The surrounding Mirabell Gardens, laid out in 1730, are a favorite with locals and tourists alike. And while you await your strudel, you can feed the swans. Explore Salzburg! Thanks for joining us. Allow about three hours total for the round-trip funicular ride, viewpoint visit, and 1.5-hour salt-mine tour. With the scarcity of level land, tall homes had their front door on the street level top floor and their water entrance several floors below. Extending your trip? Cargo boats would float downstream and be dragged back upstream by horse. Austria Reviews. If you dug under these buildings, you'd find Roman and pre-Roman Celtic pavement stones from the ancient and prehistoric salt depot. The skulls resting on Bibles are those of the town's priests. Hi, I'm Rick Steves, back with more of the best of Europe. And way back when Wolfgang was still practicing his scales, Salzburg's busy open-air produce market gave farmers the chance to sell directly to locals. Fair enough. Stefanie (a boat) meets each arriving train and glides scenically across the lake into town. On busy nights, it's like a Munich beer hall with no music but the volume turned up. — is named for this once-important spot. Enjoying the garden/cathedral/castle view, it's easy to imagine how the prince-archbishop must have reveled in such a vista that reminded him of all his secular as well as religious power. Since the views from the fortress are more exciting than the exhibits, it makes sense to visit late in the day, when admission is much cheaper (and for a bit after the museums' closing time, depending on the season, you can walk up and enter the grounds for free). Rick Steves Vienna, Salzburg & Tirol Paperback – April 4, 2017 by Rick Steves (Author) › Visit Amazon's Rick Steves Page. Best of all, it comes with a fun funicular ride to the Rudolfsturm "Skywalk" Viewpoint, with stunning panoramas over the town and lake. But throughout his youth, he called Salzburg home. In good Baroque style, the art is symbolic, cohesive, and theatrical...creating a kind of festival procession that leads to the resurrected Christ triumphing high above the altar. This collection of lovingly tended graves abuts the sheer rock face of the Mönchsberg (free, silence requested). Then home. Its ramparts provide the best views of the city. and staying 2-3 nights (2 full days). Salt — so precious as a preservative in pre-refrigerator days — was a huge part of this region's economy all the way back to pre-historic times. A steep funicular runs up the mountain to Hallstatt's salt mine. The Mozart family was successful enough to entertain Salzburg's high society in this fine room. The next day, in Salzburg we parked our bikes at the Augustinian monastery where, once upon a time, the monks (must have been the most popular monks in town) brewed a heavenly beer. Local students mix with tourists eating hearty slabs of grilled meat with their fingers or cold meals from the self-serve picnic counter, while children frolic on the playground kegs. If you look at the map of Austria, the closest big city to it is Linz, which is pretty much 1/2 way in between Vienna and Salzburg. In this compact guide, Rick Steves covers all the essentials of Munich, Bavaria, and Salzburg. Alfred claims an hour on the lake is worth a day of vacation. Rick- Glad to see that you are re-visiting some places that are among the favorites of my husband and myself- due to your TV show. Swans patrol the lake like they own it. The courtyard was the main square of this hilltop community of a thousand — which could be self-sufficient when necessary. to 400 B.C. Thanks for joining us. And Alfred's not the only one with that idea. Each summer it hosts its famous Salzburg Festival. A highlight is riding miner-style from one floor down to the next...praying for no splinters. That was the idea. That's because in Austria, grave sites are rented, not owned. Salzburg is forever smiling to the tunes of Mozart and The Sound of Music. I hope you've enjoyed exploring this part of Austria — with the high culture and history of Salzburg, and the natural splendor of the Salzkammergut lake district. Read 11 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Its name basically means "salt fortress." Rick: And what is schnapps? The palace's bubbly gardens, famously featured in The Sound of Music, are free and open until dusk. Its 500-year-old altars and frescoes feature Hallstatt's two favorite saints: St. Barbara (patron of miners) and St. Catherine (patron of foresters) — lots of wood was needed to fortify the many miles of tunnels and boil the brine to distil out that salt. You don't go to Salzburg to avoid the tourists. Auf Wiedersehen. Public marketplaces come with fountains, and Salzburg's are part of this city's ingenious medieval water system. The core of this book is five self-guided walks and tours that zero in on Munich's greatest sights and neighborhoods, plus two chapters on the best day trips (to Salzburg and to