It takes 2 trains to get from Obertraun to Salzburg, but luckily it didn’t take too long. I ended up at the Yoho International hostel by 1pm, and not being able to check in until 2pm. So word to the wise, they are very strict with this, even if the room is ready, no one can check in until this time. So I took this as the perfect opportunity to catch up on some journalling. The rooms were standard hostel rooms. Pretty basic, no power outlets near the beds and there was only 1 toilet on floor 3 which really wasn’t ideal. But what i liked best was the lockers. You use your room key card to open them and they were a decent size so you can fit everything in. I dumped all my stuff and headed out to explore. I was excited, I was in the city that created the sound of music. I did my typical thing of picking a random direction and started walking, luckily it worked in my favour as I came across a vegan cafe. It was brilliant they had vegan meat, after struggling in the first couple of places being veggie, this was a god send.
I had this amazing warm vegan ham, mustard and salad ciabatta- it was delicious- i wish i could get it back home. So for all my vegetarian and vegan friends out there taking a trip to Salzburg, my gift to you. Franz-Josef-Straße 3, 5020 Salzburg, Austria. You won’t be disappointed. Once i was full, it was time to explore properly. A short walk from the cafe took me to Mirabell Palace and Gardens. Being a fan of the Sound of Music, it was amazing to see it all in person.
You can’t go into the whole palace, but you can go view the room that they still use for concerts. The outside is beautiful, but it’s even better inside.
It doesn’t take long to wander the gardens, so I headed for another popular tourist attraction, Mozart’s residence. It was really great to learn all about his life. The only annoying thing is that you aren’t allowed to take photos. For me, someone who loves photos, this felt wrong. In hindsight, I probably should’ve got the 24 hour Salzburg card for 25 euros. Just to get into Mozart’s house was 11 euros, but I completely forgot about it until it was too late! So another tip if you want to sight see and save some money- get the Salzburg card. I spent the rest of the day wandering around the shops. Many were closed, which I later found out was because it was National Austrian day. Luckily I managed to find a SPAR to grab some veggie food for dinner. The most this hostel had was a microwave and kettle- so microwave food it was. I headed back to the hostel, there was a new guy in my room from Hong Kong. He was lovely, we had a great chat for most of the night, swapping stories and sharing photos. His are pretty great. Check them out on Insta: lwyzx