Austria Journal #2

Compared to the last Austria journal entry, this ones going to be more of a what we got up to, chatty post. So grab a cuppa, and lets begin…

As I said before, we woke at 4am and set off to London Stansted airprot. Despite how early it was, the place was alive and bustling. But checking in and getting through security was swift and relatively easy (I’ve not done the airport business much so I still get a bit mind boggled, and I was rather tired…) and at 7:10am we hopped on a Ryanair plane and set off to Salzburg airport, we flew during the sunrise which was kind of amazing.

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And at around 9:30am we got off the plane, greeted by the bitter cold air and beautiful mountains surrounding Salzburg, our very tired selves certainly woke up a little bit. We then had the challenge of getting more central, where we were staying. We knew we needed to get a bus, but as to which one? No clue. However after 20 minutes of walking around and using airport wifi, we hopped on a bus and made our way into the centre, but as to where to stop? No clue. Our German wasn’t great.

Yet we made it! And finally, we got to our hotel (if you’re wondering, we stayed at Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten and I highly recommend) checked in early and settled in. This was very much what the first day consisted of, getting used to our surroundings. The staff kindly gave us a map and marked out the places to go, so after a rest and freshen up we took a walk and explored, and we were hungry so went on a mission to find a coffee shop – something Austria is well known for.

We looked around all the alluring old buildings and strolled through Meribel Palace gardens, looking towards more of the town and castle on the cliff edge.

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Nothing much happened throughout that day apart from exploring the town, and then going for a meal at a small Italian restaurant next door to our hotel. There wasn’t much in the way of traditional eating places, their signature food was very much meat and cheese.

The second day we invested in the Salzburg card, which you can buy for 24, 48 or 72 hours and basically gets you free on all public transport and into most attractions. This already proved its worth when we went to go to take a tram up the cliff to the castle, as the queue was out the door, and tickets were about 10 Euros, and we didn’t have to pay and skipped the queue. That’s what we spent most of the day doing, going round the museum and sights up there, and admiring the views of the city and mountains.

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We then explored more of the town, there was so many little nooks and crannies that just make this place so much more compelling. We then made our way into a cathedral. I don’t know about you but I love cathedrals and the imbue of history and culture it brings. There’s this classic sentiment.

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We then found ourselves in the Salzburg museum. Well, thats after accidentally walking the wrong way into the periscope museum. With only an hour and a half left until it closed we were pretty much the only ones there, and quickly but calmly strolled around looking as all the art work (and having a giggle at some too). The art and culture was very versatile, classic and sophisticated but also quirky.

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The rest of the day was full of slumber and nothing exciting – food, wine and nibbles at the hotel, and sleep.

Wednesday, we had, what we thought would be a shopping day. We knew there was a designer outlet just outside the centre, and when in Salzburg, obviously the thing to do is go to the exact same designer outlet as the one 30 minutes away from my house. We were slightly disappointed however, there wasn’t much so after a 10 minute walk around and a trip into Nike we headed back and had more of a ‘chilled’ day walking around the famous shopping streets and scuttling Christmas markets, drinking some glühwein and eating very large pretzels. And then, after some rather strong drinks we gradually made our way back and called it a night.

Thursday, our last day. We woke at 6am, some a bit reluctantly but we did it, and then went to the lock bridge where, we thought there may be a sunrise. There wasn’t really, but an amazing dusky view.

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After waiting around for somewhere to open so we could get some breakfast, we ate a rather large breakfast ready for a hectic last day. We then went back to the hotel and layered up, as we were off on a 4o minute bus journey to a village outside Salzburg and took a cable cart up into the mountains, Grodig to be precise. It was a little later in the day and the last cable cart down was at 4:00 so we had about an hour to walk around, as neither of us wanted to climb down a mountain. But it was so, so worth it because, well, just look at these views.

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We were legitimately chilling on top of the clouds and it was breathtaking. My type of escapism.

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Excuse the photo quality, but look how happy I am. There was a classic log cabin at the top where, after treading through the snow and exploring, we sat for some (more) gluhwein. And I must say, I was in my element.

And then we made our was back down as the sun was setting, hopped on a bus back to the centre and spent an evening with ice skating, going round the markets doing some last minute shopping and drinking all to much gluhwien. And took one last breath of this amazing city, as we headed back to pack and get some sleep in before having to wake up at 5am to get the plane home.

This has to be one of my favourite trips, and favourite places. It’s just so genuine and quaint, no dark sides or hidden unattractive secrets. We nearly went to Berlin to go to Christmas markets but I’m so glad we chose Salzburg. Because, just, wow.

Until next time,

Em x
 

 

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66 responses to “Austria Journal #2”

  1. Absolutely stunning!

  2. Antonia says:

    Austria is such a beautiful country, isn’t it? I’ve been to Vienna few years ago and I just love everything about that city. Definitely hoping to see more of Austria in the future. xo

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

    • Em says:

      It’s really something else! Vienna is next on my list I’ve heard amazing things. As am I, there’s so much to see! xo

  3. OMG your photos are absolutely amazing! We defo have Austria on our bucket list! Ugh just amazing, thank you for sharing!

    Jessica & James | foodandbaker.co.uk

  4. I have never really considered visiting Austria, but after reading this I am 100% adding it to my list. It looks like such as beautiful place and your pictures are stunning.

    • Em says:

      I never thought of it really, but it’s a little wonder of the world that you definitely need to go to! Thank you lovely!

  5. It sounds like a lovely time! Those pictures are breathtaking! The Salzburgh card sounds like a great saving and especially since you got to skip the queues!

