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?
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