By mere coincidence, our one-week holiday in September coincided with Oktoberfest and one of our colleagues happened to pick up on that and got us all excited about this trip.
Our choice of airline was by far to fly Qatar Airways as they offer their Dreamliner carrier from Muscat to Münich via Doha; you can't go wrong flying with them or on their Dreamliner!
Once in Münich and it being almost the weekend, we decided to skip the Bavarian capital and head straight to Salzburg to spend the weekend and avoid the craziness that Oktoberfest would be during that weekend. So, we hopped on a train and headed to the land of Mozartkugeln and stayed at the Crown Plaza Salzburg - The Pitter which is located very close to the main train station as well as several nearby attractions near the Old City center.
Our choice of navigating the city was mainly on foot and these were the places we visited:
We stopped to buy our Mozart balls or Mozartkugeln which is a sweet made out of chocolate-covered marzipan and inspired by Salzburg's greatest son, Mozart!
Although this store is from the Reber brand which is actually made in Germany and not so authentic being in Salzburg, it is in the mid-range price below that which you pay at Cafe-Konditorei Fürst (the original but pricier) but pretty good in quality.
... and so we continued our walk toward the ...
Once you enter the fortress, you are treated to several exhibition rooms showcasing all sort of weaponry and military armory. The most striking exhibits were those rooms that showed different metal wardrobes meant to be worn by those that somehow had violated laws such as that of adultery, treason amongst others; but don't worry, all rooms are not just about weaponry and medieval torture, they actually have a room where they showcase puppets and what would be a puppet show for kids!
After taking-in all the views of the city of Salzburg, we made our way back down on the funicular and came across ...
The cemetery itself is considered by many one of the oldest and most beautiful in Europe while the catacombs are carved onto the rock beside the cemetery which are also worth a visit. If you make your way there before 5pm, you can pay to enter one of the catacombs by escalating a few rock-carved stairs that lead to a few altars and some mural paintings on the walls that have seen better days.
To conclude our Day 1 of sightseeing, as suggested by a friend of one of our colleagues, we headed to the ...
... and this one seemed to be a very popular Oktoberfest song:
At the end of Day 2, we splurged and dined at ... This restaurant was also highly recommended to us by the father of one of our colleagues. The St. Peter Stiftskeller is in fact the oldest restaurant in the entire world serving clients since 803 A.D. and you may find it within the complex grounds of the St. Peter's Church.