Romantic Things to Do in Salzburg

February 6, 2013 by

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Gardens fit for romance at Schloss Mirabell in Salzburg.

Gardens fit for romance at Schloss Mirabell in Salzburg.

Salzburg, with its glorious Austrian alpine setting and swirling Baroque architecture, is a city made for romance. The streets of the charming Aldstadt (Old Town) feature swirling Baroque churches, cobbled squares, and winding alleyways just waiting for love to blossom. Here are a few suggestions for romantic things to do in Salzburg.

1. The Sound of Music

Every evening Salzburg resounds to the strains of classical music; what could be more romantic than listening to Mozart’s Così fan tutte in the city of his birth?

Take the Original Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg!

2. Courtly Love

Schloss Mirabell was built by the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg in 1606 for his mistress Salome Alt. It’s been remodelled since then but it’s still a wonderfully romantic place to explore; the formal gardens surrounding the palace are scattered with classical sculptures, shaded walkways, and fountains among the parterres. Scenes from The Sound of Music were filmed here; expect bursts of song from behind the plantings.

3. View to Propose From

Follow the Basteiweg hiking trail through beech trees on Kapuzinerberg hill to the mini-castle of Franziskischlössl. Its restaurant has a pretty tree-lined terrace with views of the Baroque domes, towers, and rooftops of Salzburg far below; the perfect spot to pop the question.

4. Kaffee und Kuchen

Salzburg’s Aldstadt is brimming with enticing old-world cafés, perfect for warming up with steaming cups of hot chocolate piled high with whipped cream and gazing into each other’s eyes over a hunk of sachertorte. Try Café Sacher for old-fashioned glamour.

5. Hot Springs

Give in to your inner Austrian and brave the blanket of snow to swim outdoors in bubbling hot water and cuddle up in the sub-zero temperatures. Watzmann, Aqua Salza, and Rupertus springs are all close to Salzburg.

6. Salzach Sightseeing

Take a river cruise to admire the sights of Salzburg on board a cruiser; ramp up the romance factor with a evening trip with and propose over dinner as you float downstream past the floodlit bastions of Hohensalzburg Fortress high on its hill over the Old Town.

 Contributed by Sasha Heseltine

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