So Salzburg ...Snow Snow & more snow

Trip Start Nov 20, 2012
Trip End Dec 25, 2012

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Boutique Guesthouse arte vida

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Back on the train for a 2:45 hour trip to Salzburg..approx 290 kms south/ west of Vienna..thank heavens for the heated compartments again as the temp dropped to minus seven! Once again as day dawned the snow showed it's thickness.. and did not let up in Salzburg all day. The usual wander/ amble to the chosen accommodation was replaced by taxi....
Heavy snow falls had everything encased , the snowflake design was actually visible on dark items. The thousands..yes, thousands of people crowding the old city streets and walkways didn't seem to mind either..Enticed by more Xmas markets, shops, restaurants and the famous buildings..they were happy to do a slow shoe/ snow shuffle at times. Sooo many Xmas decoration shops, Austrian wares and the famous Mozart Chocolate's everywhere. Salzburg is the birth place of Mozart and he is "touted" everywhere. One can do a tour of the tiny flat he resided in,and other places he had been in etc is now a popular coffee shop, reservations recommended.
A fresh food market is an added attraction today.. lots of winter vegetables , fish etc. Xmas garlands and displays made from Pine/ Fir trees dominate as well. Salzburg seems to focus on the naturally made pine tree, seedpod, dried bits & pieces to adorn their homes ...A distinct green and red theme abounds.
A trip up Hohensalzburg Castle, (dating back to 1077 , with a length of 250 metres and a
width of 150 metres, it is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe) is made a lot easier and safer by the funicular railway (built in 1892) .. for 8:80 euros return the trip of some 98 metres high in sixty seconds. atop the hill the view is one of winter beauty. Snow covered rooftops, trees with their branches tipped white, the river Salzach winding through the town..Sheer picture perfect!! The veil of snow hiding the distant mountains of Untersberg / Berchtesgaden.. ( that  separate   Austria and Germany) add to the mystique.
The Castle itself is quite imposing with its stark white exterior walls, one can tour  the inner rooms (gallery, torture chamber, watchtower, battlements etc) An audio commentary guides and informs.
Of course their are numerous restaurants, cafes and at this time of year xmas stalls and hot drinks too.
An afternoon of fabulous coffee shops, wandering in amongst the lanes and walkways on both sides of the river taking in the atmosphere and ambiance of this internationally acclaimed  baroque architectural / best-preserved city is a delight...
So are the night views as one ambles back to call it a night.
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