24 Hours in Vienna (and Salzburg)
My weekend in Austria included four of my favorite things: coffee, chocolate, Mozart and a palace.
My final day in Vienna started with a quick walk to Simply Raw Bakery, for a basket of delicious organic pastries to go…
I then hopped on a two and a half hour train from Vienna to Salzburg, the hometown of Mozart and the location for many Sound of Music scenes. Another walking tour through the hilltop city took me to the house Mozart was born, a yellow townhouse, now a museum dedicated to the famous composer. Near the museum was the Café Konditorei Fürst chocolatier, selling the decadent original marzipan chocolate known as the Mozartkugel – named after the composer of course. It was so delicious that the round ball of chocolate with its marzipan core is still a favorite in our family. The tour ended with a look at a few of the lasting backdrops to the Sound of Music movie, including the fountain danced around by the Von Trapp children while singing “Do-Re-Mi”.
With only an hour left before I had to catch the train back to Vienna, we couldn’t leave without a visit to the renowned Hotel Sacher – a destination everyone suggested we visit in Salzburg. The lavish hotel isn’t just a beautiful place to see, it’s a chocolate lover’s must-stop. The hotel is home to the original Sachertorte, a chocolate cake layered with a light apricot jam and a thin chocolate icing top. I strolled through the winding streets of Salzburg until I arrived at the riverfront hotel just in time to try a slice of the decadent treat. Sitting in Hotel Sacher, indulging in the classic Sacher Torte and conversation, I wish I had ordered another slice to extend that idyllic moment – as precious and rare as the original Sachertorte itself.