Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Salzburg

Fri Mar 20, 2009 8:56am EDT
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By Michael Roddy

SALZBURG, Austria (Reuters Life!) - Got 48 hours to explore the musical, magical Austrian city of Salzburg?

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a visit to the city that is the birthplace of Mozart, and ground zero for "The Sound of Music."


6 p.m. - Check into your hotel which, in a place with many centuries of hostelry tradition, can be a big part of the experience. At the high end, the Hotel Sacher, which opened in 1866, offers elegance on the banks of the River Salzach, which bisects the town.

In the older part of the city, a few steps away from Mozart's birthplace at 9 Getreidegasse, the rambling but posh "The Goldener Hirsch" hotel celebrated its 600th year in 2007. More modest accommodations offering a warm welcome and a nice price abound around the train station and in the Nonntal area, at the foot of Hohensalzburg Fortress.

8 p.m. - It's hard to go hungry in Salzburg and it is possible to eat well on a budget. For a cheap-eat find, next door to Mozart's birth house and the pricey but excellent restaurant at the "Goldener Hirsch," the "Nordsee" chain offers seafood dishes, from 2 euros ($2.74) and up.

Higher up the food chain, but with great location and good prices, the Bio Wirtshaus Hirschenwirt, behind the Mozart birth house at Saint-Julienstrasse 23, does echt-Austrian wursts, schnitzels, pork cutlets, zander fish and kraut for about 20 euros per person.

10 p.m. - So you've been here four hours (not counting the ludicrously short trip from the airport) and you haven't heard any music? Possibly because you didn't book any tickets?   Continued...

<p>Visitors look at musical instruments displayed at the exhibition "Viva Mozart" celebrating Mozart's 250th birthday in Salzburg's New Residence in this file photo from January 26, 2006. REUTERS/Herwig Prammer</p>