Read about the first part of our day in Salzburg here.
As promised, here’s the second part of our day in Salzburg. This was a 4 hour tour that started at 2pm. We got on this bus, like I said which was very touristy (the most touristy thing we did) but we went in knowing that and we were totally okay with that because we wouldn’t have seen the Lake District on this trip otherwise. Looking back, I am so glad we did it. It was so nice to have somebody else take charge for the day, tell us where to go, what to see, and us just go along for the ride. Really, to see Salzkammergut was such a once in a lifetime thing that it didn’t matter how I saw it. We sort of thought of this area as our Telluride-Ouray-Silverton, Colorado except on the most MEGA of steroids, but it’s the only thing I could remotely compare it to that I’ve actually seen. After all, they do call Ouray the “Switzerland of America”.
Our bus ride was pretty comfortable. Comfortable enough to take a snooze on the way back to Salzburg anyways. Here we were, excited to begin our tour (and couldn’t help snapping a few pics of the rolling hills and picturesque houses on the way) and see the sights of the Salzkammergut Region!
Our first stop was St. Gilgen, birthplace of Mozart’s mother and sister and the first lake we saw which was Lake Wolfgangsee. We didn’t have long here. Just enough to stretch our legs, snap a few pictures, and watch the holiday-ers enjoying their time on the water and on the dock. It was beautiful. The air smelled clean, fresh, and we were definitely high up in altitude now! It looked like such an amazing place to vacation for like a week or two just relaxing on your porch, boating, swimming, shopping in the adorable shops, eating the delicious food. This just makes me want to go back…
Okay, so our little ferry that took us across the waters; it was really crowded at first and we didn’t have a place to sit. Which was fine. But as people got off at their stops we eventually got us a little table and it was really nice and peaceful to just sit and stare off at the incredible scenery. They served food and beverages on the ferry but we were still fine from our lunch earlier in Salzburg.
How would you like that personal dock? Oh the water… it was extraordinary. Crystal clear, turquoise, blue, green. Every color in that spectrum and so inviting. I wanted to dive right in.
Really wishing I had a wide-angle lens for this day!
After our 45 minute boat ride we arrived at the little market town of St. Wolfgang. Apparently we saw the White Horse Inn which has some social-historical significance but I don’t remember it! What I remember is tasting the freshest mountain water I could ever think imaginable. There were these fountains where you could fill your water bottles up (much like many other places in Europe had, i.e. Paris & Rome) for free, but this water was like straight from the snowcaps.
After our time at St. Wolfgang where we walked around, window shopped, sat and watched the water, we got back on the bus and then took a short stroll along Lake Mondsee to its namesake, the town of Mondsee for some more perusing. Mostly we were done for the day and ready to make the drive home as we were pretty sleepy, but alas we made time for one more cathedral in Mondsee to see the Mondsee Abbey where the wedding took place in The Sound of Music. That was pretty neat. It really was beautiful. And Dan picked flowers for me there which I don’t ever want to forget. Salzkammergut was wonderful. Definitely one of the many highlights of our trip. :)
And I don’t have anymore pictures from our day as once we got back to Salzburg it was a mad rush to get to the train station (due to some fellow tour mates who lost their husband/wife and kept us for over a half an hour and our guide ended up having to leave in Mondsee!) to make our train back to Munich and while running through the town, darting through traffic, we got a torrential downpour which soaked us and I do believe we all almost got taken out by a car at one point. That was scary. But we’re still here. Onwards!
Next up: Nuremberg!
This is a part of my ever persistent quest to finally blog about our month long trip to Europe in May of 2011. You can read about the rest of our days by clicking on “Travel” at the top!