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Europe » Austria » Salzburg » Salzburg September 5th 2023

Yesterday we spent most of the day at the Schoenbrunn Palace, Vienna's answer to Versailles. Originally the emperor used it as a summer palace, but the last few lived there full time, right up to the abdication of the last emperor in 1918. We toured the state rooms, which are highly decorative in an 18th/19th century way. Unfortunately, no photos allowed inside. Like Versailles, the palace is surrounded by huge, beautifully designed grounds. We spent a couple of hours exploring the paths and looking in bemusement at the faux Roman ruins and strange fountains. Back in central Vienna we had our best dinner yet at a (mainly) vegetarian restaurant. They did veg variations on some standard Austrian dishes, such as the mushroom schnitzel I had. Very delicious! Today we took the train to Salzburg and spent ... read more

Europe » Austria » Salzburg » Salzburg July 24th 2023

July 24, 2023 – The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music It’s Monday morning and I wake up and rollover. I’m dead tired. Kirsten has already walked to the bakery and returned with our breakfast bread. I hear her call from the kitchen, ok everyone get up we have another busy day and we need to be on the road to Salzburg by 9:30 am. I crawl and I mean crawl out of bed and make my way to the bathroom; I crawl in and out as fast as I can. Once I arrive in the kitchen, Kirsten, Caroline, and Bea are already eating and discussing today adventure to Salzburg. On our last day in Berchtesgaden, Kirsten planned to visit to Salzburg, you know where the movie Sound of Music was filmed. The Hills ... read more
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Europe » Austria » Salzburg » Salzburg May 8th 2023

From the NY Times: The war in Ukraine has transformed Europe more profoundly than any event since the Cold War’s end in 1989. A peace mentality, most acute in Germany, has given way to a dawning awareness that military power is needed in the pursuit of security and strategic objectives. A continent on autopilot, lulled into amnesia, has been galvanized into an immense effort to save liberty in Ukraine, a freedom widely seen as synonymous with its own. No more so than my last trip to Europe in November, the war has changed Europe forever. And I think it has changed many of us across the ocean as well. I now hesitate to visit countries on the Russian and Ukrainian border. I see more armed soldiers than just about any time since the Cold War. In ... read more
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Europe » Austria » Salzburg » Salzburg July 6th 2022

A short visit in Salzburg When we were in southern Germany it struck us that our 9-Euro-Tickets actually allowed us to travel to Salzburg in Austria. Emma really wanted to go there because she had never visited that city. Ake had visited Salzburg once before. But that was 35 years ago so he barely remembered anything so he was also OK with going there. Here follows our story from the day we visited the city Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in. Historical city centre Salzburg's Historical city centre is a UNESCO world heritage site. That means that there are many old well preserved buildings there and that it is a beautiful town. Mirabell Palace Mirabell Palace is a large impressive 17th century palace i... read more
Mirabell palace garden
Sculpture in Mirabell palace garden
Sculpture in Mirabell palace garden

Europe » Austria » Salzburg » Salzburg August 13th 2020

After having packed our little VW Golf to the max, we drove from Wil through parts of Austria and Slovenia to Hrvatska (Croatia). We were planning to stay at least 4 to 5 weeks in Croatia, establishing our Mediterranean base camp in Vodice, a town near Sibenik, in Central Dalmatia, courtesy of Ana and Tomislav and her families. More of that later...... But first we wanted to see some places in Austria and Slovenia and catch up with friends there. Austria is full of history and natural beauty, so we had to choose. We picked the topic Danube River, Salzburg and Salzkammergut, the lovely countryside South of Salzburg, famous for its mountains, lakes and small authentic villages. The Danube or Donau (in German) is Europe's second largest river (after the Volga) measuring 2'850km in length. Its ... read more
Grein on the Danube

