Climb Ev'ry Mountain

Trip Start Jun 29, 2013
Trip End Jul 28, 2013

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Flag of Austria  , Austrian Alps,
Sunday, July 14, 2013

Salzburg is self-proclaimed to offer the kitsch of Disney World combined with the shallowness of Hollywood.  I'd agree that it's a little like Disney, except the only character is Maria Von Trapp and everything is somehow even more expensive.  For me, it wasn't worth it to do anything except hike, which is what I did all day yesterday.

This might be the most literal blog title I've ever had.  The Salzburg City center is surrounded by three mountains, and I climbed them all.  The first was very interesting because the mountain is dominated by a monastery, so there were several large shrines along the trail.  When I came down the hill, I ended at the river.  Salzburg's river is different from rivers in other European cities because it looks like part of nature.  It has grass and stone banks instead of the ugly concrete banks on the Seine and Thames and the other rivers I have seen here.  Salzburg is also a very cyclist and pedestrian friendly city, so it reminded me of Boulder in that regard as well.  It was the first time in Europe that I have seen a huge amount of people jogging or walking or biking just for the heck of it, instead of as primarily a way to get somewhere.  

The second mountain has the city's fortress at the top.  It is possible to take a lift to the top, but I decided to walk it.  Once you get up there, the view is spectacularly blocked by a wall and a tree.  You do have the option to pay 7 euros for a better view from inside the fortress, but I figured I'd save my money and google the view.

Finally, I started towards the third mountain.  I stopped for lunch at the Museum of Modern Art.  The view was spectacular and the food was worth the price.  Best of all, on the far side of the third mountain is the Augustiner Brewery/Beer Garden.  Hundreds of people were sitting at tables in a court yard and buying beers by the liter.  Most groups packed picnics, but it was also possible to buy food at the brewery.  One group even had a blanket that they spread out for little kids to play on while they enjoyed their beers.

Unfortunately, the tickle in my throat I felt through most of the day ended up being something worse.  I felt really crummy by the time I got to the hostel and I slept too late today to do much besides Mass before catching my train.  Fingers crossed for me feeling better before I have to start my second class tomorrow.
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