Hi, friends!!! Today I woke up pretty early (6am) to leave as soon as possible for Salzburg!!! I am definitely not what one would call a morning person, but I made a new friend the second I stepped outside the hotel, and he (or she!) definitely made me smile, despite the early hour. Here he (or she) is:
Like always, I took the bus into Kufstein and then took a train. Since there was no direct train from Kufstein to Salzburg anytime soon, I hopped on the train to Munich, and got off at Rosenheim. Unfortunately for me, the train from Kufstein to Rosenheim was delayed by 10 minutes, and I arrived at 9:37… The train from Rosemheim to Salzburg departed at 9:36… Just my luck. So I sat down at a McCafe to escape the cold (well, cold for Singapore), and waited an hour for the next train.
Once I arrived in Salzburg, I started my walking tour at Mirabell Gardens. They were overwhelmingly peaceful.
I continued my walk towards Mozart’s home, and was not disappointed by the views.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t allowed to take photos inside his house, sooo here’s a photo of the outside of the building.
Salzburg was filled with the most incredible architecture wherever I turned, and the weather was beautiful. I couldn’t help but sit down on some random benches and start writing away in my journal. Because I get questions about this: Yes, I have a journal, and I write in it every day. It’s therapeutic and I love looking back on all of the things I’ve done.
This is St. Sebastian’s church and cemetery, and I fell in love with it. I thought it was just so beautiful and wonderful, but then again, I have a thing for churches.
This is also the cemetery that Mozart’s mother and father are buried in. They have a beautiful grave, and although they are the most well known people there, they do not have the most elaborate of tombstones.
From there, I headed down towards the river to Steingasse (Stone Alley). There wasn’t much to see here, but I really wanted to see #9, which is where “Silent Night” was written. This place is often overlooked, and it felt like a little secret Austria and I shared as tourists rushed past it.
From here, I crossed the river and was rewarded with beautiful views.
I also found some gems in the graffiti of the underground passages.
At this point, I was getting a little hungry, so I stopped under this church and bought a pretzel. Since poppyseeds are illegal in Singapore, I rebelled and had a poppyseed prezel.
It was delicious.
Here is Mozartplatz, with a central statue of none other than Mozart.
From Mozartplatz, I ventured over to Domplatz.
The photo above is the Salzburg Cathedral, and below are photos inside it. It was stunning, and I spent a good half hour just taking in the beauty of this church.
I also had an elder-mint sorbet in front of it. Pretty perfect, no?
I especially loved the cemetery bit of this because you could see the incredible mountains behind it. What surprised me, however, was how new some of the graves were. The ground was unsettled and it was obvious that someone was buried here only days ago.
I continued walking around…
…stopping for some time to write.
And yay, I visited more churches!
The ceiling of the Franziskanerkirche was beautiful.
And my last tourist stop was Mozart’s birthplace. The highlight of this museum was definitely Mozart’s first violin. It was adorably small and I can only picture him composing elaborate pieces at a young age with it.
Lastly, I went shopping on Getreidegasse. Here’s my outfit, photo taken in the dressing room of Vero Moda. I ended up buying a hunter green lace shift dress, which is beautiful, but needs a bit of hemming to fit my 4’11 (AND A HALF) frame.
Before leaving the beautiful city, I grabbed a quick hot chocolate to enjoy at the train station. I decided the other day that I only drink coffee to sound more sophisticated, but to be frank, I hate how bitter it is, so I gave up on sophistication and decided to get something I would actually enjoy.
The train ride home was spent reading and sipping on a pear, apple, and raspberry smoothie.
Oh, and taking selfies.