Perhaps most famous for being the birthplace of Mozart (as well as the setting for “The Sound of Music”), Salzburg lies just on the border with Germany. A fully preserved embodiment of Baroque architecture, few modern buildings have been allowed a place in the inner city, meaning today it looks almost identical to how it did 400 years ago.
The Route: The Munich-to-Salzburg route is a quick cross-border train journey: prices begin at $27 each way, and it’ll take you just under two hours to arrive. If you opt for the bus (go for Flixbus) it’ll cost $13 each way with a journey time of two hours.
Where to Stay: If you’re in Salzburg, you want historical luxury, and if you want historical luxury, you want Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron. The hotel, which served as the filming location for the von Trapp family residence in “The Sound of Music,” is set inside a stunning 18th-century palace with a beautiful interior and remarkable surroundings.
Where to Eat: S’Kloane Brauhaus serves classic, rustic Austrian cuisine (think wiener schnitzel and venison stew) and home-brewed beer in a warm, traditionally decorated environment.
What to Do: Take a ”Sound of Music” tour, or visit the birthplace of Mozart, which is now a museum. Or just head down to the Alter Market and dedicate your day to eating as much Austrian street food as you can.