Mini Break in Salzburg – Hints, Tips, Budget and the Basics

Well look at me, all fancy, having just had a mini break to Salzburg! I booked this trip as an impromptu last minute treat for Nik’s for his birthday last month. I know that seems a little extravagant for a normal birthday (it wasn’t a biggie), but the stark reality for us is that for a while, we didn’t know if Nik would make this birthday, and thank the lord he did, so lets bloody celebrate I say! I decided to book Salzburg as it was somewhere Nik had been as a youngster, and said he wanted to re-visit with adult eyes if that makes sense. You don’t have the same appreciation for all the culture and gorgeousness as a youngster do you. So, in part one of this little travel tale, I thought I would give you the low down on our mini break to Salzburg and some hints, tips and the basics just in case you are planning a trip yourself. I will cover the culture and beauty of Salzburg in my next post or you will be here reading all day……or asleep… Its a bit of a long one, but I hope its useful!

Salzburg Hints, Tips, Budget and Basics

The Basics

Lets start with the basics, like how I booked it etc, as I saved about £120 on the price I found it on the travel agents websites. It was a good saving so wanted to share. I booked everything separate. I had carried out my research and knew the exact location I wanted to stay in, that the trip into town was only a short journey from the airport and that as the flight was so short, a budget airline would suit me fine. I was a little nervous as the last time I booked like this was in my pre children traveling days! Since I have had my sons I tend to do packages as I want to know everything has been taken care of. Now they are older, they wont be accompanying us as often so I don’t worry so much.

salzburg mini break

Getting there;

I used the various flight sites to look up and compare flights to Salzburg. I knew that I wanted to fly out early morning, and come home late so that we got three full days there. I would advise doing this, as we really did utilise all of the time we had. I found on E-dreams that I could fly out at 6am and come home on our return journey at 7pm. Perfect! I also found that booking with two separate airlines saved me about £70. We flew out with Ryan Air and home with Euro Wings. I did worry about the Euro Wings flight as I had never heard of that particular airline, but they were brilliant and to be totally honest, the experience with them was better than Ryan Air. I wouldn’t hesitate to book with them again. Also, just be aware that Ryanair now charge to take a mini suitcase onto the plane as hand luggage. If you don’t pay for two cabin bags (about £7 pp) then you can only take a small handbag on board.

Where we stayed;

Then I moved onto the hotel booking. As I say, I knew that I wanted to stay in the old town, and that I wanted to be fairly near to the things we wanted to see. I used to book my hotel, using their facility that they have to filter your choices, by distance from a certain landmark etc. I use quite often for hotels in London, and if you are registered with them, you get special discounts from time to time. (You also collect “nights” to earn free nights, so worth looking at) I used one of these discounts and saved £50 on our hotel for the two nights. Perfect! We stayed in a little 4 star hotel called Altstadthotel Weisse Taube. It was nothing fancy, but it was clean, incredibly friendly and efficient, perfectly located and the beds were like sleeping on a cloud! On that note, what is it about hotel bedrooms that make you sleep so well? Im a notoriously bad sleeper, yet I always sleep so well in hotels. Hmmmm, I need to look into this!

hints, tips, budget and the basics

Anyway, I digress. It suited our needs just fine.

The Food;

As we were only here for three days, we really wanted to eat as traditionally Austrian as we could. I will be honest here and say I had no clue what Austria’s traditional food was, other than apple strudel! I know thats very uneducated, but I just didn’t know. I imagined it a little like German cuisine and I suppose it was. As a vegetarian, I did not struggle at all to find something to eat, despite the fact that the menus are all pretty small compared to choices we are often faced with in UK restaurants. In some ways that was better as I am rubbish when faced with too much choice! Restaurants and pavement cafe’s are everywhere, and you will not struggle to find somewhere to eat. We didn’t plan on partaking in any fancy dining while here as it was all about the sights for us. On our last night, we went to an amazing little traditional cuisine place, tucked away off the beaten track in the old town, and had an amazing meal. I had spinach and parmesan Semmelknodel Dumplings. These are firm, tennis ball shaped yumminess made from bread, eggs, spinach and seasoning. So simple, yet absolutely delicious. They served it with a salad and it was so gorgeous. For meat eaters, these are often served with pork or beef. (excuse this basic photo, I only had my phone)

Nik had the famous Wiener Schnitzel. The most Austrian way to eat this is with veal, but as Nik dose not eat veal, he had it with pork. This breaded dish is traditional served a redcurrant jelly and potato salad, which is how he enjoyed it. He said it was gorgeous! Another dish that I had on another night was a cheese Spatzle, which is a little like gnocchi that you may know. This a very famous vegetarian dish served in Austria, and loaded with cheese and flavour, absolutely amazing. A must for any cheese lover. We found Austrian cuisine to be very hearty and wholesome. If you are a foodie you will not be disappointed. It should probably be here that I disclose that yes, we did accompany each and every meal with ice cold glasses of Austrian beer, mainly Stiegl… was delicious…..I have no guilt…..yum.

