Traveling to Salzburg - Free things to do in the city #photosabroad

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29th Aug 2018
Photo of Traveling to Salzburg - Free things to do in the city #photosabroad by Ajita Mahajan

Salzburg - a heaven on earth.

Salzburg is famous for being the birthplace of Mozart and for the filming of the movie, Sound of Music, but there's so much more than that, that you can see and do for free in the city.

Having spent 3 days in Munich, one of the expensive cities, I was a little reluctant to spend more immediately and wanted to keep my budget in check.

So, when I was drafting out a rough itinerary, I decided between places or experiences that I really wanted to have and the ones that I was okay to miss and spend less.

Travel experience is all about the choices you make!!

STAY AT YOHO HOSTEL

Just a 10-minute walk from the train station, YoHo International was a good budget hostel with clean and comfortable rooms. It had a complimentary bread, butter and jam breakfast with an option to upgrade to a full-fledged breakfast buffet. The staff was also very accommodating and readily gave amazing travel tips for touring the city.

PS: You get a free welcome shot of Apfelstrudel!

Apfelstrudel shot

Photo of YoHo Hostel, Paracelsusstraße, Salzburg, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Day 1

VISIT AN ALPINE SALT MINE

Interestingly Salzburg means, Salt Fortress, and it has been the center of salt extraction for thousands of years. You can visit the salt mine at any of these three places surrounding the city - Hallein, Hallstatt, and Alatausee. The experience will be very similar in all of these places as the tours are organized by a single company.

I went to the mine at Hallein - it was a pretty fun experience, learning about the history of the salt mining business in the city.

Before the tour started, we were given overalls to wear to avoid soiling our own clothes. After that, we rode on a mine train that took us across the Austria-Germany border under the Alps. This was followed by a slide down deeper, under the ground. The tour ended with a boat ride across the briny water lake.

View of the city from the salt mine

Photo of Salzwelten Hallein, Ramsaustraße, Bad Dürrnberg, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

Dressed in overalls

Photo of Salzwelten Hallein, Ramsaustraße, Bad Dürrnberg, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

Train taking us around the salt mine

Photo of Salzwelten Hallein, Ramsaustraße, Bad Dürrnberg, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

Inside the caves

Photo of Salzwelten Hallein, Ramsaustraße, Bad Dürrnberg, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

Salt Deposits

Photo of Salzwelten Hallein, Ramsaustraße, Bad Dürrnberg, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

In addition to all these rides, you can also be more experimental, and actually taste the water inside the caves. And if you are lucky enough, you can also get a salt crystal from the mine to take home as a personalized memento.

Salt water to taste

Photo of Traveling to Salzburg - Free things to do in the city #photosabroad by Ajita Mahajan

Salt Crystal I brought back home!

Photo of Traveling to Salzburg - Free things to do in the city #photosabroad by Ajita Mahajan

Depending on the mine you chose to visit, you can plan to accommodate touring the nearby areas as well. At Hallein, you can also visit the Celtic village located right next to the salt mine and get an experience of the old Celtic times.

Photo of Traveling to Salzburg - Free things to do in the city #photosabroad by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Traveling to Salzburg - Free things to do in the city #photosabroad by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Traveling to Salzburg - Free things to do in the city #photosabroad by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Traveling to Salzburg - Free things to do in the city #photosabroad by Ajita Mahajan

TOUR HOHENSALZBURG FORTRESS AND THE SURROUNDING GARDENS

I am a sunset lover and what better way to watch the sun go down - magnificent city views and the picturesque Alps in the background.

You can either hike up or take a funicular to reach the fortress. I preferred walking, and I swear the views kept getting better as I climbed up.

Salzburg Cathedral

Photo of Fortress Hohensalzburg, Mönchsberg, Salzburg, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

Hike to the fortress

Photo of Fortress Hohensalzburg, Mönchsberg, Salzburg, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Fortress Hohensalzburg, Mönchsberg, Salzburg, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

Fortress view from the garden

Photo of Fortress Hohensalzburg, Mönchsberg, Salzburg, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Fortress Hohensalzburg, Mönchsberg, Salzburg, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

Fortress during sunset

Photo of Fortress Hohensalzburg, Mönchsberg, Salzburg, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

If you continue to walk straight towards Mönchsberg and not turn towards the fortress, you'll reach the gardens.

