A Weekend in Salzburg
My mom and I decided to go to Salzburg for the weekend! Salzburg is a city just three and a half hours west of Graz and is located near the border of Germany. The city is divided by the Salzach River, with medieval and baroque buildings of the pedestrian Altstadt (Old City) on its left bank, facing the 19th-century Neustadt (New City) on its right. “Salzburg” means “Salt Fortress” or “Salt Castle.” It got its name from the major salt industry that existed here. The Salzach River was crucial for transporting salt and therefore was also named after the salt industry.
When we first arrived in Salzburg we explored the left bank and did some shopping, then we crossed over to the right bank where the most sightseeing destinations are located. We walked through the tight streets of the historic city center and stopped at Mozart’s Birthplace, The Salzburg Cathedral, Residenzplatz, Mortartplatz, Makartsteg Lock Bridge, and multiple shops and restaurants along the way! We used our first day in Salzburg to get to know the historic city center!
On Sunday morning we got up early, despite the downpour, to walk through the Mirabell Garden. The garden was stunning; a perfect time of year to visit!
We then had breakfast and went to mass at the Salzburg Cathedral. It was a beautiful service.
Just a 5-minute walk from the Salzburg Cathedral is the lift up to the Hohensalzburg Fortress. This is a major tourist destination. The construction of the castle began in the 11th century. What started out as a small lookout grew to become a massive fortress overlooking the city of Salzburg in efforts to protect the city. By the 19th century, it was refurbished and became a major tourist attraction. To date, it is one of the best-preserved castles in Europe!
We left the castle around 2 pm to make it to the bus station and start our journey back to Graz. By the time we left Salzburg the rain had stopped and mom and I got were able to see the beautiful Austrian landscape on the drive back. Our time is Salzburg was great! I definitely recommend seeing Salzburg at least once!