Salzburg sightseeing frenzy
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Not only is Salzburg amazingly beautiful but the powers that be obviously want visitors to enjoy as much of it as possible without fleecing you like so many tourist destinations do. They offer a special card for tourists called appropriately enough 'The Salzburg Card' which for a paltry 29 euros allowed us free access to pretty much every sight, museum, activity and transport mode for the entire 48 hours of our stay. It also comes in a 24 and 72 hour version and has to be the best value money we've spent on our entire trip. Luckily we had planned our time based on the weather and had decided what things would be best to do on a rainy day and which on a sunny. Sure enough we woke up to a bit of rain and overcast skies.
We headed first to the house where Mozart grew up which we would never normally have bothered with but because we had the card we figured why not. The card also allowed us the audio guide which was really good and made the exhibits that much more interesting. After that we hopped on a tram and crossed into the old town and decided a visit to the Residenz, an old palace and state rooms would be interesting. The rooms were beautiful and another interesting if a little long winded audio guide later and with the rain still falling the card was looking even beter value as we popped into the Red Gallery in the same building which had an intriguing mixture of modern and classical art themed in rooms based on colour. Very interesting!!!
Luckily by this time the weather was easing off and we decided to give another Mozart building a miss and head for the days main event the Stiegl Brewery and their awesome Bierwelt exhibit a short distance out of town.
Back to town and we headed up to the Museum of modern art at the top of the cliff opposite the castle. An absolutely amazing location with a terrace that allows for some stunning views of the town. As for the exhibits it was like most modern art museums. We found some of it really interesting and if it floats your boat great, we also found some of it utter drivel.
We headed down back to our hostel and had chores to do posting yet more packages home of all the souvenirs we are gathering along the way and needed to get our laundry done which was a bit of a challenge as the laundromat was some weird hi-tech place which speaking no german made for an interesting and experimental hour. Still our clothes all came out the colour and same sizes as they went in so all is good.We also booked our onward tickets to Graz and then picked up something to eat and a couple of beers before getting another sound nights sleep helped by our exhausting day.