Instead of going towards the fortress, take the opposite direction for gardens

Photo of Traveling to Salzburg - Free things to do in the city #photosabroad by Ajita Mahajan

Towards Gardens

Photo of Traveling to Salzburg - Free things to do in the city #photosabroad by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Traveling to Salzburg - Free things to do in the city #photosabroad by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Traveling to Salzburg - Free things to do in the city #photosabroad by Ajita Mahajan

Now there are two reasons to go to gardens first and watch the sunset from there, one, it is far less crowded than the fortress, and the views are definitely unbeatable, second, you get a free entry inside the fortress after 7:00 pm(so if you want to save on some money!!).

Incredible views from the gardens

Photo of Traveling to Salzburg - Free things to do in the city #photosabroad by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Traveling to Salzburg - Free things to do in the city #photosabroad by Ajita Mahajan

Hohensalzburg fortress at night

Photo of Traveling to Salzburg - Free things to do in the city #photosabroad by Ajita Mahajan

Inside the fortress

Photo of Traveling to Salzburg - Free things to do in the city #photosabroad by Ajita Mahajan

City and Hills view from the fortress

Photo of Traveling to Salzburg - Free things to do in the city #photosabroad by Ajita Mahajan

City views from the inside fortress

Photo of Traveling to Salzburg - Free things to do in the city #photosabroad by Ajita Mahajan

ENJOY OPEN-AIR OPERA PERFORMANCE ON A BIG SCREEN

I was lucky enough to be in the city during the Siemens fest. The fest runs for 5 weeks (from July-August), during which the selected concerts and opera productions are shown on a big screen in Kapitelplatz. So just reach before the screening starts and grab a seat for yourself.

Photo of Kapitelplatz, Salzburg, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Day 2

WALK AROUND OLD TOWN SALZBURG

Take the Love Lock bridge to go across the Salzach river and to the city center. Spend some time roaming around the streets, and see places including, Mozart's birthplace, old market square, Salzburg Cathedral, and Kapitelplatz (with a giant chess board placed on the road).

Love lock bridge

Photo of Love Locks Bridge Salzburg, Makartsteg, Salzburg, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Love Locks Bridge Salzburg, Makartsteg, Salzburg, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Salzach by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Salzach by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Alter Markt, Salzburg, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

Chessboard and man on an orbit in Kapitelplatz

Photo of Kapitelplatz, Salzburg, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Kapitelplatz, Salzburg, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Kapitelplatz, Salzburg, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Kapitelplatz, Salzburg, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Kapitelplatz, Salzburg, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Kapitelplatz, Salzburg, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Kapitelplatz, Salzburg, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Mozart's Birthplace, Getreidegasse, Salzburg, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Alter Markt, Salzburg, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

VISIT MIRABELL PALACE AND IT'S GARDENS - FREE TOUR

Fun fact - A few clips of the "Do, Re, Mi" song from the movie Sound of Music are shot in the Mirabell Gardens.

I was not able to roam around the Mirabell gardens because it was raining outside, but I have read great things about it - the statues, fountains, and the landscaping that is done.

In your urge to relax in the gardens, do not forget to tour the Mirabell Palace. A grand palace with baroque architecture and angel statues adorning the 3-level staircase. You can also take a look inside the Marble Hall which is now used for weddings.

Photo of Mirabell Palace, Mirabellplatz, Salzburg, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Mirabell Palace, Mirabellplatz, Salzburg, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

Adorned Staircase

Photo of Mirabell Palace, Mirabellplatz, Salzburg, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Mirabell Palace, Mirabellplatz, Salzburg, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Mirabell Palace, Mirabellplatz, Salzburg, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Mirabell Palace, Mirabellplatz, Salzburg, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

Marble Hall

Photo of Mirabell Palace, Mirabellplatz, Salzburg, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

As you continue to explore the city

Dine in cozy cafes of Salzburg!!

Photo of Traveling to Salzburg - Free things to do in the city #photosabroad by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Traveling to Salzburg - Free things to do in the city #photosabroad by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Traveling to Salzburg - Free things to do in the city #photosabroad by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Traveling to Salzburg - Free things to do in the city #photosabroad by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Traveling to Salzburg - Free things to do in the city #photosabroad by Ajita Mahajan

Visit the weekly local market held every Thursday right opposite Mirabell Palace

Photo of Traveling to Salzburg - Free things to do in the city #photosabroad by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Traveling to Salzburg - Free things to do in the city #photosabroad by Ajita Mahajan
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