6.10.09 Scintillating Salzburg

Salzburg Travel Blog

 › entry 83 of 114 › view all entries

6.10.09 Scintillating Salzburg


Salzburg is a friendly, gorgeous city with a lovely river running right through the old town, Alps surrounding it.  We have a splendid view of the city from our Panorama Camping pitch (30E).  It’s a wonderful campground with new luxurious facilities and a very nice family running it. 


We drove from our nice Weer farm campground, the owner waving goodbye on our way out.  It was too rainy for the horse carriage ride and while we pet the horses, it was a big disappointment not to go out.


The autobahn between Innsbruck and Salzburg is wide and level, touching through Germany for a few miles before dipping back into Austria, in a path through the Alps.  We’ve only had two places in all our driving in the Alps where we even had to gear down to safely descend a mountain!  Surprisingly, with the natural break in the mountains and tunnels, we’ve got less hills to drive than in the Texas Hill Country! 


We arrived near one in the afternoon, walked down a hill, through a cow pasture, across a little river bridge, and out to the road where the #3 bus circles around to head back into town.  We were able to buy bus tickets from the driver (2E adults, 1E kids under 15, one way) and within five minutes were out at the Rathus (Town Hall).


Mozart’s house with museum filled our afternoon, along with pretzels as big as our heads that were, in some cases, really big pretzel-shaped donuts!  We wandered all over the town and Charles used the Behan’s great Lonely Planet Austria book to locate local food “for rock bottom prices.” 


At WildMann, we had fried sausage, sauerkraut, bread dumplings, and other Austrian specialties.  Service was very nice and an exchange group from Nebraska joined us at the end. 


So did a little Cocker Spaniel!  He wandered in, wearing a harness, but no collar, and he proceeded to lay his little head on the restaurant step until they brought him water.  Then he finally wandered inside.  The last we saw of him, he was following the chef around, into and out of the kitchen!  Dogs are welcome nearly everywhere in Germany and Austria, which is really nice.  They’re sometimes off-leash, trotting along beside their owners, looking so happy to be included.



Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
photo by: travpro11