Neuschwanstein Castle). Nannerl called this portrait the best ever done of her brother. We too will be in Scandanavia (Oslo) (and London) soon- we fly out Thursday night. See the Travel Details above for recommendations highlighted in bold, excerpted from Rick's guidebooks. This cute little village was once the salt-mining namesake of a culture that spread from France to the Black Sea. Do you have a favorite? At the mine, visitors slip into overalls, meet their guide, and hike into the mountain. To get to the Panoramabar from the main part of the library, you take a diagonally-moving elevator, which was a new experience for me. The oar lock is still made of the gut of a bull. While its popularity has led to a glut of businesses hoping to catch the tourist dollar, Salzburg is nevertheless both a must and a joy. It's Austria's Salzkammergut lake district, where the "the hills are alive," and you're surrounded by the scenic wonder that has enthralled nature lovers from Emperor Franz Josef to Julie Andrews. Even though Hallstatt's actual sights are subtle, wandering through town is a treat. Tucked away in the heart of the Old Town and abutting the rock wall of Mönchsberg is St. Peter's Cemetery. ▲▲ Hohensalzburg Fortress Imposing mountaintop castle, with small museums, commanding views, and concerts most evenings. When it's cool outside, enjoy a historic indoor setting in any of several beer-sloshed and smoke-stained halls (one of which is still for smokers). It's also a musical mecca, and the city puts on a huge annual festival as well as constant concerts. The well dipped into a rain-fed cistern. Rick: And when is the normal when time you would drink schnapps in Austria? Home Salzburg Hallstatt Dolomites Fussen Lauterbrunnen Valley Chamonix Salzburg's Hohensalzburg Fortress ... Salzburg of course is the birthplace of Mozart and known for music. ▲▲ Hellbrunn Palace Lavish palace on the outskirts of town featuring gardens with trick fountains. Its cannons evoke both threats of centuries past and the power of Salzburg's rulers. Thanks to its formidable fortress and its knack for remaining neutral, the city managed to avoid the ravages of war until World War II. From our home base in Salzburg, we side trip into the Salzkammergut lake district — Lake Hallstatt and the town by the same name. The town's decorative woodwork, a tradition that dates back centuries, reflects the wealth salt brought. All over Europe I enjoy evocative cemeteries. Plan your own trip or take one of Rick's value-packed European tours and vacations. ▲ Mirabell Gardens and Palace Beautiful palace grounds and concert venue with fine views and Sound of Music memories. For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel information, In the tour you'll learn the story of salt. Strategic advice from Rick Steves on what's worth your time and money; Short itineraries covering Munich, Bavaria, Rothenburg and the Romantic Road, the Rhine Valley, and Berlin, plus Salzburg, Austria; Rick's tips for beating the crowds, skipping lines, and avoiding tourist traps; The best of local culture, flavors, and haunts, including walks through museums and atmospheric neighborhoods We have been traveling “Rick’s style” for 20+ years and love it. Hi, I'm Rick Steves, back with more of the best of Europe. Rich guys' fine Renaissance-style tombs decorate the chapel walls. Thanks for joining us. If no one cares enough to make the payment, you're gone. Through the centuries, Hallstatt was busy with the salt trade. Learn more about the Rick Steves Audio Europe app or download the app now: Prefer podcasts? The Sporer family has been distilling schnapps and selling it from this friendly hole in the wall for just over a hundred years. we drove from Salzburg; it was easy (something like under 2 hours, as I recall), but do know people who did it by train. It's one of many throughout the region that offer tours. The energetic Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich, who ruled around the year 1600, had the greatest impact on the town. Rick Steves' Europe. Enjoy the lake-country view as you're dragged up the mountain. Imagine how expensive this massive fortress was to build...and it was never really used in battle. Salzburg remained an independent state for over a thousand years — until it surrendered to Napoleon. Access is quick and easy from the Old Town by funicular. Surveying the town, you can imagine Salzburg through the ages. Rick Steves has spent 100 days every year since 1973 exploring Europe. So far I have us flying into Prague, spending 3 or 4 nights, taking a driver to Salzburg (Or an overnight train to Salzburg?) It's also the springboard for lots of alpine fun — from thrilling summer bobsledding, to idyllic boat rides in the Salzkammergut lake district, to exploring the delightful romantic town of Hallstatt. Posted on July 23, 2006 December 2, 2013. The building itself, bombed in World War II, is a reconstruction. It was here that Mozart learned to play