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

    • Em says:

      It was amazing! Thank you! It was so so amazing, we paid like 30 Euros for 72 hours and the tickets for one place were 12 Euros so amazing savings!

  6. Emily says:

    What an incredible trip you had! Glühwein and giant pretzels, AND a trip to the top of a mountain? Yes please!! I’m always so jealous of anyone who can use Ryanair — traveling around the US or North America costs a fortune in comparison!

    Xoxo
    Emily
    emilyhallock.blogspot.com

  7. Looks like such a beautiful place! Stunning pictures as well – http://www.teaisawishyourheartmakes.wordpress.com

  8. Emily says:

    Looks like you had a great trip and Austria looks like a gorgeous place. Also, thanks for the info on the Salzburg card- if I go I’ll definitely invest in one!

    Emily x

  9. Reading this just makes me want to go back to Austria so much!! It sounds amazing, glad you have a wonderful time lovely xx

  10. I would love to go to Austria some day, it seems like a nice place. You also got some lovely photos there! This post is everything x

    Kay – http://uncrea.wordpress.com

  11. pinkiebag says:

    Hi, I would love to revisit Austria, lovely photos. A sunset or sunrise on the plane can be wonderful, Chloe https://pinkiebag.com/

  12. Serena Reidy says:

    Love your photos! Austria looks amazing, I definitely need to visit!

  13. 😍 my boyfriend and I went to Salzburg for the Christmas Markets last year too! I’m a bit scared because I think we may have stayed in the same hotel 😳 Seriously though your photos are beautiful and I completely agree that it is such a hidden little gem! Glad you had a lovely time x

    • Em says:

      Ahh amazing! Omg no way??? Thats crazy haha! Aww thank you! Hope you had a good time too lovely xx

  14. Ooooh, it looks so so beautiful. I am jealous. I wish I could go on a trip like this one. Your pictures are so nice. This trip sounds amazing. Glad you had a great time. Off the another adventure? xx Corinne from Corinne & Kirsty

  15. Love the photos in this post. Reading all about it has made me realise that I really want to go on a trip sometime soon.

  16. Adele Miner says:

    Austria is so stunning, this album is making me feel all nostalgic now! I am in love with your blog too, hopefully we can stay in touch.. I love making new blogger friends! x

    adelelydia.blogspot.com

    • Em says:

      Its gorgeous! Aww thank you, of course we can stay in touch lovely! As do I, do I have you on Twitter? x

  17. I love reading travel diary posts! Your photos are really great, especially the dusky one from the lock bridge 😍 It sounds like you had a fab trip and Austria looks like such a lovely place to visit! xx

    • Em says:

      As do I however much they make me envy people haha! Aww thank you! It’s amazing if you ever get the chance do go xx

  18. Kate says:

    This looks insane!! Your photography is amazing as well!!
    Kate Xx
    http://www.luxekate.blogspot.co.uk

  19. possiblysami says:

    I’m so jealous. Reading this really made me feel like I was there too! But it sounds like an amazing and unforgettable experience! I would LOVE to go there one day omg! loved this post Em xxx

    • Em says:

      Aha oh you! It was amazing!! And you should definitely go if you get the chance gal! Aww thank youuuu xxx

  20. harrietday98 says:

    This looks so lovely, I’m so jealous you make me want to travel!!

  21. Robyn says:

    This looks like such an amazing trip! I love all your photos 💕
    Robyn // http://www.midnightandlace.co.uk/

  22. Olivia says:

    Oh my goodness your photography is beyond stunning! Honestly so so beautiful.
    -Olivia Xxx

    http://oliviaxalesha.com/blog

  23. Dalal says:

    Austria seems like such a beautiful place to visit, the architecture seems amazing! Super jealous of your trip ahh
    Dalal
    monochromedaisies.blogspot.com

  24. Eilidh says:

    Absolutely stunning photos! So jealous of your trip x

  25. Alina Sirbu says:

    Looks absolutely stunning and sounds like you had an amazing time! I went to Austria a few years ago and I would love to visit again! Great post lovely x

    Alina | http://alinasirbu.uk

  26. Wow, this post is amazing! The pictures are breathtaking and your experience just sounds wonderful! I have never visited Austria myself but I have always wanted to. It’s great that you made the most of days you thought would have more to do also, beautiful place to keep busy in!

    • Em says:

      Thank you so so much! Definitely go if you get the chance, it’s phenomenal! It really is haha! x

  27. xmeganlisa says:

    Stunning pictures!! It looks and sounds like such a beautiful and interesting place x

  28. Your pictures are stunning, it looks like you had a fab time!!! Austria is on my travel list to visit!! Thanks for sharing xox

  29. Giulia says:

    Those photographs are magnificent. Looks like such a beautiful place. x

  30. Eleanor says:

    These photos are gorgeous! The cathedral looks so pretty, I would love to go to Austria someday! xx

    Eleanorclaudie.com

    • Em says:

      Aw thank you so much! The cathedral really was something else, if you get the chance definitely go! xx

  31. Claire Talks Beauty says:

    how stunning is this country! i would like to visit it one day!

  32. thedizzyingheights says:

    Your pictures are so beautiful – I’m planning to go to Berlin soon but I’m tempted to go to Salzburg after seeing this gorgeous post!

    http://www.thedizzyingheights.co.uk

    • Em says:

      Awww thank you!!! Wow have an amazing time and if you do get the chance go to Salzburg as it’s incredible! X

  33. loravenkova13 says:

    Amazing!

  34. sharpz95 says:

    Austria looks beautiful. I will definitely add this to my list.

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