24 Hours in Vienna (and Salzburg)

My weekend in Austria included four of my favorite things: coffee, chocolate, Mozart and a palace.


My final day in Vienna started with a quick walk to Simply Raw Bakery, for a basket of delicious organic pastries to go…

24 Hours in Vienna (and Salzburg)


24 Hours in Vienna (and Salzburg)

The house where Mozart was born

I then hopped on a two and a half hour train from Vienna to Salzburg, the hometown of Mozart and the location for many Sound of Music scenes. Another walking tour through the hilltop city took me to the house Mozart was born, a yellow townhouse, now a museum dedicated to the famous composer. Near the museum was the Café Konditorei Fürst chocolatier, selling the decadent original marzipan chocolate known as the Mozartkugel – named after the composer of course. It was so delicious that the round ball of chocolate with its marzipan core is still a favorite in our family. The tour ended with a look at a few of the lasting backdrops to the Sound of Music movie, including the fountain danced around by the Von Trapp children while singing “Do-Re-Mi”.

24 Hours in Vienna (and Salzburg)

Hotel Sacher

With only an hour left before I had to catch the train back to Vienna, we couldn’t leave without a visit to the renowned Hotel Sacher – a destination everyone suggested we visit in Salzburg. The lavish hotel isn’t just a beautiful place to see, it’s a chocolate lover’s must-stop. The hotel is home to the original Sachertorte, a chocolate cake layered with a light apricot jam and a thin chocolate icing top. I strolled through the winding streets of Salzburg until I arrived at the riverfront hotel just in time to try a slice of the decadent treat. Sitting in Hotel Sacher, indulging in the classic Sacher Torte and conversation, I wish I had ordered another slice to extend that idyllic moment – as precious and rare as the original Sachertorte itself.

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Sarah enlightens us on a daily basis with the newest trends as (and often before) they transpire. She is the consummate globe trotter. Having traveled to over 70 countries, she earns her living writing, blogging ( and modeling while on the road. In her spare time she gets manicures, suntans on yachts in Greece, shops for even more shoes, and lives in the limelight. She loves photography, elephants, sailboats, bangles and ballet flats.

Reader Discussion: 126 Comments

  1. Avatar of Gloss Nicle

    Gloss Nicle

    I think Vienna is still one of my favorite places to visit; this just keeps it near the top of my list. 10/10 would go again.

  2. Avatar of Oxi Harger

    Oxi Harger

    Vienna is one of my favorite cities in the world, but I should probably visit the other tourist spots there sometime! I’ve been stuck in Cafe Central which has become my favorite. Hahaha

  3. Avatar of Susan Rice

    Susan Rice

    Receive an email from my Mom that says she’ll sponsor for my vacation in Vienna if I could find at least one friend to go with me since it’s gonna be my birthday. Lucky me!

  4. Avatar of Ida Reeves

    Ida Reeves

    I wish we could visit, but don’t think so because of work. enjoy Vienna. It’s beautiful!

  5. Avatar of Veola Sancho

    Veola Sancho

    thank you! I’ve been to Vienna once & this time planned to visit some offbeat places (like museum of art forgeries & National library)…

  6. Avatar of Linda Williams

    Linda Williams

    Everyone my age wants to go on a vacation on a beach or whatever but there’s me who wants to go to Vienna so I can visit the beautiful coffee shops

    • Avatar of Tracy Anderson

      Tracy Anderson

      Haha, you should try travelling alone, that’s something very interesting also! I usually travel alone because I know most of the time, the things I want to do and discover are different from my friend’s expectations!

  7. Avatar of Michelle Lee

    Michelle Lee

    I had no particular ambition to visit Vienna. It was just a convenient stopover. Now I don’t want to leave.

  8. Avatar of Mildred Davis

    Mildred Davis

    Vienna is such a majestic city. It should be on everyone’s list of must visit cities.

  9. Avatar of Kathryn Gibson

    Kathryn Gibson

    On my way to Vienna! Can’t wait to visit the city 🙂 This post made me even more excited about my trip there!

  10. Avatar of Monique Malick

    Monique Malick

    Been to Austria, in Slazburg and Innsbruck but I still have to visit Vienna…my parents said it’s beautiful!!!

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