Length 10.4 km (6.5 miles), terrain: flat
Salzburg finds its way onto lots of tourists' must-visit list for Europe: its mighty hilltop castle, and its narrow lanes echoing with the clip-clop of horse-carriages are hard to resist for anyone searching for old-world charm.
|Salzburg, Kapitelplatz with a view of the castle|
|Tomaselli's at Alter Markt|
|Along Gisela Kai|
Luckily, they put in underpasses beneath the few bridges, so you don't have to wait at traffic lights at every busy cross-street.
|Mozartsteg pedestrian bridge back to the old town|
After you pass the first car bridge, you'll see the Volksgarten park open up on the left side. It began life as the Kaiser Franz-Josef Jubiläumspark. It was dedicated to the Austrian kaiser on the 50th anniversary of his reign in 1908, just a few years before the monarchy disintegrated in the chaos of defeat in World War I. You might want to loop a bit into the park and run by the pond for a bit of variety.
|Pond in Volkspark|
But when you reach the grey-metal Mozartsteg footbridge again, turn left to cross it to run a short loop through the nicest part of the old-town, beneath the looming castle.
|Mozart, Salzburg's favorite son, likes hanging out at Mozartplatz|
You have now come to the archbishop's palace, where you turn left to run southwards to the next block with its own square, Domplatz (Cathedral Square). This is, as you might guess, right in front of the huge baroque cathedral.
|Salzburg's baroque cathedral|
Continue uphill, towards the castle, following the lane to the castle cog-train station. Just before the station, turn right through the iron gates into the stunningly beautiful cemetery, Petersfriedhof. This is part of St. Peter's monastery, still in use.
|In the monastery cemetery|
Exit the cemetery on the west side and you'll find yourself in St. Peter's Square, with an old church, a fountain, and what is billed as Europe's oldest restaurant, founded in the year 803 (over 1,200 years in business!).
|The square in the middle of the monastery|
Now run one block up Sigmund-Haffner-Gasse and then turn right, and you'll be back at the old market, where we started.