The Hills Are Alive With the SOUND OF MUSIC

Trip Start Jan 05, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Austria  , Austrian Alps,
Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Salzburg definitely comes in as a close second in the race for my favorite European city during my Spring Break travels.  It's the epitome of the precious European villages you see in the movies.  In fact, it was chosen as the setting for the most popular musical to date: The Sound of Music!  Of course, we took the Sound of Music tour to see all the sites where filming took place.  We visited a few of the palaces that were used as settings for the VonTrapp's mansion.  We even saw the grotto where Leisel and Ralph serenade one another with I am sixteen, going on seventeen...  I can't count the number of times I've seen the movie, so it was definitely a treat to see all the sites and sing along to the songs on the coach bus.  We also took the bus out to Monsee (Moon Lake) to see the church where Maria and Captain von Trapp were married.  The church was beautiful, and the apple strudel at the café across the street was delicious.

We took a hike up to Salzburg's Honehsalzburg Castle, one of the largest medieval castles in Europe.  Construction on the castle began in 1077, and it basically encompasses a small city within its walls.  We saw some breath-taking views that overlooked all of Salzburg from the Castle's balconies and gardens.  An absolutely amazing site to visit at sunset.

Salzburg is also famous for its foodie-friendly attractions, naturally, such as:
- Mozart Balls: a chocolate ball filled with marzipan and nougat, honoring Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a Salzburn native

- Salzburger Knockerl: similar to a meringue, it's made of eggs, sugar, and vanilla.  Ours was served with some wild berries and looks like little Alp Mountain peaks.  Very fluffy and light.

- Augustiner Abbey/Brewery: The Augustine monks in Salzburg have created a lucrative business by brewing delicious Augustiner beer served up with wursts, sauerkraut, and a slew of other Austrian/Bavarian delicacies.  We had a lovely afternoon getting seconds and thirds of beer and brats at the abbey.

We also went to a restaurant, Stiftskeller, in Salzburg, where we were among the 'regulars' who had come that night to watch the Barça vs. Arsenal game.  We may have gambled a few Euros with the locals on the outcome of the game.  We didn't collect any winnings, but Barça won the game :)  The restaurant had some pretty impressive medieval cellars, as well.  

Overall, Salzburg was absolutely charming, stunning, quaint, and all-around perfect.  Definitely on my list for possible retirement destinations. 
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JPrell on

It all looks awesome! So glad you are having a great time. We can't wait to see you this summer. I will show the girls tonight when I get a moment.

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