Salzburg the Winter Edition. January 2019
A very last minute trip but well worth it. I booked my flights the day before we travelled over, last minute for sure.
Flights were pretty cheap at £60 return which is really good for a Thursday through Sunday and considering how late they were booked.
We stayed in Wyndham Grand Hotel, mum booked this for the boys because it had a pool and gym in case they were bored. The middle of town was approximately a 15 minute walk away which wasn’t bad at all although we could have been closer.
Our flight was real early in the morning so there was a full day of exploring on Thursday. We arrived at the hotel about midday, dropped our bags off and headed into town.
We landed at the right time as it was the last weekend of the Christmas markets. I know Christmas was over already but it was lovely to experience it in a different country.
The markets were really cute as they were in small squares in the town which you walked down little streets to get to a different section. We stopped at the mulled wine area to warm us up.
Fellow Coeliacs; I found the first day a struggle to eat as I didn’t have time to research since it was so last minute. I had to buy gluten free pasta and ask if a restaurant could make me a basic tomato pasta sauce with my gluten free pasta. They were very accommodating for me bring in my own pasta although it was very annoying that they didn’t do any other options if I didn’t have my own pasta.
My wee brothers were dying to go skiing for a day so booked it for the next day with our hotel to organise us a taxi to take us to the bus from the town to then bring us to the ski resort, which we had booked ski lessons and gear etc with the hotel. and well that is the last time mum or I would be trusting a hotel to organise something again. They didn’t even book a taxi for us. We then had to wait on another one that they mucked up again and only booked a 4 seater…. There was 5 of us standing around the desk I don’t understand how they managed to do that as mum also said to ring another taxi for 5 of us. After half an hour of waiting for a taxi we got to the bus stop, which had just left.
Although this was quite an inconvenience, I quickly googled the nearest ski resort and luckily there was a bus going to that town in the next 10 mins so we jumped onto it. Unfortunately that ski resort was closed due to a bad snow storm. We really weren’t having any luck. I entertained myself with playing in the snow while waiting on the next bus.
Jumped on another bus and FINALLY got to the bottom of a ski resort called Postalm. Even better we landed at the right time, as the ski bus was about to go up the mountain. It was another 30 mins on a bus but we knew we would be skiing.
(BTW the ski bus we were meant to get was for free and leaves every morning from Mirabell Gardens. It brings you to a different resort. The bus we got was one of the local bus services it was roughly 10 euro each for a return. )
The great thing about the local resorts was you were able to just land that morning and rent ski gear and buy your Ski pass then and there. This is what most locals do.
Our Ski gear (this included helmet, boots, poles and skis) was roughly 20 euro each and our ski pass was also roughly 20 Euros.
As much as the morning was a disaster it was worth it for a few hours on the slopes. We had so much fun and laughs.
We ate at the hotel this night as we were all tired and wanted to go to bed early. The hotel was able to make me a burger (without bap). Tasted fab probably because I was starving. Mum got a brownie for desert it looked sooo good! If you are staying at the same hotel I would recommend getting the brownie as everyone loved it!
The next day we booked to get the hop on hop off Sound of music Tour bus as mum, like me, loves the sound of music.
It was a bit different from the last time, as it was summer then. When going to places they let you go out and visit them for 10 minutes instead of hopping off and driving away. I thought this was great as it was freezing and we were waiting long enough for the bus a few times during the summer so 10 minutes was plenty of time in the winter.
It was too cold to do any of the grounds that some of the Sound of Music was set at, such as the gazebo. You can have a look at my Salzburg Summer Edition if you would like to see the full tour.
We stopped at Leopoldskron Palace first. So magical.
Back into town to visit Salzburg Fortress, it was far to cold and slippy to walk up to it so we got the funicular ride up. The view from the top is amazing, looking all over Salzburg. I would really recommend going up here any time of the year.
We went back into the old town after to shopping and to get a bit of food.
When in Salzburg a must visit is one of the many Christmas shops, especially over the festive period. They are so cute and are there all year round. The painted eggs are so cool. We now have a tree just for the decorated eggs.
I had researched a bit more on gluten free in Salzburg and I came across Spaghetti & Co. I loved this restaurant! The food was fab they were able to do pizza and pasta gluten free and even deserts. I got Pizza and then Panne Cotta for desert as everyone had been eating deserts all weekend and I was yet to have one. Big Recommendation for my gluten free friends.
And that is the end of our weekend trip to Salzburg! Salzburg is one of my favourite cities in Europe. I just think it is so magical and beautiful.
I would definitely recommend doing something similar to what we did if you want to explore a city but also go skiing for a day or two.
Love Frans Travels x