Experience Salzburg from up high

Salzburg is one of the most photogenic cities that I know of. Even though I’ve already been living here for a couple of years now, I still sometimes stand at one of the city’s viewpoints and catch myself thinking that it looks like a beautiful painting. Always amazed that the city scenery in front of me is real.

Here are some of my favourite spots to take photos of this beautiful city:

Mönchsberg

Right behind the Salzburg Cathedral, there’s a small pathway going up Mönchsberg, called Bierjodlgasse. Keep on walking up until you’re close to the fork and turn towards the city.

The best views over the city of Salzburg

View from Mönchsberg

If you keep on heading up Bierjodlgasse and turn left at the fork, the trail will lead you around the mountain to the other side of the Mönchsberg. After walking through the archway, you’ll have an amazing panoramic view over parts of the city and the southern mountain range including Untersberg.

Untersberg - View from Mönchsberg in Winter

Untersberg

There is another lookout that is located a bit further up on Mönchsberg. You can reach this point from different sides, depending where you walked up the mountain. It’s called Richterhöhe. You have a beautiful view over to Fortress Hohensalzburg on one side and to the other side, you’ve a view over parts of the city and the mountains around it.

You can get to there by either walking up the stairs going up from Müllner Hauptstraße (located on the same height as Müllnersteg) and then following the street until you see Hotel Schloss Mönchstein to your right. There’ll be a small trail going left from the main road.

You can see Kapuzinerberg, parts of Gaisberg to your left and then in front of it and further to the right, the heart of the old town and then Mönchsberg with Fortress Hohensalzburg on top of it.

Kapuzinerberg

This is one of the best spots to see the sunset in Salzburg! Coming up Linzer Gasse from the river Salzach, you’ll see a big archway to your right. Walk the path up until you reach the Kapuzinerkloster (monastery). The lookout where this photo was taken will be on your right. Enjoy a view over the old town and the “other” landmark mountain, the Mönchsberg.

Sunset from Kapuzinerberg

Sunset from Kapuzinerberg

Schloss Mirabell

The stunning beauty of the Mirabellgarten is always worth a visit, no matter the season. At the one end of the garden, there are a couple of stairs. Climb them to have a beautiful view over the gardens with the Mönchsberg and Fortress Hohensalzburg in the background. That’s what we call a photo opp!

Mirabellgarten

Mirabellgarten in Salzburg

Salzach

Coming from the old town, keep walking towards Müllnersteg with the river, Salzach, to your right. The view is already beautiful on the way to the bridge but you’ll surely get the best view and pictures on the bridge itself.

View from Müllnersteg

View from Müllnersteg

Our Top 5 Christmas Markets in Salzburg

It’s almost that time of the year again. I don’t know about you but I certainly love that month before Christmas when it’s starting to get a little colder outside, maybe a few first snowflakes have fallen. The city has its light decorations on. I can hear the Christmas songs from the ice skate track around the corner and when I walk through the city, the lovely smell of Glühwein follows me around.

It also means, it is time for the Christmas Markets again!

And Salzburg does really have a couple of beautiful ones to offer. Here are the ones I like best:

Advent Magic in Hellbrunn

From November 22 to December 24

One of the most romantic Christmas Markets is definitely the Hellbrunner Adventzauber in the courtyard of the castle.

Polaroid Of Christmas OrnamentsDuring the Advent time, an enchanted forest with over 400 coniferous trees is created around the castle, decorated with 13.000 red glitter balls and fairy lights. A must see!

Advent Market St.Peter Stiftskulinarium

From November 16 to January 6

The Advent Market in St. Peter is honestly my favorite! When you enter through the stone arch decorated from floor to ceiling with dark green fir branches and fairy lights, you truly have the feeling of entering into another world.

The decoration is made with so much love to detail and magical lights everywhere. This one is not really a market but it does have a delicious Glühwein to offer and sometimes you’ll hear a live band playing and singing in the courtyard. Truly a unique experience!

Advent Market at Franziskischlössl

From December 1 to December 30

The Franziskischlössl is located up on one of Salzburg’s house mountains, the Kapuzinerberg. It’s a really nice and cozy atmosphere up there! During the Advent time, they’ve a little market in their courtyard with local Austrian food products and regional craft works. You can either take a walk up the mountain or take the shuttle that leaves regularly from the entrance on Linzergasse.

Please check the opening hours before going up there. The market is only open on weekends, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm.

Advent Market in the Hohensalzburg (castle) courtyard

From November 22 to December 24

The Advent Market on Hohensalzburg has been part of the pre-Christmas celebrations in Salzburg since over 20 years now. Up on Mönchsberg (another one of Salzburg’s house mountains), under the linden trees in the courtyard of Hohensalzburg, this market has a very special atmosphere.

Salzburg’s Christmas Market

From November 22 to December 26

Taking place on the Dome and Residenz Square, this Christkindlmarkt is the biggest and oldest one in Salzburg. It has already been around for a very long time – earliest mentions go all the way back to the 15th century!

Nutcracker at Christkindlmarkt Salzburg

Photo by Rob Young on Foter.com / CC BY

In the form like it’s known today, it was first hold in 1974. There’s a great program scheduled every day. One of the highlights is the famous “Turmblasen” every Saturday where the tower blasters stand on three towers around the Residenz Square, playing Christmas songs.