You also HAVE to try the famous Mozart Balls. Beautiful chocolates that are worth everyone of their calories!

salzburg hints tips budget and basics

Hints and Tips

I wanted to share some things that we discovered on our mini break. I really feel that these will help anyone that makes a trip to beautiful Salzburg.

Buy a Salzburg card – This is the biggest tip I can give you if you are planning to sightsee. This card (see it here) costs around £24 – £28 for 24 hours, about €36 for 48 hours, and gets you in to many of the attractions for free. For example, the cable car up to the fortress would cost you €25, so just doing that covers your cost of the card. Its a fabulous money saving purchase.

Salzburg hints tips budget basics

Get on the bus – The busses are incredibly efficient, regular and cost effective. If you have a Salzburg card, you travel for free within the city too. We jumped on the bus from the airport into the town and it cost just €3 each. Once we bought our card our bus trips were free. I really liked being on the bus too, a great way to see the residential side of the city.

Don’t expect late nights – Nik and I both enjoy eating quite late at home, but in Salzburg, food stops at around 9 o clock. We went out one night around 9.30, and very few places were still serving food! We were like “whaaatttt”??? We are used to London where you can eat at anytime, so that was an eye opener. You can drink until much later, its just food that stops.

Take cash – again, something that we were surprised at was that many places did not take card. Restaurants, shops, buying your Salzburg card etc, all had to be paid in cash (Euro’s). We were very nearly caught out one night, we thought we was going to have to offer to wash up! There are plenty of cash machines around though, so once you know it really isn’t an issue.

A Weekend visit – Because of Niks shift pattern at work, we went over a weekend, something that I would usually avoid due to the crowds. However, we feel it played in our favour with this trip. The Saturday and Sunday had lots of locals going about their daily life, but all very laid back and chilled, and no tourist crowds. This meant we could walk around the attractions in relative quiet. On the Monday, it was like coach loads of tourists and school trips were everywhere. The weekend, in particular the Sunday, were so much calmer and nicer. Just be aware that on a Sunday, some of the attractions operate reduced opening hours.

salzburg hints tips budget and basics

No Glam squad required – Salzburg has a very relaxed, very laid back cafe culture type vibe and I never saw anyone dressed up to the nines. It was all very casual. I took a few tea dress type dresses with me, and paired them with flat shoes of a night. I don’t think I saw anyone in heels the entire three days. It was like a different world! (Remember, Im from Essex where girls walk their dog in their skyscraper heels)! It was fab as I was always so comfortable and perfect for walking and exploring the city. Lovely!

Roof top bars – I love a roof top bar, and wanted to have a drink in one in Salzburg. We chose The Hotel Stein, which is right on the river, on the opposite side to the old town. Be warned, you have to book a day or two in advance if you would like evening drinks up there. The view is lovely though, so worth getting organised for.

In conclusion

Salzburg is amazing and I really would urge anyone to add it to their must visit list. I cannot wait to share some of the more cultural side to Salzburg in my next post. It was such a relaxed pace of life, and the people were lovely. A few people told us before we went, that it was really expensive there. We found it on a par with London prices, although you do see things like happy hours on drinks in some bars. To give you an idea, we were paying around €4-€5 per pint and around €12 for a main meal. We had the most amazing time, have come home feeling relaxed and happy, and have fallen just a little in love with Austria.

salzburg hints tips budget and basics

Id love to know what you thought of this travel post and if it was useful. Im planning on featuring a few trips over the coming months so would love your feedback on whether this is a useful format? I thought breaking it down into two posts might be a little more digestible   Do you enjoy a city break? What city breaks have made you leave a little of your heart there? As always, Id love to know about your experiences xx



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  1. July 3, 2018 / 9:58 pm

    I am so pleased that you have fallen in love with Austria and had a wonderful break in Salzburg. The country was a big part of my teenage years and will always be special to me.
    I love Austrian cuisine. Those dumplings are delicious aren’t they. My Austrian friend’s my made the most fantastic liver dumpling served in a consommé and spätzle is just pure comfort food.
    Now that you’ve done Salzburg I can really recommend that you visit Vienna. It’s such a beautiful city and full to the brim with culture. When I bwent last year with my youngest we stayed in an Airb&b which gave us a taste of Viennese living. I would never had had to try and help the old lady with dementia next door try and sort out her plumbing problem at midnight if we were staying in a hotel!
    Looking forward to reading part 2, xxx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      July 3, 2018 / 10:34 pm

