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“A very special location” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Salzburg

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Barnoldswick, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
113 helpful votes
“A very special location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2010

My husband and I got married at the Mirabell Palace in Salzburg in April 2010, and spent a week in the city.
It is a beautiful city with Salzach river winding through the middle separating the old and new town areas. The Mirabell Gardens are beautiful and were a wonderful location for our wedding with the fortress as a backdrop.
The Old Town is where the majority of the sights, shops and restaurants are, but the New Town also has shops and restaurants. The Old Town area is easily accessed over the Makartsbridge (footbridge) only 5 minutes from the Mirabell Gardens.
The fortress is worth a look, we walked up to it; its a steep climb but not far, and worth it to take in the views on the way. Salzburg has a lot of large squares, cultural and architectural sights. Try getting off the beaten track and exploring, walk up past the Museum der Moderne and on to the castle, or up into the hills on the other side of the river for spectacular views.
We also did the Sound of Music tour (of course) which takes you to the main locations in the film, but is very cheesy with the soundtrack playing on the coach during the whole tour. We did the Bavarian Alps and Saltmines tour as well which I would highly recommend. There are a couple of booths near the Mirabell palace where you can book trips, or your hotel will usually book them too - we used Panarama tours for both our trips (discounts if you book 2 together). Buses are frequent and €2 for any one journey. Take a bus to the Helbrunn Palace to see the Trick Fountains (quite impressive) then walk through the gardens of Helbrunn up to the zoo - great for old and young alike.
During our stay we had very heavy rain showers followed by bright sunshine, our wedding day was warm and sunny, but the day after was very heavy rain - it changed very quickly every few hours! Overall Salzburg is a very pretty, romantic city with lots to do for all ages - our wedding party of 24 people ranged from 10 - 85 years old, and all thoroughly enjoyed their time in this beautiful city.

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“Salzburg - Old and New”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2010

Salzburg is just a fantastic place to visit. The accommodation where we stayed was cosy but comfortable and friendly. It had everything you needed including free internet. A short stroll from our hotel was a copplestone shopping area that had modern fountains and lighting. Mirrabell gardens was spectaular to see and you can get a fantastic photo of the gardens with the fortress in the background. The detail that has been put into the design and upkeep of the gardens is just impecable. I have never seen anything like it before.
A short walk from the gardens across the bridge that spans the wide and fast flowing Denube River and you are transported into the Old Salzburg where you can have a horse and carriage ride, see people dressed in traditional Austrian outfits and visit the fortress. A vanacular takes you to the top of the mountain where the fortress is. There you can see breathtaking views overlooking Salzurg and the surrounding countryside, eat at the restaurant, go to the opera or listen to orchestras in one of the many rooms and halls in the fortress.
From Salzurg we took a 'Hills and Lakes' tour. A bus ride takes you out of the city of Salzburg to and through small villages stopping at one where you can see the house where Mozart's mother grew up. The lakes are so clear you can see all the fish swimming around and the rocks that are on the bottom of the lake. As party of the tour we took a boat cruise along one of the big lakes (there are 4 all together) and you are able to see one of the mansions that was used in 'The Sound of Music'. If you are a keen hiking there are many walking tracks around this area through the mountains and around the lakes with camping grounds close by.
I would recommend Salzburg as a top place to visit for all ages as there is something for everyone. We will definately be going back one day!

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Athens, Greece
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24 reviews
28 helpful votes
“Just Great!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2010

OK, we only went there for a day excursion, as we were staying in Vienna at the time. Picturesque!

We managed to visit the Hohensalzburg Fortress, the Residenzplatz and the Getreidengasse. Everything just adorable!

We are definitely planning to visit again sometime, and stay there for a few days, so that we will be able to explore Salzburg in a more detailed way.

Even so, my mind is set: Visit Salzburg, it is worth it!

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“Archenkirk onth Arkensee”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2009

A fantastic little town in Austria not far from Salzberg and Innsbrook. The people are really charming and the skiing was great. Would always go back there!

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Fairfax, Virginia
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30 reviews
24 helpful votes
“Take your time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2009

Salzburg was great. We only had a short amount of time and could have spent days here. This is a great city. We really didn't get to see much and would love to visit this city again. This review might not be too helpful, except to say you'll need more than the 2-3 hours we had to visit.

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