I finished sight-seeing Vienna in 2 days and Xiaoman recommended me to visit Salzberg or Bratislava. In the end, I went for the more expensive Salzberg and I never regret spending near 100 euros on the train ride alone.
QBB Train ticket
Some fact about Salzberg that I read up was that it is a world famous baroque architecture and has one of the best-preserved city centres north of the Alps, and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. It was also the birthplace of 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In the mid-20th century, the city was the setting for parts of the musical and film The Sound of Music, which also features famous landmarks in Austria.
Reached the Salzberg Train Station
You need to walk about 15 minutes from the train station to the newer city
First stop: Mirabell Palace
There was a performance when I was there
Continued my journey and saw the Mozart University which is near the Mirabell Palace
A nearby Church
Continue my journey and found Mozart's Residence
The river that divides the old city from the new
To the left (new city) and the right (old city)
The streets of the old city
People here are really crazy about Mozart...first they have a cafe with his name...
and they have a shop selling chocolates also with his name???
So since everyone is crazy about Mozart, I shall go on a Mozart quest and landed myself on the birthplace of Mozart
Saw the Franziskanerchurch
Then to the main square of the old city
With the Salzberg Cathedral just around the corner
The side view of the Cathedral
The "Residenz" Palace which is beside the Cathedral and I assume the Cathedral is build for the Imperial family.
Some stuff inside the "Residenz" Palace
Bought a ticket for a harpsichord recital for the later part of the day
Saw this amazing way to play chess...
Headed over to St. Peter cemetery
Went into a small cave-like structure and it was cool compared to the hot sun outside
Left the place and headed over to the Hohensalzburg Castle on a hill dominating the old town is one of the largest castles in Europe, with views over Salzburg. I didn't take the funicular up and chose to walk up the flight of stairs instead.
The never ending steps...
The first foothold for the castle
Finally at the base of the castle
Got my ticket and off I went into the castle
Look how steep the way up
The blacksmith area which is near the entrance of the castle main gates
Well inside the castle
Went for the tour and took this shot overseeing the whole of Salzberg
The guard post
This is for the bell that serves as an alarm for the citizen to wake up and go to bed
The tour ended at the main square of the castle
Chapel of the castle...now in ruins
Museum of the soldiers
After exploring the castle, I headed to the Nonnberg Abbey
After exploring I head back to the old city and head over to Mozart Square to take a look before the recital
Statue of Mozart
Headed to "Residenz" for the recital that last for about an hour
Headed to St. Sebastian Cemetery to see the Mozarts who were buried there
There!!! my day trip to Salzberg just ended...4 hours back to Vienna to spent my last night in Austria...