Posted by: Kristie | October 12, 2009

Salzburg Snapshot

Traveled Sept. 18-20, 2009

Click on the photo to view all Salzburg images

Click on the photo to view all Salzburg images

Our Observations/Info

  • The main reason we went to Salzburg was because of my love for the Sound of Music. I actually didn’t even realize it was Mozart’s home before I started researching the trip. For a lover of the movie, it completely lived up to my expectations.
  • I was afraid the town was going to be similar to Brugge, i.e. packed full of tourists. There were numerous tourists, but it’s not like you couldn’t walk on the sidewalk because it was so packed. The town was very quaint and I really enjoyed it as a whole much more than I expected.
  • Brett was starting to get sick on our first day here so we didn’t see as much as we could have, but we still saw a lot of the sights.

 How We Got Around

  • Train from Berlin. Used Eurailpass. Roughly 8 hour trip, with a change in Munich.
  • Walked to and from train station to the apartment.
  • Once in the city, walked everywhere. Used the bus into the city once.

Where We Slept

Apartment via Homeaway.com
Contact: Roman Forisch
€70/night
Do Not Recommend

+/-

  • The price was affordable.
  • It had a nice balcony with a view of the mountains.
  • Close to the train station, but too far from the city center, especially when we were only there two nights.
  • Although Roman spoke good English when we communicated via email, once we arrived, we never saw or spoke to him. Instead we only “communicated” with his neighbor who not only didn’t speak any English, but also couldn’t read her own language. Now I have nothing against this woman, but I felt the renter falsely advertised the apartment. It was ultimately very difficult to communicate with the woman and any help with tourism info was non-existent.
  • It wasn’t exactly dirty, but it was exactly clean either. The best way I can describe it is stale.

Where We NomNom’d

  • Augustiner Bräustübl – A large beer garden within a monk-run brewery. It was kind of a large cool cafeteria, with lots of different stands where you could buy food and beer. Diverse selection of food and it had a unique way of serving beer.

What We Did

  • Maria’s Bicycle Tour – This was the tour we chose to see the Sound of Music sights. There are several in Salzburg, but we wanted something a little more intimate than a huge tour bus. It doesn’t go to the “real” Van Trapp sights, but it hits the highlights from the movie and it was great exercise, the most strenuous out of all bike tours we took.
Sound of Music Bike Tour Group

Sound of Music Bike Tour Group

  • Hohensalzburg Fortress – Located on the top of the mountain in Salzburg, this 900-year-old fortress offers fantastic views and plenty of historical information. The inside tour of the castle wasn’t that interesting, but since it’s included in the price of the ticket, it wasn’t too much of a waste. If you’re not into military history, I would suggest just walking up the hill to the fortress so you don’t have to pay the price of the funicular and enjoy for the wonderful views.
View of the Hohensalzburg Fortress

View of the Hohensalzburg Fortress

  • Mozart’s Residence – Salzburg houses both Mozart’s birthplace and residence. I took Rick Steves’ advice and chose the residence over the birthplace due to our limited time. It was a good way to spend an hour. The admission includes the audio guide tour and it features a ton of beautiful music and interesting stories about Mozart as an adult.
  • Salzburg Cathedral –Beautiful church.
  • St. Peter’s Cemetery – This cemetery was the inspiration for the cemetery in the Sound of Music. It’s a neat and unique cemetery to walk through.
  • Mirabell Gardens – These gorgeous gardens, originally laid out in 1730, are free, open until dusk and stunning. The fountain and the arbor were featured in the Sound of Music and today it seems a popular place for wedding photos. See below at my attempt to recreate the arbor scene, I’m sure the people behind me thought I was an idiot.
Skipping through the arbor a la Sound of Music style

Skipping through the arbor, Sound of Music style

What We Bought

  • Nothing, not even a cheesy Sound of Music souvenir. They were just too cheesy.

 To view all of our photos, check out the Salzburg Gallery.

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