A visit to Salzburg will most likely land you at the Getreidegasse alley, an old town section of the city. A place where absolutely every tourist goes to, very busy and very expensive compared to the rest of the city.
The street is a pedestrian zone and high narrow houses can be seen side by side in the hilly city, where the artisans used to live back during its heyday.
We strolled through the quaint lane of Getreidegasse and found a wide array of elegant shops selling jewelry, leather goods, Easter eggs, perfumes, eateries and high-end boutiques along the street. I didn't buy anything but I did enjoy taking pictures and people watching on this luxury-laden street.
As we walked further, we passed by The Judengasse, another pedestrian lane which is an extension of the Getreidegasse. Most of these houses have kept up their charm and I found this well maintained street quaint and very appealing.
Almost all store signs I noticed are made of beautifully crafted wrought iron hanging above the stores.
All famous and big labels from Louis Vuitton to Boss and from Swarovski to Polo are all represented in this shopping lane. I don't think I've seen such amazing advertising signs like that before.
I also discovered that most of these wrought iron signs have been there for centuries. They are elaborately decorated with dates, unique symbols and the name of the owners, so they often tell their own history.
Located at the end of the Getreidegasse, is St. Blaise's Church (Blasiuskirche), built in the fourteenth century. The exterior of the church looks rather plain and not as luxurious and ornately decorated as the others, but I found it very fascinating and charming. According to my guide book, the church was affiliated with Salzburg's civic hospital and named after St.Blaise, the saint of throat ailments. The locals also refer to the church as the Civic Hospital Church or Church of the Holy Spirit.
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