Mozart stuff everywhere and stunning mountains!

Trip Start Jul 12, 2013
Trip End Aug 23, 2013

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AllYouNeed Hotel Salzburg
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Friday, August 2, 2013

Salzburg has been another amazingly gorgeous city that we have absolutely loved being in. This is another Mozart-haven for tourists and the streets are lined with shops seling everything to do with Mozart from pictures to chocolates to shotglasses. The city is set on a curving river and has spectacular mountains surrounding it. Arriving here on the train reminded us a lot of some of the South Island senary in New Zealand. We headed straight out to visit another Mozart stop - this time, his birth house. There were lots more pictures, portraits and information about his life - we feel like we have well and truly done the Mozart thing now!

We then went on a boat trip up the river and saw some amaying mountains just out of the city. The boat was really interesting, it is built to be able to travel up a very shallow and fast flowing river and it works through water power - so the water is sucked into the bottom of the boat and then jets out the back! The boat did a cool trick at the end of the tour a 'waltz' where it spins aroun 360 degrees and they played some cheesy waltz music at the same time! We then had some yummy pizza from a little place on the side of the road by our hotel.

The next day was epic! We had bought a 48 hour tourist card which means entry to all attractions is included (as was public transport) so we wanted to pack in as much as possible. First of all we caught the bus about 8km out of town to see Untersberg Cable Car. It is a 1853m high mountain-top trip that took us up to see spectacular views of Saltyburg and the valey beneath. We were also able to see the huge panorama of mountains on the other side. The pictures don't really capture how awesome this was!

Then we went to see Hellbrun Palace and Trick Fountains. This was an awesome place! Basically about 400 years ago an archbishop built himself this retreat and had a lot of fun doing it! There are lots of water powered 'trick' fountains. For example a table you sit at, but then water shoots straight up from the middle of the seats! There were stone deer heads (which shot out water from the antlers) and holes all through the pathways and walls that shot water. The tour guide tried hard to get us as wet as she could (and did quite well!) we had great fun. This is also home to some of the 'Sound of Music' scenes. The little pavillion where 'I am sixteen going on seventeen' was filmed is now located in the gardens here. We then returned to Salzburg city centre and went up to see the 11th century historic fortress. We got to see the battlements and torture chamber as well as walk around inside the castle complex. Again, we got some magnificent views of the city and surrounding areas.  Back down at city level we saw the magnificent Cathedral where Mozart worked and played and went on a tour through the Cathedral museum and also went under the Cathedral to see the ruins of an earlier Roman cathedral which had been preserved.

In the evening we had some street food (schnitzel burger and sausages with chips) and sat outside in front of a huge screen with hundreds of other people watching a live screening of the opera Falstaff - it was free, and absolutely amazing to sit outside in the summer warmth listening to amazing music! During the night we were woken by a ginormous thunder storm that lasted about an hour with sheet lightening travelling right across the sky and big thunder claps - exciting! Luckily it completely passed by the morning and we set off in more glorious sunshine.

The following morning we visited the Salzburg Musuem before heading off towards Munich.

Lots of love,


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Barry k on

Emma I'm counting the dresses!!! 13. Tom I'm counting the shirts? 3.!!!

Dorothy Hutton on

Just loved reading it all Emma and Tom. How funny about the trick fountains. I wish we had gone up the cable car. I remember watching the opera on the big screen.

Jessica Shields on

Salzburg is totally charming isn't it? Ok you're gonna cringe, but you know how Saltz in German means salt, and you said in your blog Saltyberg... was that a pun or a misprint? in any case, I did a private "huumph" laugh as I read that part (imagine the ones your dad, Neil and Ian do).

Dorothy Johnston on

Once again wonderful to read but you are making us very envious of you.

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