Reit im Winkl and Salzburg
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December 28th, 2009 – by: breezejen
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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