piano and violin and composed his first boy-genius works. The one in Strobl near Wolfgangsee is about twice as long, and more scenic, with grand lake views. Rick: So there's many different kinds of schnapps? St. Sebastian Cemetery is a quiet oasis in Salzburg. ▲▲ Mozart's Birthplace House where Mozart was born in 1756, featuring his instruments and other exhibits. The hills are alive with the sound of music... …was named after this once-important spot. For centuries, Salzburg's leaders were both important church authorities and political rulers. ©2021 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | We're heading two hours southeast of Salzburg to my favorite Salzkammergut town on my favorite Salzkammergut lake. If you're driving between Salzburg and Hallstatt, you'll pass two luge rides operated by the same company; each course is just off the road with easy parking. Inside Rick Steves Vienna, Salzburg & Tirol you'll find: Comprehensive coverage for spending two weeks or more exploring Vienna, Salzburg and Tirol Rick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites Those Augustinians must have been the most popular monks in town for their rollicking beer garden. These canals powered about 100 watermills in Salzburg, which were busily cranking as late as the 19th century. Rent bills are sent out about every 10 years. Things Italian were respected and in vogue. A series of interconnecting squares lead from here through the Old Town. The town, which originated as a salt-mining center, is one of Europe's oldest, going back centuries before Christ. In Rick Steves Pocket Munich & Salzburg you'll find only the best of those two cities — admittedly a tough call! And this evening the Twins Quartet from Moscow play Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik. The guys who paid for it would say it was a good investment — so foreboding, nobody attacked Salzburg for a thousand years. Herr Sporer: Yes, there are many fruits in Austria and we distill almost everything. Sitting in the center of Europe is Austria. Most of the happy tourists probably wouldn't be here if not for the man honored by this statue. In the fall of 1773, when Wolfgang was 17 — and his family was flush with money from years of touring — the Mozarts moved here from their cramped apartment on Getreidegasse. Music and the visual art complement each other. By Rick Steves Hohensalzburg Fortress looms 400 feet above Salzburg's forest of Baroque spires. Lying on a busy trade route connecting northern Europe with the south, Salzburg was well aware of the exciting things going on in Italy. Lightweight, yet packed with info on the cities' history and culture, Rick Steves Pocket Munich & Salzburg truly is a tour guide in your pocket. If you have yet to tour a salt mine, consider visiting Hallstatt's, which is still active, producing 1.1 million tons of salt each year (mostly used for road salt, though you can also buy souvenir shakers of table salt). This is Sound of Music country. The fun-loving, proud, and English-speaking Sporer family pours homemade spirits for regular customers and curious visitors alike. Rick Steves' guidebooks are the first I turn to when I get ready to plan a trip, and this one is really just excerpts (word for word) from the Germany and Austria ones, but since Munich, Fussen and Salzburg are my destinations for that area this book works perfectly. With around eight million visitors prowling its cobbled lanes each year, Salzburg can feel pretty touristy. From the castle take a stroll across the forested Mönchsberg hill for a breezy respite from the city, and more commanding views. Germany's Munich and the Foothills of the Alps, ©2021 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | There's no audioguide, but everything's described in English. He has a mysterious mansion at the edge of town, sponsors the local “Red Bull” soccer and hockey teams, owns several chic Salzburg eateries and cocktail bars, and employs 6,000 mostly good-looking people. Rick: So this is apple and pear? Everything you need is here. I'm Rick Steves. ▲▲ Salzburg Cathedral Glorious, harmonious Baroque main church of Salzburg. Choose from these three free options to listen to Rick Steves' Austria & Germany Audio Tours of Vienna, Salzburg, and Germany: Get the Audio Europe app! Its river is called the "Salzach" not because it's salty, but because of the precious cargo it once carried. The constantly flowing water flushed out the streets, provided fire protection, and powered factories. Austria specializes in a knack for conviviality. Different strokes, I guess. Follow me for a little walk and enjoy a rare opportunity to drill deep into the mausoleum of a prince-bishop. You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when visiting Salzburg and Hallstatt.Rick covers the essentials, including Berchtesgaden and the Salzkammergut. While the bone chapel is fascinating...there's more life down on the town square. Old Salzburg's busy and colorful main drag was, and still is, Getreidegasse. It has very nice views of Salzburg, the surrounding mountains, and the fortress (far in the distance). ▲▲ Getreidegasse Picturesque old shopping lane with characteristic wrought-iron signs. Amidst all the tourists and chain outlets, its classy shops and traditional wrought-iron signs give it a touch of elegance. Salzburg's mighty castle offers incredible views in both directions, cafés, and a handful of mediocre museums. It's simple: push to go, pull to break...a treat for kids of all ages. The square was ringed by blacksmiths, bakers, and craftsmen. You go to experience a town that, in spite of the crowds, is thoroughly enjoyable. