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Xenia Pech

...to do in Salzburg. Art historian and current parent Xenia Piech-Tetmajer von Przerwař shares her insider’s guide to Mozart’s home town.

 

1. HANG OUT AT HANGAR-7

This aviation museum is the Holy Grail for aeroplane enthusiasts of all ages. The building itself is incredible, the exhibitions are organised innovatively and there’s a great restaurant. When we went, there was a pop-up snack bar in the middle and people were just hanging out. Oh, and there are a lot of planes!


2. SHOP AT GWANDHAUS

If you want to see the traditional textiles of Austria, then Gwandhaus, which is inside an old palace, is the place. Austrians still wear the dirndl (think of the dresses worn in The Sound of Music) and here they are beautiful and more affordable than elsewhere. It also sells local delicacies – desserts such as Salzburger Nockerl (sweet soufflé) and Kaiserschmarrn (shredded pancake).


3. EAT CAKE AT RATZKA

The best baker for sweets and cakes in Salzburg has to be Konditoreï Ratzka – and it’s close to the hospital in case you overindulge! It’s small but crammed with delicious treats: Strudel-Kuchen (pastry cake), petits fours, chocolate pralines – they have everything. I had a beautiful Sachertorte there, a traditional Austrian chocolate cake with raspberries.


4. STROLL THROUGH DIE WASSERSPIELE, SCHLOSS HELLBRUNN

he water gardens in the grounds of beautiful Hellbrunn castle are on the tourist trail but well worth a visit. I’ve never seen anything like it – most gardens have flowers but this one is built around fountains, with water tunnels you can walk through and rhythmic water jets. Pop into nearby interior design shop Lederleitner while you’re there for some great ideas.


5. EAT SAUSAGE AT BALKAN GRILL

The queue for Balkan Grill, which is really just a street stall, gives away how good it is. It sells bosna, a local beef sausage speciality that originally came from the Balkans. It’s served in a white bun with onion sauce or mustard (or ketchup, if you must). You need to try this sausage, and you need to buy it here.

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