Anyone wondering what to do in Salzburg will be overwhelmed by possibility- spend the weekend exploring the old town, with its unchanged artisan shops and centuries old inns, visit the beautiful churches and cathedral, which resonate with history, or follow the skipping steps of the Von Trapps through the city’s famous squares, before taking a horse drawn carriage through the streets. A weekend here, breathing air as pure as a nun’s thoughts, will mean you return home restored and rejuvenated, with glorious memories of this Austrian gem.
Go from the champagne bar of St Pancras to the heart of Paris in under three hours.
Check-in at The Eurostar terminal is smooth and simple, with e-ticket machines and a brisk security scan. Queues are usually short, though there may be a slight delay at rush-hour and weekends.
Check-in is open until 30 minutes before departure, and once checked in, there is a large passenger lounge with wifi and plug sockets, shops and cafes including WH Smith and Costa Coffee and comfortable seating, with a travelator which delivers passengers directly to the platform, and makes it easy to manoeuvre luggage. There’s also a lift if you prefer.
There is a buffet car on board the train, and an optional executive upgrade means food service at your table, a quieter carriage, more spacious seats and a plug socket and free wifi.
The Eurostar sets off from the beautifully refurbished St Pancras station, speeds through the countryside and takes just twenty minutes to dash through the Channel Tunnel and emerge in France. The journey is deceptively fast- the comfortable train rockets trough Kent, beneath the channel and emerges in France in the time it takes to queue at an airport.
The train arrives at the Gare du Nord in Paris after two hours and fifteen minutes.
Leave in the afternoon and the Eurostar will pull into the Gare Du Nord two hours and fifteen minutes later, in time for cocktail hour.
Days 1 - 2
Make your way to the Gare De L'Est, which is just a fifteen minute walk away, or you can take a taxi from the front of Gare Du Nord, and take the overnight train down to Munich on the excellent City Night Line service. Before setting off to the Gare De L'Est you could have dinner at one of the excellent brasseries opposite Gare Du Nord or even take a picnic on the train.
Days 2 - 3
After lunch, spend the first afternoon in Salzburg visiting the museum, magically set into the side of the mountain.
The following morning take the charming funicular railway up to the castle for sweeping views of the city and beyond. In the afternoon, stroll through the old town where you'll find Mozart's birthplace, the magnificent cathedral and some excellent shops, including the world's oldest umbrella shop.
Enjoy an early dinner- or buy a picnic- before boarding the early evening Railjet train back to Munich, ready to catch your overnight sleeper back to Paris.
Make your way to Gare Du Nord to catch the Eurostar back to London St Pancras, allowing at least forty-five minutes for check-in. The journey only takes just over two hours, so you should be back in plenty of time for your connection to your onward journey home.
Of course, if you can't bear to leave, you could always stay for just one more night in Paris...
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