We had an intensive sightseeing day yesterday in Salzburg that ticked all the sightseeing boxes. Up to the Hohensalburg Fortress that dominates the city, tick. A stroll around the pretty Mirabell Gardens, tick. Visit the birthplace and family home of Mozart, tick. Try and spot as many Sound of Music locations as possible, tick.
We started by taking the funicular up to the HohenSalzburg Fortress and did the audiotour around some of the inner rooms, walked around all the courtwards with thick walls towering above us, and looked around the museum with some horrible instruments of torture.
Down the funicular again and we were ready for a sit down in the sunshine outside the beer tent that was up for the Mayday weekend -we grabbed a bratwurst sausage with sauerkraut and mustard to the sounds of the Austrian band and washed down with a Weissbier (pale wheat beer).
Next we walked across the river to the pretty Mirabell gardens, in full flower with tulips and pansies – I can see why it’s such a popular spot for the wedding photos. We spotted the same stone unicorn where I’d had my picture taken with my sisters as children when we were here with my parents and took the same shot with my son, just to recreate the moment.
Then it was the Mozart birthplace museum where the family of four lived in a small apartment in between travelling all over Europe to give concerts. The last part of the afternoon we sat and had another Weissbier in the outdoor courtyard of the Sternbrau restaurant, and then walked along the river for tea and Sacher Torte with an amazing view on the Steinterrasse, on the 7th floor of the Steinhotel. As it only served snacks, we returned once again to Sternbrau for our hearty traditional Austrian dishes for dinner washed down by more Weissbier.
Back to our hotel and watched the Sound of Music DVD before bed and spotted many of the places we’d already been that day.
Wish you were here!
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