Getreidegasse: A popular photo motive in Salzburg

Iusually always plan my trips very carefully in advance. This is partly because you can’t always be flexible when traveling with a wheelchair. For example, you can’t just take a random train or drive somewhere only to find out that you can’t even get to that wonderful place. On the other hand, I don’t want to regret not having seen something wonderful just because I might not have heard about it before. So I always know what I really want to see and how to get there. In the end, most places offer enough room for surprises and spontaneity anyway, so any plan, no matter how good, must/should be altered.

This, however, wasn’t the case in Salzburg. I was just passing through there between my trip to the beautiful Königssee (lake) and the subsequent drive to Italy. A little tip from me, if you also want to visit the Königssee. The accommodations in the immediate vicinity aren’t really cheap. But Salzburg is just 30 km away and offers hotels for every budget. So I knew hardly anything about Salzburg, had only little time and the weather wasn’t great either. But already during my first stroll through the old town I was so taken by it that I actually didn’t want to leave. The small alleys are historically somewhat reminiscent of Italy, after all, Salzburg is not called the “Rome of the North” for no reason and yet the city has a peculiar flair. There is something to discover everywhere and when you think you’ve already seen everything, you find more hidden inner courtyards and more lovingly decorated paths. Everything looks a little bit like from a fairytale and I can imagine that the city looks even more beautiful during the Christmas season. The cityscape is, of course, also enormously shaped by the memory of Mozart. His birthplace is in the famous Getreidegasse and his face can be seen on just about every corner. You can probably also buy any item with an image of Mozart on it.


Mozart's birthplace

If I’m ever near Salzburg again, I‘ll schedule more time for this city. The many small shops and pretty cafés alone require several hours of stay. An added bonus is the fact that, unlike other very old cities, there are virtually no cobblestones here. That’s what every wheelchair user likes to hear! In case you now feel like visiting Salzburg, here’s a compact list with the most important places and the best photo spots:

Salzburg Cathedral and Domplatz
Hohensalzburg Fortress
Mozart's birthplace
St Peter's Abbey
Hellbrunn Palace
Mirabell Palace
Getreidegasse (Grain Lane)
Museum der Moderne Salzburg
Haus der Natur museum

The fountains at Residenzplatz

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