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Salzburg in Autumn – a step removed from high season
After the bustling summer season, a degree of peace and quiet gradually returns to the streets of Salzburg as autumn bathes the city in its warm light – isn’t that a great reason to visit Salzburg now the hot months are behind us? We have put together our top tips for your visit to the City of Mozart while the leaves are changing color!
A heaping helping of folk flavor at Rupertikirtag
Every year for several days at the end of September, the Rupertikirtag fair takes place on Domplatz, Kapitelplatz und Residenzplatz squares in honor of Salzburg’s very own patron saint, Rupert. This fair is a true autumn spectacle appealing to Salzburgers of all ages and backgrounds, as well as to guests who delight in dangling colorfully decorated gingerbread hearts from their necks, indulging their passion for arts & crafts markets, or who simply want to while away a fun day with friends and family in the beer tent. The Rupertikirtag’s main attractions are undoubtedly the fairground rides, which include a historic carousel that has been entertaining the public since 1848, though which is now only brought out of “mothballs” once a year for the Rupertikirtag. Yet another essential aspect of this popular event is the fact that it is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to show off their prettiest dirndl dresses and their most expensive lederhosen, all of which are sported with immense pride, naturally.
Just hangin’ – in the outdoor eateries and watering holes of Salzburg
Especially on warm autumn days, Salzburg truly is pretty as a picture. The back streets invite you to enjoy an extended stroll and later, when tummies begin to rumble, an irresistible selection of typical Salzburg specialties beckons. And where better to succumb to the temptation than one of Salzburg’s friendly beer gardens! Probably the best known of these is at the Augustiner Bräu in Mülln, an unmistakable location with seating for over 1400 guests beneath big chestnut trees.
At the Stieglkeller, you will be able to devour your Salzburger Nockerl accompanied by a freshly tapped Stiegl beer, gazing out across the Salzburg historic district.
As an officially certified “Salzburger Bierkultur – ausgezeichneter Betrieb” establishment for its commitment to nurturing Salzburg’s centuries-old brewing traditions, the Sternbräu also welcomes guests to its cozy beer garden, an oasis surrounded by Shopping arcades and shady old chestnut trees.
The Kapuzinerberg Experience – the green lung of Salzburg
The mountains in the middle of the city make their own distinctive contribution to the unforgettable atmosphere of Salzburg. There is nothing Salzburgers love more, especially after a hectic day of work, than to head to the Kapuzinerberg. Tourists, too, like to make their way up there in order to enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the city in every direction. Though different paths lead up the mountain, including the paved Stefan-Zweig Weg, all of them have one thing in common: the utterly breathtaking scenery. Our personal insider tip if you want to experience the true essence of what Salzburg in autumn is all about: the Basteiweg, which runs a distance of 2.2 km along the city’s old defensive walls. Despite the fact this path can get a little mushy at times, it more than compensates for your muddy shoes with exceptional views of the city. And with a little bit of luck, you might even catch a glimpse of one of the nine chamois who currently live wild on the mountain. After a leisurely walk that will take you around 1 ½ hours, you will reach your destination – the Franziskischlössl. You should definitely stop in there, nibble on a slice of cake and allow the picture-postcard view of Salzburg to work its magic on you.
Just in case: a rainy-day program
If the weather forecast isn’t promising radiant sunshine, which is quite typical for an Austrian autumn day, Salzburg does, of course, still have much to offer. At the top of the list, Hohensalzburg Fortress, which can be reached in just 54 seconds by taking a ride on the Festungsbahn, the oldest funicular in Austria. Even in bad weather, this most recognizable Salzburg landmark is still able to treat you to magical views. Behind the sturdy old walls of this castle, you will learn more about Salzburg’s fascinating history and can even attend various events such as the Fortress Concerts. If you happen to be visiting Salzburg with kids, we highly recommend the Haus der Natur in the middle of the city. Giant dinosaurs from the far-flung past greet you there alongside the most powerful publicly accessible observatory in Central Europe, colorful underwater worlds and reptiles from around the globe, interactive experiments in the Science Center and even a journey inside the human body. For their part, beer fans will be able to shun the bad weather by paying a visit to Stiegl-Brauwelt. Guided tours and tastings offered there give visitors an opportunity to immerse themselves, for want of a better word, in the world of this “amber nectar”. Only later, when you step back out the door, will you suddenly realize that there actually might be more to life than just hops and malt.