The hills are alive with much more than music

Trip Start Jul 14, 2007
Trip End Feb 05, 2008

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Monday, August 27, 2007

We left the busy metropolitan Vienna for the more picturesque Salzburg. We only had two days in the city so we got to it as soon as we arrived. We headed straight for the fortress on the hill. You can't miss it because as soon as you get anywhere near old town and look up, you can see this amazingly large medieval building. All of old town sits at the base of this hill, with winding small cobble stone streets. Going up to this fortress felt as if you had stepped back into medieval times. It was build in the 11th century and added onto until the 17th century. Apparently arch bishops appointed by the pope, built this fortress as their residences while they ruled over Salzburg. It wasn't until the 1800's that Salzburg actually became a part of Austria. Anywho, this place was great. We went through the whole museum which displayed armor, uniforms, and weaponry of the Austrians over the years, as well as the state rooms used by the arch bishops in the 12th century. It was amazing to see these state rooms and compare them to the state rooms of the other palaces. They came a long way in lavish decoration since the 12th century. We also were audio guided through the tower and ramparts of the castle. This was particularly interesting because it gave a really good history of the castle complete with scale models of the older versions, as well as unbelievable views of the city. Since we stayed up in the castle for the rest of the day, we came back down for a nice dinner and stroll back to the hotel.

The next morning we planned to go on the Sound of Music tour, cause when your in Salzburg you gotta go on the sound of music tour. This tour consisted of being on a large bus with the Von trapp family painted on the side. We stopped at multiple locations where they filmed including the lake where the kids fell into off of the little boat in their curtain cloths, the gazebo where lesile and ralph danced, drove through where the did the panorama shots for the opening credits, and ended in the little town where the filmed the wedding scene. The best part about this whole tour was that they played the soundtrack in the bus while we drove from sight to sight and the tour guide was hilarious, he should of been working for the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland. It was a really beautiful drive and the town where the wedding scene was filmed was just gorgeous. They also let us stop for a ride on the Rotelbahn. This was similar to the Alpine slides in Big Bear where you like down a luge like track on a cart. Dad, Braden and I went down. Unfortunately the dad and daughter that were in front of my dad were going ridiculously slow. So slow that dad had to stop (breaking the number one rule) on the track causing a pile up of me, Braden and the girls behind him. But it was still fun none the less. I forgot to mention that we didn't go on the morning tour like we planned because we missed our bus. No one informed us that we needed to be outside 20 minutes before the broacher said, but we made in on the afternoon tour. To pass the morning time we went to the Mirabell gardens where they filmed the majority of the Do-ray-me song. These were beautiful gardens set in front of a view of old town and the castle. It couldn't be more picturesque. We had fun hopping up the steps singing so do la tea do ray do. After the tour we went to the beer hall my dad had been dying to go to, which turned out to be a blast. The way it worked was that you would go grab a porcelain stein either one liter or a half liter in size, bring it to the beer man who pour you amazing Austrian beer from a wooden keg. We ate, drank and played cards for a good couple hours. I managed to finish off a whole liter, while my dad impressively handled two. Towards the end I even taught my parents how to play smoke or was a very entertaining night. Sadly we had to leave the next day.

Even sadder still we had to rent a car and drive the rest of the way, with me as navigator...
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