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Many of the dug-up bones and skulls ended up in the bone chapel. Vienna. This good-value restaurant on the edge of the old center has a dining room that's cozy in cool weather — and a balmy evenings, its great lakeside tables offer the best ambience in town. This square, with its striking cathedral and Italian-style palace was the centerpiece of his Baroque dream city. Back then, salt was so precious because it preserved meat, and Hallstatt was, as its name means, the "place of salt.". The Catholic church overlooks the town from above. You can also visit its underwhelming crypt (free), the nearby Cathedral Museum, and/or (in summer) the Cathedral Excavations Museum (worthwhile only for Roman-iacs). Try Rick Steves Best of Germany . For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel information, To build "the Rome of the North.". ▲▲ Sound of Music Tour Bus or bike through S.O.M. You'll still see the traditional Fuhr boats, designed to carry heavy loads in shallow water. Rick Steves' my way alpine Europe in 12 days. In Salzburg we'll explore its delightful Old Town, enjoy Mozart in a palace, and relax in a sun-dappled beer garden. How do you like that? In Rick Steves Vienna, Salzburg & Tirol you'll find in-depth Rick-tested information on:. Thanks to its charming Old Town, splendid Baroque churches, one of Europe's largest medieval fortresses, and so many great places nearby, Salzburg feels designed to keep its visitors happy. Set your sights on the spire of the Augustinian Church, and you'll find what seems like half of Salzburg feasting and drinking. Learn about Author Central. Austria — with its Germanic passion for quality — is enthusiastic about organically grown fruits and vegetables. Salzburgers are forever smiling to the tunes of Mozart and The Sound of Music. Herr Alfred Lenz makes the town's traditional boats from a 200-year-old design. The organ loft fills the church with glorious sounds as Mozart, 250 years after his birth, is still powering worship with his musical genius. In 1747, Leopold Mozart — a musician in the prince-archbishop's band — moved into this small rental unit with his new bride. The other couple chose the restaurant and it was Wilder Man. Rick Steves is America's leading authority on European travel. They're popular with big-city families who want the opportunity to stay on a farm, to learn to ride, and just get away from the intensity of urban life. Donate to the band, and a maiden gives you a shot of schnapps. Though I don’t consider it my job to breathlessly promote every destination that comes down the pike…rather, I try to give hard opinions in the spirit of the king of hard travel opinions, Rick Steves. While much of the new part of town — on the far side of the river — was destroyed by WWII bombs, the historic Old Town survived. Iron crosses were cheaper than carved tombstones. We're heading into the Mirabell Palace to hear a string quartet play in a splendid Baroque hall. There were major salt mines just upstream. Until next time...keep on travelling. Some northern artists even Italianized their names in order to raise their rates. Mozart performed for the prince-archbishop right here. It’s known for its hilltop fortress, Baroque architecture, old town, and hometown genius, Mozart. Then we'll settle into a farmhouse B&B, survive a mountain luge run, and cruise to one of the jewels of Austria's lake district. For generations, the traditional salt miners' band has entertained their town. The same two men were there that served us in 2013. Home / Blog; Salzburg. Back then Vienna's Habsburg royalty made it their annual holiday retreat, and today it remains as delightful as ever. Idyllic and majestic, but not rugged, it's a gentle land of lakes, forested mountains, and storybook villages rich in hiking and biking opportunities. On this tour of Germany and Austria, your Rick Steves guide will bring this region's rich history and culture to life in festive Munich, Baroque Salzburg, sparkling Lake Hallstatt, monastic Melk, the blue Danube, and royal Vienna — with cozy villages and alpine vistas all along the way. The countryside around Salzburg has plenty of farmhouse B&Bs. This time we're in the land of Mozart…it's Salzburg. Salzburg is forever