Part 1 – Salzburg
After a relaxing flight from London on a sunny Saturday morning we arrived at Salzburg airport. We hoped on bus no.2 to our hotel in the east of the city center. We stayed at the NH Salzburg City Hotel, which was a great mid-range hotel.
Salzburg is one of the most beautiful cities we have ever visited. With a fascinating cultural history, rich artistic past and scenic beauty all help to deliver a breath-taking place. The city’s most famous resident was Mozart. With his music still played at his former home – now museum – it is a must for the first-time visitor.
The historic city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but at the same time it has a vibrant feel to it. With cosy restaurants, classic pubs and beautiful architecture, it has something special for everyone.
Just beyond the city limits are the alps where, if you’re a Sound of Music fan, you can visit some of the locations to this iconic film.
Salzburg is well worth a weekend city break. If you want a more relaxing visit, 4 to 5 days will cover it.
For more info on what to see in the city, click here https://in4thelonghaul.com/salzburg/
Time difference: +1 hour
Flight time: London to Salzburg plane takes 1.50hr
Tourist information: Mozartplatz and main train station, 9am – 6pm
Part 2 – Munich Oktoberfest 2014
Upon arrival at Munich Hauptbahnhof station, we caught tram no.20 to Leto Hotel. This hotel was a good, mid-range hotel with fantastic transport links to all the attractions that Munich has to offer.
This was our third time to Munich and Oktoberfest, so we had a pretty good idea of how the city worked and what we wanted to do. We headed to Marienplatz, which houses the new and old town halls, Altes and the Neues Rathaus.
We then caught a train to the Manchester United Memorial. This was a sad moment on the trip, but as an avid football fan, Joe wanted to give his respects. Most of the day was then spent at the world-famous Oktoberfest.
The Oktoberfest claims to be the best folk festival in the world and has 6m visitors yearly. Its vast space for the months of late September through to early October are transformed into a circus. The site is split into large beer tents and a huge theme park. The event has a vibrant feel with cosy restaurants and classic pubs. In addition to drinking, eating and dancing, visitors can enjoy parades, celebrations and traditional Bavarian outfits.
With its popularity and fame, Oktoberfest is a massive crowd puller meaning that transport and accommodation needs to be booked well in advance, otherwise costs can spiral.
After a couple of days walking the streets of Munich, past the beautiful churches of St Michael’s Church, Frauenkirche and Asamkirche, Odeonsplatz was a delightful end to our trip.
After collecting our bags and paying the Leto Hotel, it was on to the S1, S Bahn to the airport and back to our flat in London.
For more info on what to see in the city, click here https://in4thelonghaul.com/oktoberfest-2014/
Time difference: +1 hour
Flight time: Salzburg – Munich train takes 1.38hr
Tourist information: Marienplatz 9.30am – 7.30pm