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Mozart`s Wohnhaus (residence)

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.

Steph and one of her Stiegl beer samples

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.

Adam and a couple of our Stiegl beer samples
If you go to Salzburg and do only one thing this is it. Seriously as amazing as the rest of the place is the brewery is incredible and alot of fun. The museum basically takes you through the old brewery with the brewing process and history of beer and Stiegl really well laid out. There are interactive exhibits and best of all at the end you get to sample three different beers from their range of ten or so. All of the ones we tried were fabulous and we have to confess that we stayed and paid for an extra one too. Even the shop has some really cool stuff not the usual tourist rubbish and finally their is a quiz machine we we both went on and answered enough questions about beer and brewing that we got presented with a certificate that states we are now officially authorised by the brewery to discuss the subject of beer as connoiseurs.
So good, we had to order full sized versions. Mmmmmmm.....
To top it off as we left we were given a vouple of glasses as a free gift!! Cool.

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.

 

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Mozart`s Wohnhaus (residence)
Mozart`s Wohnhaus (residence)
Steph and one of her Stiegl beer s…
Steph and one of her Stiegl beer …
Adam and a couple of our Stiegl be…
Adam and a couple of our Stiegl b…
So good, we had to order full size…
So good, we had to order full siz…
Stiegl collage made from bottle ca…
Stiegl collage made from bottle c…
View over Salzburg and the fortres…
View over Salzburg and the fortre…
View over Salzburg as seen from th…
View over Salzburg as seen from t…
View over Salzburg as seen from th…
View over Salzburg as seen from t…
Us on the Museum of Modern Art`s t…
Us on the Museum of Modern Art`s …
View over Salzburg from the Museum…
View over Salzburg from the Museu…
Mozartplatz, with a statue of Moza…
Mozartplatz, with a statue of Moz…
The Residenz
The Residenz
The Residenzplatz
The Residenzplatz
One of the State Rooms in the Resi…
One of the State Rooms in the Res…
One of the State Rooms in the Resi…
One of the State Rooms in the Res…
How the Stiegl beer is brewed
How the Stiegl beer is brewed
Adam at the Stiegl Brauwelt
Adam at the Stiegl Brauwelt
How the Stiegl beer is brewed
How the Stiegl beer is brewed
Stiegl beer bottle pyramid
Stiegl beer bottle pyramid
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