Running on holiday can be a great way to wake up the legs and also see the place from a different perspective. I always notice different things when I run compared to when I sight see. I think that this is because you are not looking at Google maps and you are relaxed.
I was in Salzburg visiting friends and the visit just happened to coincide with the marathon festival that coming weekend, I wasn’t running the marathon but the 10 km which turned out to be a great race for me as I achieved a lifetime 10 km PB.
Salzburg is a beautiful city to run around, it is flat yet you can find a few hills to run up and get an even better view of the city. You can run along both sides of the River Salzach, you can meander through the streets, run past Mozart’s birth place (which is a Spar shop), or run up to Hohensalzburg Fortress or run out towards a house which was the home of the Von Trap family in The Sound of Music, (Leopoldskron Pond and Leopoldskron Palace). The city is geared up for runners as I saw this sign down by the river that gives you mapped out routes of varying distances that you can run.
As well as the 10 km race, I ran on the Thursday beforehand and also on the Monday morning before I flew home as I wanted to run around the lake again. We were staying with friends about a 20 minute walk from the heart of the city on Nussdorferstrasse which was also five minutes run from Leopoldskron Pond and Leopoldskron Palace. So I started by two training runs here but you can adjust the runs by running the 10 minutes to the lake, or just running up to Hohensalzburg Fortress from the city and joining in the route there.
On the Thursday we pretty much ran the route we walked in the morning but we also ran around the lake (Leopoldskron Pond) before heading up to the castle (Hohensalzburg Fortress). The lake was stunning in the late afternoon light, the snow capped mountains in the distance and lots of geese with their signets. We ran around the lake and exited along the foot path and we ran alongside a small stream that housed blue mountain water, it was like a mini canal as the stream was so straight. With Hohensalzburg Fortress in sight we ran through the meadow and headed up the hill to the back of the fortress, the hill was short but steep especially the last turn of the corner at the top.
Instead of heading in to the grounds of the fortress we ran the last steep, very short section to join the top path, Docktor-Ludwig-Prahauser-weg which is a beautiful green path that links the fortress to the Museum of Modern Art. Along this path you have views of the mountains, views of the side of the city, view of the fortress and view of the part of the city that we were staying in plus at the end a stunning vista of the city and river below.
Finding your way back down to the river once you pass the museum was a bit tricky but if you follow the main foot path it leads you down the hill via some steps at the bottom. From here we ran along the banks of the river to the toy shop on the corner before turning right to run through town, through the tunnel and home. You could easier extend the route we ran by running further along the river or crossing over one of the many bridges to the other side and run pass or stop at Hotel Sacher for their world famous chocolate cake.
I really enjoyed my time in Salzburg, the 10 km race was amazing, it started at the lake and finished in the city and the route was flat. There are many running options from running up to the castle or you can just stay on the flat along by the river. We went for the first weekend in May and the weather was glorious, warm, sunny and cooler mornings, we sat outside to have lunch and dinner which was very continental. After all the running you need good, tasty food and you can find it here, from slow braised pork and beef, dumplings, sauerkraut to sausages and pretzels to Sacher torte which is the famous chocolate cake.