|St. Peter's Cemetery|
|Inside Fortress Hohensalzburg|
|Mozart's Birth House|
My all time favorite city is Salzburg, Austria. There are so many reasons why I love this city situated at the base of the Alps. First off, it is where my husband asked me to be his wife (good man) but also because this city has everything you need, but without the craziness of a big city. It is the best combination of old and new, with what seems like an old Gothic church on every corner and horse drawn carriages cruising the cobblestone streets.
I first visited Salzburg -best known for it's role in The Sound of Music and the birthplace of Mozart- back in 2005 and had an instant attraction to the city. My husband grew up only 40 minutes from the city center, so whenever we are in Austria, it is a must that we come into the city for a date, tea, to visit friends or go shopping.
There is always something to do in Salzburg. There are farmer's markets, seasonally themed markets, tours, museums, shopping, walks and restaurants to enjoy. It seems the weather is usually the same here in the the non Winter months; partly cloudy with a chance of rain. Even in July ha. But I'll take what I can get. If the weather is nice, I recommend just grabbing some food or bringing a picnic and eating along the river Salzach. Austria is such a well maintained country that even in the larger cities you can notice the cleanliness, making eating in the grassy areas of the city a plus. Also, taking the time to hike the mountain to the Fortress Hohensalzburg is a must do. There is a nice museum within the fortress, and everything is well preserved. But really you can't beat the views of the city from up there.
If you ever have the opportunity to come to Austria or the surrounding countries, I really recommend stopping by Salzburg for a night or two. Grab a giant pretzel (my kid's fav), get your walking shoes on, and enjoy this beautiful, friendly city in -what I believe is- one of the best and most traditional countries in Europe. I promise you won't be disappointed!