My wife, son, and I landed in Munich, and drove to Salzburg for a two day visit. We stayed at the Hotel Bristol. It was a fine, deluxe, hotel in an excellent location. We were happy we stayed here, really appreciated the staff, and loved the city. We’d come back.
We reserved a Luxury Suite. It had a nice master bedroom, a large living room, and posh bathroom. We could see peaks of the nearby Alps out our window. My 20 year-old son was accommodated on a rollaway bed. The room was much larger than I usually expect from European style hotels. We had good, free, wifi service. The hotel parked our car; we made a parking reservation, but the hotel found a public spot for us right outside the hotel and generously didn’t charge us for parking (thanks!).
The hotel is located on the Makartplatz. Also on this plaza is the Dreifaltigkeitskirche / Holy Trinity Church, the Classic Café (popular with local Salzburgers) and the Mozart Wohnhaus / residence. The hotel is only two blocks from the Salzach River and the Makartsteg pedestrian bridge over to the beautiful, baroque Altstadt / old city. We didn’t even get half way over the bridge before we stopped to take pictures of the striking Festung Hohensalzburg / Salzburg Fortress with the peaks of the alps in the background. Wow!
You can also see the many churches in the cityscape. We visited Salzberger Dom / Salzburg Cathedral, Franziskanerkirche / St. Francis Church, and Stift St. Peter / St. Peter's Abbey, where we had dinner at the famous Stiftskeller one of the oldest restaurants in Europe, dating back to 803.
We went shopping on the Getreidegasse, known for its many ornate signs; we found a store that sold local Schnapps, Austrian style jackets, and leather goods; we stopped for a drink at the plaza outside of Mozart’s Geburtshaus/birthplace. Really very nice.
The hill up to the Festung was very steep, so we decided to take the funicular. It was worth the 10e per person price; the view of the city was beautiful. The hotel was next to the Mirabell Gardens: we went for a self guided Sound of Music tour through the gardens; we attended a Mozart concert the Schloss Mirabell – it was fabulous! (Just so you know, there are Mozart concerts everyday throughout the city; walk around, you'll see the signs)
After the concert we took a taxi to the Augustinerbräu / Augustiner Beer Garden; we walked back along the river and couldn’t resist stopping for a slice of Sacher Torte at the nearby Sacher Hotel. The hotel is very close to the Linzergasse; the lane is sort of like Getreidegasse and one evening we went there for a light dinner at one of the outdoor cafes.
The drive from the Munich airport to Salzburg is pretty straight forward. We took A99 -> A8 -> A1. The road signs all said “Salzburg” on them so we knew were going in the right direction. Key point: when you get into Austria, you need to buy a toll sticker for your car called a Vignette for 8e (good for 10 days). Look for the signs at the Austria/Germany border, exit, park your car and go into the little building. It was quick and easy and the nice people spoke English.
This was a wonderful place to visit, made all the nicer by our hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- SALZBURG IS WORTH A VISIT ALL YEAR ROUND. ON REQUEST WE WOULD BE HAPPY TO SEND YOU OUR SPECIAL PACKAGES. The hôtel offers 60 elegant decorated rooms, apartments and suites with antique furniture, equipped with satellite TV, air-condition and internet connection and all modern amenities as well as Concierge Service, Restaurant and Bar. In the hôtelcomplex you will find a bank, jeweller, hairdresser, optician and boutiques. All major credit cards are accepted. Parking facilities in front of the hotel. 24-hours-guarded garage close to the hotel. Valet parking available. Distances to Railway Station 1km, Airport Salzburg 6 km, Airport Munich 160 km, Motorway exit "Salzburg Mitte" 3km. Public bus stop close to the hotel. Reservations direct or through one of our reservation offices, world wide. YOUR RESIDENCE IN THE CITY OF MOZART The traditional 5-Star-Hôtel Bristol is situated in the centre of the festival city, between the Mirabell Gardens and Mozart's residence - and within 5 minutes walking distance to the famous "Getreidegasse". Archbishop Wolf-Dietrich planned, towards the end of the 16th century, to build a palace with gardens for his brother Rudolf Hannibal. This is where the Hôtel Bristol and the Makart Platz are situated today. For meetings and festivities our 2 suites "Makart" and "Karajan" (20-40m2), our Kristallsaal (100m2), as well as our SKETCH bar & lounge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Salzburg Bristol Hotel