There is something really special about staying in a hotel where you can feel and sense history everywhere you look.
The Hotel Sacher was built in 1866, perched proudly on the banks of the river Salzach in pretty-as-a-picture Salzburg.
My room is lavish, with a stunning marble bathroom and a huge bed that I sink into in a daze of comfort, but the highlight for me is the view from my little balcony. The first time I fling open the doors and venture out, I am astounded by the panorama over the river to the Old Town on the other side, and up to the regal Hohensalzburg Fortress, standing guard over the city just as it has done for centuries.
The Sacher, which has recently undergone a renovation, has exquisite furnishings, beautiful antiques and photos of dignitaries on a wall near the lobby. I pinch myself when I see a photo of Julie Andrews, who stayed at the hotel while filming The Sound of Music.
I wander into the Café Sacher and order the dessert that is officially the favourite dessert of Austria – the Sacher Torte. As I bite into its deliciousness, I wonder if Julie ever had a slice or two. I decide she must have, as no mortal could possibly resist it.