If you think you might like to try Europe but are not a skier, and don’t necessarily like crowds, try Europe in the fall. In addition to more affordable airfare, they’re little to no crowds. Best of all, the castles, beautiful lakes and mountains are still there… waiting for you to enjoy!
In fact, Salzburg is nice year-round as every month has its specific attractions. But in the fall, you won’t have to wait to get a seat in your favorite cafe or pastry shop as you peruse the old streets where Mozart once roamed. Just take a walk though the Cathedral and feel the history and passions of the old world penetrate you.
If you like to party, be sure to make time for Munich’s world renown Oktoberfest. Many don’t realize it but the Oktoberfest is the annual celebration of the wedding reception of King Ludwig I.
Things to see & do in Salzburg: October
For the music lover, Salzburg is the place. The “Salzburger Kulturtage” are a series of concerts, opera and theatre that targets a local audience; they were founded in 1972 to provide an affordable alternative to the Salzburg Festival of the summer. Today, they are quite popular, and – as intended – visited mostly by people from the city of Salzburg or its surroundings. Don′t expect the glamour of the Festspiele – but if you have a serious interest in music or theatre, you might even prefer the more private Salzburger Kulturtage.
Things to do & see in the surroundings: October
In the south of Salzburg, at least in the mountainous areas that is, you might have an opportunity to witness the traditional “Almabtrieb” on a weekend in early October. This ceremony involves the decoration of cows with a special kind of ornament; then the cows are taken from the high altitude meadows in the mountains to the valleys, where they stay for the winter. The ritual is often combined with services or blessings to say grace for a successful season.
This might be linked with crop and harvest festivals, of which there are plenty in rural Salzburg. The peak of these is Erntedanksonntag, the “Thanks Giving Sunday”. Processions take place for this occasion in many villages, often involving a crown made of wheat.
Things to do & see in the surroundings: November
St. Martin’s Day festivities are held on the 11th of November, a long celebrated occasion of feasting which attracts people from all over the globe, with it’s traditional meals and candlelight processions. In late November, the skiing season starts in some ski areas; this is often done with much pomp and circumstance – live concerts, parties and traditional celebrations throughout the night.
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Living outside Chicago, time with my mother in Munich offers new memories and experiences to cherish