The hills are alive with the Sound of Music! – Salzburg, Austria

This place is drop dead gorgeous – and was exactly what we needed after having visited so many big cities and capitals in the past few weeks. You only need a day to see the town, so we were fortunate to have two nights there. Our hostel (YOHO) was great – well-kept, clean rooms with the best showers we’ve seen in a hostel yet, daily showings of the Sound of Music and a bar that serves authentic Austrian food – it was time to try that infamous Weiner Snitzel!

Places to check out include the Mirabell Platz with the gardens and palace (home to the Pegasus statue in the Sound of Music, where the Von Trapp children sang Do Re Mi), the Salzburg Dome (light, cheerful and open – one of the better churches I have seen), St Peter’s Abbey and Cathedral, the Hohensalzburg fortress and the main street “Getreidegrasse” is home to Mozart’s birthplace.

A Segway tour (€60/2hours) took us to the various filming locations of the Sound of Music including the Benedictine Convent Nannberg, the gazebo, and the houses that were used as the front and backs of the Von Trapp house. After the tour we indulged in some delectable apple strudel and cheesecake at Fingerlos, a café where everything on the menu was deliciously mouth-watering! To burn off those treats we climbed the 636m Kapuzinerberg hill to Franziski-Schlossl for an amazing view of the other side of the city.

I also made a video, check it out here.

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