europe: salzburg, austria

Munich - Neuschwanstein Castle - Salzburg - Hallstatt - Graz



Salzburg is the closest Austrian city from Munich. It took me a 2-hour train ride from Munich Hauptbahnhof (central train station). My main objective was to visit Hallstatt, so I decided to stop in a city like what I did in Munich. (Yes, maybe I’m not a city girl. Or again, maybe, sometimes I’m not.)

And if you’re Asian, don’t worry, you will never feel homesick cos so many of us roam around the city in groups! :P

Train Ride
Booked online and ahead of time through Go Euro website. Train operated by DB. Direct ride from Munich Hauptbahnhof to Salzburg Hauptbahnhof.

Accommodation
Booked a bed in a 6-bed female dorm room at A&O Salzburg Hauptbahnhof. The building is just a 5-minute walk from the train station making it convenient. The room was spacious and very clean. I was the only person in the room until my first roommate Sonia from Hong Kong came in and destroyed my idea of a peaceful night (I miss you Sonia! 😄)

Getting Around Salzburg
I bought a 24hr Salzburg Card on the tourist info center at the train station. It costs EUR25 during winter. I used it for bus and train rides to and from my hostel and museums. Since it was snowing really hard during my day there, the card kept me warm inside the tourist places and I found it worthwhile. I went to the Hohensalzburg Fortress, the Mirabell Palace and Gardens, Mozart’s Birthplace (a must-visit!), and Mozart’s family residence to name a few (actually, it was a very jam-packed day!).

A train ride from my hostel to the city center was EUR4 one-way.

Food
It IS hard to find warm food in Europe. And since I was really hungry after my train ride from Munich and craved REAL food (not another croissant and coffee meal nor McDonald’s), I googled and found a fried chicken place called Barenwirt. I ordered the half deep fried chicken with salad which costed around EUR18. I know, expensive, but I felt like I deserved it. It made me miss food back home which frankly tastes better and sooo much cheaper (sorry, but it was true :P).

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Travel video below!
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Typical winter weather
At the wintry Mirabell Gardens
Chicken at Barenwirt
Atop Festung Hohensalzburg
You don't know how windy, rainy, snowy, and cold it was that day
The Salzburg Bull - massive organ inside the Fortress
So pretty
Sad isn't it?
Mozart's Birthplace
Haus der Natur
Mozart's Family Residence
Need to go back in Spring/Summer for more colors!

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