Salzburg, a “world stage“. So many threads run together here weaving a fabric of international atmosphere, magnificent small city and historical beer tradition. The world-famous puppet string theatre welcomes us travel bloggers on this Friday in June: Black Dots White Spots, JustTravelous & Teilzeitreisender, treating us to a short version of Mozart’s Magic Flute that brings back childhood memories. A view behind the scenes is a fascinating insight into this unique theatre, who is just about to “unravel all the strings” for Alice in Wonderland due to start in September this year. We absolutely have to come back. Last but not least in order to come and get our beer. But that’s another story altogether. Read on!
“Is there a possibility to tell the story of Salzburg without mentioning beer?” – “Possibly there is … but it would be short and dry!”
Oh Martina! “I love beer.” Martina Gyuroka aka “Salzburg Bierguide” welcomes us with these and similar words to a late afternoon, easy beer walk through the historic town centre. With her compelling laughter, she splashes out countless anecdotes showing photographs and historic drawings (of beer mugs, and people) and reiterating the city’s many touch points with beer. Really and truly: No – historical – scandal or drinking phrase that she would not know about, no history that would eventually turn out to have some kind of beer connotation. “Before Christoph Columbus went on to discover the ‘New World’, he first came to Salzburg for a beer. And then got lost on his way to America.” – “Horny Betty is a beer that contains special herbs and spices, after which you best lock yourself in at home and hide away the key.” …
We laugh a lot and talk even more. This tour is just perfect for all those who wish to experience Salzburg from a light-hearted, yet informative beer perspective: You ask, Martina has the answer. It’s a guarantee. At the end, we have dinner at Gasthaus Stieglkeller including one of the best views over the historic inner city of Salzburg. And have a drink, or two, of Stiegl’s “World Traveller” beer. Just for us travel bloggers, we like to think. After all, who else could have given rise to this name?
Disclaimer: We have been invited by Tourismus Salzburg to experience the city and its cultural attractions and sights. All opinions are my own.