Fodor's Expert Review Goldener Hirsch

Getreidegasse 37 / Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz 5, Salzburg, Salzburg, A-5020, Austria Fodor's Choice

Celebrities from Picasso to Pavarotti have favored the Golden Stag for its legendary Gemütlichkeit, patrician pampering, and adorable interiors. It's near the most popular sites, but double-paned windows ensure you won't hear a thing once you enter this special, private world. Inside it's delightfully rustic, with hand-carved wood, peasant-luxe furniture, and some of the lowest ceilings in town; the stag motif is even on lamp shades, which were hand-painted by an Austrian countess. As it's a historic treasure, expect some rooms to have snug, yet cozy, dimensions (some readers have written in alarm about some far-flung rooms tucked under the eave). There are two restaurants: the regal dining room and a smaller bistro. The latter is set on the pretty Herbert von Karajan Platz, and locals love its cozy, timbered look and the house specialty, Nürnberger Bratwürstl (half a dozen little roasted Nürnberg sausages served with sauerkraut and served on pewter heart-shaped plates).

PROS

  • unbeatable location
  • top-notch dining
  • charm to spare

CONS

  • noisy neighborhood
  • €35 a day for valet parking

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Sophisticated
Central
Local Flavor
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 0662-80840

HOTEL DETAILS

64 rooms, 5 suites
Rate Includes: No meals

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