During Pfingstpause, I did fair amount of traveling, starting in Salzburg then going to Werfen, Vienna, and then down to Napel. It was an amazing time! Only wish I had a little more time, to be honest. Simi, my friend at Penn State, was studying in South Hampton and got an entire month to travel. (Well, to study for exams, but when you’re abroad…)
The day started off pretty nice, a little overcast, but then it started to get wet and rainy while I was in Salzburg and then 100% overcast and rainy in Werfen. My shoes/socks literally did not dry out for about 48 hours. But look at how kind of beautiful Salzburg was with a little bit of fog:
The two above pictures I took while just walking around, trying to see the city from a higher vantage point. Someone told me that the best view of the city was from the ugly modern arts museum (their words not mine!) and I tried to wander my way up there. Took a lot of side roads, had a couple of people ask me if I was lost (honestly can’t remember if we spoke German or English…), but made it there eventually.
Anyway, some other pictures from the day…
I did Rick Steve’s audio-guide walking tour, and it was quite wonderful, even if I did get turned around/side tracked a couple of times. But to be honest, I don’t remember what the above fountain stood for… I saw a lot of fountains and a lot of churches. (I also bought some very touristy chocolate.)
The above is a recent statue of a boy on a golden ball. It stood for something, but I just thought it was kind of interesting. I think it’s a pretty new installation.
I also ate a really big pretzel. I just ate awful food (like yummy food, but awful for me awful) while I was there.
So I went up into the catacombs and got a beautiful look at Petersfriedhof, the cemetery, from above. And apparently, when you buy a plot in the cemetery, you don’t buy it for life, you rent it, which is why a lot of the graves had recent deaths. As soon as the family stops caring enough about you to pay the money for it, they move you out. Ouch.
The below dramatic babies were my favorite. I found them in a government building (oops, but the door was open?) near Mirabell Palace.
The above is the gardens of Mirabell Palace. While it was overcast and I might’ve wrapped part of my camera in a plastic bag, it totally made the colors pop a little more.
More from the gardens:
These little statues were also great. They appeared in the Sound of Music (which apparently only America cares about.)
Then after I finished walking through the gardens, it was time for the Sound of Music tour.
The below photo is where they filmed the lake scene of the movie, but then they weren’t able to use it for the inside, sooo… They had to make up the entire set at some studios to film it.
Look at this adorable kitty who was there…
Then this is the house that’s outside was used for the film.
And the trees that the kids were hanging off of in their curtain dresses.
They had to move the gazebo to this remote location, because one time it was still on the land of the houses’ whose outside was used, but then people kept breaking in to it. And then a older lady was trying to recreate the dance, jumping from bench to bench and broke something, so then they closed the doors and now no one can go in. 😦 But it’s still cool to see!
We drove then in our tour bus to this little city to see the church used for the marriage in The Sound of Music, but we also passed by this huge rock/mountain/cliff thing that has a teeny-tiny bridge. People walk across it after climbing up to it. No thx.
From Salzburg, I headed to the nearby town of Werfen where there were ice caves. A post about that next!