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Europe » Austria » Salzburg » Salzburg April 28th 2019

Today we left our hotel after breakfast. It was the first day since joining this tour that we didn't have to pack up our suitcases and leave them outside our door to be packed on the bus. This is the first two-night stay at the same hotel. We have about three others during this trip. Our usual agenda each morning is to get ready, pack our suitcases and put them outside our door by 7:00, then head to breakfast and board the bus by 8:00 am. It was a 1 1/2 hour ride to Salzburg. Our first stop was just outside Salzburg at the Schloss Hellbrunn Palace. This palace was built in 1613-1619 by the Prince Archbishop of Salzburg and named for the "clear spring" that supplied it. It is filled with secret water that can ... read more
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Europe » Austria » Salzburg » Salzburg June 9th 2018

Another early morning. Our ship is now moored at Brandstatt, near Linz. We are off on a full-day excursion to Salzburg. It's a two-hour ride. Our guide, Eva, is extremely entertaining and makes the time fly by. Both sides of the road are lined by vegetable farms. Crops include corn (fodder for animals, not humans), beets and sugar beets, potatoes, wheat, barley, canola, and, of course, lots of vinyards. I am struck by the large number of solar panels on the roofs of private homes. The terrain becomes increasingly hilly and then mountainous as we press into the interior. At a rest stop along the way, we are tempted by mouth-watering baked goods and treated to a beautiful vista of a lake nestled among mountains. Salzburg derives its name from the fact that salt used to ... read more
Salzburg Palace, where much of the Sound of Music was filmed
Mozart Platz with Wolfgang's statue
Fountain in front of Salzburg Cathedral

Europe » Austria » Salzburg » Salzburg June 8th 2018

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 ... read more
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Mirabell Gardens
Mirabell Gardens

Europe » Austria » Salzburg » Salzburg June 7th 2018

And so to Austria. Not a long drive, in fact so short that we arrived at our next campsite, in Salzburg by 10am. A pleasant drive with the mountains to the right and lovely rolling countryside. As we got close to the border Bob switched the Tomtom to allow it to take us on motorways so we could more easily navigate our way from Germany to Austria. And suddenly we had changed country, quite painless, and we were on the outskirts of Salzburg. Our campsite Camping Nord Sam is almost in the city but is green as green can be and exceedingly pleasant. Not ACSI so costs twice as much as normal but city centre sites as convenient as this are rare and this one has a pool to add to its delights. We stayed just ... read more
The gorgeous reception of our campsite Nord-Sam
Familiar sight in Salzburg. No price list displayed so we gave it a miss
Alleyways and delights

Europe » Austria » Salzburg » Salzburg May 5th 2018

Breakfast was great. What else could it be in Germany? What made it remarkable was the view from the breakfast room. Stunning scenery all around us. We were being blessed with another ideal weather day. We've been visiting this, my absolute favorite, place every few years since 1978. Most of our visits have taken place in the winter months for economic and scheduling reasons. The few times we've been to Salzburg in the summer it was only for a few hours. On our winter visits we often drove by signs for Hellbrunn Palace on the city's outskirts. We learned that the palace was famous for its whimsical trick fountains that operated during the warmer months. So before leaving for this trip I contacted the Hellbrunn office and booked reservations for the first English speaking tour of ... read more
Last night we were watched over by a saint
The view from our breakfast room
Taking a closer look at that nasty road outside our room

Europe » Austria » Salzburg » Obertauern January 2nd 2018

On arrival at Hallstat it is teaming with Chinese tourists. It is almost impossible to visualise how many Chinese tourists are there and remember they are just the ones that make it to the real Hallstat. Gus who is not the most patient wants to hit the ski fields immediately. A quick check with reception and some amazing German bus timetable reading and we are on the 5 minute bus ride to Obertraun. Red and I decide to drink while Gus goes up the gondola and skis. On the way back his review of Obertraun is mixed. When we get back to Hallstat it is deserted. The buses are gone and we have the town to ourselves. We do discover the issue with Hallstat though. The place shuts down at about 7pm. We are lucky to ... read more
About to go off the edge
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Constance and Rex

Europe » Austria » Salzburg » Salzburg December 28th 2017

We arrive safely in Salzburg at midnight after taking flights 8,9 and 10. Unfortunately there is nothing memorable other than a very pleasant dinner at Vienna Airport in Jamies’ (that bloke gets everywhere). The Austrian Airlines flight from Vienna to Salzburg is staffed entirely by elves. As well as being complete bastards it seems they also have the world’s worst cabin crew uniforms consisting of red hats, white blouses with red vests, red skirts, red tights and red shoes. Serves them right. The next day we meet our great friends the O’Connors (Jac and Red) and drive to Hallstat. Despite meticulous planning (and the bastards at Austrian Airlines) Hallstat is a potential weak link in my itinerary. I had selected it after a Google search of cute Austrian towns. The pictures showed plenty of snow so ... read more

Europe » Austria » Salzburg » Salzburg September 5th 2017

Pretty much any view of Salzburg includes the huge 11th century Hohensalzburg Castleand Abbey, towering over the old city on top of cliffs rising up, as it happens, right behind the flat we stayed in for a week. We actually had skylights so we could look straight up at the castle! Many locations in and around Salzburg are recognizable from The Sound of Music. While we stayed here, we downloaded and watched the movie again to remind ourselves of which local sites were actually in the movie. There are tours to just take you to each and every site, which we did NOT do, but we did visit Mirabell Gardens (featured in the song Do-Re-Mi) and Hellbrunn Palace, where the gazebo from the movie is loc... read more
Looking down from top of Unsterberg cable car
Magic Fountains at Hellbrun
View of Hohensalzburg Castle from top of Kapuziner Kloster park

Europe » Austria » Salzburg » Rauris August 10th 2017

Mijn vorige post afsluiten met het zou wat minder warm worden was precies een beetje “wishfull thinking” onder een loden zon kropen we uit onze bloedhete caravan. Op de camping waar we stonden was onze oostflank helaas niet afgeschut door bomen of een ander opstakel, waardoor de zon (al heel vroeg van de partij) al geruime tijd bezig was met ons huisje op te warmen. Eens buiten voelde het toch wat frisser aan, zo vertrokken we naar de Slowaakse hoofdstad Bratislava. Een 45 minuten rijden was het vanaf de camping, niet al te ver dus. We parkeerden ons in één van de weinige ondergrondse parkings om een stapje te zetten doorheen de oude binnenstad. De stad is zeker één van de mooiere op onze reis. De binnenstad is niet al te groot, bezaaid met vele oude ... read more
En de klok luidde 12h
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Europe » Austria » Salzburg July 1st 2017

Walking tour of Salzburg. Visited sites where the Sound of Music was filmed as well as the actual places. Red Bull has a factory here as well.... read more
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