Happy holidays, everybody! I wish you all the most fabulous feasts and the least dramatic family gatherings possible. I’ll be spending the holidays in Austin, Texas where the temperature is still above 50°F and there isn’t a flake of snow in sight (just how I like it).

Back in October, I spent a night and a day in Salzburg. Located in the very western tip of Austria, this is another city that I wish I spent more time in. Fun fact: Salzburg is the birthplace of the great composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. You’ll see a lot of tacky violin shaped souvineres here.

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This man standing on a sphere is actually the Sphaera sculpture. From far away, it looked quite realistic. I thought that Salzburg was full of interesting sculptures, some of which were even slightly off-putting.

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The catacombs were a cool and cheap (only €2!) place to visit and gave really great views of the city. Expect to climb a lot of shoddy concrete steps. You can also take a tram up to that castle in the distance, which I didn’t do only because I didn’t have much time.

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Do these pictures remind you of some famous musical set during WWII? Many scenes from The Sound of Music were filmed in this city.

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If you’re planning on visiting Salzburg, I recommend exploring the city’s narrow streets and little hallways that connect them. I also recommend that you grab a plate of apple strudel, perhaps at Cafe Mozart.

Once again, I wish you all happy holidays!

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