Sunrise in Salzburg

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Sunrise from my hotel window

Well I said wanted to get up early, I meant a reasonable early.  I managed to wake up at 6:00.  I forced myself to stay in bed and tried to go back to sleep.  It was impossible.  My mind had gone to work and it was not going to stop.  I had some work issue on my mind.  So at 6:30 I got up and dealt with work.  I also snapped a couple of shot form the hotel window.  After finishing work and checking my persona l email and feeding my addition to an online game called Mafia wars, I showered and headed to breakfast.  It was tasty and I made sure I was good and full for the morning ahead.

 

I started out down the Linzer Grasse.

View form the hotel window
  I thought Salzburg was beautiful the evening before.  In the light of day it is even more spectacular.  I noticed the store signs and am now infatuated with them.  They are like works of Art.  I was working my way down the street and snapping shoots and being just a tourist.  I found St Sebastians Kirche which has a stricking relief and great doors. I was progressed I was quickly reminded that Easter is just around the corner.  There was a marvelous Easter tree on a corner.  It was like Christmas but with eggs, bunnies, and chicks. 

 

From there I was taking a picture of a crest over an archway at Linzer Grasse 14 when I noticed an alcove with a scene set with statues.

Window detail on building
  I was intrigued so I headed up the hill to get a picture.  I soon discovered there was a whole series.  It was like pieces of candy leading to something.  Luckily it was a the Kapuziner Kirche.  The scenes were a progressive telling of the story of Christ’s crucifixion.  At the top of the hill in a gazebo was the three cross and the Mary’s at the foot o them. Just past that the scenes continued to the church and Christ in the tomb.  The interior of the church was very plain except for the high alter and two small chapels.

 

I decided the alternate route down the hill was a good idea. First of all it was new territory and second I was wearing dress shows and going downhill wasn’t bright for me.  The alternate route had stairs.  On the way down there was an arrow point to St Johannes.

Modern interpretation of window detail
  I am so easily distracted at time and this morning was one of them.  Since I had no set plans, except the train, and could do as I like, I head to it.  It turned out to be a charming little church.

 

I continued my journey down the hill and to the Old Town.  I made it to the river and headed in.  Well sort of, first I had to get shots of a fresco on a building along the river.  Once in the old town I headed down Geteidegasse.  It is one of the longest and busiest streets in Old Town.  It is full of shops and those great signs.  I found some cool ones.

Modern interpretation of window detail
  Just as I was entering the street I noticed a relief around the top of a shop.  When I looked at it I realized it is a progressive story of making clothes from sheering sheep, through weaving, buying fabric, and construction of the garments.  It on the two sides of the Hammele at Rathausplatz 2.  I think it is a very creative thing for a clothing store to have on it, sort of a statement of quality.

 

Anyway, I started to wonder down Geteidegasse gawking at signs.  It was a good thing I started early because later in the day the street was wall-to-wall people.  At that time I was able to really just relax and “wandel” as the Dutch say.  On the way a found a McDonald’s sign that would be welcome anywhere and overcome objections to them.  At the end of the street sits St Blasius Kirche.  It is framed by the buildings at the end and has elements of the old fortifications looming above.

Cool clock sign

 

I rounded the end of the street and went back towards Unieritatplaz.  The weekend market was in progress.  It was good time to be there as the local people were out shopping and the tourist crowd hadn’t made it out yet.  I know, I am a tourist, but that doesn’t mean I have to like being around others.  The produce looked very fresh and actually made some terrific compositions for photos.  The flowers were nice and there were lots of Salzburg Palmbushen.  I asked a guy who was making them about them.  Palmbuschen (bunches of holly leaves, pussy-willows, cedar twigs, etc. strung on poles) are just as much a part of Easter in Salzburg as colorful Easter eggs. The willow twigs for the Palmbuschen are hand-picked, bound and decorated. According to custom, it unfolds its healing powers after being blessed on Easter Sunday.

Steple of St Sebasian's Kirche
It is said to protect the home from evil spirits, fire, storm, lightning, floods and misfortune.

 

There were also lots of Easter eggs.  The traditional Austrian painted ones and boiled ones that were colored.  People were out buying them.  One lady was giving each one she chose a careful one over and comparison to others.  When I was a kid the fun was coloring them ourselves.  There was the one year that PAS came out with the misguided egg sleeves. You slide one over a boiled egg and then dipped it in hot water.  The sleeve shrank to conform to the egg.  It allowed cool pictures, but ruined the effect for egg fights and eating them.

 

I continued to work my way to the Hohensalzburg (The Fortress).

Releif on St Sebasian's Kirche
  On the way I stopped by the Residenz which is considered the most opulent building in town.  The staterooms were closed for a private event.  It was actually a good thing because my morning was quickly slipping away.  I moved on to Mozart Platz and then the Dom.  It is the cathedral church of St Rupert & St Virgil and was first built in 774.  It isn’t a big surprise it has been altered many times.  When I first went in I didn’t think there was much interesting about the interior.  I decided to go get some photos of the high alter.  Am I ever glad I did!!!  The detail work on the ceilings of the chapels and above the high alter are exquisite.  The church may not have the heavy ornamentation of a Russian Orthodox or even French or Italian Cathedral, but it is the touches of  details are perfect.
Door of St Sebasian's Kirche
  It is like having just the right accessories and not to much with a fabulous dress.

