As a non-religious person, it gave me another opportunity to do some local exploration...this time I chose to head to Salzburg in Austria. Less than 2 hours drive from Munich, Salzburg is the 4th largest city in Austria and has an impressive and well-preserved old town. It was also the birthplace of Mozart in the 18th century and the location for parts of ‘The Sound of Music’ movie.
I continued onto the Salzburg Modern Museum to it’s cafe which had been recommended to me - M32.
I grabbed a table in the sunshine, giving me perfect views of the city and fortress. The morning’s trek had given me an appetite so I settled down for a “vital frühstuck” - a ‘breakfast’ consisting of apple & carrot juice, coffee, bread, cottage cheese, muesli, carrot cake, veggie sticks and yoghurt with apple & honey!
Not only does M32 have great views, but the restaurant also has some really cool decor - particularly their ceiling!
Refueled, I headed back down into the town. I walked along Getreidegasse, one of the oldest streets in Salzburg and also the main shopping street. Due to the bank holiday, the only stores that were open were tourist shops but there were still loads of people wandering through this compact road. The highlight is the shop signs - because in the middles ages most people couldn’t read, the store owners illustrated their wares using icons - a tradition continued today.
Next up was the Mirabell Palace Gardens (the site where the Von Trap children sing “do re mi”) where I wandered through the impressive statues, fountain and hedge maze. Being across from the river you are also treated to more great views of the fortress.