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A weekend in Salzburg | Coffee (&) culture

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Salzburg is as picturesque as it gets!

I’ve been living in Salzburg for two years, so spending a weekend in this beautiful city felt like coming home! The Salzburgians are very proud of their Festspiele that take place every summer in July and August. During that period the whole city turns into a chaos of tons of tourists who are jamming Getreidegasse and the other parts of the old town. The Festspiel visitors are trying to avoid the hustle and bustle, stay in their posh Hotels and only visit the old town for the performances. I recommend to visit Salzburg during the calmer months and enjoy some insider tips!

For an incredible view and a promenade, walk up the Mönchsberg in the city center (if you can not walk or you simply don’t want to, take the escalator that is going to the museum; it is located opposite of the “Republic Cafè” on Anton-Neumayr-Platz). Once you’re there don’t miss a drink at M32, the restaurant attached to the museum of modern art. You can sit on the terrace and enjoy the incredible view over the old town and the fortress. If you’re into art, visit the museum with its changing shows.

From there go south and follow the street, you can do a tour around the whole mountain and get a 360° glimpse at the surrounding landscape. The Stadtalm is located close to the museum, also offers a great view and is a hostel – one of the few budget sleeping options in Salzburg (disadvantage: if you wanna go out and party you’ll have to walk up the mountain to reach your bed).

Salzburg is a city with many great breakfast places.
Naturally, as Autria is the country of Coffee Houses.
  1. Glüxfall

    Probably the best breakfast location I’ve ever been to! Made with a huge amount of love, the food is unparalleled. You can choose between small, medium and big size breakfast. The size depends on the amount of extras you take. The extras are divided into groups and every single one is as mouthwatering as it sounds. The staff is great and the prices are reasonable.

  2. Café Bazar

    Super famous. Always crowded. For good reasons.
    The food is good, the coffee delicious and the cakes – Oh, those cakes! Try to get a table outside on one of the rare occasions when the sun shines in Salzburg. I love the atmosphere in that place and the interior design!

  3. Café Fingerlos

    Sweets, sweets and more sweets. You absolutely have to try them! It’s not super chic in a classical Austrian-Kaffehaus-manner but a really nice place to start the day.

  4. Frühstücksbar at Panzerhalle

    Very different from my other tips and not typically Salzburg-like at all. The Panzerhalle is a newly opened, stylish (coworking) space that makes you feel like you’ve been beamed from Austria to Berlin. I like the vibe and the Frühstücksbar makes great omlettes (the portions are huge!). You either need a car to get there or public transport, as it is not in the city center.

  5. Schloss Leopoldskron

    Once every month, a brunch takes place in this beautiful, unique location. Hardly anybody knows about it, but it is here where the idea of the Festspiele was born. Enjoy the incredible atmosphere in the baroque ballroom and indulge in the culinary delights of the lush buffet. During summer time the brunch takes place on the terracce of the castle with an outstanding view on the Leopoldskroner Weiher and the Untersberg. You have to plan in advance and make a reservation as those events are very popular!!

Salzburg isn’t really famous for its nightlife.
But when it comes to Bars, it has some nice spots to offer:
  1. Bar Fridrich

    I used to call that place my living room. Why?
    Super, stylish, cosy, small and central location. Great drinks and good beer. Yummy snacks. Smoking is allowed. Best music in town. (The owner Bernd is a music maniac with a great taste). Anything else? Right: it is a m.u.s.t. Don’t miss it!

  2. Alchimiste Belge

    You’re into beer? Then this is your place! The beer possibilities are endless (150 varieties), it’s hard to make up your mind what you’re gonna drink. Take your time, try as many as you can and enjoy the young, alternative, buzzing atmosphere (yes, we’re still talking about Salzburg).

 

Eating in Salzburg
  1. Marc’s Bar and Restaurant

    d.e.l.i.c.i.o.u.s! Fresh, local, organic food and well-stocked wines. Located in one of the ancient old town buildings, the atmosphere is authentic and cozy.

  2. Die geheime Specerey

    Famous for the mangalista pork meat of their own breeding program. You will also find fish on the menue. And a lot of good wines.

  3. Goldene Kugel

    Authentic, local food for little money. The same applies to the interior of the restaurant: after a long renovation period, the old rooms appear in a new gloss. You will find the famous bavarian Augustiner beer on the menue.

  4. Ao Zai

    In case fat pork drowned in beer sauce isn’t your cup of tea and you want to indulge in some exotic cuisine, check out this vietnamese place. The restaurant is beautiful, the staff super nice and they serve one of my favourite asian beers: Saigon.

 

 

 

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Born and raised in the beautiful Tegernsee region in Bavaria, I grew up in the midst of mountains. After my studies in art history I have been working in the art business for years and became a trained mountain guide in 2013. Every free minute I spend either outdoors - hiking, biking, skitouring and running - or around the world, traveling foreign countries. On peaknomad.com, I am sharing my travel and hiking experiences as well as daily stories about a healthy, happy and mindful lifestyle.

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