Reit im Winkl and Salzburg

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Alpine Village in Grossau, Bavaria, Germany
Wake up call was at 8:00 as we were to be downstairs for breakfast at 9:00. Had a nice warm shower, bundled up and headed down to the Cafe. Breakfast was the typical European breakfast of cold cuts and cheese, bread, butter, jam, coffee, tea and juice. Nothing too exciting but enough to get us to the next meal. We had a big day ahead of us so we ate almost everything that was served.

After breakfast, we drove to the next town, Grassau, which is super cute, with lots of Alpine architecture everywhere. We walked around, did a little shopping and headed off to Reit im Winkl. We were fortunate to have clear and sunny weather so the roads were perfect. The drive through the mountains was wonderful. The German Alps are truly amazing. They are so picturesque with snowy peaks and leafless trees.
Looking into the Bavarian Village
I wanted to take pictures of everything to remember it all. The little Alpine villages we passed on the way just added to the whole romance of the place. I didn’t want the drive to end it was so beautiful.

Reit im Winkl was about an hours drive away. When we got there the place was filled with skiers as it’s a very popular ski resort. Here cross country skiing is the choice sport and you can see tons of people making there way through the snow. Buses come by at scheduled times to take skiers higher on the mountain for down hill skiing. We walked through the town which is considerably bigger than any other that we passed along the way. There are cute shops and restaurants lining the main street as well as the adjacent ones.

The six of us decided to take a sleigh ride through town and get a glimpse of not only the commercial areas but the residential as well.
Residential area in Reit im Winkl, Germany
We hired a horse drawn sleigh but the snow wasn’t very fresh so instead of blades we were on wheels. The ride took about half and hour. I would recommend it to anyone who visits Reit im Winkl without plans for skiing. At some point during the ride, the wheels were deep enough on the snow that we were actually on the blades of the sleigh. It was so much fun! The horses don’t travel very fast so you get a really good look of the mountains and village. The driver doesn’t give too much information about the town, but sometimes it’s nice to take in the view without unnecessary standardized rhetoric. After the ride we went back to the car. I managed to make it back almost falling only once on the slippery ice, a pretty good feat considering my shoes weren’t meant for this kind of terrain.
Pfereschwemme, Salzburg, Austia


We drove through the Alps for another hour soaking up the spectacular views of the mountains and headed on to Salzburg. The traffic into the city was horrendous and it took us 30 minutes just to get to the public parking lots. The wait was well worth it. The weather was great, cold but no clouds or rain in sight. We walked from the underground parking to the Pferdeschwemme. Located here is the Horse Pond which was built in the late 1600’s and is complete with horse themed frescos and the “Horse Tamer” statue. This time of year the statue was encased in a plastic bubble to protect it from moisture (I guess it melts if it gets wet).

From here we walked to the Getreidegasse which is a quaint street lined with cute, yet expensive shops.
Mozart's birthplace in Salzburg
There were different kinds of stores ranging from huge commercial retailers to small mom and pop boutiques. Even though we didn’t buy anything, we had a great time walking around and looking into the shops. I loved the cobbled stone walkways and the wrought iron store signs. After walking for a bit, we found a crowd in front of 9 Getreidegasse and shortly realized that this was the house where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born. I paid homage to the great composer by humming a few bars of Mozart’s Symphony 40. Then we continued on through Judengasse, which is seemed to be a narrower street with more shops. This street ended at Waagplatz and opened up to Mozartplatz. This time of year, there is a huge ice skating rink in the middle of the square (I was wondering why REM was blasting in the streets, it was the music from the rink).
Ice skating rink at Mozartplatz
There were tons of kids and adults having a great time going around in circles on thin blades on top of ice. I had more interest in watching than in participating so we headed to the Mozart statue where there were stands selling mulled wine. We grabbed a few glasses and enjoyed watching people fall down.

After being amused for a little bit, we walked to the Salzburg Cathedral, Salzburger Dom, which is central to the city. The inside of the church is done in the baroque style and is absolutely beautiful. It’s free to go inside and I would recommend taking a few minutes to take a look. You’ll be awestruck by the artistry. I particularly enjoyed seeing the altar, the dome and the organ.

Next we walked over to the St. Peter’s Church and Cemetery.
St. Peter's Cemetery and the catacombs
As morbid as it may seem, it's a pretty intriguing place.  Entering the cemetery you can see lots of tombstones, some dating to the 1700's, and expertly manicured plots. Straight in front of you are catacombs in the cliff face. St. Peter’s Church shows Romanesque architecture. A gain, take a few minutes to walk around in the church. This one isn’t as impressive as the Salzburg Cathedral, but is still worth a look.

