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- Bring comfortable shoes, sun protection, and dress in layers; weather can change quickly at high altitudes.
- The Eagle’s Nest restaurant and beer garden is open to the general public. Reservations are not required for individuals, but groups should book in advance.
- The restaurant and parts of the garden terrace are wheelchair accessible; accessible ticket options are also available.
- It’s easy to get around in the Lake District; pick one town as your base and explore the others on day trips.
- Most towns have their own Visitor Information centers where you can purchase hiking maps, access free Wi-Fi, and learn more about the region.
- Bring comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, and a swimsuit—you can take a dip in many of the lakes.
- Hellbrunn Castle is a must for families; kids love the trick fountains.
- You will get wet, so be sure your smartphone and any other gear is protected.
- The park and trick fountains are wheelchair accessible, though the castle is not.
Set in the lovely Orangery of Mirabell Palace, Salzburg’s Baroque Museum hosts an unusual and rare collection of sketches by legendary artists of the Baroque era.
The only museum to focus solely on preliminary artworks, the collection includes drawings and studies by Rubens, Tiepolo, Guardi and Fragonard.
The sketches provide insights into the artists’ creative processes, and a rare glimpse into the birth of a work of art.
While you’re here, take a stroll around the impressive gardens.
The Baroque Museum is on the northern bank of the River Salzach, in the classically landscaped gardens of Mirabell Palace.
To get here, cross the Staats Bridge and follow your nose west to the gardens.
Salzburg’s Old Market Square (or Alter Markt) dates way back to 1280. The medieval buildings have long since gone, replaced by grand Baroque townhouses that line the square.
Take a seat at an outdoor cafe, or pick up some handmade chocolate Mozartkugeln balls at Fürst chocolatiers.
You’ll want to take a photo of one of the buildings lining the square at number 10a; you might miss it as it’s the smallest house in Salzburg.
The Alter Markt is in the Old Town on the southern bank of the River Salzach. The old market square is hidden away between the medieval Getreidegasse and the Cathedral.