Salzburg has been the stage set for music and drama in real life and fantasy. The likes of the Von Trapps and young Wolfgang Amadaeus Mozart are revered by residents and visitors alike. The city itself still appears to reside in a fantastical state. Too pretty to be real.
I visited at Christmastime, hoping to get to the best of the Christmas markets. But when I arrived I found I lost my drive to find them, and instead stood spellbound at this beautiful city.
Photo story – notes and review follow at the end…
Our family stayed at the Hotel Stein. A building as old as much of the city – with a history that can be traced back from at least 1399, and through time to it’s last modern appearance in a Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz movie. And you can stay here for 120E a night.
I got just a little obsessed with the terrace view.
- Accommodation Style: four-star heritage, city hotel
- Rooms: 56 total: singles, doubles, triples (can fit an extra bed) and family rooms, suites and a 2-br suite. All rooms differ due to the age and historic nature of the hotel
- Price: From 650AED ($175US) for a double room in mid-season.
- Facilities: Fabulous bar and terrace, breakfast (no other meals), 24-hour front desk, Tour desk, Ticket service, Concierge service, Laundry, Meeting/banquet facilities, lift, disabled access reasonable (but not perfect), pets allowed, parking (paid)
- Activities: Salzburg old city, Mozart and Sound of Music historical places, Hohensalzburg fortress, museums, palaces, gardens, breweries, music and festivals, Christmas markets, Boutique shopping, day-trips to the alps and lakeside villages.
- Languages: Minimum English and German.
- Perfect for: Families with young children, the girls on a weekend break
- Also not bad for: Families with older children, couples, single traveller on business.
- Pros: That terrace – incredible view, possibly better than the view you get from Hohensalzburg. Terrific central location – you’ll never need a car. Lovely service. Quaint rooms, usually spacious.
- Cons: Rooms differ, so make sure you’re not in the pokey one at the back. Two sets of lifts with different openings – it’s easy to get confused. No onsite restaurant for dinner, and Salzburg is a very busy city to find a meal in on a Friday night. A little noisy on lower floors, or just below the top floor, which has a nightclub (but not enough to have you asking for ear-plugs).
- Location: Just across the bridge from the old town, and in the nicest part of the modern district, surrounded by lovely shops and cafes. (map)
- Nearest Airport: Salzburg (15 minutes drive), also close to Munich (1.5 hour train)
- Bookings: Via website, Phone: +974 4494 8888. Can often also be booked through booking.com at discounted rates (check the specials on the hotel website first though.)
*A guide to ratings: These take into account the price, quality, service and the facilities, and in effect are a value rating.
- 0-2/10 = exceptionally overpriced. Avoid at all costs, even if it means travelling to stay elsewhere overnight.
- 3-5/10 = overpriced in respect to quality. Don’t stay unless there are no other options.
- 6-7/10 = reasonable value. Check other options in the area just in case, but not a bad choice over-all.
- 8-9/10= worth seeking out. Great value in respect to the offer, one of if not the best option in the area.
- 10/10= super place. Stop what you’re doing, book a plane ticket and go there now.