 

Leaving the Dom I headed across Kapitel Platz and managed to get a couple of shots of me with the timer.  It is a challenge, but sometimes I find just the right spot.  After that it was up to Hohensalzburg (The Fortress).  And I do mean up.  There is a funicular, but I decided that walking up was more authentic and better exercise.  The path was STEEP and just kept going.  Now I understand the sign at the funicular: 100m normal, 10m funicular.  What it didn’t say is it helps to be part mountain goat to go the normal way.  The hike up was well worth the view.  I went through the museum and stateroom.  I saw some interesting torture devices.

Door detail of St Sebasian's Kirche
  I noticed it was time for me to head out to the hotel so I could catch my train to Innsbruck.  I was also have a technical malfunction with the camera.  The battery was dying.  How could I let that happen?  I know, Brian normally remembers to bring the extra battery.  It is a good thing I charged it the night before or I would reall have been in trouble.

 

Based on the dress shoe issue and the time I decided the funicular was the best idea to get down.  It turns out they include the trip down in the cost of the entrance fee.  I guess it is the normal thing to do. 

 

During the tour I found out the Hohensalzburg funicular is actually the oldest railroad in the world and the oldest railroad still in use.

Cool hotel sign
 It was built in 1504 (maybe 1495).  It was originally powered by four draft horses.  While they hauled goods and people up they also powered a mill.  Unfortunately that one is private.  The public one I rode is located on the north side of the fortress and was built in 1892.  It was first a water-ballast funicular. I guess even back in the day people didn’t want to walk up the hill.

 

Once at the bottom I headed to the hotel for my stuff.  A quick walk to the station and bite of food and I was on the train to Innsbruck.  It was a wonderful morning.  I saw beautiful scenery, learned some things, and even got to sweat a little.  Now for a new town, new tourist attractions, new people to watch, and more of the amazing Austrian scenery.

