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Well we leave Salzburg today having been blessed with some of the biggest downfall of snow the town has seen in a long time. Locals said it was around 40cm and they usually only receive 10cm. The locals weren't as impressed as we were.
We arrived on Monday to the beginnings of the storm. All the way up in the train all we could see was magnificent white landscapes and sometimes it was just white cloud because the storm had set in so intensely.
... off little blasts here and there. When midnight finally rolled around boy did the skies light up with fireworks all over the place! It was just brilliant. The snow had finally stopped falling, it was -2 degrees and mum and I danced in the snow welcoming in the new year. After some hard work building an epic snowman earlier in the evening Dan and Dad retired to bed early.
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... its not snowing and you can just enjoy the sun.
We decided to go to Mondsee next which is another lake town. It was very pretty as it was surrounded by mountains on all sides. There was one restaurant open there which was right on the lake front and had a lovely view. We had some lunch there and watched the tour busses come through. I'm glad we got a car and can explore in our own time is all I'm going to say about that haha!
On the way back ...
... Its called the Festung Hohensalzburg and its very impressive. We went in and first went on an audio tour around some of the castle such as the torture chamber, gun stations on a long corridor and up into one of the highest towers to look over the city. We also saw a giant horn type device which was apparently used to wake up the town at dawn for work and then tell them when to go to bed!
... they control what goes up the mountain therefore no cars! The Kehlsteinhaus was built to be used as both a diplomatic reception house and quiet mountain retreat for Hitler, although in the end he only visited a handful of times. Hitler had a fear of heights and an aversion to the rarefied air, and to compound his anxiety he would also be concerned over the lift to the summit being hit by lightning!! Would you believe the lift was ...