Getting to School

The path to school is an interesting one: we must go up a mountain, down a mountain, through a mountain, and cross a river. However, it only takes around 25 minutes at a fast speed with no detours (so better than Ireland time-wise…). The trek begins at the Salzburger Lehrerhaus, the dorm I am living in this semester.

The Salzburger Lehrerhaus, my home for semester.
A small stream that runs next to the Salzbuger Lehrerhaus.
A vineyard on the “mountain” we walk up everyday for school.

The mountain I climb up and then down is not actually that bad, but for those of us used to flat and dry surfaces, trying to navigate through the snow and ice carrying books and a laptop, the climb can feel harder than it actually is.

A classmate on the “mountain’s” descent.
A view of Mönchberg as you head towards the tunnel.
The architecture is a mix of old, such as this yellow house with wooden accents, and new.

To get through Mönchberg (meaning literally monk’s mountain), we must go through a pedestrian tunnel. It provides a warm respite in addition to a shortcut.

There are three entrances into the tunnel system that gets you through Mönchberg.
The walls of the tunnel are covered with ads.

Out on the other side, you get to the most touristy side of Salzburg.

The horse fountain, the top of which is covered until Easter to keep it safe from the environment.
A series of passageways go through old houses (now stores) linking streets together.


After going through the main shopping street, you hit the Salzach river. The closest bridge is the Makartsteg, also known as the lock-bridge after the tradition of couples locking their love on the fencing. When not rainy or snowy, it’s usually filled with tourists taking up half the walkway in order to take an artsy selfie.

A view of the Makartsteg Bridge.

The walk is basically over once you cross the river; just another five minutes and you reach the school. This area is what can be considered as the centre of Salzburg.

One of the entrance’s to Schloss Mirabell.
The street where Salzburg College can be found.
The outside of Salzburg College which is located in the Arts Quarter of Salzburg.


The walk, when not windy, rainy, or icy, can be quite nice. You get to see many parts of Salzburg and once you get to the school, everything of interest is a close walk away.



2 thoughts on “Getting to School

  1. It looks like a very stimulating walk – both physically and visually. The snow and ice definitely add a challenge, but think how pretty the scenery will look when spring start to blossom. I love the variety of landscapes along your course. It reminds me of a walk that would take place in a fairy tale. The horse fountain looks like a snow globe with its winter bubble. Thanks for your photos and musings on the experience of getting from dorm to college.

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