smiling to the tunes of Mozart and The Sound of Music. St. Peter's Cemetery Atmospheric old cemetery with mini-gardens overlooked by cliff face with monks' caves. Space in Hallstatt's well-tended graveyard was so limited that bones had only about 12 peaceful, buried years here before making way for the freshly dead. There was a Hallstatt before there was a Rome. Even after the family gained fame, touring Europe's palaces and becoming the toast of Salzburg, they continued living in this rather cramped apartment. Salzburg's wealth was based on salt. Red Bull Hangar-7 — Salzburg’s big personality these days is the tycoon founder of Red Bull energy drink, Dietrich Mateschitz. As is often the case in rowdy European eateries like this, you share tables...and make new friends. By Rick Steves Rather than visit the real-life sights from the life of Maria von Trapp and family, most tourists in Salzburg want to see the places where Julie Andrews and company were filmed performing the Hollywood version of the former almost-nun's story. (photo: Rick Steves) Those who climb (or ride) up to Salzburg's fortress are treated to … Nine years later, a little boy was born — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In the 13th century, Salzburg was plumbed with a clever canal system, which has brought water into Salzburg from nearby hills ever since. Are you an author? The 10:00 Mass is famous for its music, and today it's Mozart. For fans, it's almost a pilgrimage. This one dates from 1597. Rick Steves Best of Germany: With Salzburg Hit Germany's can't-miss art, sights, and bites in two weeks or less with Rick Steves Best of Germany! Today, the people of Salzburg are happy to pay a premium for the reliably fresh and top-quality produce. see our FAQ. Wealthy as those guys were, when they ran out of caring relatives, they were dug up, shipped out, and their fancy tombstones ended up on the wall. Enter the cathedral and you're immersed in pure Baroque grandeur. See search results for this author. One fun way to get a good dose of nature with a jolt of speed is on a Sommerrodlebahn. Today, Salzburg's pride in Mozart shows itself best not in museums but in live concerts. If you'd like to commune with nature in a uniquely Austrian way, Salzburg is the ideal jumping off point for spectacular countryside to the south. They were "prince-archbishops" — combining both political and religious power. Then train to Vienna for 3-4 nights. Family of five (two young adults, one teen) Stuttgart and Munich advice. Salt could be shipped from here down to the Danube and beyond. The Triton matches Bernini's famous Triton Fountain in Rome. The banks of the Salzach River — ideal for strolling and biking — were once medieval tow paths. This family portrait shows Mozart with his sister — he was proud of his first-ever compositions for four hands, his father (also a fine musician and composer), and his mother, who died two years earlier in Paris. They're cooked up fresh and simple and served with a nice Austrian dry white wine. ▲ St. Sebastian Cemetery Baroque cemetery with graves of Mozart's wife and father. ▲ Mönchsberg Walk "The hills are alive" stroll you can enjoy right in downtown Salzburg. The stream, divided into smaller canals, was channeled through town. Restaurant Bräugasthof, lakeside and under a grand chestnut tree, is just the place to try some of Lake Hallstatt's prized fish. Salzburg and Vienna will always have part of my heart! It seems each plot is lovingly tended by relatives. Apart from the waterfall, which rips through its middle, Hallstatt is an oasis of peace. You don't throw it down, you sip it. This giant Baroque church, where Mozart was baptized and later served as organist, boats exceptional stucco work, five organs, and lots of light (it doesn't have stained glass, and never did — just clear windows to let light power the message). Visit the grand cathedral (where Mozart performed) and Mozart’s childhood homes. This fountain could be straight out of Italy. Zum wohl! Terms of Service | Privacy, Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Austria, Music Appreciation for Travel: Part II One of Europe's mightiest castles, it dominates Salzburg's skyline. On balmy summer evenings, this brewery has the ambience of a Renoir painting as all generations gather under the chestnut trees, as they have for centuries, to enjoy cheap food, good beer, and that special local coziness called "Gemütlichkeit." They dissolved it into a brine, which flowed through miles of pipes — the oldest hewn out of logs — to Hallstatt and nearby towns where the brine was, and still is, cooked until only the salt remained. Salzburg, which grew rich from the salt trade long ago, is touristy but still enjoyable today. But Salzburg is busy all year long, with over 2,000 live performances in churches and palaces like this. Since it had no road access, people came and went by boat. ▲▲ Salzburg Museum Best place for city history. In the year 700, its