Salzburg Day One // Hohensalzburg Fortress and Salzburg Dom

Remember when I went to Salzburg in April and completely fell in love? Well, I went back! I spent five nights in the city- completely alone, might I add- and had the most wonderful time. Of course, I took far too many photos and did too many things so I'm going to split my trip into a post for each day. Hope you like Austria posts because it's going to be Austria week around here! View of Salzburg from Hohensalzburg Fortress Telescope
I landed in Salzburg just before lunchtime and this time decided to make my way into the city using public transport as the airport is so nearby. After finding the bus stop outside the main exit, I hopped on the number 2 bus which took me all the way to the main station. From there, it was an easy 15 minute walk to my hotel. I stayed at the NH Salzburg City which is in a really great location- just a 10 minute (downhill) walk to the main streets- and with friendly, helpful staff. If you're looking for a clean, modern hotel, I really recommend it.
Haidenthaller Salzburg
Once I'd checked in and settled down for a bit, I headed down to explore. The street that leads down towards the city centre is the most gorgeous cobbled road, with interesting shops on either side and traditional iron hanging signs. There's also a small church and cemetery- Sebastiensfriedhof- so I popped in for a little look around on my way.   
Salzburg Horses
Hohensalzburg Fortress Furnicular
I knew the first thing I wanted to do was visit the Hohensalzburg Fortress so I made a beeline for it and used my Salzburg Card to get free entry included a ride up and down in the furnicular, which is one of my favourite things to do in Salzburg. Once I reached the top, I noticed the cafe was open and thought it would be nice to have a chilled Almdudler and apple strudel while overlooking that incredible view. I found a great seat, placed my order, started eating and drinking... and then realised I'd forgotten to get cash out. They did accept card but only on orders above 20 euros. As I was working out what to buy in order to tip my bill over that point (I was planning lots and lots of pretzels to go), I discovered a 10 euro note left over in my purse from Amsterdam. What a relief! Not that buying 10 pretzels would have been a bad thing, necessarily, but it wasn't exactly what I intended to spend my budget on!  
View of Salzburg Salzburg view Instagram Panic over, I set off to explore the fortress. Last time, we didn't have very long to look around so I was glad to be able to have a proper gander. It turns out that around the back is a gorgeous courtyard with whitewashed buildings including shops and restaurants, as well as an additional terrace to look over the city. It was much quieter around here so I had the opportunity to play with my little phone tripod and self timer. All the while, I was making notes on potential OOTD photo locations for future visits and this is definitely a high contender. Look how lovely it is!  White Austrian house Mother Son Mountains Austrian house hanging flower baskets
My Salzburg Card also gave me entry into the fortress museums but as there were long queues and I was tired after my 3am start to the day, I decided to save those for next time. The furnicular station is right next to the Cathedral so I popped in on my way past.

Salzburg cathedral dome Salzburg cathedral organ Salzburg cathedral Jesus ceiling
Inside, it's the most beautiful, ornate place of worship I think I've ever been. Unfortunately, it was severely damaged in an air raid during World War II but the restoration is wonderful. You'd never know that the dome isn't the original 17th Century architecture.
Salzburg cathedral dome architecture Salzburg cathedral candles
By now, I was pretty exhausted so took a slow stroll across the Mozartsteg bridge to walk along the banks of the Salzach River.  Salzburg Mozartsteg Bridge
Salzburg Mozartsteg Hohensalzburg Fortress
Salzburg Austrian Flag
This was a gentle start to what would end up being a jam-packed, exhausting but also absolutely wonderful trip!

I was kindly provided with a Salzburg Card but all opinions are my own

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  1. Such beautiful photos! Makes me want to visit Salzburg so badly! I'm glad you had a great time xx


  3. I'm heading to Austria next year hopefully, so I will definitely be continuing reading your series on your trip to Austria! It will really help for places to visit when me and my friend go!

    Isobel x

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