Salzburg

Writer Caroline Eden | March 25, 2015

TIME TO SPA

I start my day with a jetlag-defying few hours at the Schloss Fuschl SPA. This huge wellness space (spread over 1,100sqm) has a sizeable and inviting pool, so I head there for a dip and then spend some time al fresco at the hot tub before finishing my spa-prep with ten delicious minutes in the bio sauna.

The spa menu is sizeable and has treatments from respected brands such as Ligne St Barth and Biologique Recherche. Unfortunately, the rainy winter weather doesn’t allow a massage on the Lake Fuschl private jetty, so instead I book in for a suggested lymphatic drainage massage. Afterwards, I can already sense it working, my sluggishness and general fatigue lifts like a dream and I feel brighter and lighter within minutes. The views certainly help as the treatment rooms overlook the glittering Lake Fuschl.

CULTURAL STOP

Soon after I am all set to explore the city. I begin by taking in the striking Baroque buildings right in the centre of Salzburg. The stately historic square of the Residenzplatz is the place to go. Built by the archbishop of Salzburg Wolf Dietrich Raitenau in 1587, the Residenz Palace provides a self-guided audio tour, which navigates me through the state rooms set off by imposing gothic window frames. I also find time for the Residenzgalerie, which includes a priceless Rembrandt painting.

This informative introduction to this great European city spikes my interest and so next, I climb up to the striking Hohensalzburg Fortress to appreciate the city from above. Using the oldest funicular in Austria to reach the castle, I arrive at Salzburg’s iconic landmark. The building of this great fortress began in 1070 and over the years it’s become ever more vital as a courtly seat of power. The observation tower affords spectacular views and the state rooms give a unique insight into Austrian history.

Around the Old Town – on Getreidegasse, Judengasse and in the old twisty narrow alleyways – are a whole range of famous shops, international chains and tiny, unique boutiques