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Sightseeing in Salzburg

Bavaria - Salzburg

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After the Côte d'Azur, the next summer trip away was to Bavaria.

Originally Bavaria and Austria were planned to be undertaken as a week's holiday, however after trying to combine them failed due to flight times we decided to separate them into two weekend trips. The first would be based in Munich, with day trips around, before visiting Vienna and Bratislava a month later.

We began by flying out to Munich airport on Friday night, getting to the hotel quite late and going straight to sleep before our first day trip the following morning.

Giving ourselves a bit of a lie in, followed by breakfast, we eventually made it on the 10:40 train to Salzburg, which was pretty busy. Although as it was a Saturday in summer I guess this was hardly surprising. We had bought ourselves a Bayern Ticket, allowing us travel anywhere within Bavaria, a well as neighbouring towns, for €31 for the two of us all day long, including on local transport. As Salzburg was the first place over the Austrian border, this meant our ticket was valid and thus after a two hour train ride, we entered the Austrian city.

Although Salzburg is renowned as the city of the Sound of Music, to many Austrians, this film is unknown, and the city is, well, a city. Much of the movie was not filmed in the city at all, and only based upon sights within it. Therefore, although some of the sights would be seen, it would for the most part not feel like being on a film set. In fact, the city initially did not evoke the Alpine image at all... crossing over the river and border, the first images were of logging and wood chippings, before factories and the urban city station.

The Mirabell Gardens

The Mirabell Gardens

Eventually walking into the city past many urban buildings, we arrived at the Mirabell Gardens - some beautiful landscaped gardens beside the Mirabell Palace, where many scenes from the Sound of Music were filmed. Although busy, we were still able to explore the gardens, before walking towards the Salzach River.

View from the bridge

View from the bridge

Walking past Mozart's home, we made our way to a bridge over the river for views of the city, and our first real Alpine views of the city.

One of the buildings built into the rock

One of the buildings built into the rock

We then walked past the old city towards the bottom of the Festungsberg, the hill on the south side of the river, separating the old city from the suburbs behind it. Attempting to climb up it, we eventually found the footpath much further down than we had expected, and after walking past some of the buildings built into the rock face, we made our way up the staircases to the top for views over the city.

View over the city

View over the city

After walking along the footpath we made our way back down, heading for the Petersfriedhof cemetery, where the end scene of the family hiding inside a tomb is based upon.

Petersfriedhof Cemetery

Petersfriedhof Cemetery

Heading out at the other end of the site, we headed for Residenzplatz, the main square by the cathedral, before walking to the Mozart Bridge, and eventually the house he was born in.

Mozart's Birthhouse

Mozart's Birthhouse

After having explored the city centre, we bought some souvenirs and then headed back to the train station for our return. Eventually getting onto the train itself after the driver stopped for a smoke, we made our way back past views of the Bavarian hills arriving in Munich two hours later.

Lederhosen shop

Lederhosen shop

After a quick rest at the hotel, we decided to go for a quick exploration of the city centre to seek out somewhere for our dinner tonight. Walking through the busy main street, past shops selling lederhosen, we eventually came across the LGBT event in the city this weekend, before returning and finding a restaurant for schnitzel.

LGBT event at the Main Square

LGBT event at the Main Square

Confusing the waiter with my (limited) German, we had a lovely German meal, before eventually returning to the hotel for the evening and tomorrow's adventure.

Posted by kmmk17 04:18 Archived in Austria Tagged hills walking city bavaria

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