Salzburg is best known as the setting for The Sound of Music, but the Austrian city has plenty to offer luxury travelers besides fond recollections of the beloved movie. In a recent visit hosted by Virtuoso partners the Austrian Tourist Office, Tourismus Salzburg and Panorama Tours & Travel, I saw firsthand that Salzburg is perfect for travelers seeking a trip tailored to their interests.
Activities For Every Interest
- Love music? Visit the house Mozart was born in, the home where he composed later in life, and his namesake square and statue. For a live experience, a Virtuoso travel advisor can arrange for a private opera concert in the centuries-old home of a professor at the local fine arts university, Mozarteum.
- Love beer? Enjoy the famous Augustiner Braustubl, a 1,000-seat beer hall serving up suds since 1621. Or go for a more modern experience at the lively Die Weisse brew pub.
- Love adrenaline? Check out Hangar-7, the collection of race cars, helicopters and airplanes owned by Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz.
- Love food? Experience the Via Culinaria in the state of Salzburg – an initiative that invites visitors to follow seven gourmet paths to taste local products, sometimes directly from the people who create them.
Salzburg is home to three Virtuoso properties, so book your trip with a Virtuoso travel advisor and receive complimentary amenities at them. All three offer a taste of authentic Salzburg combined with modern luxuries.
Europe’s oldest hotel has been operating since at least 1596. The oldest part of the property was built in 1407; the “new” section dates from 1497. It’s nestled along the historic Getreidegasse shopping street in Salzburg’s old city. No two of the 70 rooms are alike, and all feature genuine Salzburg-style décor in the style of a rustic hunting lodge and eyee-catching schemes of pink, red, blue or yellow. All rooms feature handcarved antiques from local materials, such as the wardrobe in the Presidential Suite dating back to 1654.
A hotel since 1866, the Sacher adopted the name of its well-known Vienna sibling in 2000. It’s completing a seven-year renovation to give its 113 rooms and suites a light, updated feel. Each room is different and features historic art and antiques arranged by owner Elisabeth Gürtler. Its restaurants range from Café Sacher, a typical Austrian coffee house serving the namesake Sacher Torte, to Zirbelzimmer, featuring Austrian and international cuisine in a space with the original hunting-lodge-inspired décor from 150 years ago.
The property dates from 1455 when its oldest building, a castle, was erected as a hunting lodge. It’s hosted everyone from archbishops to empresses to movie stars, and appeared in an opening shot of The Sound of Music. Just 30 minutes from Salzburg on the shores of Lake Fuschl, the location is perfect for outdoor pursuits, from the golf course next door, to touring the lake by electric boat, to walking the 12-kilometer path around the water. The hotel features 110 rooms, seven Tower Suites with antique furnishings, and six lakeside cottages (each is two stories with a private sauna, whirlpool, terrace and fireplace).
If you’re inspired by Salzburg (or Vienna) and want a customized vacation created just for you, it’s easy to find a Virtuoso travel advisor who specializes in Austria. Visit www.virtuoso.com and search using the Meet Your Advisor function.