Thursday, May 16, 2013

Vacation Recap Days 7-8: Innsbruck and Salzburg

You guys. Austria was so much more than I had thought it would be.  It totally exceeded all expectations.  It's not that I didn't think it would be great, but Austria was kind of just an add-on to our time in Germany.  We really only decided to go to Salzburg because it's so close to Munich, and Innsbruck happened to be on the way from Garmisch to Salzburg.  I am SO glad we decided to go to both places- so amazing!

Super cute town square in Innsbruck!  Great shopping too, most of these stores were really high end clothing designers.  It felt very Italian, which makes sense since it is only about 30 minutes from Italy.

How cool are those mountains right above the city?

Me infront of St. Anna's Column in Altstadt (Old Town) Innsbruck.

The 1964 Winter Olympics were held in Innsbruck, here is the sports complex!

After exploring Innsbruck, we got on the road for a beautiful and scenic drive to Salzburg.  We had a hard time finding our hotel because we didn't know that it was located in an area that you can't drive in (travel agent fail.)  So after some stressful navigating, parking, and walking several blocks to our hotel, we were in desperate need of a treat.

Enter the best Apfelstrudel of my life.  Washed down with a glass of Prosecco.

We enjoyed this amazing dessert with a view of the Mozart statue honoring Salzburg's most famous resident.

 Our hotel overlooked the charming cobblestone streets in Old Town.

The architecture was so cool.  There were all of these beautiful buildings with really old stone churches nestled in between.

The Salzach River flows right through Salzburg.  We spent time on both sides of the river, both equally charming.  In the picture, you can see a procession marching across the bridge, we weren't sure what it was for, but we ran into this group later and it looked like some sort of police ceremony.

One of the bridges over the river is filled up with locks that people attach to it.  The locks all have 2 people's names written on them in the hopes that they will be "locked" in love together forever.

Since we were so close to Italy, both Mark and I felt like going to an Italian restaurant for dinner.  We found a super cute little place, and the pizza looked so good that we both ended up ordering our own pizzas!  They were amazing, best pizza ever!  We both agree that it was one of our best meals of the vacation!

We had a great time in Salzburg, I highly recommend it to anyone who is planning a trip to Europe!


  1. OMG! That place is GORGEOUS!!! I can't imagine living somewhere where you can't drive cars! SO cool!

  2. Beautiful pictures, Katie. I must start planning a vacation!! haha

  3. Your photos are beautiful! It makes me so excited for our trip to Italy in September. And you look great, too.

  4. Beautiful pictures! Those mountains look so gorgeous.

  5. I just love love love those Love Locks!! My sister spent a summer in Florence for school and the locks COVERED the city. Did you guys do a lock??

    I loved Austria so much too. SO PRETTY.


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