Monday, December 19, 2016

Salzburg


When we began planning this trip, we knew that we would use the first 4 days with Munich as our base.  
After seeing as much of the city itself as was possible, we would spend one day in Salzburg because, well, 
...it is a beautiful city...
...Hubby and I visited it when we met...
Taking the train seemed to be a great mode of transportation and would eliminate an extra day of the car rental and the saga of parking in Munich. 
More on THAT soon. 
So away we went.
We settled into our seats for reading, naps and just watching the lush countryside pass.

 

We took a taxi from the train station to Kapitelplatz which lies at the base of the mountain with the Hohemsalzburg Fortress atop it. 
(Sadly, the funicular to the top was not working that day) 

We were greeted by this piece of modern art. 
I didn't get it.
Seemed out of place.
Oh well.

On to things I did get.
The waterwheel that is in the former borders of St. Peter's Abbey.
This waterwheel is part of the canal system built in the 1200's and still brings water to Salzburg from the base of the Alps.



(see the funicular tracks going up the mountain in the background?
Might be a bit relieved that it was not working)
St. Peter's Cemetery was beautiful!
As is St. Peter's Church.
The gravesides are all so well tended and lovely.
I later learned, that in Austria, gravesides are rented and not owned by the deceased's family.
 If a payment is not made, the tombstone is removed.
I have no idea what happens to the said deceased's remains.
Suffice it to say that the sites are all beautifully cared for.


The cemetery butts right up to the rock face of the mountain.
And the catacombs.  
You can just see a few buildings up the cliff. 
This is where monks lived in medieval times.
And this.
This is the place that Hollywood recreated in the Sound of Music.
The place in which the von Trapp family hid from the Nazi's when the nuns helped hide them.
I mean...seriously.
We were THERE!
Can you hear the running footsteps?
Can you picture the two nuns confessing to removing car parts to Mother Superior?
Magical.


The Salzburg Cathedral is magnificent and the sweet man at the door gave us a map of the city and told us what me must see. 
Sad part is that Chris and I had no idea what he said.
It was the thought that counts, right?
The details in this cathedral, as in many, are mind boggling.  
The craftsmanship that is on display is simply stunning.
No other words.







Being in the cathedral where Mozart played the organ for 2 years is powerful. 
Mozart.
Playing here.
Wow.



Listening to the audio with your big brother is pretty cool as well.


As we wandered through the streets, we were reminded just how small a part we are in the world.  How young our country is.
The fact that many of  these buildings date back hundreds of years before America became America is remarkable.
The cleanliness...the history...the people.
Humbling to say the least.


Mozart was born in Salzburg and lived here for 25 of his 35 years and his presence is abundant. 
His statue in Mozartplatz played host to our photos in 1988 as well as 2016.

Fun stuff.
When Hubby and I were here in 1988, we had lunch in a piano bar.
We wanted to find it.
One street felt very familiar to us, but alas, no luck.

After several inquiries with no success, we stumbled into a sweet little Italian place for lunch.

And some amazing hot chocolate, I hear.

Salzburg brings your imagination to life.
You could just make out "Do...a deer...a female deer"..... 


We wandered and got a bit lost, although as LPP stated, if we hadn't come this way, we never would have seen the Nonnberg Abbey where the nuns sang, "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?"
She was right.



We made our way back to the old city and found the Festival Hall. 
This is were the real von Trapps performed.  
In the movie version, they sang "Edelweiss" before fleeing.
Do you have any of these songs stuck in your head yet?



We climbed stairs to what might have eventually led to someone's home as we were being watched.  But the views.


The views were pretty spectacular.



Next up, the Beast and a Castle.

Day 4

1 comment:

Michelle said...

Wow! The history of all of this just boggles the mind.