Salzburg, Austria

I loved Salzburg and would definitely come back to visit. Here are some of my favorite memories.

Walk Old Town 

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There are so many great sites to see! We usually start getting our bearings by walking around the city. We started at Mozartplatz, made stops at the many cathedrals/churches, Kapitelplatz, St. Peter’s Cemetery, plus many more!

 

 

Visit Hohensalzburg Fortress 

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You’ll have some great views of the entire city! You can choose to ride the funicular or walk. If you can, walk. It’s a steep, but quick walk. Think of the extra calories burned as you’re making your way up 🙂

 

 

 

Walk through the Mirabell Gardens 

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I love flower beds, especially a variety of colors. The garden is stunning and you’ll also get a great view up to the Hohensalzburg Fortress. It’s also where they filmed some scenes of the Sound of Music.

 

 

Visit the Salzburg Cathedral 

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It’s huge! 330 feet long and 230 feet tall. It has great detail and is beautiful to walk through. Sunday Mass is supposed to be a musical spectacle. I believe it – it has five organs!

 

 

 

Have a beer at Augustiner Bräustübl

DSC_0605It’s a large, fun beer garden with a food court. I wasn’t wowed by the food, but the beer was good.

 

 

 

 

“It’s Worth It” Food 

Cafe Sacher 

DSC_0620DSC_0614Now, everyone raves about the famous chocolate torte. I liked the mini version. Less calories & you get a taste of it. I ended up splitting the normal slice later in the trip in Vienna and it was a little dry. I did end up trying a different cake and it was worth every bite!

 

Lunch or Dinner at Zirkelwirt (or both!)

DSC_0784cordonGreat authentic Austrian food. I tried the Cordon Bleu and the traditional Austrian meal of roasted pork, bread dumplings and sauerkraut! Both are perfect to split with someone. The goulash soup was also excellent!

 

 

Venice

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Take the water taxi into the city.

There are a few options to get into the city from the airport, but we found the water taxi was the easiest. We purchased tickets in the airport right next to baggage claim for 15 euro a piece. It’s about a 10 minute walk to the dock from the airport. There are private water taxis but they are expensive! Save your euro! Before you leave for your trip, be sure to know what stop you need to get off at. You can find out by usually checking your hotel’s website.

Other tips: choose your museums wisely because they add up quickly! We chose to visit the Accademia. It’s packed with highlights of the Venetian Renaissance and is known as Venice’s top art museum.

Visit St. Mark’s Basilica 

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Wow, what a beauty! You can’t take pictures inside the cathedral, but enjoy the gold dome, mosaic tiles and the small museum once you get inside.

 

 

 

For a nice view, go to the top of the Bell Tower (Campanile di San Marco)

DSC_0259We did this right before sunset. It was nice! The lines to get in took some time, but it wasn’t awful. Plus, it’s a great view from the top!

 

 

 

 

Tour the Grand Canal 

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When we were there, it was packed with other tourists. Therefore, the gondola rides lost it’s charm because we would see six+ boats riding one after the other down the canal. Gondola rides charge about 80-100 euro. If you’re by yourself or with one other person, it’s a steep price. Team up with other people to lower the cost. Also, crowds die down later in the day/early evening so by going later in the day, you won’t feel like you’re in an assembly line riding down the canal with other tourists. We jumped on the water taxi early in the morning (8 AM) and really enjoyed the view! It was quiet and peaceful. Plus, we only had a few other people on the boat!

Enjoy some Gelato 

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Of course, you have to have some gelato while in Italy! We enjoyed a scoop at IL Doge.

 

 

 

 

Wander the City 

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This is such a great city to explore on foot. Enjoy the many narrow alleys, shops, different views of the canal and wander the city until you get lost. It happened to us, but we stumbled upon some great things like the Bridge of Sighs, Rialto Bridge and some cute shops!

 

 

Visit the “library” from Indiana Jones 

DSC_0068It was originally a medieval or Renaissance church. We weren’t able to see anything inside because it was closed off. Taber’s a big fan of Indiana Jones!