From Austria with love – Day 4: From Linz to Salzburg: The city of ceramics Gmunden

We continue our journey and move from Linz to Salzburg, on the way to the town of Gmunden and its treasures: Lake Traunse and the castle of Ort. In Salzburg you will find the stunning Mirable Palace, the main square of the city and the St. Peter's Church - the pearls of the city and important places in terms of history.
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Trip duration: 7 days

Viktoria Afanaseva



Brandl is considered the best bakery in Linz. All their products are fresh and delicious. It's a great place to have breakfast. You can also take food with you on the road. Flavorful baked goods and good coffee. The bakery is open every day from 5:30 to 18:00. It closes at noon on Saturday.



Traunsee is a lake located in Upper Austria in the Alps. The lake reaches a depth of 191 meters and is the deepest inland lake in Austria. The lake amazes with its scale and picturesque winter landscapes. The towns of Traunkirchen, Ebensee and Gmunden are located on the lake. It is worth visiting the city of Gmunden, which is located on the northern shore of the transparent Lake Traunsee. The city is known for its ceramics production. Here you can wander the shops and buy ceramic products.

Seeschloß Ort


Lake Castle Ort is located on a small island and occupies almost all of its territory. It seems as if there is no island at all, and the castle stands on the water. To get to the shore, you have to walk on a romantic wooden bridge. The chapel of the white castle is made in the Gothic style. The entrance arch is Baroque. Inside there is a small museum where you can read an interesting legend about a giant and a mermaid.


Austrian Restaurants, Beer Bars

Traveling through Austria and not trying Austrian beer? It's not gonna work! The Barenwirt restaurant is the perfect place for such a tasting. The restaurant is decorated in national style and specializes in Austrian cuisine and beer. It's worth a taste of the local light. There's even beer soup here.) Nockerl is a delicious local dessert of huge size, there are key chains. The restaurant works from 11 to 23.

DomQuartier Salzburg

History Museums

This museum allows you to get acquainted with the diverse cultural heritage that was brought or created in the Principality. Beautiful premises with original furniture, among the works of art are paintings by Rembrandt, Luca Giordano, Bosch. It is possible to go to the balcony and see the organ and the Cathedral from above, to consider painting the ceiling there is an audio guide in Russian.

Mirabell Palace (Schloss Mirabell)


One of the first and most important historical places we will visit is Mirable Palace, which is included in the UNESCO list. This monument of history and architecture can rightly be called the heart of Salzburg. This place is a reflection of the love of Prince Bishop Wolf Dietrich von Ratenau for his beloved Solomy Alt, because it was for his chosen one that the prince erected a palace in 1606, originally called Altenau. On the territory adjacent to the palace there is the Mirabel Park, which is as popular as the palace itself. In winter, the park is transformed into a location of fairytale films. The magnificent marble hall of the palace, the walls of which remember how Leopold Mozart and his son Wolfgang Amadeus worked, deserves a separate description. The Marble Hall is recognized as the most beautiful wedding venue in Austria. Mirable Palace and Angel's Stairs: daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Marble Hall: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8am - 4pm. Entrance is free. The other rooms have a municipal council and are therefore not open to the public. Mirable Gardens: daily from 6 a.m. till dusk. Hedge Theatre: closed during the winter months. Greenhouse: open all year round, daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dwarf Garden: Closed during the winter months.

St. Peter Monastery (Stift St. Peter)


Salzburg is home to the St. Peter's Monastery, the oldest Christian monastery in German-speaking Europe, founded in 696. On the territory of the monastery is a large number of places soaked in the spirit of history. Like a very old cemetery with centuries-old graves. On the territory of the cemetery there is the church of St. Margaret, built in the late Gothic style. An important part of the monastery is the catacombs cut through by Christians in the steep rock of Mount Menchsberg, which for centuries served as a home and resting place for the spiritually searching monks. Catacombs can be visited at any time of year. On the territory of the monastery there is a bakery and a restaurant where you will be treated to delicious monastery wine and bread, as well as dishes cooked according to ancient monastic recipes. The center of the monastery is the Church of St. Peter, built in 1143. The church has been rebuilt many times, and over time it has acquired the features of the Baroque style, while retaining the elements of the Romanesque style, which in turn makes it unique. The interior of the church is striking with its decoration and, at the same time, light painting. At the altar, the 15th century statue of the Madonna is preserved.



One of the brightest attractions of Salzburg is the Residentsplatz Square, which was named after the residences of the Archbishops of Salzburg. The square that has survived to this day took on a look in the 17th century. This was preceded by the need to move the official residence of the rulers of the Salzburg Principality to a more comfortable location from the medieval castle of Hohensalzburg. The Archbishop's residence, also known as the Old Residence, is located on the west side of the square. Its magnificent exterior and interior decoration was formed in the course of 100 years with the participation of the famous Austrian architect Johann Lucas von Hildebrand. On the east side of Rizidentsplatz Square is the New Residence, the main feature of which is the Glockenspiel Tower with its ancient clock and 35 bells that announce the melodic ringing of the neighborhood three times a day. The Salzburg Museum is housed in the building itself, where objects related to the different stages of the city's development are constantly exhibited and help to learn more about its rich history. Many shops, restaurants and cafes around the square. At Christmas time, they have a beautiful market with a huge bright Christmas tree. Many kiosks with jewelry, souvenirs, food and drinks. A festive atmosphere is provided!

Augustiner Bräu

Breweries, Beer Gardens, Austrian Restaurants

And this is a typical Austrian beer house, which is also worth a visit to feel the atmosphere of life of Austrians. The mechanism is as follows: first, the beer is paid for at the box office, and it is poured into the mug of your choice. There are plenty of snack shops on the second floor. The interior itself is very neat and discreet, cozy and clean. Try the local cuisine here until 23:00.