Churches on every street // The interior of Salzburg's cathedral, awe-inspiring // Walking in a winter wonderland // The view down the river // Decoration on the Cathedral's doors, restored and replaced after the bombings during World War 2 // Sunset over the old fortress // A view of the fortress from below // Cityscape
I really liked Salzburg. And not just because I got to indulge my childhood dreams of visiting Sound of Music fans (and singing "How do you solve a problem like Maria" really loudly). There was something very calm and collected about the city. It is small and therefore manageable, but because it has a few universities, a thriving tourist industry and also a sense of local Austrian culture it never felt claustrophobic or cluttered. Shopping on the main street was diverse and yielded fantastic results - handmade chocolate with crystallised violets and that mango coat I was obsessed with 4 months ago ! - there was so much to see, including trips out of the city to the lakes and the salt mines, the people were friendly, the history was fascinating and, perhaps most importantly, the food was nothing short of fantastic. We had a couple of really great meals - classic Austrian food done really well. I downloaded the Wallpaper guide before I left and it was extremely well-edited. We followed it like a bible (literally, it could find you even without internet, so that's a big plus) and one of the restaurants it suggested ended up being a perfect meal, long and never-ending, with lots of wine and delicious food. I can't wait to get back to Salzburg again, so long, farewell!