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Published: September 19th 2011
This morning we walked a few blocks to a cute little vegetarian café (The Heart of Joy Café) located right next to the place we ate dinner the night before. I had vegetarian ham and eggs and a mocha and dodged some more bees while sitting outside (so many bees!!!).
After breakfast we crossed the street and walked through Mirabell Gardens and over to Makartplatz to Mozart’s Residence. When Mozart was 17 (in 1773), the family moved to this house because there was more room for playing music and entertaining friends and other musicians. Mozart lived here until 1781 when he left Salzburg for good and moved to Vienna. The home, which was destroyed during World War II, was reconstructed and opened to the public in 1996. Today the museum holds memorabilia from the family as well as several instruments and furniture belonging to the family.
After wandering around the museum, we hopped on Bus 25 from Makartplatz and rode it to the last stop at Untersberg to go to the cable car. The cable car takes you to the top of the Untersberg Mountain where you can stop for a break at the café and
enjoy the beautiful views over Salzburg. If you are feeling energetic, you also have the opportunity to hike even higher before making your way back to the cable car for your return journey. We did not do any hiking, but walked around for a bit before heading back down again.
From Untersberg, we hopped back on Bus 25 (it picks up in the exact place you got off) and headed back toward Salzburg, stopping at the Salzburg Zoo (Anif Zoo bus stop). Although it looks small from the outside, you may find yourself spending quite a bit of time here as there are many different animals, all kept in an environment close to their natural surroundings. During the summer months they also offer the Night Zoo, where you may catch a glimpse of those nocturnal animals you normally only see sleeping during a day visit. We were there for a good two hours at least, stopping for a gelato break because it was HOT outside. I think the highlight of the zoo has to be the bears, which, if they are awake (and luckily for us they were), are very entertaining to watch.
Next we hopped
back on Bus 25 and went one stop further to Schloss Hellbrunn (Hellbrunn bus stop). Commissioned by Prince Archbishop Markus Sittikus in 1614 as a summer country residence, the palace, while beautiful, is not the highlight here. Instead, focus your time on a tour of the Wasserspiele (“Trick Fountains”), the main attraction at Hellbrunn for almost 400 years. Be prepared, there is a 90% chance that you will get wet (keep an eye on your tour guide for clues as to when this might happen!). The fountains were conceived by Markus Sittikus as a way to perform practical jokes on his guests (and in some cases, to let them know that they’d out warmed their welcome!). Another interesting feature here is the mechanical and music-playing theatre dating back to 1750 and operated completely by water. We did wander around the palace briefly as well, but this will really only take you about 20 minutes maximum (and that’s if you do the audio tour).
Bus 25 then took us back toward our hotel. The stop for Makartplatz is actually a little bit before the area where we picked up the bus, so we actually didn’t realize we were at
our stop until we passed it. Whoops! Luckily the next stop wasn’t too far away and it dropped us off right next to a souvenir stand (good for me because I waited until the last second to get gifts for people) and then we were only a few blocks from our hotel.
We dropped off our things at the hotel and then walked next door to Stiegl-brau Gastgarten for dinner, where I had mushroom goulash with dumplings and Stiegl Godlbrau (the traditional beer or Salzburg). Then back to the hotel for some sleep!
Tomorrow we drive to Regensburg!
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