Salzburg – Not just the “Sound of Music “ tour !!

This post is inspired by our travel to Salzburg almost 5 years ago. I just happened to be going through some of our travel stuff that I had saved to make a scrap book and wondered why the hell I didn’t write about one of our favorite cities! So while I don’t think I am any closer to making that scrapbook, here’s to digitizing our Salzburg memories!

So we took a train to Salzburg from Munich on a bright, sunny May afternoon. Much of the almost 2 hours journey was spent gazing at the wondrous view of the Alps and the countryside. The scenic journey itself had me excited for the next 2 days. And true to my expectations a feast of fine scenery awaited us in Salzburg. We stayed at the Meininger Hotel Salzburg City Centre which is located within walking distance of the Bus Stop and the City. Decent, Low budget, Clean hotel with friendly staff who spoke English. We had a room with a good view as well. We got our Salzburg Cards and the City Map from the reception and headed into town to spend the evening. We walked down to the town and headed to the river bank . The “Salzach” lazily meanders through the town and divides the city into 2 . Wide pathways on either sides allow one to leisurely stroll away. Just like the river lazily navigates the bends and the curves, it is very easy to lose track of time as one takes in the lovely ambience. A short walk across the Salzach brings one to Makartsteg, that’s a bridge. Although the Salzach in total has some 13 bridges, this one’s the highlight because this is the Lover’s Bridge. Lovers can attach their personal “Lovelocks” to the balustrade of this bridge. This lock can be marked with their initials or whatever else the couple choose, locked and the key is then tossed into the river. Not that we did anything of that sort !1We don’t believe in the mushy , mushy sort of love (rolling eyes L).Dusk falls and it’s time for us to go back to the hotel.
The next day we head to the historical district of the city . We visited the Hohensalzburg Castle. The castle or Fortress is right on top of Mount Festungsberg and looms over the city of Salzburg . It is one of the largest , fully preserved castles in Europe . The original castle was a simple structure built in 1077 and continued to be expanded well into the 16th century by the Archbishops of Salzburg .
We walked through the Old town .It is beautifully laid out with each square leading to the next street .Very unique . Next we went to Kapitelplatz and saw a giant chessboard painted on the sidewalk with large chess pieces and people playing chess on this board. Headed to Mozartplatz with the huge statue of Mozart – Salzburg is the city of Mozart . We visited the house where he was born and raised with his siblings . Though the city didn’t treat him kindly during his lifetime , it is heartening to note that the house and other memorabilia are very well preserved , unlike what we see in India ! There were many personal belongings like the Violin and the clavichord that he played in his childhood.
Unfortunately this day was a rainy , wet one which meant that I couldn’t stroll down the Salzach and that was the only disappointment that came our way here .
The next day we headed to MT Untersberg which is the closest Alpine Peak to Salzburg . It is actually on the border of Germany-Austria . It is about 16 kms from Salzburg City Centre and there is regular bus service to take one there . Thankfully , it was a cloudless , clear morning as we made our way up . We took the 8 and a half minute cable car from the village of Sankt Leonhard at 456 m to the top station on the Geiereck spur at an altitude of 1,776 m . We walked through the snow while up there and had lots of fun. The view of course is spectacular!!

Our next stop was the Mirabell Palace and Gardens .One of the most popular tourist attractions ,Schloss Mirabell was built in 1609 by Prince archbishop for his mistress . As the capricious winds of fate would have it , the archbishop was soon deposed and arrested and the mistress expelled !It was later rebuilt and christened Mirabell . The Palace and the Gardens are a listed cultural heritage monument and part of the Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg UNESCO World Heritage Site . The gardens laid out in box styles. The Famous Pegasus fountain as seen in the “Sound of Music” was teeming with tourists .Since we had visited in summertime, the tulips were blooming in a riot of colors . And so were the Cherry Blossoms.
The architecture and style in Salzburg is very baroque .The locals are friendly and helpful. We had lost our way while wandering around and a local family as kind enough to call a cab to help us get back to the hotel .A quaint, picturesque city , that one would not tire of . I regretted that I had planned only a 2 day trip to Salzburg. Maybe someday I will go back and if the Weather Gods are kind will

 

Salzburg

laze around the Salzach an entire day !

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