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YOUR personal favorite places in Salzburg

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YOUR personal favorite places in Salzburg

I will be there in April and would love to gauge you favorite places that is included or more importantly NOT INCLUDED the guidebooks (that are free or low budget) that left a wonderful impression. Anywhere - whether it be somewhat touristy or off the beaten bath (which I would probably prefer). Please leave a post if you care do so.

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1. Re: YOUR personal favorite places in Salzburg

Hello,

Are you talking about somewhere to stay or a favourite tourist sight or destination?

Liz.

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sorry to not have made it clear, I meant anywhere to sightsee, take interesting photographs, take it all in and appreciate, etc...

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Augustinerbräu serves the best beer in the world!

http://www.augustinerbier.at/?id=5&L=1

The little restaurant Stadtalm on the Mönchsberg has a fantastic view of the town.

http://www.diestadtalm.com/stadtalm.html

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I also recommend a walk on the Mönchsberg hill which offers great views of the old town and surroundings. Apart from the Stadtalm already mentioned, another nice viewpoint to sit down is at the museum of modern art, which is can be reached from the old town via an elevator.

Don't miss the Petersfriedhof, it's a very old cemetery in the old town built right next to the steep rocks leading up to the Mönchsberg. Great view up to the castle from there and very nice atmosphere in the heart of the old town. It's close to the station of the funicular which leads up to the castle.

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5. Re: YOUR personal favorite places in Salzburg

I'm with Nemorino,

followed by up the Fenicular, take in the fort and views, then Stieglkellee for lunch. If a nice day, the terrace is good for rooftop views. Book a terrace edge table before going up to the fort to avoid disappontment.

This keller is as you come out of the Fenicular exit, turn right it's 50 yds 'in the walls' of the fortress. Easy to miss, but a nice traditional place reasonably price food and beer.

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Hello, if it's a warm day when you're there it's lovely to have lunch on the garden terrace at Hotel Stadtkrug. The hotel is across the river from the old town, on Linzergasse. You can enter the hotel at ground level and take the elevator to the garden level. The garden backs onto the path that leads up to the Kapuzin monastery. The Kapuzinerberg itself is an interesting place to walk and from the railings you get probably the most attractive views of Salzburg there are. Even if you don't go for lunch at the Stadtkrug you could go up the path to the Kapuzinerberg. There are steep steps and can be taken either from Linzergasse itself or just round the corner on Steingasse. It's a strenuous climb up all the steps but worth it when you get there.

There is a bus that takes you to the top of the Gaisberg from the city (No. 151). I think you have to take a bus to Gnigl first and then make a connection. This would need careful planning. The views of the mountains and the city from the Gaisberg are amazing. There is not much up there (a cafe that isn't always open) and the huge radio transmitter that can be seen for miles) but the views on a clear day are spectacular. I don't know the frequency of the buses but the tourist office would help with that.

If you were hiring a car I could give you loads more examples. :-)

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7. Re: YOUR personal favorite places in Salzburg

Hi kaynen!

If the weather is fine and warm go to Hotel Stein (www.hotelstein.at) - they've got a very nice lounge/cafe/bar at the rooftop of the hotel. Very nice view!

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8. Re: YOUR personal favorite places in Salzburg

Thanks all for your very thoughtful suggestions. So of course I am a huge sound of music fan and was also wondering if it's convenient to go see the lake that was used to film the VonTrapp residence in the movie.

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Hello, kaynen430,

As you're a big Sound of Music fan here is a posting I submitted a while ago. Some of it may be of interest to you. It was posted for someone with only one day in the city but it still might be helpful.

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Hello, here are the SOM sights in Salzburg that you can see on foot in the city, and some others very close by:

If you are arriving by train the first Sound of Music sight you come to is Mirabelgarten. You could walk here from the station or take a bus. At Mirbelgarten there is the hedge “tunnel” that Maria and the children run through. There is the pond and fountain they dance around and also the set of steps where they sing the finale of “Do-re-mi.” From Mirabel you can walk out into Makartplatz, turn right past the Landestheater and then cross the river by the Makartsteg footbridge. This will take you into the old city. If you have a city map just head for Domplatz (cathedral square) or Residenzplatz. In Residenzplatz there is the horse fountain dating from the 17th century. When Maria leaves the abbey she dips her hand into this fountain on her way to the bus.

