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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
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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 Bigboytravel.com (😳) 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
Residenzplatz
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

Europe » Austria » Salzburg July 24th 2019

Today was a travel day as we boarded our bus to head west to Salzburg. We started out traveling to Krems to board a riverboat to travel along part of the Danube River. We passed grape vineyards in Wachau Valley and passed the town of Durnstein where high on the hill is Durnstein Castle the place where Richard the Lionhearted was held captive. We disembarked at Weissenkirchen joining our bus driver once again to continue our journey. Just outside of Salzburg we stopped at Mondsee to visit the church where the wedding scene in the Sound of Music was filmed. The interior of St. Michael's Church is quite beautiful. We also got to see the beautiful Lake Mondsee. After arriving at Salzburg, we got settled in our room and then proceeded on a walking tour of ... read more
Along the Danube
Durnstein
Church in Durnstein

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
Castle
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




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