Trip Start Aug 02, 2012
136Trip End Aug 02, 2013
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We headed in to the church to check it out. There were four organs at the front organized under the dome. Mozart used to play in this church as one of the organists. The dome was really neat and there were lots of details on the upper part of the pillars and archways. We also saw an enormous baptismal font near the entrance.
We wandered into the next square where there was a golden globe sculpture with a man standing on it. This is part of a program initiated by the City of Salzburg where a local, contemporary artists' work is featured every couple of months. We took our photos and then watched the other tourists going under the golden globe and pretending to lift it up. We also saw a horse bath off to the side of the square. The horse bath was a large sunken area in the square with a small railing around it and a sloped entrance so that the horses could walk into it (once upon a time) to be washed.
We then continued on our way toward the cemetery at St. Peter’s church which was the one that inspired the cemetery scene in the "Sound of Music" (SOM) at the end of the movie when they are being chased. They didn’t actually film it here, but the iron gates definitely reminded us of the scene. The flowers in the cemetery on the grave plots were beautifully tended and there were freshly planted chrysanthemums and heather all around.
Feeling hungry, we went to a restaurant recommended in our guidebook and sat in a cozy corner. We were quite cold and were glad for a chance to warm up. There were several other people in there also with Rick Steves guidebooks which we thought was quite funny. I started off with a tasty pumpkin soup which hit the spot and warmed me up. I followed it up with a pumpkin strudel which came with a creamy chive sauce and 4 different small salads.
Afterwards we headed back to the market area in the square and enjoyed looking at all the flowers and foods on display in the stalls. We also walked over to another horse fountain which was in front of where the old city stables used to be. On the wall behind the fountain were paintings of the prince’s favourite horses. We walked down a street with tons of iron-wrought shop signs hanging overhead in the style typical to the region. McDonald’s was even there although they had been told their sign had to fit in with the character of the street. Their sign, even though it was iron-wrought, was out of place simply because it was at least twice as big as the other signs. We passed by Mozart’s birthplace but didn’t go in as our book had recommended his residence as a more interesting place to visit.
We then headed uphill to the fortress to wander the grounds, but found that you were no longer allowed to see the ground for free. Since we didn’t want to see the whole fortress and all the exhibits we headed back down to the abbey where they filmed the SOM scenes in the courtyard where all the nuns were singing. We weren’t allowed to visit that either, but had a look in the church anyhow. We then crossed the river and headed towards Mozart’s residence. We were quite disappointed by the museum and found that it was the first recommendation in our guidebook that we disagreed with. There were 6 or so rooms each containing various things related to Mozart or his family. We saw some instruments (his piano was on loan to Vienna), scores, books and other small items.
We headed over to the nearby Mirabell gardens in front of the palace. This was also a SOM filming site and we enjoyed wandering around. Parts of the garden used in the movie were the long arbour, the gardens with the sculptures and fountain. We were still somewhat vague on exactly which parts were used and decided that we should watch the movie again when we get a chance to see all the sights again. We also wandered through the dwarf park which has statues of dwarfs who served the prince-archbishop in the 1600s. Once it got dark we headed back to camp.