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    Day Trips: Salzburg

    If you grew up watching The Sound of Music, singing 'So long, farewell', and, making dresses out of drapes, perhaps you have dreamed of someday visiting the hills of Salzburg in Austria, a town where the mountaintops are full of snow, while the hills below are lush and green in the spring and summer months. This is a place, where you can take a break from your routine to just enjoy walking along old cobblestone streets, seeing beautiful architecture, and of course tasting some of the local sweets. Here is the perfect itinerary for a day trip to Salzburg: First, it's nice to get your initial glance of Salzburg by walking across the bridge over the Salsach river. If you happen to be traveling with the one you love, bring a lock so you can seal your love by writing your names on it, locking it on the bridge and throwing the key in the river. Here you can already see the green hillsides as well as the snow-filled mountaintops. You'll come into the Old Town, where the streets are cobblestone and lined with shops, bakeries and cafes. It's nice to just stroll around leisurely, stopping in some shops, or enjoying an ice cream. But be sure to save room, the real treat will come later.

    ou may or may not already know that Salzburg is also famous for being the birthplace of Mozart. The house he was born in still stands today and offers a museum inside. As you continue on through the streets, be sure to take the time to see the Salzburg cathedral and relax in the gardens of Mirabell Palace.

    If all of this finds you a bit hungry, you are in the right place, Salzburg is also the home of the oldest restaurant in Europe, St. Peter Stiftskeller. Established in 803, it is surrounded by old monastery walls and is nestled next to an old and beautiful cemetery. This is where bishops and princes once met and is today a favourite by many members of local government. Don't let the prestigiousness sway you as their menu is still very affordable.

    After enjoying a great meal, take a hike up to see the 'High Salzburg Fortress'. There is also a lift that can take you to the top, but the walk up will provide for some great views and exercise. It is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe. If you choose to tour the castle, you can witness beautiful panoramic views from the top of the fortress, allowing you to overlook all of Salzburg and the Austrian Alps.

    Last but not least, the perfect way to end your day should be sitting park side at an outdoor cafe, consuming the deliciously famous Austrian cake, the Sacher Torte. It is a chocolate cake, made with thin layers of apricot jam and is so delicious, that it is hard to only have one piece. Don't be afraid to indulge in seconds.

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