The fee to take the funicular up to the Salzburg Fortress was outrageous, so, instead, we decided to walk. It’s about a 15 minute uphill climb to the fortress but the hike was well worth the effort. At the top there are breathtaking views of the Salzburg skyline and we were fortunate to be able to see for miles. During twilight, the color of the sky was an amazing contrast with the shadows of the building tops.
Salzburg skyline
The Fortress itself is quite impressive. The structure is immense and it’s easy to believe that it once protected the city. We walked back down to the city enjoying the view as we walked.

We headed to the other side of the city and walked across one of the bridges to cross the Salzach River. The sun had gone all the way down and we were treated with the beautiful lights of the Old Town and of the Fortress and almost a full moon. It was breathtaking. Although we only spent a few hours in the city I truly fell in love with it and can’t wait until my return visit.

We had a pretty full day of touring and walking and headed back to our panzio for another amazing meal. After a hectic day and a fantastic meal, exhaustion took over and we fell quickly asleep.

williamsworld says:
Wow, I am trying to just my thoughts together from my recent trip to Europe. Thanks for sharing.

Britt
Posted on: Jan 14, 2010
Dr_Seuss says:
Nice piece of writing Jen :-)
Posted on: Jan 08, 2010
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Alpine Village in Grossau, Bavaria…
Alpine Village in Grossau, Bavari…
Looking into the Bavarian Village
Looking into the Bavarian Village
Residential area in Reit im Winkl,…
Residential area in Reit im Winkl…
Pfereschwemme, Salzburg, Austia
Pfereschwemme, Salzburg, Austia
Mozarts birthplace in Salzburg
Mozart's birthplace in Salzburg
Ice skating rink at Mozartplatz
Ice skating rink at Mozartplatz
St. Peters Cemetery and the catac…
St. Peter's Cemetery and the cata…
Salzburg skyline
Salzburg skyline
Church. Grossau, Bavaria, Germany
Church. Grossau, Bavaria, Germany
Grossau, Bavaria, Germany
Grossau, Bavaria, Germany
Konig Lidwig Fountain, Grossau, Ba…
Konig Lidwig Fountain, Grossau, B…
Kinder Ski Schule, Reit im Winkl, …
Kinder Ski Schule, Reit im Winkl,…
Standing on snow, Reit im Winkle, …
Standing on snow, Reit im Winkle,…
Bavarian Alps, Reit im Winkl, Germ…
Bavarian Alps, Reit im Winkl, Ger…
Church, Reit im Winkl, Germany
Church, Reit im Winkl, Germany
Reit im Winkl, Germany
Reit im Winkl, Germany
Church, Reit im Winkl, Germany
Church, Reit im Winkl, Germany
Reit im Winkl, Bavaria, Germany
Reit im Winkl, Bavaria, Germany
Reit im Winkl, Germany
Reit im Winkl, Germany
Sleigh ride in Reit im Winkl, Bava…
Sleigh ride in Reit im Winkl, Bav…
Wrought iron store signs in Getrei…
Wrought iron store signs in Getre…
Waagplatz opening up to Mozartplatz
Waagplatz opening up to Mozartplatz
Salzburg Cathedral
Salzburg Cathedral
Salzburg Fortress and Salzburg Cat…
Salzburg Fortress and Salzburg Ca…
Mozart Monument
Mozart Monument
Mulled wine
Mulled wine
Salzburg Cathedral
Salzburg Cathedral
Outside Salzburg Cathedral
Outside Salzburg Cathedral
Salzburg Cathedral altar
Salzburg Cathedral altar
Salzburg Cathedral Dome
Salzburg Cathedral Dome
Salzburg Fortress
Salzburg Fortress
St. Peters church, St. Peters cem…
St. Peters church, St. Peter's ce…
St. Peters Church and cemetery
St. Peter's Church and cemetery
St. Peters Church
St. Peter's Church
Inside St. Peters Church
Inside St. Peter's Church
Salzburg skyline with Salzburg dome
Salzburg skyline with Salzburg dome
Salzburg skyline
Salzburg skyline
Salzburg Fortress at dusk
Salzburg Fortress at dusk
Archway circa 1635
Archway circa 1635
View from the Salzburg Fortress
View from the Salzburg Fortress
Salzburg dome and the Golden Ball
Salzburg dome and the Golden Ball
Gold ball with man on top
Gold ball with man on top
Across the Salzach during twilight
Across the Salzach during twilight
View of Old Town and the Fortress …
View of Old Town and the Fortress…
Bridge across the Salzach River
Bridge across the Salzach River
Old Town and Salzburg Fortress at …
Old Town and Salzburg Fortress at…
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