The Salzburg Hills are Alive

Salzburg, Austria

Have you ever arrived at a destination only to be so surprised by the majestic beauty that you’re at a loss for words? When I walked across the bridge into the heart of Salzburg, I was in shock. Hohensalzburg Fortress hung over the city and was an awakening of the senses. Powerful and grand from a distance, the Hohensalzburg Fortress is a real eye-catcher on the high baroque towers of the city. With bells literally ringing, I stared up at the fortress walls in awe. I had to go up!

I effortlessly reached the fortress by using the Cable Railway. (As an insider’s tip, try to get in the first cart for the best views.) It’s free to use if you have the Salzburg Card and it only takes a minute to reach the top. The panoramic view is extraordinary and offers fantastic vistas of the city and the surrounding mountains.

When I got off of the railway, I walked left for a view of the city. I had a general idea of direction from a bird’s eye view and stayed there taking photos for at least 20 minutes. I couldn’t believe I had so little knowledge of how beautiful it is. I was instantly grateful it was part of my trip.

Salzburg City Center

On the other side, I walked by a restaurant and down a flight of steps. I came around the corner to this:

Mountain view from Hohensalzburg Fortress, Salzburg

Mountain view from Hohensalzburg Fortress, Salzburg

Can you believe it? Isn’t it stunning! There were benches and free WiFi. I stayed for two hours.

Mountain view from Hohensalzburg Fortress, Salzburg

Finally, my nose was icy cold and my hands were tingly. I had to leave. If I have some free time tomorrow, I will spend it here. The mountain is alive with light and sound.

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54 thoughts on “The Salzburg Hills are Alive

  1. I love the areas you’re going through in Austria. I went on a guided tour through Germany and Austria, and seeing you going through the same territory is bringing back some great memories. I hope you made it to Mozart’s birthplace, too.

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  2. Salzburg is my favorite city I’ve ever visited. Like you, I was fascinated by the fortress. In the one picture above you’re standing in almost the exact same spot as I was for one of my photos, though you had a much clearer day than I did. 🙂

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  3. I was there this summer! The city is absolutely gorgeous. Check out the M21 restaurant! You have to pay to use the elevator to get up through the mountain, but the view of the city is spectacular!

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  4. Took some of these very same pictures when I was in Salzburg and even did the The Sound of Music tour which I was skeptical about at first but I was glad I did it. I loved every minute of Salzburg even if I did not visit Mozart’s house. I was told that the house in the middle of that lawn was the executioner’s house back in the day and that’s why nobody lived around him because who would want to live next to the executioner?

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  5. Thank you so much for the great memories via these photos. Visited a few times, while stationed in Germany, in the 60s. Still as beautiful as ever. Great place to visit. So much history. Blessings.

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  6. I love Salzburg, it is one of the only cities I have visited more than once in Europe- I like to see new places, but Salzburg is so wonderful it merited a second visit. 🙂

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  7. Oh I am just dying! First Vienna and now Salzburg- I love Austria -so- much. The history of it all, I really just melt into it! I remember seeing Mozart’s house in Salzburg for the first time and barely knew what to do with myself. Glad to see you are enjoying your adventure!

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  8. I love how when you walk along the Salzach, you could sometimes literally hear music floating in the air from the Mozarteum classroom windows. And little Austrian fraus with their hats on their bicycles…gemütlichkeit.

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  9. Lovely city and the Austrians were wonderful people to visit with. Much more relaxed and easy going than their neighbors to the north. The Germans warmed up once you got to know them. Hope you had a chance to take in the salt mines, too. Enjoy!

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  10. Stunning photos of a place I don’t think I ever thought of as a destination but as usual, you have made me want to take off and visit right away. The opulence and openess of the city and the views are unbelievable. I love to be surprised and awed and this looks like a place that you feel that way everywhere you look. You look happy. Great job.

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  11. Sweet reminder of Salzburg and Austria in general. I only went there initially because I’m a sucker for the Sound of Music, but there is so much more to enjoy than “just” the memories of my favorite movie.

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  12. Free wi-fi in that part of the world is a treasure! Salzburg looks beautiful in the spring. I really enjoyed the Mozart Balls there last summer – look for the ones in silver foil!

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