It's rainy & cold!

Trip Start Aug 16, 2009
Trip End Sep 30, 2009

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Euro Youth Hostel

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Monday, September 14, 2009

We were woken up this morning at 5 am by some kind of really loud noise outside our open window. And I didn't sleep well after that. I didn’t get up until 8:30 am, and Derek was still recovering from jetlag. So I let him sleep until 9:30 am.

After we got breakfast we headed for the Hohenzsalzburg castle. It was on top of the bluff to the south of the old town, and the views looking up at it were really amazing. But touring the castle itself was just so-so. There were some royal apartments, but only a couple of the rooms were actually decorated. The rest housed a museum about WWI with signs only in German. There was also an audioguide tour of another section of the castle, but the only part that was really interesting was when we got to go up the observation tower. We had 360 degree views and the countryside was very beautiful.

We had ridden the funicular up to the castle, but decided to walk down. And it was really cool because we got to walk beneath the castle walls. We headed for a sausage place recommended by Mr. Steves called Bosna Grill. It was just a little window in an alley and it was take out only. It was supposed to be the best sausage in town, and it was indeed very good.

After lunch we took the bus out to Hellbrunn Castle. It was a very pretty building, but it is most known for its trick water fountains in the garden. We had to go on a tour, which was done in German and English. Our first stop was what looked like a table with seats, with a fine view of a pond leading to the castle. But then the guide turned on the fountain and there was water coming out of the seats.

We went to see some other things where we had to go inside little rooms, and there started being hidden jets of water that the guide would turn on randomly. It was quite fun to see people get wet. And there was on place where there was a tunnel of water jets that we had to walk through.

When we finished the tour we walked around the grounds a little bit. There were some cool hedge gardens, and we got to the see the gazebo from the "The Sound of Music". It’s the one where they filmed the song “I am 16, going on 17.”

We caught the bus back to the city center and walked around a little bit before heading for dinner at the Gasthaus zum Wilden Mann, another Mr. Steves recommendation. It was really good. We followed that by going to our first beer hall, the Augustiner Braustubl. It was one huge room with lots and lots of tables. We had our first beer in a one liter mug and it was heavy! But it was good.

By the time we got back to the hostel it was kind of late so we went straight to bed.

Tomorrow morning we’ll take the train to Munich, where we’ll have three days.

Auf Wiedersehen!
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