An October 2006 trip
to Salzburg by USMA1991
Quote: Salzburg is my favorite city in all of Europe--its beauty, friendliness and charm have very few rivals in my mind. I have always dreamed of returning with my family to this special place to show them the town I love so much.
The Goldener Hirsch is a 600-year-old hotel, and has obviously learned a lot about how to care for guests in that time. The staff and service are the star of the show here. At check-in we were welcomed with genuine warmth and all of our documents were already prepared. The room staff discretely cleaned our rooms twice a day, working around our unpredictable arrivals and departures. At one point we asked the front desk to replace the down pillows in our room with synthetic ones; within ten minutes not one, but two, chamber maids had arrived and completely remade our bed. The evening turn-down service even went so far as to include our infant’s crib. When we asked for a car to take us to the train station as we checked out, nothing less than a shiny, new Mercedes was waiting for us outside. I could list many examples of how we were made as comfortable as possible.
The hotel itself is comprised of three buildings on one side of Getreidegasse (the main pedestrian shopping street) and one building on the other. We were assigned a room in the main building, directly overlooking the Getreidegasse. Being able to look out of our window and watch all of the people go by was a nice way to pass some time. The room itself had a king-sized bed, a sitting area with a sleeper sofa and two chairs, antique and hand-painted furnishings, and a huge marble bathroom. It was moderately sized and very comfortable. Be warned, though, that the rooms on the lower floors overlooking the Getreidegasse are directly over the kitchen—and you’ll hear the louder noises from the kitchen during the evening.
The Goldener Hirsch is one of the more expensive hotels we have stayed in (and we’ve traveled quite frequently). But it was worth every cent, and I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 9, 2006
Hotel Goldener Hirsch
Restaurant | "Stiftskeller St. Peter (Peterskeller)"
This was my second visit to this restaurant - the first with my family. There is something, a little indescribable, about eating in a 1,200-year old restaurant. We went a little early for dinner (by local standards), around 5:30pm, to beat the crowds and shared the restaurant with just a few Americans with the same idea. It is located near the festungbahn, or funicular train that runs up to the Hohensalzburg fortress, so this is a nice place to stop after exploring it.
The menu consists mostly of local Austrian and German plates. We had a hard time deciding on what to order, but my wife had the tafelspitz (boiled beef) and I had the Hungarian gulasch - I'd recommend either to anybody. And to top things off, we had the Salzburger nockerl, of course (tip - order the nockerl with your main meal or wait 20-25 minutes for them to prepare it). Expect to pay 20~30 Euros per person for a meal with beverages.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 10, 2006
St. Peter Stiftskeller - the Restaurant
St Peter-Bezirk 1/4
Salzburg, Austria 5010
43 662 841 268 0
Restaurant | "Japan Restaurant Nagano"
After a long weekend of eating German or Austrian food, we wanted a break - and we found this nice little restaurant steps from the Goldener Hirsch. Seeing some of the local Japanese residents eat here was our first indication this place was pretty good. The sushi choices won't overwhelm you, but what they offer was of high quality. The menu doesn't try to offer a lot of everything; rather, it seemed to us the restaurant only wanted to offer a modest number of choices and really concentrate on getting them right.
My family and I visited this restaurant twice during this stay, so we tried a few dishes. I can recommend the teppanyaki choices (served in a sizzling iron dish to your table) and any of the bento choices. The lunch bento boxes contained a variety of maki and nigiri sushi, an entrée, miso soup, and rice and were a particular bargain at 8.50 Euros in this town. When you've had enough schnitzel and tafelspitz and nockerl, I'd recommend the Nagano.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 11, 2006
Salzburg, Austria 5020
+43 662 849488
Los Angeles, California