Salzburg with a Toddler – A fun 24 hours!
Salzburg is such a beautiful little city, and we had a wonderful stay before we headed south to Bad Gastein (more on that to come). Since we were only in Salzburg for one night, we wanted to stay right in the heart of the city. Here’s what we did…
Our Visit to Salzburg with a Toddler
When: February, 2018
How we got there: We flew Norwegian Air from Boston to London, and then EasyJet from London Gatwick (more on our layover here) to Salzburg. From the airport, we took a taxi to the hotel.
Where we stayed: Goldener Hirsch, one of the oldest hotels with traditional Austrian style
Length of time: 24 hours
Here’s what we did…
Hohensalzburg Fortress – we loved taking the funicular up to the fortress (we really enjoy visiting places where a gondola or funicular is necessary – so fun). The views from the top were really wonderful, and there were several vantage points with incredible views of the city. Since we were there in February, it was pretty quiet. I would imagine it would be very busy in the warmer months, and there was a little restaurant on top, which was closed while we were there. It would be so enjoyable to sit outside and sip a beer while taking in the views!
Milo loved seeing the city as we took the funicular up to the fortress! So cute…
The views from the top were really beautiful, even on a cloudy day.
Residenzplatz – one of Salzburg’s most visited squares, Residenzplatz is located in the center of town next to the Salzburg Cathedral.
Stroll Getreidegasse – one of the busiest shopping streets in Salzburg, and actually where our hotel was located. We loved strolling down this beautiful street and peering in all the windows. I can only imagine how gorgeous it is during the Christmas markets.
Relax at a Cafe – there are so many delicious pastries in Salzburg, and a few famous cafes if you’re in the mood for a little break from sight-seeing. We stopped into the famous Café Tomaselli for coffee. Unfortunately, we were full from our breakfast or else we would have snacked on lots of cake. Café Tomaselli has been around for over 300 years (!!!) and is rich in Austrian tradition. I’d definitely recommend visiting if you’re in the area.
We arrived in the late afternoon, and the restaurants at our hotel were already booked. We were going to order room service, but sometimes it feels nice to get out. Dining with Milo at this age (20 months) has been challenging… to say the least. We knew we wanted something casual. In the end, we stumbled upon Burgerista which was just a 5 minute walk from our hotel. It was really good, easy, and super busy! Milo realized he loves ketchup, maybe even more than he likes fries.
If we had more time, we would have visited Mirabell Gardens (especially if we were visiting in the spring or summer) and Mozart’s Birthplace.
Holding hands with my little / big guy. I loved how pedestrian-friendly the city was — such a treat for traveling with a toddler.
After we went up to the fortress, we came across these pretzel donuts. They were so good! We also snatched up a savory cheese pretzel. So good!
Coming from a New England winter, the weather seemed fairly mild. There was no snow on the ground, and it was chilly but maybe in the 40’s? And luckily, we had no rain! I was able to wear a wool coat instead of a down jacket, which is always a win in my book. It also felt appropriate to wear this faux fur scarf that my sister gave me; I ended up wearing it a lot of our time in Europe.
Have you been to Salzburg? I’d love to go back during the Christmas season to see all of the markets in action.