburg ^^ The view from our apartment. It felt like something out of a fairy tale. A tower (okay, it’s an AirBnB, but let’s imagine for a second) overlooking the castle. Either to day dream about the price, or because of being locked by the evil queen (still imagining).

Salzburg The next morning we crossed the bridge and explored Old Town Salzburg, where the castle was located.

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Salzburg The view from Hohensalzburg Castle. My first castle ever! I got to tick one more point from my bucket list. Will write more about it sometime.

The musical genius, Mozart, was born and brought up in Salzburg. His house is also located in the old town, but we didn’t go inside, instead we went to Cafe Tomaselli, which was frequented by Mozart himself during his days. We ordered coffee, cake and wine.

11083163 It was kept in the old fashioned ways; there was a lady who brought a tray of cakes for us to choose and pay on the spot, which was separated from paying for the rest of the things we had at the end of the meal; to the walking cashier with readily prepared bills for change in the long wallet he carried. We sat there for quite sometime, soaking up the vintage atmosphere of the place. It was nice, reminded me of La Closerie de Lilas in Paris.

You can find any Mozart related souvenir in Salzburg. From the complete collection of his composition to Mozart rubber duck, but the most famous must be MozartKugel. It’s a confection made of pistachio, nougat and dark chocolate, originally created over a century ago adapting the name of the great composer.

Mozart Chocolate Shop I have a confession to make, I haven’t watched The Sound of Music. I tried to, even after we came back from Europe, but I just, can’t take it. Wait, please don’t hate me for that. I am not heartless. It’s just musical always bores me.

mirabell garden When people got excited about the Mirabell (picture above), as the garden where the kids were singing in the movie, or about the Von Trapp house (picture below), I was like “wow, pretty garden” and “wow, green lake”, but that’s it. I didn’t break into a song every 10 minutes as the tour guide and half of the people I shared the bus with did.

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Salzburg There were quaint little towns and villages in Salzburg with scenic Alps surrounding.

Salzburg Every corner and landscape of Salzburg offer you something to marvel at. The pier was empty that day. Maybe due to the chilly weather, but it was still romantic. I guess that’s why Oneika spent her rainy honeymoon days there.

Salzburg Autumn is my favorite season and experiencing Autumn colors in Salzburg was an absolute delight.

11083233 Have you been to Salzburg or another place that looks like it came out of a fairy tale? Are you inspired to visit it? I surely hope so. As always, thank you for reading.

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  • Ahh this is perfect… we are heading to Salzburg (and surrounding areas) fairly soon! Any recommendations on where to eat? You’re right, it looks like such a fairy tale! Stopping by from Travel Tuesday!

  • Beautiful! I just love Austria – it is so gorgeous! Vienna didn’t do it as much for me, but these smaller towns and the countryside of Austria are just so pretty! Thanks for sharing your photos 🙂

  • Gorgeous pictures, the colours and the feel I get from the photos really reminds me of the views I saw in Prague. It looks so picturesque 🙂

  • It looks like you had a wonderful time. I’ve never heard of MozartKugel, but now I want to go try some!

  • Andrea

    Love the photos! I visited a friend in Salzburg a few years back and experience many of these same feelings. It was such a quaint little city, but very rich in history. Definitely enjoyed my time there!

  • I’ve never heard much about Salzburg, but it really does look like something out of a fairy tale book. Now I’m much more intrigued about traveling there some day! Looks like you had a great trip!

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