Sound of Music and Salzburg Fortress

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Snowy Salzburg in front of the Von Trapp lake (in the movie)
Our stay started very early with an overnight train ride from Venice to Salzburg. Since we didn't get a sleeper car we were worried that we would not be able to get much sleep. When we first got on the train we were the only two in a compartment of six. It was great. I had my Ipod plugged into my laptop so we could listen to music. And we could stretch our legs out over three seats.

However, we had a scare at one of our stops. A guy came into our cabin with a bunch of bags and he didn't smell that good either. Sort of like garlic. After he was in our cabin for a while he realized he was in the wrong compartment. We were relieved that he left because I don't think it would have been a pleasant ride with him in the cabin.
The Gazebo
He actually spent most of the ride in the corridor talking on a cell phone.

The train arrived in Salzburg at 4 AM. So we got out of the train station and found a taxi. The driver took us to the B & B. There were instructions to get the key and to find our room. We had a great extra couple hours of sleep.

We woke up and a delicious breakfast was prepared for us by Fransika at Haus Reichl. There was a layout of yoghurt, meat, cheese, cereal, milk, buns, oranges. She also prepared eggs for us. I guess the big egg style here is soft boiled. The yolk in the middle is still runny. She also had apple strudel she made that morning. It was so good a very tasty breakfast.

I also asked our hostess if there was a place to do laundry nearby. She asked how much laundry we had and she offered to do it for 5 euro.
Flo in the Do Re Mi scene
That was a fantastic deal and a real time saver for us.

Our main plan for the day was to go on the Sound of Music bus tour. It was a fun tour. Some cheesy singing, getting pictures in the Sound of Music places and getting to see some of the Lake district around Salzburg. We also learned a lot of not so useful facts about the movie. One fact is if they escaped into the mountains around Salzburg they would actually be going into Germany not Switerland. In fact, Hitler's Eagle's nest is close by. So was his mountain residence along with the summer residence of Goering, Albert Speer and a few others.

After the tour, we walked around Salzburg. We decided to avoid all the Mozart paraphernalia. However, it was pretty cold in Salzburg so I figured I needed a toque since I lost my Saskatchwan Roughrider toque earlier in the trip.
On Salzburg Fortress sporting my new tuque
I ended up buying a black and orange toque that says Salzburg.

We then took a trip up to the Salzburg fortress. We decided 10 euro each was too much for the funicular and the fortress museums so we decided to climb the mountain. We walked for about 15 minutes of a steep uphill climb to find that we would need to pay 7 euro each to go up the rest of the way into the fortress.

The fortress itself wasn't too bad. It has great views of Salzburg and it had information about the history of Salzburg. There was also a neat marionette exhibit and an exhibit of torture equipment.

After the fortress, we went to a restaurant in the old town. Flo had fried chicken and I had a leg of pork. The food was pretty good for a reasonable price. We got back to our B&B by 6:30 PM. We went to bed by 8 PM. We had about 10 hours of sleep.

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Snowy Salzburg in front of the Von…
Snowy Salzburg in front of the Vo…
The Gazebo
The Gazebo
Flo in the Do Re Mi scene
Flo in the Do Re Mi scene
On Salzburg Fortress sporting my n…
On Salzburg Fortress sporting my …
Salzburg Fortress
Salzburg Fortress
Craig near the lake district
Craig near the lake district
Where Maria and Capt. Von Trapp go…
Where Maria and Capt. Von Trapp g…
View of the hills from the fortress
View of the hills from the fortress
At the marionette museum
At the marionette museum
Salzburg
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