48 hours in Salzburg, Austria

Where to stay:

Luxury meets whimsy at the centrally located Hotel Goldgasse. All 16 rooms feature accents like rustic wood beams, marble-floored bathrooms, and Smeg refrigerators. Visit the Gasthof Goldgasse restaurant downstairs for traditional Austrian fare.

On the other side of the Salzach is the family-run Hotel & Villa Auersperg. Built in 1900, it has a tranquil vibe, with 55 earth-toned rooms and a garden with a fountain and lounge chairs. Take a yoga class on the roof or unwind in the hotel’s sauna.

Day 1

Ease into the day with breakfast al fresco. Savor offerings like Bircher muesli, coconut-passion fruit chia pudding, and vegetable omelettes in the garden at Glüxfall, a low-key café and bar.

Choose your adventure:

Comforting Austrian cuisine is best enjoyed in an atmospheric restaurant like Krimpelstätter. Seek out specials like salmon with asparagus and peas, spinach dumplings with brown butter and Parmesan, or the mixed salad with turkey. If you feel like indulging afterwards, head to Konditorei Schatz for an immersion into the city’s long-standing dessert culture. Dating from 1850, it’s known for the chocolate-covered marzipan confections called Mozartkugeln.

Dreamy artwork contrasts the minimalist décor at Paradoxon. This restaurant turns out strikingly-plated dishes like kohlrabi with lentils, spinach, and Chioggia beets, fiery Singapore-inspired chile crab, and octopus with Padrón peppers and potatoes.

No trip to Austria is complete without sampling the country’s impressive wines. Tiny, convivial Fridrich is just the place to become acquainted with bottles from local producers.

Day 2

Bright pink and bold patterns greet guests at the quirky Afro Café. Fuel up for the day ahead with date-adorned porridge or scrambled eggs with baby spinach and pomegranate-mint vinaigrette. Don’t miss the tea menu, with an extensive selection of rooibos and honeybush.

Choose your adventure:

One of the oldest inns in Salzburg, tracing its roots to 1663, is Bärenwirt. If you’re going to try the Austrian classic, Wiener schnitzel, this is the place to do it. For a lighter alternative, order the grilled trout.

Stiftskeller St. Peter claims it’s the oldest restaurant in Europe, but the menu is decidedly contemporary. Go for dinner and choose from selections like pickled vegetable salad and plaice with potato ravioli and spinach in addition to a bevy of gluten-free and vegetarian options. The traditional dessert, if you’re so inclined, is the Salzburger nockerl, a sweet dumpling served warm with powdered sugar.

Cocktail aficionados with a flair for the adventurous should round out their trip with a drink at The Jigger Bar. There’s the flaming Burning Blue, for example, which combines rum, rhubarb, olive, and marjoram and the refreshing Y2K.A with sake, carrot, coffee, fermented lime, pineapple, and cucumber.