Salzburg, Austria – Hohensalzburg Fortress

Hi friends, welcome back to my Germany and Austria series 🙂 After leaving Eagles Nest, we drove about forty minutes to Salzburg to return the rental car and check into our hotel. We stayed at Hotel IMlaur Pitter and got a free upgrade to the Double Classic room. It was spacious, clean, and the bed was very comfortable. We only stayed here one night, but I’d definitely stay here again on a return trip. It was a quick walk to the Old Town and about ten minutes from the train station, perfect for us!

We got settled and made a game plan for our twenty-four hours in Salzburg. Our first stop was at ALPZ Gelato & Cafe. This place sits at 36 on the Gelato Festival’s World Ranking of Gelato, so we were excited to check it out. (Here is the full list, might have to make it a goal to try them all) I went with the safe but always delicious choice of Oreo and salted caramel and we think Jon picked the Nutella and salted caramel . They also have very inventive ice cream sundaes we would’ve tried if we were staying here longer.

After satisfying our hanger with delicious gelato, we headed in the direction of the Fortress. It reminded me a bit of the Parthenon in Greece how it’s elevated in the middle of the city.

Jon and I stopped at a few Sound of Music sights that I’ll save for one post, but we loved walking through the Old Town. Wandering through quaint European cities makes me so happy!

We walked past the yellow house where Mozart was born that is now a museum. This picture was taken the following morning before everyone was out and about.

Jon and I took the funicular up to the Hohensalzburg Fortress, it was only 3 euros extra (13 euros a ticket) and saved our legs quite a bit. This fortress spans eight acres and has a few museums you can explore. We went at the end of the day, so we were more interested in the views than the museum. Some museum highlights include marionettes, war paraphernalia, and a history of the fortress.

This fortress was so intimidating looking that it was never attacked until Napoleon came around. Salzburg surrendered without a fight and the fortress has been open to the public since the 1860s.

The views were our favorite part of visiting the fortress.

After viewing the museums, we stayed for the sunset and it was spectacular! There are also restaurants up here that would make for the perfect dinner setting.

For dinner we tried to go to a beer hall, but as you can imagine on a Friday night, it was packed. I was in the mood for something quick, easy, and authentic so I was happy when we stumbled upon this food truck on our way home. We ordered the Bosna, which is like a Salzburg version of a hotdog. It is made with pork sausage between grilled white bread with parsley, mustard, and secret spices. We also got a side of spicy sausage and it was the perfect meal for the night. The Bosna is a famous Salzburg dish, and Balkan-Grill is the original cult-like spot to get it, but with only twenty-four hours in the city, we were very satisfied with this food truck 🙂

Such a beautiful night and city!

That wraps up our first half of Salzburg! Next up is our DIY Sound of Music tour 🙂

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35 thoughts on “Salzburg, Austria – Hohensalzburg Fortress

  1. Salzburg looks amazing, Lyssy. The views of the city and its surroundings are magnificent and no wonder that was your favourite part of visiting the fortress. The Bosna looks delicious and filling, my kind of dinner-on-the-go. I love that you began your tour of the city with a visit to a particular ice cream parlour.

    1. It’s such a cool city! The views were our favorite, we loved being able to see for miles. The Bosna was a good find. We watched a lot of food tours beforehand so we were on the lookout.

  2. Spent 10 here here volunteering at 2006 UCI World Road Race Championships which allowed me to get under this lovely city’s skin. Love your photos Lyssy.

  3. The gelato cones look amazing. Such wonderful views from the fortress. I always enjoy getting a look at a place from a higher elevation or from the water. Thanks for sharing Lyssy. Allan

    1. I’m surprised you haven’t been to Salzburg yet, I know you’d love it! I associate the city with the movie too.

  4. Wow, the views over Salzburg from the museum are absolutely amazing. I’m not surprised this interested you more than the museum itself.

    1. Yes I don’t always have the longest attention span at museums, especially at the end of the day haha. But views I can look at forever 🙂

  5. Seems like you had a wonderful time in Salzburg! I remember visiting on a very gloomy winter day and the views were nothing like this! I can’t wait to go back and explore it a bit longer as we only had a limited time in the city too!

    1. Hope you make it back soon on a nice, clear day! It seems like a good city for a quick trip, but there’s so much to see and do.

  6. We visited Salzburg a few years ago and had such a wonderful time. It looks like you had much better weather than we did. Those gelatos look amaaaaazing. The views from the fortress are stunning.

    1. We got very lucky with weather on our trip! Seems like the last few days of vacation always have the best weather and make you not want to leave. The gelato was amazing as were the views 🙂

  7. Oh MY, those views. I suppose any city with a meandering river, interspersing green fields, and Alps in the distance is going to look magical. I’d describe the fortress itself as “quaint” , at least in its current surroundings; probably not so much back in the day. And what a strange coincidence: the shop “Marionnaude Paris” in the one photo – ladies apparel, I assume – brought to mind the word “marionette”… and then you go and add the next couple of photos. There’s a hidden message there, Lyssy, just not sure what it is 🙂

    1. Salzburg is very quaint! It feels like a storybook town. I wouldn’t want to invade the fortress, but it’s fun to visit for the views nowadays haha. You have a good eye for noticing things in pictures, I bet you were great at I Spy books 🙂

  8. I hope to make a day trip to Salzburg during my next stay in Vienna, your notes are very helpful. Apart from Mozart’s house and the long main street I don’t remember much from my previous short visit.

    1. So glad this post was helpful! Salzburg is such a great city and it’s nice it’s not too big so you can make a day trip out of it.

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