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