Sabine leads the communications department of the Austrian wine marketing board. With her boyfriend Max Hanke, a born-and-raised Salzburger, she’s traveled the world—from Patagonia to California to Nepal—but is now back in the heart of Austria, close to nature, great wine, and family.
We asked Sabine to tell us about what makes her city so great and to help us create an itinerary for one perfect day in Salzburg.
“I think that the special thing about Salzburg is that it is a big city which offers a lot in terms of culture and good food. There are new restaurants popping up all the time, but at the same time, it also feels like a town. You might go to the market on a Saturday, because you want to have a nice sausage and a beer or buy your groceries in the morning, and you will always meet somebody that you know—maybe you don't necessarily want that at the time, but it happens, and so it is always a nice coincidence.
It never gets boring in Salzburg because there are these amazing cultural festivals. In the summertime, there is a music festival, and just now we had the Easter festival. There is always something going on for young people: there is the Rupertikirtag right now, which is a large street fair, and you can always go out and have special activities in restaurants and bars across the city where you meet new people and enjoy what the chefs of Salzburg are trying out right now."
One Perfect Day In Salzburg
According to Sabine, an ideal day in Salzburg must include a visit to the famous castle, Festung Hohensalzburg—“the best time to go is midday to avoid the crowds, as people are eating lunch.” You should also “rent a bicycle and go along the Almkanal,” where you’ll pass by “very beautiful landscape going along villages, ending up at Hellbrunn Palace in fifteen to thirty minutes.” For food and drink, M32 gives you an “upscale” experience “with a nice view”; meanwhile, Mentor’s is perfect for “sophisticated, personalized cocktails.” Round out the day with a late-night sausage and beer, Sabine’s meal of choice, at one of many stands throughout the city.
1. Start with coffee and desserts at Cafe Tomaselli
2. Explore the Old Town of Salzburg (Altstadt), a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site
3. Lunch at M32 for a view of Salzburg’s Old Town
4. Take a bike ride along the canals to Hellbrunn Palace
5. Buy a bun at Stiftsbäckerei St. Peter to enjoy while exploring the monastery district
6. Dine at underground jazz club Urbankeller for organic Austrian fare
7. Try craft beer that draws on Salzburg’s 600-year-old brewing tradition at Trumerei
Get the rest of Sabine's local recs, Journy-style, here!
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