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A Perfect Weekend in Salzburg

Weekend in SalzburgA Perfect Weekend in Salzburg

Salzburg isn’t just the setting of The Sound of Music; it’s one of the most picturesque, historically rich cities in all of Europe. And this small but perfectly formed Austrian city makes for an ideal weekend getaway from anywhere in the surrounding area and beyond. Salzburg has plenty to offer anyone who visits its medieval old town, from stunning architecture to delicious food and some of the best views of the Alps that you’ll find anywhere in Europe. 

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Salzburg, the capital of the Salzkammergut region of Austria, is one of the country’s largest cities with its population at 140,000 people.

Salzburg’s unique culture and history sets it apart from other Austrian cities like Vienna and Linz, making it a must-see destination while you’re in Austria. While there are certainly plenty of things to do in Salzburg, we’ve narrowed down the best ways to spend a perfect weekend in Salzburg on your next trip to Europe.

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Here are some great things to do when you visit Salzburg during your next vacation or weekend break!

Explore the city

Visit the medieval town, salt mines, and one of Europe’s most famous castles: Schloss Hellbrunn. Spend an afternoon at Mozart’s Birthplace and enjoy live music on Festival Square or just walk around admiring beautiful old buildings while sipping coffee from one of many sidewalk cafes!

A Perfect Weekend in Salzburg

Tourist attractions in Salzburg 

Tourist attractions in Salzburg that should not be missed are the Festung Hohensalzburg, the birthplace of Mozart and the Salzach River. The fortress is located on top of an hill, providing stunning views of the city. Nearby is a large park called Hellbrunn, which has beautiful gardens and fountains. In addition, there are many other things to do such as take tours and visit local shops.

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A Perfect Weekend in Salzburg

Eat, drink and be merry

Before you start exploring and adventuring, take some time to stop for breakfast. Find your favorite spot for pastries and coffee (try Cafe Tomaselli at Getreidegasse 9), grab lunch from one of Salzburg’s many food trucks (like SnackPoint) or dine with panoramic views of Mozart’s birthplace at Hotel Bristol Restaurant. Don’t forget to bring a bottle of wine from the market tour so you can celebrate later!

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A Perfect Weekend in Salzburg

Where to stay in Salzburg?

If you plan on exploring Salzburg, I recommend staying near some of its main attractions. These include Mirabell Palace and Gardens, Hofkirche St. Peter (St. Peter’s Church), and Hohensalzburg Fortress. You may also want to consider booking a place near Hellbrunn Palace.

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Activities for kids & family

If you’re looking for activities that are especially enjoyable with the whole family, then check out some of these. When I was there, I visited the old town and explored its winding streets, beautiful architecture and quaint little shops. We found an adorable toy store with lots of treasures. There were also fantastic restaurants serving regional cuisine like Apfelstrudel (which tastes amazing), wiener schnitzel and lots more!

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What time of year should you visit Salzburg?

The best times to visit are spring and fall. Summers are hot and humid, and winters are cold with heavy snowfall. You’ll find that the weather is most agreeable during these seasons. If you can’t make it then, consider visiting during March or October when the crowds aren’t too bad. I’ve visited this city many times over the years, but I still love coming back again every time.

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Budget tips 

Budget is an important factor when planning your trip, but you shouldn’t let it limit what you do and see. Make sure you look for ways to cut down on costs without skimping on fun—you don’t want to regret spending too little or having your trip be shorter than expected. Budget can mean different things for different people, so consider how far you are willing to go with regard to accommodation, transportation, food and entertainment. This can also influence how long you stay. Book your stay in Salzburg with Booking.com

A Perfect Weekend in Salzburg

Where to go shopping in Salzburg?

Shopping in Salzburg is a highlight for many visitors. The old town’s pedestrian zone is home to the most famous stores, but you can also find smaller shops that are off the beaten path. If you’re looking for something specific, then head to one of the city’s department stores or head out of town and visit one of the malls that surround it. Salzburg is also home to some of Europe’s most impressive Christmas markets, which are great places to find traditional handicrafts and seasonal gifts.

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Visit Patmos island

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How to get to Patmos island

We flew from Athens airport to Leros island and then we took the ferry. For ferry routes and online ticket bookings, you will find everything you need in the website of Ferries in Greece.