You are interested in exploring Austrian Christmas markets with a vintage Polaroid camera? Join us for a tour in Vienna or inquire a private one in Salzburg or Graz!

What To Do? A Day In Salzburg

Salzburg – The Austrian city of Salzburg is very well known for being the birth city of the famous musician and composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Also the place where many scenes of the movie “Sound of Music” play and of course also where the annual Salzburger Festspiele take place. Normally a more quiet city, it can get really busy during the summer months, so my personal recommendation would be to visit Salzburg in spring or autumn time. Today I am taking you on a day through my hometown:

9:30 am – Instant Tours Polaroid Tour

View over Salzburg

View over Salzburg

Rise and shine early birds – in Salzburg our Instant Tours starts already at 9:30 am and of course we’re highly recommending to do it 😉 

The walking tour will take you through beautiful Mirabellgarten, along parts of Linzergasse, through Steingasse and then crossing to the other side of town over Mozartsteg, walking past Mozartplatz, into Getreidegasse and then towards the famous Salzburg dome and a few meters up Mönchsberg where you’ll have a wonderful view over the city and the mountains surrounding it.

So plenty photo opportunities you shouldn’t miss out on 😉 A perfect start to get a good overview of the city. Try a vintage Polaroid camera, create your own unique photo souvenirs and learn more about Salzburg from a local.

12:15 pm – Lunch at Zum Zirkelwirt

After the tour, you’ll surely feel a little hungry, so we recommend to have some delicious Austrian food at Zum Zirkelwirt at Papagenoplatz. A lovely restaurant with a beautiful garden to sit outside during summer times or with very cosy rooms to sit inside during the colder months of the year.

Zum Zirkelwirt Salzburg

Zum Zirkelwirt

02:15 pm – Enjoying Views from Mönchsberg

Festungsbahn Mönchsberg Salzburg

Festungsbahn Mönchsberg Salzburg

With new energy, grab your things and walk along Kaigasse until you reach Kapitelgasse on your right. At the end of that street, you’ll arrive at Kapitelplatz, take a left into Bierjodlgasse where you can either take the Festungsbahn (small train) to go up Mönchsberg or you can keep on walking up Bierjodlgasse and then take a sharp right to follow up the steeper part of Festungsgasse until you reach the entrance of the fortress.

Continue to walk from there. Taking a stroll on Mönchsberg is a nice way to be out in nature, getting some fresh air and explore the beautiful house mountain with beautiful views and lookouts over the city.

4:00 pm – Coffee and Cake at Heart of Joy

Now, if you feel like it’s time for a coffee and cake soon, make your way over to the other side of Mönchsberg. You will arrive at Müllnersteg to cross the Salzach there.

View from Müllnersteg

View from Müllnersteg

Continue walking straight over through the beginning of Mirabellgarten, keep slightly to the left and go into Franz-Josef-Straße where you’ll find the lovely café and restaurant Heart of Joy.

They’ve delicious cake and coffee variations – the perfect place for an afternoon break.

If it’s warm enough, you can sit outside and enjoy the afternoon sun, otherwise there are also enough places inside where you can get comfortable.

5:30 pm – Exploring the Andräviertel

Keep on walking up Franz-Josef-Straße, then turn right into Wolf-Dietrich-Straße. This takes you right through Andräviertel where you’ll find many little shops, galleries, more cafés and bars. It’s a nice laid back part of the city with lots of trees and green, perfect for a stroll around and enjoy one of the calmer parts of the city.

6:30 pm – Sunset at Kapuzinerberg

At the end of Wolf-Dietrich-Straße, you’ll turn right into Linzergasse. Now if you still have space for some ice cream after coffee and cake at Heart of Joy, don’t miss out on the amazing ice cream place Eisgreissler. They make sure that all of their fruit sorts are made out of seasonal and regional ingredients and you’ll find many vegan options in their ice cream menu.

Sunset view from Kapuzinerberg

Sunset view from Kapuzinerberg

If you follow Linzergasse a bit further down, you’ll arrive at a big archway which marks the entrance of the way to go up Kapuzinerberg. Yes, the first bit of the way is pretty steep but it will slow down a little bit after the first curve. And the view over the city from there is just stunning! A great spot to rest for a little and enjoy the sunset over Salzburg.

7:30 pm – Dinner at L’Osteria, Johanneskeller or Die Cabreras

L'Osteria Pasta

© L’Osteria

Time for dinner! 🙂 There are many different options in this area. If you like Italian food, L’Osteria is definitely a great choice! They’ve the biggest pizzas I’ve ever seen and their pasta is also very good!

Otherwise, if you would like to stick to Austrian food, then just go to the restaurant opposite called Johanneskeller. Or there’s a third option for all the Mexican food lovers: Die Cabreras. All of them are just around the corner from Kapuzinerberg.

9:30 pm – Drinks at Alchimiste Belge

The Alchimiste Belge is a special place. As soon as you enter the bar, you don’t have the feeling being in Salzburg anymore. A place where a great variety of people meet. They’ve about 150 different beers to taste from, with the most extravagant flavors. The bar is open 365 days a year from 5:00pm until 01:00am.

Where to stay?

Arte Vida – a charming boutique guesthouse with different rooms and apartments.

Link: https://www.artevida.at/

YoHo International Youth Hostel

Link: https://www.yoho.at/

 

Editor’s note: This entry is not sponsored by any of the places above and reflects the authors opinion