All things Mozart..

Trip Start Apr 12, 2008
Trip End Jun 18, 2008

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Flag of Austria  , Austrian Alps,
Saturday, May 10, 2008

<Brian's brief chronological list of "highlights" (and of whinging)>
- Went to the post office to send some one of the stuff we had collated over time back to Australia. Hope it gets there safely.
- Caught the train to Salzburg.and checked in at our hotel in Zentrum (or old town). The hotel was in part of the old fortress wall... which was all well and good except the original architects didn't build the fortress wall with wifi in mind... so no wifi for a while... craps.
- Walked around Zentrum, had some wurst with semmel for lunch and an ice cream.
- Walked past a few Mozart statues and his "birthhouse"... hmmm, turns out this is where Mozart was born and lived... that would explain all the Mozart souvenirs and stuff... who woulda thunk it?
- Watched the first half of the "Sound of Music" for preparation for the tour tomorrow. Only watched the first half coz it got late and we fell asleep.
<Lang's Extended Version>
As our train to Salzburg didn't leave until 11.30 this morning, we had a little bit of a sleep in before having breakfast and packing the rest of our gear. We were getting pretty good at stuffing clothes and the sorts into our packs that it only took us a few minutes.
Before we checked out of the hotel, we decided to head to the post office to send some of the things we've collected and bought over the past few weeks, back home. This simple exercise took us about half an hour as we had to go back to the counter about 3 times to firstly buy a post box, then also to check what we needed to fill out and lastly to pay for everything.
Eventually we strapped on our packs and used our Innsbruck card (due to expire at 11am) back to the main train station. The train journey to Salzburg was pretty smooth sailing, and we even watched a copy of Iron Man on the way. We really enjoyed it as it had action and was also funny.
After buying a train ticket and catching the train to the old town, we were pretty much bombarded with all things Mozart. Yes, this was the place where Mozart was born and spent the first 25 or so years of his life. All the shops sold mini statues, violins, pianos, t-shirts, postcards, pencils and even Mozart balls (chocolate).. I guess it sells, so they have to milk to tourist dollar one way or another.. The other way they get the tourist dollar is through the Sound of Music tours - but to be honest, these tours didn't seem to be widely publicised.. Definitely not like Mozart was!
So we spent the rest of the afternoon strolling around the old town and getting ourselves acquainted. It felt like a much bigger version of Innsbruck, but without the Alps so close by. The castle on top of the hill, as well as the fortress was an imposing sight over the old town. Apparently for over a thousand years, Salzburg was never invaded or taken over by force because of the fortress, but when Napoleon stopped by, they surrendered quite willingly. 
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