Salzburg is famous as a city, but it's also the name of one of Austria
's nine provinces. SalzburgerLand, with its many lakes and pastures in the shadow of rugged peaks, is a foodie world unto itself, and increasingly famous for its organic produce and fare.
Just south of the city of Salzburg, on the Salzach River, the town of Golling is home to the Döllerers Hotel with a gourmet restaurant, vinoteca, and the original butcher shop that predated the hotel. If you want to experience a stay in an authentic, meticulously restored farmhouse, Käth & Nanei is a luxury chalet available as a unique holiday rental.
Lying upstream on the Salzach River, and below the famous Eisriesenwelt Ice Caves, the Restaurant Hotel Obauer is one of Austria's most celebrated for dishes such as oxtail and pike-perch. Along the nine gourmet routes that comprise the Via Culinaria, you can sample Tennengau mountain lamb, local grilled fish, mountain herbs, cheeses, and schnaps
in varieties that you've never heard of.
Even if you are a high-culture maven, it is hard to resist the Sound of Music
Trail. Developed in 2015 for the fiftieth anniversary of the beloved movie's release, the mile-long path starting in Werfen village has a dozen interactive stations related to filming locations.
Tip: A popular filming site, the huge and brooding Hohenwerfen Fortress seems to balance on a rock and is surrounded by snowy mountains. Falconry shows are a highlight for many of a visit to the 900-year-old castle.