Austria

 


Salzburg


STAY

Our lovely room at Hotel Stadtkrug. 

BOUTIQUE HOTEL AM DOM Found right in the middle of Old Town, next to the cathedral, this hotel is in a perfect location. With 15 unique rooms, decorated with modern pop art, the 800 year old townhouse is the perfect mix of old and new.

HOTEL STADTKRUG  We absolutely loved our stay at this hotel that dates back 800 years (read more about our stay here). The hotel is very centrally located just across the river from Old Town. The family-run boutique hotel is as charming as it is gorgeous and we can’t wait to return here someday soon.

MEININGER SALZBURG  We always love to recommend Meininger properties if you’re looking for more budget-friendly accommodation. We enjoyed a lovely stay at the Meininger Vienna and know they uphold the same standard across all their different locations. Also, staying in hostels is a great way to meet fellow travelers!

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RESTAURANT ZUE FESTUNG HOHENSALZBURG  With epic views of the Austrian Alps, this is a great spot to warm up aftertouring the fortress and admiring the views of Salzburg. With Glühwein (hot wine) and traditional Austrian dishes, this is one of our favorites spots when taking a break from the chilly weather outside.

BURGSCHENKE TAVERN  This tavern also has remarkable views overlooking Salzburg. Take a scenic 10 minute walk or take the cable car up to the restaurant and grab a bite to eat while watching the sunset over the Alps.

CHRISTMAS MARKETS The highlight of our Salzburg trip was perusing the Christmas Markets in Old Town. We warmed up with mugs of hot wine, Austrian baked potatoes, and pumpkin soup in bread bowls. We ended the evening ice skating in a snow flurry to holiday tunes surrounded by the gorgeous historical buildings of Salzburg.

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Twilight views from the Fortress 

 OLD TOWN SALZBURG Wander along the winding alley ways of the historic Old Town while dipping in charming boutiques and warm, cozy restaurants. The best part about the Old Town is it’s walkability, you can see it all in a very short time!

SALZBURG FORTRESS (FESTUNG HOHENSALZBURG)  Walk or take the cable car up hill for incredible views of Old Town Salzburg on one side along with the Alps on the other. Bring your tripod and wait until the twinkling lights of the town start to shimmer when the sun goes down.

MIRABELL PALACE AND GARDENS Stroll through the pristine gardens, a must-see for all Sound of Music fans! The castle looms proudly in the background on the hill. A better stop on your list for the spring rather than winter.


SIDE TRIP: HALLSTATT, AUSTRIA 


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Take note, this is not the easiest destination to get to, but after a few bus rides, you will arrive in the tiny but enchanting village of Hallstatt. It was a bit of a ghost town when we visited (the tourist season ends in October) with only a few restaurants open, but that gave us the opportunity to wander the winding roads through town without the normal crowds. It was one of the highlights of our trip and we would highly recommend visiting this village while passing through Austria.

 


INNSBRUCK


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Old Town Innsbruck 

HOTEL SCHWARZER ADLER  This hotel holds 500 years of history in its walls with a gorgeous Austrian exterior. Its located in the center of Old Town with surrounding views of the Alps and a lively bar downstairs. None of the 40 rooms are alike, offering a very boutique and unique experience for each guest! 

HOSTEL MARMOTA Hostel Marmota a lively and fun hostel located on a quiet road outside of the center of town. Our favorite part was the communal kitchen and big lounge area, it was always bustling with other travelers from all over the world. The hostel sits at the base of a mountain so on a clear day you can see the giant Alps basically at your doorstep. We spontaneously cooked a makeshift Thanksgiving dinner here (with no oven!) and enjoyed it with people from all over. 

NBAERENWIRTH Boasting spectacular views of the Alps, this hotel is surrounded by hundreds of slopes for skiing and snow sports. With a garden and sun terrace, this is a great place to enjoy a hot coffee after a long day on the mountain. 

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Epic views at the top of Nordkette, where Cloud 9 Igloo Bar is located. 

LICHTBLICK 360° This bar, restaurant and cafe offers anything you might fancy (cocktails, appetizers, a full meal) along with a killer panoramic view of Innsbruck (which we always will fancy). Indoor and outdoor seating are available, and the bar prices are reasonable. Its located past the shops near Rathaus and up the lift to the 7th (8th by US standards) floor.

BREAKFAST CLUB Whether you’re craving a proper brunch or a post-club late night snack, Breakfast Club is for you! They have a huge menu featuring all sorts of breakfast foods at very affordable prices. It’s small but centrally located, so grab your travel buddies and get your brunch on. 

CLOUD 9 IGLOO BAR As if being at the top of the Austrian Alps isn’t entertaining enough, why not go party in a massive igloo while you’re up there? Known as the largest igloo in all of the Alps, Cloud 9 is re-built each ski season (its open from the end of December through early April) and offers a live DJ, cocktails and outdoor lounge chairs for the most amazing après ski experience imaginable. 

DIE WILDERIN Located in the heart of Old Town, this is the perfect spot to enjoy a traditional Tyrolean meal. The restaurant is small but charming, so its best to get a reservation beforehand if possible. The food is local, authentic and the prices won’t break the bank. Guten Appetit!

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Houses along Mariahilf Street 

INNSBRUCKER NORDKETTENBAHNEN This was the collective favorite activity of our Innsbruck trip. We took the 3 part cable car trek to the top of the Nordkette mountain, with staggering 360° views of the capital of the Alps on one side and Tyrol’s most extensive conservation area on the other. After the 3rd cable car, we found ourselves high above the clouds just in time for an unforgettable sunset. Don’t let gloomy weather in the valley discourage you, it is definitely worth the trip up. Pile on a few extra layers, it was easily 15 degrees (°F) colder at the top than in the valley. Conveniently catch the cable car from the center of town at Congress Station for 33 Euros. 

ALTSTADT INNSBRUCK  The Altstadt (Old Town) of Innsbruck is over 500 years old and has retained every ounce of charm along the way. A myriad of modern restaurants, beautiful hotels and boutiques are waiting to be discovered in the narrow cobblestone alleys of this central area.

MARIAHILF STREET  The iconic, colorful row of pastel houses along the Inn River a the base of the Alps are not to be missed. Easily accessible to the Old Town, the best views are on the opposite side of the river.


SIDE TRIP: HALL IN TIROL


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Old Town Hall in Tirol

This charming little village is located just 5km away from Innsbruck in the Tyrol district of Austria. It has one of the best preserved historic cores in Austria, salt mining in the Middle Ages transformed it into a thriving cultural center for the region. Its size makes Hall perfect for an afternoon trip from Innsbruck, you can see the entire city center between an early lunch and late afternoon cappuccino at one of the many charming restaurants.