Over the last 2 days we have visited Salzburg & Vienna using the westbahn trains which are futuristic looking with staff that can only be described as cast offs from the Thunderbirds set!
On Tuesday we got the train from St Pölten to Salzburg which took approx 2hrs. Known as the rainy city it didn’t disappoint! The heavens opened as we walked from the Hauptbahnhof through the Salzburg streets, taking in some of the sights along the way. We took a slight detour to walk through Mirabell Palace & Gardens which has been used as concert venues for Mozart.
Further along our walk we came to the Salzach River and had to cross the Makartsteg bridge. This bridge is now a famous ‘lock bridge’. For the romantics in us, get a lock, write on yours & your lovers name & date (or something of that kind) and put the lock on the bridge. This locks in your love & then throw the key into the river so the lock can never be broken.
We’ve done this before in Rome & Verona & it’s now become a tradition wherever we find a lock bridge.
Another famous sight on our impromptu walking tour was the birthplace of Mozart. A bright yellow fronted house that was spoilt by commercialism with a ‘Spar’ underneath. Cobbled streets opened up into giant squares with fountains & monuments, always overlooked by the majestic Fortress Hohensalzburg.
We spent our 1 night in Salzburg at the Altstadthotel Kasererbräu. Brilliantly located, typical Austrian hotel with elegant ceilings & comfy beds!
It was Bean’s birthday so we had a typical Austrian tea of schnitzel at Zum Eulenspiegel with a lovely waiter who tried his best to explain German to the Brits, of course washed down with Radler! (Review @ Jacqui H on yelp)
So the Wednesday arrived. My birthday. The day I had been looking forward to since we booked our flight tickets some 10months ago. The day I was going to do Fräulein Maria’s Sound of Music bicycle tour! But this day was, what we have come to know, as a typical Salzburg day! Rain! The hills were alive with it! So instead we took a hop on hop off Sound of Music bus tour which took in all the sights, we just didn’t get to do it on bikes with baskets on the front!
Along the way we stopped to take pictures of the Schloss Leopoldskron which was used as a back drop for the Von Trapp residence when shots were taken over the lake & at the rear of the house.
We then went onto the Hellbrunn Palace, home of the Trick Fountains & the famous Sound of Music pavilion with the ‘sixteen going on seventeen’ scene.
These are a few of my favourite things!
Jacqui & Frankie