It’s been too long since I’m posted. I am going to split this into two parts because it was such a full but absolutely beautiful and amazing day for us. As with all of my Europe posts, this is going to be very photo heavy. I’m sure you won’t complain. :)
We spent the day in Salzburg, Austria, birthplace of Mozart, and the Lake District which I am SO glad we did. It wasn’t just to check another country off our list, because I’d hardly say that we got to check Austria off our list with this one day (side note: can I really check any country off of our list after only a few cities or days?). I had a coworker highly recommend Salzburg as well as one of my relatives so with our five days in Munich, we thought we could spare one day to spend there. And we were SO glad we did.
We left Munich via the Bayern train at 8:30am and arrived in Salzburg at 10am. We had planned to just spend the day in Salzburg but at the last minute we decided to take a Lakes and Mountains tour of the Bavarian Alps of the “Sound of Music” fame and not to spoil it for you, but we were not disappointed. This was the most touristy-tour we did of the entire trip, mind you, where our guide wore typical Austrian attire and there was another guide in the back translating just for the massive group of Chinese tourists. We still weren’t disappointed. The bus ride gave us the opportunity to sit, relax, journal, *gasp* nap, ignore the tour guide, but the rest of the time when we were off the bus, we did our own thing and we got to see some of the most beautiful country we’ve ever seen.
Anyways, back to Salzburg. It’s such a fairy tale city with its horse drawn carriage rides, the beautiful pastel colored buildings, the sleepy feeling it gives off, the food, the shops… oh I just love reminiscing about it! Our first stop when we arrived was the Salzburg Cathedral or Salzburger Dom located in Old Town. It’s been around since 774, but in it’s present state since the 17th Century and contains the actual baptismal font in which Mozart was baptized. This cathedral and its dome were massive. Lots of white other than the colorful baroque murals that littered the dome and facade, the rest of the cathedral looked pretty sepia and drab. Still beautiful and impressive and it was very cool inside which was nice as we were already baking!
I found the fountain outside to be very interesting. It was called the Immaculate Column and it was supposed to depict the Immaculate Conception (one of life’s greatest mysteries, eh? yeah right…). The statue of the Virgin Mary is surrounded by allegoric figures on four sides; the devil, an angel, truth (wisdom), and the Church. The mystery of the Immaculate Conception was so great that the devil growled in envy, the angels were delighted, human wisdom vanished, and there was rejoicing in the Church. Blows. My. Mind. But, it was a pretty cool fountain.
Afterwards, we had time to mosey through the still sleepy town as the herds of tours and school field trips hadn’t yet made their way to Mozart’s birthplace. We did some shopping as they are known for cuckoo clocks and their eggshell ornaments. We would have loved to have brought back a clock but our backpacks did not allow for such things, so we picked up an ornament for our tree as we did in most cities we went to. I just loved the beautiful, clean architecture here and the pastel colors of the buildings.
As usual we stopped in the markets and marveled at the goods and then found a little sausage/sandwich stand where I had the best sandwich I have ever had. I don’t know if it is because I was hungry or if it was really that good, but I notated it in my journal, I put it on Facebook, and I still remember how freakin’ good this sandwich was. A fresh croissant, turkey, some kind of cream cheese (NOT Philadelphia!), lettuce, tomato, and sliced swiss cheese. I was in heaven. Dan loved his sausage and horse radish.
And then we found it. This. This stand of fucking amazing chocolatey bready goodness.
And I had to have one of those, too. It was everything you think it was.
Okay, so after our little food stop in front of this church which I can’t remember and it’s not worth really sharing pictures of because they are so dark, we made our way through the hordes of people who had finally poured into Salzburg and awakened it, to Mozart’s birth house. Or Mozarts Geburtshaus. It was bright yellow and right next to an H&M and other shops. We didn’t go in.
And finally, we made our way to the gardens of Mirabell Palace which were gorgeous. Greenery, flowers, fountains, paths, and boxwood mazes everywhere. We sat around and snapped some pics while waiting for our bus to come and pick us up for our afternoon tour. Our travel mates were both feeling a bit under the weather this day. Julie had a headache and Jason had a cold so we don’t have many pics with them in Salzburg. Interesting fact, the scene in “The Sound of Music” where Maria and the children were singing do re mi was filmed here in front of the fountain and on the steps of the Mirabell Palace (not pictured). Fun!
Oh and that’s Hohensalzburg Fortress in the back of the last picture. Would have loved to have seen it, but not enough time in our one short day. Oh well, next time!
Next up: the romantic lake district of Salzkammergut and the incredible scenery!
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!