These are a few of my favorite things.—Oscar Hammerstein II
Today was our last day in Salzburg. It definitely has a few of my favorite things I look for when I tour a city…historic buildings, narrow streets, scenery, wonderful vistas, and good food. If you are looking for these few things, go to Salzburg, Austria.
We began our day with coffee on the deck, viewing the Alps, had an impromptu breakfast, and then said good-bye to our rental house owner in Golling an der Salzach. It was a wonderful place for us to stay.
We arrived back in Salzburg and I wanted a mid-morning snack. I found the perfect hold-me-over till lunch at a small bakery near Mirabell Gardens, called Resch & Frisch. It has a big picture of Mozart, so it is easy to find. I did some research on this place and found that it is part of a larger corporation. Nevertheless the croissant and pretzel I purchased here was very, very good. We shared it on the walk over to Old Town.
We found a wonderful, intimate Vietnamese cafe in Old Town. It is called Wokman Natural Kitchen. Some older guides may list it as Pho 18. The pho was so good here. We dined al fresco and they were able to accommodate all of us and our three strollers.
We meandered through Old Town for a bit after lunch and then headed up the big hill to the Hohensalzburg Fortress.
This fortress sits high atop Salzburg. Like a guardian angel, it watches over the city below. It was built in 1077 as a protection for the principality and archbishops from attacks. It has never been taken over… except now, by tourists. There are amazing views of the city and of the Alps from this fortress.
On the way back down, we stopped for a break at a small cafe that seemed to be built into the wall. I could not find the name of this little place, but the location was fantastic. We ate at a table tucked into a little cranny on the walk to the castle. The sausage and cheese plate with olives were very good.
We made our way back across the Salzach River and found a nice place to eat our evening meal. We dined at Zum fidelin Affen. We ate inside since it was becoming very windy outside. The restaurant had dark paneling and was cozy. I had more wild garlic soup and Austrian goulash with a dumpling. The entree was good, but a little heavy.
All in all it was a good last day in Salzburg. Now on to Innsbruck, but first a night at a castle!
First stop…a cheese croissant and a pretzel with mustard.
I can’t describe how good this pho is at Wokman Natural Kitchen.
Bicycles were everywhere…very European.
Outdoor cafe taken from our outdoor cafe.
Hohensalzburg Fortress sits above Salzburg. Did we really walk up there with three children under 2-yrs old?
Yes, we did. A most major accomplishment. This is part of the walk up to Hohensalzburg Fortress.
The following are views from the walk up to the fortress…
The view from Hohensalzburg Fortress.
A great place for a rest and a plate of sausage and cheese on the way up or down from the fortress.
We loved the owl cushions.
The entrance to the small cafe on the way to the fortress.
Church towers in the late afternoon sun in Salzburg.
Crossing the Salzach River for the last time on the Makartsteg Footbridge.
We had a cozy dinner at Zum fidelen Affen.
The last bowl of wild garlic soup, a very good memory of Salzburg.
Austrian goulash with a large dumpling for my entrée.
One final good-bye to beautiful Salzburg.