Salzburg, Austria - A Fairytale City

Hi Journeys of Girls! My name is Katie (founder of, @acultureapiece) and, as a former resident of Salzburg, Austria, I want to take you inside this magical town and show you all the best things to see and do while you’re here. With historic castles, gorgeous gardens, and mountains galore, your time in Salzburg will be something you’ll never forget.

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Mirabell Gardens


Mirabell Gardens is a must-see on your trip to Salzburg. Set against the backdrop of the famous one-thousand-year-old castle and the breathtaking Alps, the view from the entrance will cause you to immediately reach for your camera. With two central gardens, a smaller rose garden, and countless statues and fountains from Greek mythology, strolling through these baroque-style grounds is sure to bring a smile to your face.

For you Sound of Music fans, Mirabell Gardens is also where they filmed the end of the “Do-Re-Mi” song in the popular movie. With the leaf-covered tunnel, the Pegasus horse fountain, and the steps at the entrance, you will recognize many a film location as you walk among the brightly-colored flowers. A great place to sing a little “Do-Re-Mi” yourself, if you want my advice!



Getreidegasse is the main shopping street in Salzburg, located in the Altstadt, or old town, of the city. But even if you’re not a shopper, Getreidegasse is worth a visit. With old-fashioned street signs hanging from the historic buildings, you’ll feel like you stepped back in time as you wander along this iconic cobble-stone street. Grab an ice cream from one of the cute little ice cream shops, and make your way past the lederhosen and dirndl boutiques, Salzburg souvenir stores, and even Mozart’s Geburtshaus - the house where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart himself was born!

Festung Hohensalzburg Castle


A one-thousand-year-old building is impressive in any city, and the Festung, as the locals call the castle up on the hill, is no exception. Whether you’re a history buff or a modern girl, the castle is a must-do during your time in Salzburg – for the view of the Alps it offers as much as anything else. Imagine mountains after mountains after mountains, with the tips of the far-off glaciers visible on the clearest of days. Simply beautiful.