      Ahhh thank you for reading and I know you told me I would love it, and I so did! its funny you say about Vienna as on our last night, we got talking to a Salzburg couple in a bar and they were telling us all about Vienna. It is now very much on my list and an air b&b sounds a fab idea. Im really not worried about luxury on a city break as you literally just sleep there don’t you. The dumplings were just amazing, although so filling! How do the Austrians stay such a trim nation lol. I will be chewing your ear soon about Vienna then, your my Austria go to gal! Thank you for stopping by xxx

  2. July 4, 2018 / 5:49 am

    Salzburg is such a wonderful place. I loved my holiday in Austria it is such a beautiful country. Did you get any Mozart Balls?

    • kerrylifeandloves
      July 4, 2018 / 7:10 am

      It really is amazing isnt it, I really want to go to Vienna now! have you been? Yes! We brought some home for my sons and my parents. So delicious! I didnt get to try the pretzel’s though, I forgot!

      • July 5, 2018 / 5:34 am

        Yes I went to Vienna it is the most amazing place. I stayed by late Wolfgang which was the most beautiful place.

        • kerrylifeandloves
          July 5, 2018 / 7:50 am

          Ohhh thats so funny you mention Wolfgang! My in laws had their honeymoon there, and went back many times over the years. Its firmly on our list to get their too! My list is growing daily haha!

  3. Susanne
    July 4, 2018 / 9:16 am

    I have a problem with these countries (Germany, Austria etc) because they don’t understand coeliac stuff, so I never have any intention of travelling there, other than as a have-to when driving down to Italy. But I know there are lots of pretty places there! (and actually, I once found a tiny restaurant in Germany where they even made gluten free schnitzel! it’s possible if going away from the autobahn) I would probably travel to small towns rather than capitals, but from your photos it looks nice! The photo with the river reminds me of Florence or Verona. 🙂

    • kerrylifeandloves
      July 4, 2018 / 9:20 am

      Oh yes, I can imagine that it is a problem. Its crazy isnt it as they must have people that suffer from Coeliac disease living there. I think your choices could be limited though, so I totally get your worries. Its is incredibly beautiful and I was astounded how laid back it was. Im used to London craziness so this was such a lovely surprise. I havent yet got to Florence, but its on my list! Thank you for reading xxxx

  4. July 4, 2018 / 9:11 am

    I’ve never been, but can definitely recommend the Mozart balls too! S went on a business trip to vienna and I asked him to get me some! Yum yum! I think this is somewhere that we would like to go too XX

    • kerrylifeandloves
      July 4, 2018 / 9:15 am

      Oh Kirsty I think you would love it. The whole atmosphere is relaxed and serene. My only regret is that we didn’t have time for one of the Mozart dinners. Im not a massive fan of Mozart, but I can imagine having dinner while an orchestra play his pieces is just amazing!

  5. July 4, 2018 / 7:25 pm

    Such a lovely photo of you by the fountain! I think a lot of places in Europe don’t serve food late. Austria looks like a beautiful place and perfect for a getaway. I don’t know much about the cuisine or what it’s like there, so I really enjoyed reading. xxx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      July 4, 2018 / 9:16 pm

      Thank you so much, thats so kind xx. Salzburg was certainly a photogenic little part of the globe! I was the same Laura, knew very little about it all, but it was a wonderful discovery. Thank you for reading xx

  6. July 4, 2018 / 11:38 pm

    There’s some really good tips here Kerry. You are a little tour guide! I can’t wait to see the rest of your weekend. The Instagram photos have me in waiting to hear about it xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      July 5, 2018 / 7:49 am

      Ahhh thank you so much. I was hoping it was of use in some way. Ohhh I cant wait to share all the sights, I just have to make sure I dont geek out too much and bore you all to death! Haha xxx

  7. July 5, 2018 / 9:17 am

    This was an awesome post with lots of useful information. I too sleep better in hotels as well. 😄 xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      July 5, 2018 / 11:20 am

      Thats great news, Im so glad it was useful! Its weird isnt it. Im looking at bringing some hotel chic to my own bedroom haha! xx

  8. Janis
    July 5, 2018 / 2:45 pm

    Very interesting post Kerry, it’s a yes from me for more travel posts. You’re our very own trip advisor!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      July 5, 2018 / 9:55 pm

      Ohhh fab, glad you like the idea xx. I hope I can pass on lots of useful information! Thank you!

