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The fountain seen in the Sound of Music. All boarded up for winter...

Charles remarked that during this whole trip to Europe I really loved every city and yet he says I fell in love the fastest with Salzburg. He is quite right.

The bus ride wasn’t too bad as there was lots of nice countryside to see along the way but I ended up napping anyway. Once we arrived we were given some time to explore on our own before our actual guided tour to start in like a half hour. We made our way around the central square we had been dropped off at. All the fountains were boarded up for the winter so they wouldn’t crack, even though there had been no snow in sight. I did peak through the boards of the one of the large horses that you see in the Sound of Music. There wouldn’t be time to do a Sound of Music tour so that goes on the list for next time.

Charlemagne ate here in 803 but it has probably been around longer!
One of the things we found and thought was really cool was a large public chess set out on the ground with big pieces that were about 3 feet tall.

We also found the oldest restaurant in Europe, Stiftskeller St. Peter's. The story goes that the site has been a monastery for ages with part of it serving as a restaurant. Warring factions usually left monastery alone so it survived. They have record of Charlemagne eating there in 803 ! It has more than likely been around much longer but that is the earliest documentation. 803 is still good enough to beat anybody else as oldest restaurant! We couldn’t resist and so after the tour we made a point of coming back for lunch before we headed home.

Our tour guide took us around to the Salzburg Cathedral, the site of Mozart's baptism.
St. Peter's Cemetery which inspired part of the set of The Sound of Music.
The church itself is really beautiful. I definitely love Baroque architecture. I think we also went by the Nonnberg Abby but we didn’t go inside. We did go through St. Peter's cemetery which was the one that inspired the look of a scene in The Sound of Music. There is a part where they are at her old church hiding from the Nazi's behind statues that are behind some bars. In some of the pictures you can see the likeness of that area. The cemetery was really neat and really really old. I liked the maintained yet overgrown with greenery look it had. Normally it is covered in 5 feet of snow so it was nice to get to see it.

From there we walked around to the market area and eventually The Getreidegasse or Grain Lane.
Salzburger Nockerln (a meringue-like dish) is a well-known local dessert.
It is the famous street of shops that have by law old style iron hanging signs and Mozart's birthplace at the one end. It was a very pretty area with neat little alleyways and lots of stuff to look at. Once we left the tour we got some special Mozart chocolate balls. They were pretty good. I also took a picture of a pretzel stand. We bought some just to try them even though we had made reservations for lunch.

The restaurant was very stylish with out being elaborate. I think we were the only ones there at that time. They had a sign about concert performance dinners which we totally would have done if he had the time. The menu was extensive and our version was in English. The service was excellent as well. I dont remember what we ordered exactly but it was all very good. One note of warning! The dessert for two could feed far more! Based on the Salzburger Nockerln (a local traditional meringue-like dish) we had three small mountains of fluffy goodness with a ton of fruit and small cakes to eat it with! It also came with two sauces, a white chocolate and a raspberry.

Another thing I missed was the Hohensalzburg castle, one of the largest in Europe. I have to come back here someday!

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The fountain seen in the Sound of …
The fountain seen in the Sound of…
Charlemagne ate here in 803 but it…
Charlemagne ate here in 803 but i…
St. Peters Cemetery which inspire…
St. Peter's Cemetery which inspir…
Salzburger Nockerln (a meringue-li…
Salzburger Nockerln (a meringue-l…
Still not snowy countryside on our…
Still not snowy countryside on ou…
The fortress Hohensalzburg on a hi…
The fortress Hohensalzburg on a h…
The fountain seen in the Sound of …
The fountain seen in the Sound of…
The fountain seen in the Sound of …
The fountain seen in the Sound of…
A large public chess set!
A large public chess set!
The oldest restaurant in Europe!
The oldest restaurant in Europe!
The entrance
The entrance
The Menu page 1
The Menu page 1
The Menu page 2
The Menu page 2
The Menu page 3
The Menu page 3
The Menu page 4
The Menu page 4
The Bell tower
The Bell tower
The Salzburg Cathedral
The Salzburg Cathedral
The Salzburg Cathedral
The Salzburg Cathedral
The Salzburg Cathedral
The Salzburg Cathedral
The Salzburg Cathedral
The Salzburg Cathedral
The Salzburg Cathedral
The Salzburg Cathedral
The Fortress Hohensalzburg
The Fortress Hohensalzburg
The wheel turning at the monastary…
The wheel turning at the monastar…
St. Peters Cemetery. The one in S…
St. Peter's Cemetery. The one in …
St. Peters Cemetery with a view o…
St. Peter's Cemetery with a view …
St. Peters Cemetery
St. Peter's Cemetery
St. Peters Cemetery
St. Peter's Cemetery
St. Peters Cemetery
St. Peter's Cemetery
Another view of the Fortress Hohen…
Another view of the Fortress Hohe…
More of St. Peters Cemetery
More of St. Peter's Cemetery
More of St. Peters Cemetery
More of St. Peter's Cemetery
Back to the square outside St. Pet…
Back to the square outside St. Pe…
The market!
The market!
Christmas stuff!
Christmas stuff!
Getreidegasse (also known as Grain…
Getreidegasse (also known as Grai…
Getreidegasse (also known as Grain…
Getreidegasse (also known as Grai…
Mozarts birthplace
Mozart's birthplace
All the signs have to be hanging i…
All the signs have to be hanging …
Beautiful signs above the shops on…
Beautiful signs above the shops o…
Getreidegasse (also known as Grain…
Getreidegasse (also known as Grai…
Getreidegasse (also known as Grain…
Getreidegasse (also known as Grai…
Lots of food!
Lots of food!
The Swarovski Crystal store
The Swarovski Crystal store
A tree that reminded me of the who…
A tree that reminded me of the wh…
THe store where we bought our spec…
THe store where we bought our spe…
LOVE the pretzels!
LOVE the pretzels!
Charles at our lunch stop of St. P…
Charles at our lunch stop of St. …
the view outside from our table
the view outside from our table
the view outside from our table
the view outside from our table
The rest of the room
The rest of the room
The rest of the room
The rest of the room
The rest of the room
The rest of the room
Cheese plate to start!
Cheese plate to start!
bread!
bread!
My salad.
My salad.
Charles salad.
Charles' salad.
My dish.
My dish.
Charles dish.
Charles' dish.
The dessert was served with two sa…
The dessert was served with two s…
View from one side of one part of …
View from one side of one part of…
It comes with all this... dessert …
It comes with all this... dessert…
Salzburg
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