The Sound of Salzburg
You may secretly love The Sound of Music, watch it whenever it’s on the tele, but by god, you won’t be telling anyone it’s one of your favourite things.
That said, you can’t go wrong with a weekend trip to Salzburg, and again if you are London based for your Europe trip, it’s very doable for a one night get away from London with an overnight carry-on bag only.
It’s regional so it’s a quick 15 minutes into town.
The chic spot to stay is the Hotel Stein which is conveniently situated so that you can literally stroll out the front door, across the bridge and right into the old town, the Mozart museum while passing Hermès en route.
The Hotel Stein reopened in 2018 and is the sort of place to feature in a design magazine. It also has one of the hottest see and be seen spots, a rooftop bar with spectacular views to the fortress across the river.
Equally divine but not as convenient is the Villa Auersperg, book a superior Villa Room. It’s like you are living in Salzburg and superbly appointed, spacious and beautifully designed.
The old town is easy to negotiate and filled with designer offerings and local elegance too.
Coffee drinking is part of life in Austria usually accompanied with some Sacher Torte of something else weighed down with cream.
Café Tomaselli is a Biedermeier style salon and classic, don’t miss it.
There is a Sound of Music museum no less, but you will likely be knocked out by a tourist with a selfie stick, so just don’t.
Dinner can be schnitzel, goulash and the like, and if you want it to be quality, then head to Zwettlers.
Something more contemporary and of the moment is a place called Carpe Diem Finest Fingerfood, it really is fine dining Austrian style.
If you want to hear Mozart in the evening, then pre-book something to submerge yourself in what this destination is all about, the soundtrack in fact, unless you’re still humming “The Hills are Alive”.
Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.Ibn Battuta