We just got back from a short trip to Salzburg and wanted to pay it forward with some short reviews.
We stayed at the Alstadthotel Weisse Taube for two night. Wonderful hotel! Our room was not ready when we arrived in the morning, but they stored it in a separate room with the door closed. They gave us a map of the city, which we had been to before so we basically knew the lay of the land. The lobby had a very nice honor bar area with wines, sodas etc all beautifully presented. The hotel itself was literally just around the corner from the main area where the Christmas Market was. Our room was a triple, and very well laid out. It had a large entry area, which was great for some of our luggage and coats. Plenty of lighting and outlets, which is always appreciated, and windows that opened to cool the room off a bit. There was a shoe cleaning/shining ,machine by the door which we utilized. The bathroom was very spacious and had a nice heated towel rack. We did not eat breakfast at the hotel as it was 26 euro and we felt that was a bit much. We realized later that we probably should have opted for that though. Our room was $379 for two nights for a triple. We felt it was a very fair rate.
Our first morning, we were in a rush for breakfast as we had a tour to catch at 8:30. This is when we realized we should have opted for the hotel breakfast. We wandered town looking for just a quick bite, but nothing was open, not even Starbucks. We stumbled upon a hotel that had a breakfast available. It was also 26 euro, same as our hotel, but we were in a rush so said yes. OMG, what a spread they had! Sparkling wine, fresh orange juice as well as fresh raspberry juice, a 3 tiered platter with assorted meats/cheese/fruit/spreads, a basket of breads, cakes, you name it. The hostess was so friendly and understood our rush. The name of this place was Gasthof Goldgasse. Well worth the cost, and you could literally sit there for hours just eating breakfast.
One evening we had dinner at Zwettler's, which we enjoyed on a trip a few years ago. We had reservations, which are highly recommended. Dinner here did not disappoint. Between the 3 of us, we each had a beer and then shared a schnitzel and the 6 mystery dumplings. All was very good and more than enough food as we did not finish it all. The bill came to 44 euro.
The next evening, we ate at Johanneskeller. Again, reservations are highly recommended. This restaurant is on the other side of the water, but was a very short walk. You enter, but then it was a tad confusing as the restaurant was in the basement. We each had a glass of wine, a side salad, and then shared the spaetzel and the special of the day a rack of lamb with potatoes. The salads were excellent and we were thrilled to get some fresh veggies. The rest of dinner was so good too. The bill was 71 euro for the 3 of us. We commented that it was just a hair under what breakfast cost us;) Note, this restaurant is cash only.
One afternoon we did the Edelweiss Cooking School and did the apple strudel and cookie class. That was a lot of fun! This class was 49 euro per person, but allow a bit more as at the end you can purchase their little cookbook for 5 euro and drinks over lunch were a few euro each. The class itself was a lot of fun, and best of all, all of the prep was already done, so we were able to just get to the heart of making the items. While the strudel and cookies were baking, we were treated to a bowl of goulash and drinks and were able to chat with the other people. It was a wonderful time! Our daughter has already made the goulash and said it turned out excellent. I will be making the strudel for Christmas Eve dinner. They did send us with the leftover strudel and cookies, so be prepared.