Austria - Salzburg

Free cocktail in the bar

We received a discount voucher of 10% off meals and drinks at the bar and restaurant in the hotel.

We also received a free cocktail from the bar because we booked directly with the hotel.


The bar was down stairs and very smokey and not a nice place to be.


Pam had a Pina Colada and I had a Caipiroska neither of which were very nice and I would not have wanted to pay 10 euro for them, We had our cocktail and left.

Christmas Day lunch at Europe's 800 year old restaurant

We booked a Christmas day lunch at St Peters Stiftskeller within the walls of St Peter's Abbey in Salzburg. It is claimed to be the oldest inn in Central Europe because of a supposed mention of it in the Carmina anthology  - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stiftskeller_St._Peter

 
We had high hopes for this lunch because it was very expensive, and it was Christmas day.

On arrival we are shown to a room that is nicely decorated and only a few others were there for lunch.


We ordered some water and I took a look at the wine list - well there was some pricey wines in there starting with 100ml of champagne for 20 EURO, the cheapest red by the glass was 15 euro for 125ml which is not a lot.

Most bottled wine was 100-6,000 euro so out of my price range.

I ordered a beer, Pam just had water.


The starter was a lukewarm carp in stock (actual name of the dish)

During this time there was a family with a crying baby not far from us so I asked to be seated somewhere else. After a few minutes they found another room for us which was a lot better for about 5 minutes until another family with a baby came.

We should have left then...



Next on the menu was Cream soup of chervil tubor with truffled cracklings - quite nice


Next up was Scallops with veal tongue and nut butter. It took at least 30 minutes for this dish to be served even though the scallops (scallop) was raw, or possibly marinated. Nice dish which had quite delicate flavours.

Mean while the screamer is still screaming and making lots of noises - quite annoying, they should stick everyone who has a brat with them in the same room and everyone else somewhere else.


The main dish was a filled Christmas quail with red cabbage and quince - this also took a good 30 minutes to come out, and by this stage I was sort of over the experience and would have been happy to just walk out , the brat was sill making lots of noise.

The quail itself was very nice and had been boned out expect for the legs and wings. It was filled with bread stuffing. The cabbage did not do too much for either of us and we left most of it.


The desert was a section of baked apples with almonds.

They were obviously very busy but I felt that the whole day was ruined by the babies in the restaurant.

173 Euro for the meal with no wine and 1 beer + water.

Waste of money

Christmas Eve Dinner at Hotel Pitter

Long ago we booked in for Christmas eve at Hotel Pitter which is about 1km from our hotel.


The weather was not too bad so we decided to walk to the hotel and build up a bit of a hunger.



Out dinner was a 3 coursed fixed menu at 48 Euro each without drinks.


Dinner started with some bread rolls and an Amuse Gueule with was these little meats


Next came the soup course which was Truffled cream soup of maroon chestnuts with black walnut. I think this may have been the nicest soup I have ever had. It was sweet and creamy and just yum.


Roased veal fillet with morrel cream sauce, parsnip puree, baby carrots, peas and butter nut pumpkin - lovely.


For desert a section of the following

  • Curd-poppy seed cake with pomegranate jelly
  • Almond brownie with gingerbread ganache with raspberry jelly
  • Mousse of marron chestnut with chocolate
  • Cream brulee of baked apple


Wine in tow


Little gingerbreads handing from the lights.

Overall a very good meal and we both really enjoyed it.

Breakfast in Hotel Elefant

Breakfast is included in our hotel room price which is great.....

Our hotel in Salzburg - Hotel Elefant

Our hotel is called Hotel Elefant and it is housed in a building that is 700+ years old. It has been operating as a hotel for over 400 years. Wow

In the Salzburg Christmas Market



The market feels more related and layed back than Munich which is nice. It is raining as w walk around and check the place out.








Munch to Salzburg

We had to leave quite early from the hotel as we had to catch our flixbus from Munich to Salzburg today.

We left just around 8am which was sunrise so it was stil a bit dark and headed for the metro in Marianplatz.

We bought a cheap ticket 1.50 euro which allowed 4 stops and we only had 3 stops so that was good.

The terminal was quite quiet with not a lot of people around at 8am on a Sunday morning, and grabbed the first train - it was an S6, I think almost all the S trains go to the central station and then onto the München Hackerbrücke stop.

We arrived in about 8 minutes so we had just over an hour to wait in the cold for the bus which is scheduled to leave at 9:30am.

Almost everyone is smoking and it is basically exposed to the elements even though it is under cover so it is quite cold. There is a lot of busses at about 9am we see which bay our bus will leave from. Pam & I head over to the location and sit down , it is colder on this side of the station.

A heap of busses leave probably about 20 while we wait for out bus to show up. It does not show up and almost all the buses leave. But it is not 9:30 yet just a few minutes prior and finally our bus shows up and everyone scrambles to put the luggage in and get on board for a decent seat.

9:36 and we are pulling out so not too shabby turn around from arrival to departure due to the late arrival.

A pretty simple trip to Salzburg mostly on motorways and passing what look like pretty little villages along the way.

We arrive in Salzburg at what looks like nothing like a bus stop but everyone is getting off and so do we and grab our bags and walk a couple of hundred meters to the train station. We find a cab and pay 10 euro to our hotel.

Diner in Restaurant S’Nockerl im Elefant  

We ate in the hotel restuarant called S'Nockerl - http://www.snockerl.at/wp/


Another beer for me and prosecco for Pam.


Pam had a 1/2 duck for about 18 euro


I had a grilled trout which was very nice for about 17 euro

The food in the restaurant was really great and good value for money, the staff were nice as well.

Hotel Elefant - Salzburg, Austria


Hotel Elefant
Sigmund-Haffner-Gasse  4
A-5020 Salzburg, Austria

https://www.hotelelefant.at/?lang=en



167 Euro per night

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