Cue The Sound of Music soundtrack: I ventured to Salzburg for a day trip this weekend. No, I did not take the famous Julie Andrews picture, sorry to disappoint. However, I walked through some of the filming locations. I also toured a fortress in the mountains and ate some delicious food.
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While Salzburg is a city, it feels like a rural town. This is due to the beautiful Alps and the mountains throughout the town. I found myself accidentally climbing up a mountain while I was exploring Old Town. How do you accidentally climb up a mountain you may ask? Well, I noticed an alley that had stairs and looked particularly pretty. So, I decided to walk that way and see what was at the end. Surprise, the “alley” turned out to be a hike to the top of a mountain. I saw houses, a church, and a nature preserve on my hike up the mountain.
After making my way down from the mountain, I refueled with some local cuisine. I found a restaurant that serves gluten free pizza and pasta, which is uncommon in Austria. As someone who eats gluten free, this was a must-try. The pizza was so good that I returned for my next meal and ordered the gluten free spaghetti. After that, I walked around Old Town some more and ordered gelato. I must say, Salzburg has the most divine gelato I’ve tasted. The best news is that it’s also cheap. You can buy a cup of gelato for well under 2 euros.
There are two options to reach the fortress in Salzburg. You can either take a nice long hike up the mountain or you can ride the funicular. Since I already checked an accidental hike off my list, I opted for number two. I can officially check riding on a funicular off my bucket list! On the way up, I saw the breathtaking skyline of the city. The fortress has countless rooms displaying historical artifacts ranging from gold coins to war gear. Perhaps the most unique room is the puppet history room. This room displays various types of puppets and even has a display of the famous Von Trapp family.