(By the way this is part 12 in my series on my recent trip to Europe. You can catch up on the previous posts in this series here)
We drove from Vienna to Salzburg in the pouring rain and decided to stop at Mondsee on the way. The church in Mondsee is where the wedding scene in the Sound of Music was filmed and it was beautiful. It was also really quiet because it was the middle of the day and pouring rain.
We had lunch while we were there at an unexpectedly posh restaurant. We felt very underdressed in there but there was literally one other couple in the whole place and the food was delicious.
Salzburg itself was gorgeous. There is an imposing fortress on top of a mountain and lovely old buildings, alleyways and architecture in the town. Even though it was pouring rain (and as much as I enjoy the rain, wandering around in it for hours on end tends to make me a bit miserable) we really enjoyed looking around. The rain meant that the streets were much emptier than they would have been, and it’s always a nice feeling wandering around somewhere slightly empty.
The traditional Austrian dress is still sold (and worn) here and I loved seeing it! It’s definitely something that Australia lacks and it just amazed me that these traditions were still alive and well in places.
For our second day in Salzburg we headed to the church and wandered around the grounds. There are rooms built into the cliff face that act as a sort of chapel I suppose and you could go into them and look around. The view from the top was really beautiful, and you could take in all the aspects of the church yard.
Afterwards we headed up the Festungsbahn cable car and visited Hohensalzburg Castle or Festung Hohensalzburg which means ‘High Salzburg Fortress’ (these castles are never imaginatively named it seems). It was really interesting and the view was incredible. The fortress itself had a really interesting history of being built upon and modified over the years. Stu saw a medieval style helmet in the museum shop there that he really wanted to buy, and it was only about 20 Euro, and he still talks about how he should have bought it!!
It was really raining hard after we left the fortress and it happened to be a public holiday (Ascension Day I think, religious holidays are a much bigger thing in Europe than in Australia) so basically nothing was open. To Stu’s delight however, there was a car rally on that day!
Basically a whole bunch of old (‘classic’) cars gathered around a square, which then lined up and drove around a ‘track’ in the streets twice. I don’t really get it, but Stu was very excited so I was a dutiful wife and stood in the rain and looked at cars for quite a while.
It was pretty fun but the rain did dampen the fun somewhat! I’d love to go back to Salzburg and see it in nicer weather.
Next up is Venice! Have you been to Salzburg?
I’ve broken my Europe trip up into easy to manage pieces, otherwise I’ll be drowning you in hundreds of images at once! So you know what’s coming, I’ve prepared a list of the 24 parts of this series:
Part 1: London
Part 2: Cambridge
Part 3: Paris
Part 4: Amiens
Part 5: Battlefields
Part 6: Ieper (Ypres)
Part 7: Amsterdam
Part 8: Berlin
Part 9: Prague
Part 10: Cesky Krumlov
Part 11: Vienna
Part 12: Salzburg
Part 13: Venice
Part 14: Pesaro
Part 15: Amalfi Coast
Part 16: Pompeii
Part 17: Rome
Part 18: Florence
Part 19: Tuscany
Part 20: La Spezia
Part 21: Lyon
Part 22: Loire Valley
Part 23: Normandy
Part 24: Mont St Michel
Let me know if there is anything in particular you want to know about any of these places and I’ll try to include it in my post!
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