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Sebastian Rabl: My Salzburg


City Guide
Paulina Szmydke,

Where were you born?
In a very quiet southern part of Salzburg – the perfect area for kids to grow up.

Where do you live now?
In the centre of Salzburg. It’s a good place to live because you don’t need a car and there are many good restaurants and cafés.

If money were no object, where would you live and why?
In a hotel – no obligations, fresh breakfast and always a clean room.

Which city is your favourite shopping destination?
Vienna, because you can find great bookstores there.

Which are your favourite Salzburg stores?
Hermès, because it’s worth a visit all around the world; Antiquariat Weinek on Steingasse for great out-of-print books and antique postcards; Feinkost Reichl on Wiener-Philharmoniker-Gasse sells and serves delicious delicatessen in a magical and local ambiance.

And your favourite restaurants?
At Goldener Hirsch, perfectly behaved waiters serve excellent Austrian dishes in a traditional local interior. Don’t miss the bar! In summer, one of my favourites is the Triangel with its relaxed atmosphere and eclectic mix of local and international guests. Downtown, Pan e Vin offers brilliant Italian food.

Do you have a favourite local café?
Café Bazar. It’s a wonderful coffee shop on the river Salzach with good food, a nice interior, a beautiful terrace and very kind waiters.

Where do you take out-of-town friends?
When I take them out for lunch and the weather is nice we go to the M32, a restaurant on the Mönchsberg with a fantastic view. In the evenings I would opt for the Goldener Hirsch.

Where do you like to celebrate?
If you are a small group of people, the restaurant and the bar of the Goldener Hirsch are perfect. For bigger crowds I recommend the Triangel. I also love the Flavour on Imbergstrasse for its food, its kind waiters and because you are allowed to smoke.

Do you have a favourite walk in your city?
All walks through the city mountains are blissful – Mönchsberg being the most popular.

Which is the best attraction in Salzburg?
The Hohensalzburg medieval fortress, which towers over the city, along with its museum. I strongly advise travellers to take the cable car up there.

Which do you think is the best museum in Salzburg?
The Museum der Moderne is the best. Out-of-towners, visit the Salzburg Museum – it will give     you a good impression of Salzburg’s history.

Which person from Salzburg do you most admire and why?I do not admire him, but I think Salzburg would not be what it is without the buildings built during the time of Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich; and Salzburg is the city of Mozart for sure.

What insider tip would you offer for exploring the city? Don’t miss a walk around the Rechte Altstadt, stroll through the Steingasse and visit the St Sebastian cemetery. You will definitely find a guided tour through the Almkanal intriguing. This is an artificial watercourse that runs through Salzburg; the trip is only possible in September.

Where do you most like to travel for inspiration?
I would love to make a trip to India and China in the near future.

What can’t you live without?
Coffee and – unfortunately – cigarettes.

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