Salzburg is an easy day trip from Munich, less than 2 hours away. It’s like traveling from Orange County to San Diego, but on a German autobahn, and with plenty of rest stops along the way.
Parking can be difficult if you’re not lucky to get street parking. Once you’re in the city, make your way to the river, but head to the east bank, over the bridge and to the right side, to find parking garages. We found an underground garage near a church, and for 6 hours it cost us €17,00. It’s pricey, but it was worth not having to circle around.
The east side is where Mozart lived, and literally across the street is the Sacher hotel, famous for the Sacher-Torte chocolate cake.
We didn’t go inside the Mozart’s residence but did peek around the gift shop. Afterward we stopped at the Sacher cafe for dessert and coffee before continuing our sightseeing. A description of this world famous restaurant, hotel and dessert is on the next page.
We walked along the river, through the pedestrian walkway, took a selfie at the birthplace of Mozart, popped into a Starbucks, went to the local grocery store to get something for dinner, and crossed the Love Lock bridge before calling it day and headed back to Munich.
Border control back to Munich
As we made our way to the Austrian / German border, traffic backed up due to tighter border control for the Syrian refugees. The backup took an hour and a half, and by the time we crossed the border the rain started falling quite hard. I’m not sure how we made it back to the hotel, but we did… And it was quite a day.