Salzburg and Vienna – Christmas markets and more

The hills are alive with the sound of music here in Salzburg. It’s been a long time since I was 16 going on 17 but this town that’s steeped in the Von Trapps, Mozart, good coffee, apple strudel and chocolate is most pleasant.

Two hours by Flix bus from Munich, we arrived to light snow, a glorious carpet of white and temperatures that tested the thermals. Our small hotel in the Old Town was very comfortable with impeccable service and a restaurant that served up excellent wiener schnitzel (veal please) and Austrian red wine. Yes, we felt very much at home in the Elefant Family Business Hotel.

Salzburg is home to some fabulous Christmas markets and we spent three days immersing ourselves in all this town’s good stuff.

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Mozart Platz
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Hohensalzburg Fortress in the background
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View from the fortress on a surprisingly fine Salzburg day
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Cafe Tomaselli serves up this fine apple strudel

Vienna, Austria’s grand capital was our next port of call. Home to the mighty Hapsburg Empire until the end of WWI, Vienna showcases grandeur and opulence in torrents. In December, it’s well and truly decked out for Christmas and it seems like everyone wants a piece of this vibrant city.

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We stayed at the rather traditional Pension Suzanne near this vibrant Vienna corner
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Seriously gorgeous is Cafe Gerstner.
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Not my photo – but go upstairs for a wonderful Viennese cafe experience
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St Stephens Cathedral
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In the spirit of Christmas, we attended a Christmas concert inside the Cathedral – I purchased tickets online before I arrived in Vienna
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‘Are these real?’ I asked the Christmas tree seller. They sure are – so perfect, so green, so sweet smelling.
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Christmas markets grace the front of stately buildings
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More Christmas markets in fabulous locations
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Hofburg Palace – on a grand scale
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Hofburg Palace
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Never tired of the stunning architecture in this city
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Vienna’s stunning Cafe Central – we had a long and lazy lunch here and it was perfect
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Schonbrunn Palace – it’s worth highlighting that you need to book tickets in advance for the timed tour. We didn’t, so missed out on seeing inside.

We liked what we saw in Austria. Salzburg and Vienna are absolutely worth exploring. In fact, there’s a lot here and we only touched the tip of the iceberg during our one week.

I’ve talked up Flix bus in previous posts. It’s a German run company and their services throughout Europe are extensive and efficient. Flix now offers trains and like the buses, can be booked quickly and easily on their user friendly website or app. Of course for any train travel, check out maninseat61.com

Next stop for us is Nuremburg.

7 thoughts on “Salzburg and Vienna – Christmas markets and more

  1. We were just in Germany and Austria for the Christmas Markets as well. I came upon your blog and I’m so impressed. How do you upload so many high resolution photos? I opt for the low res because the wifi in European hotels is slow in the evenings.

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    1. I have no idea about hi and low res – sorry. For this latest trip, I’ve written the blogs after my trip so am loading up pics back in Oz. Usually though I write and load pics wherever I am travelling and haven’t had too many issues – maybe Iran for a short time. We loved our Christmas trip – very different to the scorching weather and bushfires here.

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