Europe » Austria » Salzburg » Salzburg July 9th 2020

Bonjour à tous, Je peux vous dire que je n'ai toujours pas digéré ma prune d'hier. De mettre fait cueillir comme ça, à froid, j'aurais dû ne pas payer, me la faire envoyer à la maison. Je pense que je vais survivre, et continuer de faire un agréable voyage. Ça ne fait que 4 jours que je suis parti, je crois que depuis mes séjours en Colombie Britannique, et en Alaska, je me suis pas senti aussi bien. La montagne doit avoir pour effet une libération accrue d'endorphine. (hormone du plaisir). Mise à part l'incident d'hier. Ce qui me surprend depuis mon départ, que ce soit en Suisse, et en Autriche, c'est le nombre conséquent de ''voilée'' que je vois dans les rues. Je comprends mieux pourquoi les autrichiens votent nationaliste. Hier au soir j'ai goûté ... read more
château Mirabell
maison natale de Mozart
un village autrichien

Europe » Austria » Salzburg » Salzburg September 2nd 2019

Today was the first day of my retirement and it felt pretty good ? We woke up to rain ? and the forecast was for it to rain all day - luckily it was just drizzle and stayed dry whilst we visited the massive castle overlooking Salzburg - the Fortress Hohensalzburg. Quick ride up the funicular, (via the oldest bakery in town for a snack! - couldn’t resist the amazing smell - their flour ground by a waterwheel! ) to the fortress - and what a fortress! Various Archbishops had added extensions to the original basic castle over the years - each outdoing the previous it seems, until the fortress you see today dominating the city from a great height. The audio guide was helpful to understand how the castle developed with each Archbishop - seemed ... read more

Europe » Austria » Salzburg » Salzburg September 1st 2019

We decided to go for a walking tour this morning - 10 o’clock at Mirabell Palace, main entrance - easy? should have been, but tourist maps are tricky to read and we arrived too late !? To be honest we weren’t sorry as we later saw so many ‘walking tours / groups’ and they looked super dull. Anyway, having missed out on the organised tour, we reset with a coffee and strudel and set to organising our own tour. Using the tourist map and internet site (?) we were off! Firstly the Mirabelle Palace gardens ( SofM Doh-Ray-me film site) - lovely flowers but probably we were expecting a more manicured set of gardens - too many weeds for our liking!! Then to Mozarts house ( and closeby where physicist Doppler lived), and across the ... read more
on the steps - doh ray me - looking a bit irritated that’s there’s so many people in my way!
same steps !
Mozart’s birth place

Europe » Austria » Salzburg » Salzburg August 28th 2019

I enjoy a fabulous breakfast in this lovely, calm and luxurious B&B. The owners provide excellent service whilst being very laid back. I explain that I am here to explore Salzburg in just a few hours and they offer to lend me a bike. Although I enjoy cycling, I politely decline as I want to bob in and out of lots of places and having a bike would be a complication. I actually do know my way around Salzburg reasonably well unlike the other cities that I have visited on this trip. However I have never stayed here. I used to come here each week from Seefeld during the summer months, and always with a group of 30-50 people. So I am looking forward to a few hours here alone to do some exploring. Salzburg is ... read more
Mirabell Gardens
Hohensalzburg Fortress

Europe » Austria » Salzburg » Salzburg July 25th 2019

Our second day is Salzburg started out with us leaving Salzburg and traveling to Germany to the Berchtesgaden region for a visit to Hitler's Eagle's Nest. It was a beautiful sunny day to journey into the Bavarian Alps and climb to a mountain top. On the way we passed several locations where parts of the Sound of Music were filmed, including the bridge the children danced across singing and the home where the outside scenes. In the photo you can see the wall alongside which Maria sang the song "I Have Confidence In Me." Upon reaching Eagle's Nest we walked through a tunnel to reach the elevator to the top. After a few minutes for our guide to talk about the building we had time to explore the mountain on which Eagle's Nest is perched. A ... read more
Looking toward the Alps
Alpine scene along the road
Another view

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