I walked through Salzburg noticing the fine details and class that this German-speaking culture exudes. From "five-star" graveyards to brezels delicately twisted by bakers to hand painted egg ornaments, Salzburg is as fine and beautiful up close as it is a far. Whether you want to experience medieval tombstones or modern-day coo-coo clocks, you'll find everything here with a touch of class hinted by detailed perfection.
Do you live, breathe and dream of Christmas? Do you dream of one day meeting Krampus? If so, when in Salzburg, visit the cute and quaint Weinnachts museum. Located in Mozartplatz, the museum features artifacts and handicrafts from the 1840-1940 era.
The exhibit features 11 themes that separate Christmas during the War years and self-contained areas to learn about the popular and devil-looking character, Krampus. What makes the museum special is that Ursa Kloiber collected the artifacts during a 40-year period.
You’ll discover everything from handwritten notes to Santa to 1800-style ornaments. Everything you see in modern day décor originated from historic treasures including cards, ornaments, mangers, cookware, games and more. I found it interesting how each era influenced the beauty and charm of Christmas decorations. I have to admit, I miss those authentic handmade gifts. Oh if we can only turn back time, right?
The most exciting aspect of the museum is Krampus. I’ve known about Krampus for a while, but Americans may not have heard about Krampus until an interview with Christoph Waltz on the Jimmy Fallon show.
Waltz mentioned that Krampus keeps the children in check and that Christmas also praises wisdom. And to that, I say “Willkommen Krampus” to teach modern day children about detaching from materialism. Krampus, the half goat half devil man, would take naughty children, place them in a bag and beat them around Christmas time. In the museum, you’ll see plenty of paintings and statues that show the best of this devil’s looks.
The museum also has a gift shop that sells Christmas items year round. If you are old-fashioned, I recommend buying the postcards that illustrate Christmas cards from 1890-1950. For Austria, the gift shop offers affordable and traditional German/Austrian artifacts including coned-incense Santa smokers to authentic Austrian Christmas cookbooks.
Attached to the museum is the Weinachts café that offers plenty of delicious cakes, coffees and teas. Compared to Germany, the café is more expensive. Two coffees cost approximately nine Euros.
For Christmas lovers and enthusiasts, the Salzburg Christmas museum displays the essence and class of Austrian culture and its history. It’s the perfect place to visit year round and to think, “let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.”
Germany opened my eyes to many things. Austria opened my mind to classy things. As an American living in Germany, I exposed myself to the rooted culture of European living. I saw how Germans nicely hand paint dish-ware and create to the most beautiful cakes. After spending a couple days in Salzburg, Austria, they certainly exceed the chicness of any Germany speaking culture.
Upon entering the Old Town corridors, I fell in love with the cuteness of the streets, shops and cafes. Situated alongside a cliff wall, visitors see a different type of European city. Meandering the streets, my eyes noticed how precise their artwork is. Every cuckoo clock was etched with care and every hand painted egg contained unanimous patterns that exuded the energy and time spent to creating something beautiful.
Walking past certain venues, I knew at one time or another aristocrats schmoozed here once before. Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart, has no shortage of memorials signifying the brilliance of this 1700s musician. From squares to museums, the beloved artist’s energy is still alive. For those who want to experience the Sound of Music can book the “hop on and hop off” bus to see the most significant sites used during the film.
My visit occurred during Oktoberfest season where locals dressed in their authentic lederhosen and dirndls to frolic the streets with their horse named Fritz. Smelling the lebkuchen and snacking on giant brezels, Salzburg keeps getting better.
The intensity of their elegance ignited upon entering the St. Peter’s Cemetary and Catacombs. Never in my life did I see such a beautiful cemetery that triggered my photogenic eye. Bountiful amounts of flowers rested atop of gold-etched crosses and tombstones while gazing at the beautiful Cliffside surrounding.
And the views kept getting prettier, atop of the Hohensalzburg castle that dominates the hill towering above Old Town. How beautiful. How serene. How Austrian. It was almost surreal that a place this nice still exists in the world. During the warmer months, get a bite to eat or drink at the panoramic view café.
I recommend visiting the castle near sunset to end the day on a perfect high note – along with some Mozart kugeln.
Elizabeth Rae Kovar is a Fitness Trainer, Author of Finding Om, Presenter, Yogi, Vegan & lover of the World. View her portfolio at www.elizabethkovar.comor health-based blog at mindbodysoul-food.com