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Where to stay in Patmos island

We tried two different kind of accommodations which are located in two different parts of the island. We often like to do that. By doing this, we get to experience one island in different ways and see it from different perspectives. So we spent two nights in a unique and historic countryside estate that is called Langada and three nights at one of the beautiful villas of Onar Patmos.

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A travel guide to Patmos Greece
 

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Where to eat in Patmos island

For dinner: To tsipouradiko mas / Benetos restaurant (there are two of them) / Jimmy’s Balcony (here meet the owner) / Vaggelis restaurant

Beach bar: Atmos

For breakfast and coffee: Katoi

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Highlight of my trip to Patmos island was the encounter with the painter Andreas Kalatzis. We passed by his studio/gallery late in the evening and we saw him working on an art piece that he had to ship to the US. Something attracted us to him, and without giving it a second thought, we jumped into his studio! It felt immediately like we have been knowing each other for years. Everything about him, his life and his work was incredible inspiring to us! We wanted to keep in touch with him. Therefore, we asked for his business card. He took a small piece of paper, he drew a couple on it, and on the back he wrote his name and his telephone number! Definitely the most beautiful business card I’ve ever seen! And the only one I will keep in my wallet!

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Traditional house Langada

Traditional house Langada

We finally made it to Patmos island this summer! We had the chance to spend two amazing nights at the Traditional house Langada, and discover the beautiful and peaceful area of upper Kampos. The traditional house Langada belongs to Nicoletta Houses.

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Nicoletta says:

“In 1971, my mother, Dolly Kontogianni, set her foot for the first time at the port of Patmos island. It was love at first sight. She was immediately captivated by the island’s special energy. She soon found a plot in Chora, the island’s medieval capital, where she was planning to build a typical Chora mansion. Dolly was a restless spirit and loved houses! She never stopped exploring the island’s houses and plots until she discovered the 40-acre estate “Langada”.

There was a farmhouse in ruinous condition, which had developed during the centuries, around a small chapel and a central patio. As it can be read on the chapel’s lintel, it was built in 1698. Rumours says that the chapel and the room next to it had been used by generations of monks of the St John monastery, who wished to lead an ascetic mode of life and cultivate the land. The estate belonged to 30 heirs. As you can imagine, the buying process was very complicated.

Dolly finally managed to acquire the property in 1973. She slowly started restoring the house, strictly following the traditional building techniques and architectural style. This project which lasted 5 years. Since then, we have spent numerous summer and easter holidays with friends and family.”

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We took these pictures in the terrace of the Traditional house Langada overlooking Kampos beach. If you would also like to enjoy an exclusive vacation experience in a unique and historic countryside estate, book the Traditional house Langada in Patmos island.

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Visit Leros island

Visit Leros island

Every June we go island hopping! This year we chose Leros island as the first island to visit!

Visit Leros island

It was my second visit to Leros island! I came back a few years later to see what has changed in the meantime! I was particularly excited for going back to the Mylos by the sea taverna in Agia Marina (it’s a must visit)! We also loved Psaropoula restaurant in Panteli! I couldn’t find a website for the restaurant but everything is easy to be found in Leros! Just ask the locals and they will guide you!

For our stay we chose Nefeli Hotel.

Visit Leros island

You can find my blog post from my first visit here.

Visit Leros island

My first visit to the island was a press trip organised by the Greek Tourism board in Austria. This time though, I enjoyed the island a little bit more cause I was free to discover the island the way I like, go to the places I personally chose and spend there as much time as I wanted.

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How to get to Leros island

Since Leros island has an airport and it’s quite far away from Athens, I would say that the easiest and fastest way is by airplane.

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Shopping in Leros island

We found a few interesting ceramic shops in Agia Marina. We also loved Aspronisi boutique.

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Favourite beach in Leros island pictured below: Agia Kioura!

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In Leros island you will need a car. Rent one at Motoland Leros Rent a car.

Favourite beach in Leros island

The windmills of the Pandeli Castle

The windmills of the Pandeli Castle

The windmills of the Pandeli Castle

If you plan to visit Leros island this summer, take notes of the travel tips I mentioned on this blog post and on my previous one, and I wish you lots of fun and carefreeness!

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