Much artistic licence is taken during these scenes. Maria would be doubling back on herself and taking a most strange route to the bus if the scenes are to be believed. But they were filmed for the lovely views and while it’s a little confusing for fans of the film, you do see some lovely parts of town.

In the do-re-mi scenes they ride through Mozartplatz in a horse and carriage. The shops that they pass have changed very little. Mozartplatz is right next door to Residenzplatz so you can walk to it very quickly.

The inspiration for the scene where the family hide behind grave stones is St Peter’s Cemetery. The actual film set was in a studio but at St Peter’s you can see the tall grave stones enclosed behind wrought iron gates. This is a lovely spot to visit. The cemetery is approached from a variety of ways. You can go in from Kapitelplatz, next to the cathedral and walk through. If you go in this way and walk right through to St Peter’s church (very elaborate and worth a visit) you are almost at the Rock Riding School which is the scene for the concert at the end of SOM when the family first escape. If you’re unsure where it is just ask directions. Everyone is very helpful. I have not been inside the Rock Riding School myself so can’t say too much about it. Just beyond it is the Horse Pond in Karajanplatz. The pond is seen in the film but I can’t remember precisely at which point.

If you carry along past Karajanplatz you come to the Monchsberg lift. You can take the lift to the museum of modern art. Just outside the doors of the museum is a fabulous view of the city. It is at this point (formerly known as The Winkler Steps because of the Café Winkler that once stood there) that Maria and the children first put words to the song Do-re-mi. You could then walk along the Monchsberg towards the fortress. The fortress path is signposted as is the path which leads to Nonnberg Abbey. You follow the path up to the abbey and you come to the little abbey church. In the film Maria walks out into the garden of the church when she first leaves the abbey (guitar in hand). She then walks out of the gates (bit of artistic licence here too). You can go through these gates into the church. The gates are also the spot where the children talk to the nuns when they come to find Maria.

A couple of the city SOM sights are a little way out of the city. Frohnburg, the house at which Maria arrives when she gets off the bus, is situated on the Hellbrunner Allee. It’s a good walk out of the city along a lovely pedestrianised path. Although the house is nice to see you cannot go inside and sometimes there are cars parked in front, spoiling the image somewhat. In the film it appears as though only one house is used but in fact the house with the lake behind it is Schloss Leopoldskron. This again is just outside the city and is a hotel and events venue. You could get there by bus or taxi for a look but you can actually see it from the southern walls of the fortress if you can’t spare the time to go to it.

The famous gazebo, where Rolf and Liesl dance and sing “Sixteen going on Seventeen) is at Schloss Hellbrunn. You are not allowed inside it and to be honest it’s a bit of a disappointment. If you’re visiting Hellbrunn anyway then you can take a quick look and a photo, but of all the things to see at Hellbrunn that is probably the least interesting.

Other incidental sights are the Mozartsteg footbridge across the river which Maria and the children cross, they also dance along the river bank with the city viewed behind them. This footbridge can be reached by turning left out of Mozartplatz and walking to the river.

As I said before the old city itself is tiny so you could see all the sights within it very easily in a day.

The sights that you miss, by not going on the tour, are the wedding church at Mondsee and some places that feature in the opening credits of the film. With only one day in Salzburg I think you would regret taking the tour and missing the chance to wander the lovely streets in town.

A SOM sight that most people (except for die-hard fans of the film) don’t get to see is the Do-re-mi meadow. This is the scene where Maria first teaches the children to sing. The meadow is situated above Werfen, a little town about twenty-five miles south of Salzburg. I have seen it because you can view it from the ice caves at Eisriesenwelt (across the valley) but so far I haven’t visited it. I think you have to be very enthusiastic about the film to walk right up the hillside and we’ve always had lots of other stuff to see.

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10. Re: YOUR personal favorite places in Salzburg

Thank you all for your fabulous input