Tour 5271 / 0820 Day 22
Trip Start Aug 06, 2007
61Trip End Oct 07, 2007
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We left Vienna at 8am traveling towards Salz burg on a sunny day. It was beautiful countryside through which we traveled. Little villages appeared frequently along the route and it was a real shame we could not visit them. The houses generally were quite large and the roof shapes / types varied greatly.
The structure of the country is great but i feel it is a shame that they need to charge for the use of a toilet. We traveled parallel to the Danube and after hearing so much about it in songs and history it was great finally seeing it. We had two roadside comfort stops before reaching Salz burg and it was there that we were met by our local guide.
He was not a native of Salz burg but had lived there some 40 of his 60 years and he was very interesting when giving us the history of the buildings and area around Salz burg. The information covered Mozart's house and birthplace house. We saw many of the locations where the Sound of Music was filmed and got the history of the Von Trapp family. We went through two gardens and the Salz burg Cathedral in which we were very impressed. Unfortunately we could not see everything including the castle and cable car but we have made up our minds to see those when we return in about 2 weeks to this area.
We also had lunch on the run in Salz burg and had no trouble getting a good lunch. Then we left for Innsbruck by following the Inns River for a good part. We went past Eagles Nest and through Bavaria (Germany) and then back into Austria before finally reaching Innsbruck at 6pm. As we went through these areas, we thought it was so picturesque and some of the mountains had snow on the peaks of the mountains.
Our hotel tonight is called the " The Dollinger" and is an old type hotel but very comfortable. We even had two lounge chairs in our room. Also surprising was the washing machine and clothes dryer which was the first occasion that this has occurred. We had a lovely tea and got onto the washing.
I did try the computer for a diary update but it did not work correctly so we went to bed. It has also started raining but strangely is not cold.
Tomorrow we have about 500 kms to travel.