Today we had more of a plan for our visit to Salzburg city. This involved first of all stopping off to see the sights in the new part of the city so Bob had worked out how get there on the scooter. Harder than it sounds as the whole of the centre is a very controlled pedestrianised zone but the map on Maps ME which Bob uses on the tablet doesn’t show the roads which are bus and cycle only… and there are a lot of those.
First stop was easy enough, to the Mirabell Schloss and more particularly, its gardens. These are really lovely, full of roses and formal planting. Quite a few tour parties as well And a wedding which we assume had taken place in the Schloss itself.
Had a nice wander through then set off to find our second target, Mozart’s House. Not easy to find as things are not very well sign-posted and our map was not clear but after a wrong turn to the river and back we found it. Didn’t bother with the museum but at the back of the building was a tempting garden café so we had iced coffee and
sache-torte and thought afterwards we might not want to eat for a week.
Back through the gardens to Kisbee and that’s when we discovered the one way system where you go round and round and can’t get where you want to be, which is on the other side of the river but all roads leading there were either one way or only for buses and bikes.
Went round the one way system twice until we eventually went to the right enough times that we picked up the road which we needed to get across the bridge and down the other side. Parked Kisbee just off the main road as there were signs everywhere saying we were not allowed to park anywhere in the old city.
Then we set off to find the castle which we had seen from many angles as it soars above the city. There is a walkway up. There is also a funicular so we sensibly took that. The castle is amazing. Enormous, lots of buildings and seems to go on for ever. We did the indoor ‘tour’ of the museum which was incredibly well done. The State Rooms in particular are exceptional in
There are lovely views from the castle right across Saltzburg and beyond, along the river and to the mountains. My camera went into overload especially with the brightest of blue skies.
The blue sky was not to last. Back down to ground level again by funicular we wandered down through the Cathedral area and went in search of a light lunch. Stopped in one popular looking café but after waiting 15 minutes for the waiter to take our order we walked out and went instead to the Beer Garden we visited yesterday.
A brilliant decision, by the time we were half way there the sky which had been getting darker had turned half black and the rumbles in the air were definitely thunder. We chose a table under a very large umbrella but when the storm started even that umbrella was too small and we had to retreat to the inside of the Italian Pizzeria where we shared a pizza as we were still rather full from the morning snack.
The thunderstorm was severe according to the weather forecast and it was certainly exceedingly noisy, flashy and wet. We were dry in the café
but as soon as the rain seemed to have eased we hurried along to find Kisbee and back to the campsite. Shame I left the shower towels out this morning, especially as they were pretty well dry before we set off. Had to put them in the campsite tumble dryer !
Back at the campsite the second half of the promised storm never happened, in fact it turned very pleasant again so I had a swim and we ate outside.
Moving on tomorrow, further East to a lake where I will undoubtedly be swimming.
Only regret from this visit to Salzburg, which I like very much, was the turn the weather took as I had had every intention of doing a little light shopping in the afternoon. Had to content myself with buying Mozart chocolate marzipan balls from the campsite shop.
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