Bavaria rulers gave control of Salzburg to the local bishop in return for his promise to defend and expand Christianity in the area. They were as kind as ever and the food was still as good as I remembered. It was here that he composed most of his boy-genius works. Wolfgang Mozart spent much of his first 25 years in Salzburg — one of the greatest Baroque cities north of the Alps. Each of the several hundred painted skulls has been lovingly named, dated, and decorated. The graves are a collection of well-cared-for mini-gardens. Terms of Service | Privacy, Salzburg, Austria: Hohensalzburg Fortress and Mönchsberg, Salzburg, Austria: Music, Lakes and Mountains, Salzburg, Austria: Sampling Schnapps on Getreidegasse. Pop into the fishery — two men have a license to harvest the lake of its plankton-fed Reinanke fish — much prized by local restaurants. Last time I stayed in the Hotel Elephant, and it was very good, small rooms, central and it had air conditioning..which many in old bldgs do not have. Pondering the old-time signs — which were advertising back in the days when most shoppers couldn't read — you can almost imagine strolling here looking for a sturdy pair of boots, a stylish dirndl, or even a little schnapps. Archaeologists claim that since 7000 B.C., people have come here to get salt. Herr Sporer: Schnapps is distilled fruits. In this case, while Salzburg leaves me cold, I did manage to find plenty to like about it. It's the easiest and best experience if you have an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Android. Rick: But this is after breakfast and you're still quite busy. ▲▲▲ Salzburg Town Walk Old Town's best sights in handy orientation walk (outlined in my guidebooks, and available as a free audio tour). Since it was built in only about 15 years, the church boasts particularly harmonious art and architecture. Getting a beer is fun in itself. Herr Sporer: Apple and pear. Oh...that's good. Admission is free, but donations are prominently requested. ... Last May we found ourselves in Salzburg with another couple. Hallstatt's Catholic church overlooks the town from above. (17:24). The birthplace of Mozart — and everyone's Sound of Music fantasies — Salzburg is a Baroque jewel of a town. see our FAQ. The place is filled with scores of scores, portraits, [and] insights into his family life and how the young prodigy was basically home schooled by his hard-driving father. And in Salzburg, there's no better place to experience that than here at the Augustiner Bräustübl. Rick: Good. And the Steckerlfisch...now that's my kind of fish stick! Is that right? They're reminders of the 1800s, when the first Romantic Age poets and painters discovered this region. It's good to see how, in the midst of all this tourism, purely local hangouts still survive. Salzburg's cathedral, constructed in the early 1600s, was one of the first grand Baroque buildings north of the Alps. Today, these riverside paths are much enjoyed providing easy access to the surrounding countryside. Herr Sporer: And it's very typical for this area. My Account. For dessert — after a visit to the strudel kiosk — enjoy the incomparable floodlit view of old Salzburg from the nearby Müllnersteg pedestrian bridge and a riverside stroll home. Rick Steves Vienna, Salzburg & Tirol book. The New Town has the big business and train station, but the Old Town, sitting between the Salzach River and a hill called Mönchsberg, holds nearly all the charm...and most of the tourists. Lovable Hallstatt is a tiny town bullied onto a ledge between a mountain and a swan-ruled lake. You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Munich, Bavaria, and Salzburg. The one in Fuschl am See (closest to Salzburg) is a little cheaper, and takes about 10 minutes for the ride up and down. Rick Steves' Europe. While fires have been a recurrent problem, many houses go way back. Herr Sporer: We're always busy because we're very old traditional shop in the Getreidegasse. Share hotel & restaurant reviews. Then, get set to fly. Buy your token, choose a mug —two choices: big and HUGE, give it a rinse…and fill 'er up. Waiters only bring beer; they don't bring food — instead, go up the stairs, survey the hallway of deli counters, grab a tray, and assemble your own meal (or, as long as you buy a drink, you can bring in a picnic — many do). The tiny train station is across Lake Hallstatt from the postcard-pretty town by the same name: Hallstatt. Admire churches in Munich's main square, Marienplatz, or visit the world-famous Hofbräuhaus and Nymphenburg Palace. Later, miners dug tunnels to extract the salty rock. The regulars here know that there are enough flavors of schnapps to keep them coming back again and again. Inside you'll find:Strategic advice from Rick Steves on what's worth your time and moneyShort itineraries covering Munich, Bavaria, Rothenburg and the … This time we're in the land of Mozart…it's Salzburg. 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