By Amy Laughinghouse; originally appeared in September 2015 issue of Virtuoso Life
Salzburg is turning heads this year, thanks in part to the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music
, which was filmed around the city
. Even Kaiser Karl (Lagerfeld, that is) was taken by the edelweiss obsession, creating an Alpine-inspired Chanel Métiers d’Art pre-fall collection, unveiled at the Leopoldskron Palace last December. Soak up Salzburg’s charm on a stroll past baroque church spires, elaborate fountains, and spacious squares. Autumn brings cool temperatures, a solid classical concert lineup, and a Sound of Music
gala on October 17.
Before his show, Lagerfeld dined at St Peter Stiftskeller (St. Peter Bezirk 1/4; 43-662/841-2680), one of Europe’s oldest restaurants, where guests feast on dishes such as duck breast and basil dumpling cream soup. Enjoy hilltop views and an Austrian- and Mediterranean-influenced menu at m32 (Mönchsberg 32; 43-662/841-000) in Salzburg’s sleek Museum der Moderne. For no-fuss Austrian fare, get your schnitzel fix at Goldene Kugel (Judengasse 3; 43-662/265-3820).
Mozart, who was born in Salzburg in 1756, favored a coffeehouse now known as Café Tomaselli (Alter Markt 9; 43-662/844-4880), where waitresses in frilly aprons deliver doily-covered trays of sweets. Come happy hour, head to Bräustübl Tavern (Lindhofstrasse 7; 43-662/431-246) for a mug of Märzen beer. Monks have been brewing the Salzburger ale at the adjacent Augustiner Brewery since 1621.
If Lagerfeld’s designs have you longing for authentic Austrian fashions, hop into a pair of lederhosen at Jahn-Markl (Residenzplatz 3; 43-662/842-610), a tannery open since 1408. Ladies lace up in dirndls at Salzburger Heimatwerk (Residenzplatz 9; 43-662/844-110) and at Madl (Getreidegasse 13; 43-662/
845-457), which offers an edgier take on the traditional dress. Beneath the gleaming guild signs of Getreidegasse, Salzburg’s busiest shopping street, lies Café Konditorei Fürst (Getreidegasse 47; 43-662/843-621), the place to buy Salzburger Mozartkugel – foil-wrapped marzipan, nougat, and dark chocolate candies – by the handful.
Last year, 30 rooms and suites at the 113-room Hotel Sacher Salzburg
received a facelift, complete with high-tech marble bathrooms with televisions in the mirrors. Doubles from $280, including breakfast daily and a one-way private airport transfer.
Hotel Goldener Hirsch
welcomes guests in 70 authentic Austrian-style rooms and suites, plus cozy, wood-paneled public spaces. Doubles from $776, including breakfast daily and a lunch or dinner for two.
Virtuoso travel advisors can tap Virtuoso’s on-site connection in Austria to secure tickets to the Sound of Music
gala or arrange a private, von Trapp-approved tour of the film’s iconic sites.
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