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Sunrise from my hotel window
Sunrise from my hotel window
View form the hotel window
View form the hotel window
Window detail on building
Window detail on building
Modern interpretation of window de…
Modern interpretation of window d…
Modern interpretation of window de…
Modern interpretation of window d…
Cool clock sign
Cool clock sign
Steple of St Sebasians Kirche
Steple of St Sebasian's Kirche
Releif on St Sebasians Kirche
Releif on St Sebasian's Kirche
Door of St Sebasians Kirche
Door of St Sebasian's Kirche
Door detail of St Sebasians Kirche
Door detail of St Sebasian's Kirche
Cool hotel sign
Cool hotel sign
Easter tree
Easter tree
In the thick of Easter
In the thick of Easter
Cost of arms at Linzer Gasse 14
Cost of arms at Linzer Gasse 14
First scene in crucifixion series
First scene in crucifixion series
Second scene in crucifixion series
Second scene in crucifixion series
Gate into the monestary and Kapuzi…
Gate into the monestary and Kapuz…
Third scene in crucifixion series
Third scene in crucifixion series
Steple of St Johannes in front and…
Steple of St Johannes in front an…
Prying eyes are watching you
Prying eyes are watching you
Fourth scene in crucifixion series
Fourth scene in crucifixion series
Fifth scene in crucifixion series
Fifth scene in crucifixion series
Sixth scene in crucifixion series
Sixth scene in crucifixion series
Seventh scene in crucifixion series
Seventh scene in crucifixion series
Taking a break for a minute
Taking a break for a minute
Close-up of the seventh scene in c…
Close-up of the seventh scene in …
Eigth scene in crucifixion series
Eigth scene in crucifixion series
Ninth scene in crucifixion series
Ninth scene in crucifixion series
High alter of the Kapuziner Kirche
High alter of the Kapuziner Kirche
Detail of high alter of the Kapuzi…
Detail of high alter of the Kapuz…
Chapel to the Virgin Mary in Kapuz…
Chapel to the Virgin Mary in Kapu…
Easter Flowers
Easter Flowers
Chapel in Kapuziner Kirche
Chapel in Kapuziner Kirche
Mullner Kirche
Mullner Kirche
Interesting assortment of items
Interesting assortment of items
Steple of St Johannes
Steple of St Johannes
High alter of St Johannes
High alter of St Johannes
Chapel in St Johannes
Chapel in St Johannes
Ceiling in St Johannes
Ceiling in St Johannes
My alternate way down, lots of ste…
My alternate way down, lots of st…
Fresco on a bank along the river
Fresco on a bank along the river
Kapuziner Kirche from across the r…
Kapuziner Kirche from across the …
Austrian mountains
Austrian mountains
Clothing store with relief
Clothing store with relief
Story of garment making - Sheering…
Story of garment making - Sheerin…
Story of garment making - Processi…
Story of garment making - Process…
Story of garment making - Weaving
Story of garment making - Weaving
Story of garment making - Dying th…
Story of garment making - Dying t…
Story of garment making - turning …
Story of garment making - turning…
Story of garment making -
Story of garment making -
Story of garment making - inspecti…
Story of garment making - inspect…
Story of garment making - selectin…
Story of garment making - selecti…
Story of garment making - Construc…
Story of garment making - Constru…
Sign for the Elephant hotel and re…
Sign for the Elephant hotel and r…
Looking down Getredegasse
Looking down Getredegasse
The house where Mozart was born
The house where Mozart was born
Beautiful details
Beautiful details
Not fucntional, but you know what …
Not fucntional, but you know what…
Zara has a unique style
Zara has a unique style
Can you believe it is McDonalds?
Can you believe it is McDonald's?
So many details
So many details
St Blasius Kirche
St Blasius Kirche
I think the theme was horses
I think the theme was horses
Market at Universitatsplatz
Market at Universitatsplatz
Fresh potatoes
Fresh potatoes
Home grown tomatoes
Home grown tomatoes
Garlic on a stick
Garlic on a stick
Artichokes
Artichokes
Just a local butcher
Just a local butcher
SO many flowers
SO many flowers
Kollegienkirche
Kollegienkirche
The high alter of the Kollegienkir…
The high alter of the Kollegienki…
Detail of door to Kollegienkirche
Detail of door to Kollegienkirche
Out buying a Palmbushen for the Su…
Out buying a Palmbushen for the S…
Satruday morning shoppers
Satruday morning shoppers
Easter decorations galore
Easter decorations galore
Shopping for Easter eggs - man was…
Shopping for Easter eggs - man wa…
Lion looking over Max Reinhardtpla…
Lion looking over Max Reinhardtpl…
Fountian in Max Reinhardtplatz
Fountian in Max Reinhardtplatz
Fresco for the University of Salzb…
Fresco for the University of Salz…
Cool iron door
Cool iron door
Steple Franziskanerk Kirche in fro…
Steple Franziskanerk Kirche in fr…
Interior of Franziskanerk Kirche
Interior of Franziskanerk Kirche
To the left of the high alter in F…
To the left of the high alter in …
High alter in Franziskanerk Kirche
High alter in Franziskanerk Kirche
Mut oder ubermut (Courage or over …
Mut oder ubermut (Courage or over…
Aus Dem Wald in de welt (From the …
Aus Dem Wald in de welt (From the…
Notung! Notung! - Project von Akze…
Notung! Notung! - Project von Akz…
More Palmbushen for sale in Alter …
More Palmbushen for sale in Alter…
Staute in Alter Markt
Staute in Alter Markt
This green lady even had a green c…
This green lady even had a green …
Residenz Platz
Residenz Platz
Horses and carriages for hire in f…
Horses and carriages for hire in …
Fountian in Residenz Platz under r…
Fountian in Residenz Platz under …
Statue of Motzart
Statue of Motzart
Guy making Palm bushen
Guy making Palm bushen
Rook and steple of the Franziskane…
Rook and steple of the Franziskan…
Momument in front of Dom
Momument in front of Dom
Status at base of monument in fron…
Status at base of monument in fro…
The devil is in that boy
The devil is in that boy
High alter in the Dom
High alter in the Dom
Detailed arch into a chapel in the…
Detailed arch into a chapel in th…
Ceiling of a chapel in the Dom
Ceiling of a chapel in the Dom
Ceiling above the high alter
Ceiling above the high alter
Ceiling in vestibule to the left o…
Ceiling in vestibule to the left …
The pipe organ in the Dom
The pipe organ in the Dom
Unicorn on end of pew in the Dom
Unicorn on end of pew in the Dom
Egale on end of pew in the Dom
Egale on end of pew in the Dom
Doors leading into the Dom
Doors leading into the Dom
Lion in the front of the Dom Museum
Lion in the front of the Dom Museum
Chess pieces waiting for a game
Chess pieces waiting for a game
Man on top of the world
Man on top of the world
Checking out the people in Kapitel…
Checking out the people in Kapite…
Statue on corner of building on th…
Statue on corner of building on t…
Starburst door
Starburst door
Another great sign
Another great sign
Outter gate to Hohensalzburg (the …
Outter gate to Hohensalzburg (the…
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
It jsut gets steeper from here
It jsut gets steeper from here
This definately helps with security
This definately helps with security
Interior courtyard of Hohensalzbur…
Interior courtyard of Hohensalzbu…
Colorful sundial
Colorful sundial
Cortyard portals
Cortyard portals
View of the Alps
View of the Alps
Doorway in the staterooms of Hohen…
Doorway in the staterooms of Hohe…
Instrument of torture
Instrument of torture
Chastity belt
Chastity belt
Instrument of torture
Instrument of torture
Instrument of torture
Instrument of torture
Sculpture of a battle
Sculpture of a battle
Looking out over Salzburg from Hoh…
Looking out over Salzburg from Ho…
Its all about Mozart in Salzburg,…
It's all about Mozart in Salzburg…
Interesting sign on a goldsmiths …
Interesting sign on a goldsmith's…
Salzburg
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