The Scoop on Salzburg
You might ask why Salzburg, Austria? We respond with why the heck not Salzburg? When you think Salzburg there are probably only two things that come to mind. Sound of Music and Mozart. Maybe you’re not into musicals or the bumpin tunes of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, if you are that is spectacular, but there is so much more to this small city on the Austrian-German border.
Situated on Salzach River, the name Salzburg translates to ‘Salt Fortress’, since it was a vital stop for the salt barges that would run along the river. Settled around 15 BC, the town has been in the hands of some of the great empires and dynasties of the world. From the Bavarians to the Holy Roman Empire to the Austrian Empire, the city still shows the features of these different cultures. Despite about 46% of the city being destroyed during WWII, most of the classical baroque architecture survived and has been a popular draw for tourists.
Home to the Hohensalzburg Castle which was originally built in 1077 and expanded many more time throughout the years, it gives a 360-degree view of the valley and the surrounding mountains. This is a must see in the city. To the cultural and liquid fun version of the city, the Augustiner Braü is Austria’s oldest beer hall. From the crisp refreshing beer to the filling and delicious sausages and pretzels it has the perfect setup. This is a great place to meet some friendly locals and make a new friend. See it is cultural. And it’s worth a shot, your first beer here is on the VRX team!
We wanted to highlight Salzburg a bit, but not give away too much, because it is not one the big metropolis type cities you often hear about when it comes to Europe. Even though it is smaller we feel it packs a punch you won’t forget and could easily be your favorite stop on this epic journey through Central Europe!