  9. July 6, 2018 / 3:52 pm

    Really informative post. I really want to take my first ever solo trip to Austria, and Salzburg looks like a really nice place to visit. Great tip about the Salzburg card, that would save you a lot on attractions!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      July 6, 2018 / 6:10 pm

      Thank you so much Amy. I think it would be a perfect solo trip, and funnily enough, we saw lots of people doing solo trips. It feels incredibly safe. The old part of the town especially. Id love to hear if you go, I would be so jealous! The Salzburg card is amazing value xx

  10. Kelly
    July 8, 2018 / 9:02 am

    What a great post, so informative! It looks like such a beautiful place – I’m definitely adding it to my bucket list of places to visit.

    • kerrylifeandloves
      July 8, 2018 / 10:31 am

      Thank you so much, Im so glad you found it useful! We were taken by surprise at how gorgeous it is, so its 100% worth a visit xx

  11. July 8, 2018 / 10:05 am

    oh wow! Salzburg looks lovely!!! I actually have the luck that the brother of the boyfriend lives there, so I think I will go visit sometime soon. It’s good to know that the food stops early. I am also used to being able to eat a bit later. This travel post was truly lovely and now I really want to book me a holiday haha 🙂
    Rose –

    • kerrylifeandloves
      July 8, 2018 / 10:33 am

      Thank you so much for stopping by, and I am so glad you found it useful. Ohh how lovely that you will have your very own tour guide when you visit there. I am positive you will love it as it has so much to offer. The post on the things to do and see should be live in a couple of days, so you may find that one of use too xx

  12. July 8, 2018 / 12:31 pm

    Loved your post, always interesting to learn about new places!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      July 8, 2018 / 12:37 pm

      Thank you so much, I hope it was of use! I appreciate you stopping by

  13. Juliette | For the Sake of Good Taste
    July 8, 2018 / 3:10 pm

    Absolutely lovely! Looks like an amazing trip – and you’ve done an excellent job of breaking it down for us all! Will definitely need to add this one to my travel bucket list xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      July 8, 2018 / 7:58 pm

      Thank you so much for reading Juliette, and thank you for stopping by. Im so glad you found it useful. It really does not disappoint in any way x

  14. July 8, 2018 / 5:03 pm

    I really want to visit Salzburg one day and my other half and I are hoping to go there next year, depending on budget etc. Thanks so much for sharing all of your tips! I’d never thought to book flights with two separate companies. I love the fact that they’re so relaxed over there too…. Perhaps for those days when I just want to slip into a tshirt and jeans!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      July 8, 2018 / 8:00 pm

      Hi, thank you so much for stopping by and reading. Im so glad you found it of use. I think you really can make it pretty reasonable to get there, and I learnt a lot of lessons doing this one. I hope you get to visit, its gorgeous x

  15. July 8, 2018 / 5:40 pm

    I’ve never been to Salzburg before but it sounds awesome! The food looks delicious and it sounds like there is so much to enjoy. Your photography is gorgeous and really makes me want to go on a sunny city break. Thank you for sharing Kelly and glad you both had a wonderful time 💖 xx

    Bexa |

    • kerrylifeandloves
      July 8, 2018 / 8:01 pm

      You are so welcome, thank you for stopping by. Your very kind to say that about my photos, its and area I struggle with and am trying to learn as I go along. it was a fabulous trip x

  16. July 9, 2018 / 12:14 am

    Great post with lots of useful information, thanks for sharing. I’ve got my eye on that schnitzel, sounds relish!!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      July 9, 2018 / 6:30 am

      Hi Paul, thank you so much, so glad you found it useful. The food is good, you would never be hungry thats for sure! Thanks for reading

  17. July 10, 2018 / 12:44 am

    Did you get out to the Von Trapp mansion?

    • kerrylifeandloves
      July 10, 2018 / 6:46 am

      NO, but we would have so loved to! Was it amazing? There was a few bits that we just couldnt fit in, another visit is due for sure! We would have loved to have done a Mozart concert dinner, visit The Eagles Nest, go to the Von Trapp mansion. Three days was not enough haha!

      • July 10, 2018 / 10:59 am

        We didnt either but all of those things are on our wish list. Besides Star Wars, Sound of Music is probably our favorite movie.

        • kerrylifeandloves
          July 10, 2018 / 4:52 pm

          Its so difficult to fit everything in on a mini break. I need 6 weeks there haha x

          • July 10, 2018 / 11:48 pm

            We travel like we’re Amazing Race contestants – totally understand!

  18. Jean
    July 11, 2018 / 10:10 am

    WOW, fabulous post Kerry, love the look of Austria and this beautiful city, so much useful information and I love your photos. Keep up the travel posts, so inspiring and helpful tips, makes me want to pack my bag!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      July 11, 2018 / 10:34 am

      Ahhhh thats great Jean, I love that it makes you feel this way! Everyday should be the opportunity for a new adventure eh! Thank you so much for reading xx

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