Famed for its Baroque architecture, the birthplace of Mozart and home of the Sound of Music, Salzburg promised a lot. We used the park and ride to get into the city, which was fantastic and made it really easy. Leaving the van safely in the large car park we bought day bus tickets allowing us travel on the whole city centre bus network all day for just €3 each. Chief was allowed on the bus with his own ticket at €1.80, and parking was free making it a really cost effective way to get into the city.
Salzburg's 'old town' is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it really felt like a special place as we walked around admiring the sights, the Cathedral, the Residenplatz with it's fountain and horse and carriages lined up outside, and the HohenSalzburg castle on the hill, it was magical.
As ever Chief proved a hit with tourists!
The Salzburg festival was underway and although we didn't attend any events the city was full of music with musicians on the streets and the sounds of rehearsals drifting from the opera house windows.
The whole central area was pedestrianised which made walking around very relaxing. Our tour continued to the Mozartplatz and the famous Mirabell gardens where Julie Andrews and co sang 'Do Re Mi' in the Sound of Music. We refrained from singing the songs!
We sat in the rose garden for a while admiring the view and amusing ourselves watching the dozens and dozens of tourists. Tourist watching is highly entertaining, there was more posing and pouting than you could shake a selfie stick at. We had a go but I'm not sure our attempt was really taken seriously enough.
Eventually we caught the bus back to the van and drove to somewhere we could spend the night, we'd had a brilliant day and Salzburg had really delivered on its promises.