Salzburg: The hills are alive....

Trip Start Dec 22, 2010
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Trip End Feb 25, 2011


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Flag of Austria  , Austrian Alps,
Monday, January 17, 2011

Sound of Music?  Mozart?  If you're fans then definitely go to Salzburg, heck even if you're not a fan and hate both, still go to Salzburg.  I can say without doubt that it's one of the prettiest places that I've been to in Europe and an amazing place to be.  The town itself has been wonderfully preserved and really showcases the old baroque towns of the 1700's while the alps around it...well, that's just wow =P.  

Missed our first train cos we realised it wasn't regional (we were cheap and had the Bayern ticket) so we arrived a little bit later than planned, around 11 or so but the day was gorgeous!  Blue skies, fresh air surrounded by the alps!  What a welcome.  The initial impression of the place wasn't so wonderful but that was because the train station was completely under renovation while the area around the station was really nothing special.  Once we hit towards the old town though, things really started to pick up.  The walk through the Mirabell gardens was a lot of fun, just cos some of the Sound of Music scenes were filmed there, the fountain, the part on the bikes!  Oh I wish we had watched it before going to Salzburg so that we knew what was what XD.  Visited Mozart's house, well one of...this guy has plaques for him EVERYWHERE in the city.  This is the house were he was born, the house that he lived it, the house for his wife and kids, his wife's house...they really plug all they can out of the place =P.   Crossed the river after that and had some really nice Austrian food, schnitzel, ham mmmm.  

After lunch we continued through the altstadt (old town) and saw the Salzburger Dom (The Salzburg Cathedral) which was amazing just for all the ornate carvings inside.  Outside and all around the town there are just amazing baroque buildings and churches everywhere and the small shopping streets with the courtyards in between were also very cool to walk around it.  As we made our way up to the Salzburg castle we got this wonderful panoramic view over the entire city, it really was something with the backdrop of the blue skies and all.  We decided against going into the castle since we would have to pay quite a bit for a 1 hour visit so we went to the Nonnberg Abbey which was featured in the Sound of Music instead =D  And it really was!  We saw the gates where the nuns turned the kids away and the place where the Vontrapp family hid!  Cool eh!?  But what was really amazing was the view of the alps behind the castle...it really was just WOW...but wait, there's more!  So after the jaw-dropping view we decided to double back and check out the other lookout point on the otherside of the castle, so we were hiking up the mountains and down and up and needed to go to the toilet and not having such a great time (was cold and getting towards sunset you see) but then it hit us and it we really were speechless.  The alps are an amazing place to see and everything there just added up and built towards it so well!  The snow capped mountains, fog developing in the valleys, the sun setting, standing on the old town walls of Salzburg, it really was something.  I think we were there for a good half hour or so just soaking in the serenity...ahh the serenity.  Of course we did our manditory jumping shots haha with varied success but it was good fun.

When we did eventually come back down is was dusk and everything was bathed in a pink glow which was kinda cool.  Enjoyed the town a little bit more, walking through it at night time...was a completely different feel and I'm afraid to say, not an entirely fantastic change.  Everything was still wonderful but like a lot of old touristic towns (especially in the old town centre) there wasn't much to see/do at night and I think in that respect, Salzburg could be a little bit limited.  Still we managed to have a lot of fun =D  Found Mozart's Place with his statue and everything and decided to do some light painting haha, the results were varied but it was still pretty awesome.  Went hunting for food after that and after a LONG search, we found a nice restaurant to have weiner schnitzel and apfelstrudel yum =).

And that's all, took the train back Munich and had a nice long sleep dreaming about the Sound of Music and the alps...I assume =P.  My advice, go to Salzburg, really...even for a day trip, just go and enjoy the sights I cannot recommend it more highly.  You get to see an amazing historic town, some awe inspiring views of the alps and great Austrian food, all in one little walkable town.  Sure the night life prob ain't that great but really, if you're in Salzburg, you're there for some bloody awesome sights.  Oh and if you have time, you can catch some of the many concerts going on around town! Wunderschön =D
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