Day 2 – July 9, 2018 (Mon) – sightseeing in Salzburg

Salzburg – July 9
Steps walked: 14,276         Floors climbed: 22 Distance walked: 10.1 km
Details Time Notes
breakfast at Café Getreidegasse 10:00 AM
got ticket for Salzach River Cruise 10:30 AM €3 extra for back seats
Salzach River Cruise 11:00 AM
walked to Mirabell Palace & Gardens 12:00 PM
relived the scenes of Sound of Music
walked to lunch at Café Bazar 1:00 PM
walked to Mozart’s Residence 2:30 PM
walked to Old Town 3:40 PM
Visited DomQuartier 4:00 PM so many steps!!
afternoon drinks at Stieglkeller 5:10 PM
Walked to Mozart’s Birthplace 5:40 PM no air-con, very hot
Back to hotel to take a rest & shower 6:15 PM walked 137 steps up
Walked to Sternbrau for dinner 7:40 PM
Sound of Salzburg Show at Sternbrau 8:00 PM
Back to hotel 10:00 PM

It’s a warm and sunny day (18-28° C). We started by having a delicious breakfast at a little cafe (Cafe Getreidegasse) next to the hotel.

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2 regular coffees and 2 apple strudels cost €13. The coffee was super good and the apple strudels were flaky and yummy.

Then we used our Salzburg Cards for a free Salzach River Cruise. We paid €3 each to sit at the back of the ship. It was a good choice. After the 1-hour cruise, we walked to the Mirabell Palace and Gardens.

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There we relived many scenes from the movie, “The Sound of Music”, including the Pegasus Fountain & the steps that Maria & the children sang “Do Re Mi” and the Dwarfs Garden.

Soon it’s lunch time so we walked 7 minutes to Cafe Bazar next to the Salzach River for lunch. Both the ham noodles and sandwich were great! The coffee was especially good.

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The above lunch plus 1 beer, 1 juice, 1 Coke Zero & 2 coffees cost €41,80. Afterwards, we walked 5 minutes to Mozart’s Residence. It was a beautiful place and I bought a lot of souvenirs there. That was a big pity that Mozart died so young at the age of 35 and his wife Constance was only 29 at that time, having just given birth to their youngest son 6 months ago. We walked back to the Old Town and went inside DomQuartier Salzburg. Again, so many steps!! It’s a hot day and only a small section of the museum has air-conditioning.

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We definitely needed a cold drink after the visit, so we used the DomQuartier’s ticket discount to have a “Buy one Get one free” beer at Stieglkeller next to the entrance of the Fortress funicular. The view from the terrace was amazing!

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Before we headed back to the hotel to take a rest, we visited Mozart’s Birthplace, just a 5 minutes walk away. The place was so hot and it was just totally like a sauna. Mozart’s family lived in a 3-room apartment on the 3rd floor (the one with all windows opened).

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Another highlight of Salzburg was the “Sound of Salzburg Show” held at Sternbrau opposite our hotel. It was very entertaining, with a lot of Austrian folk songs, Mozart and Strauss’ compositions, and best of all, many songs from “The Sound of Music” with a little bit of sing-along fun! The schnitzel there was quite good but the pork roast was just average.

We had so much fun in Salzburg that we’ll definitely go back.

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