Salzburg Taught Me To be a Tourist

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View from top of the Fortress

"When you read you begin with.. 'A, B, C...' when you sing you begin with 'Doe, Rae, Me' "

Salzburg is an amazing city, full of history, music and culture. I had decided I wanted to go there in November of 2009 because I wanted to see snow. (Little did I know we were going to end up having one of the snowiest winters in years in Ireland..) Well, I booked all the arrangements and my mom flew over from the States to accompany me to Austria. We flew into Salzburg from London and got a cab to our hotel which was in the Old Town of Salzburg. We stayed at Altstadthotel Kasererbräu, which in itself has a lot of history. (Built as a monastery, changed into a hotel in the 1500's) We checked in and then set out to take a look around the city.

In the Fortress
We were staying for four days so we did not have to rush to see everything.
The first full day we had we went to The Salzburg Museum and The Mozart House. Both were very interesting, I learned a lot about the city and surrounding area from the Salzburg Museum and got in the musical spirit from The Mozart House. That night we went to the Mozart Dinner at St. Peters. I would highly recommend this, the food was fantastic and the music and singers were phenomenal. We splurged and got tickets for the front table, although that is not necessary because the singers move throughout the audience/tables and the room is small enough that even if you are further back you would still be able to see an enjoy all of the music.
The next day we went on "The Sound of Music Tour" through Panorama Tours.
The Fortress at night.
I had a fabulous time on this tour! I usually shy away from touristy things, looking for the authentic parts of the city, but sometimes you have to let your inhibitions go and just have a laugh. I absolutely love "The Sound of Music" and grew up watching the movie and singing all of the songs, so seeing the places in real life was fantastic! I learned loads about the movie and we rented it right when we got back so we could see all of the parts we'd seen in real life. The tour itself was great, but our guide was top notch, she was bright and bubbly and knew so much about the city and the movie, she put everyone in a great mood.
The following day we did a Salt Mine Tour through the same company, Panorama Tours. It was interesting but unfortunately we didn't have the same guide and he wasn't the same caliber as the previous guide.
Inside the Salt Mine
Nonetheless, the Salt Mine was very interesting. There were only five English speakers (including my mom & myself) so we had to listen to pre-recorded information about the Mines. It was neat and I had a fun time there. We didn't have the best weather, low lying clouds obstructed our views of the mountains but then again, we were visiting in January.
Lastly, we visited the Fortress. The gentleman at our hotel mentioned it was "a nice walk" to the Fortress. Well, that was the understatement of the month! It was not meant for the faint hearted, that's for sure. I like to think of myself as semi-fit but it was not the nice jaunt I had in mind. Although just by looking at it you have an idea that it's a bit up there.. Perhaps I a just out of shape! It was very interesting, we did a "guided" tour with headsets through the main parts of the Fortress.
At the Mozart dinner at St. Peters
We got up there late in the day so we were not able to spend loads of time up there, but one could easily spend a full day wandering around there learning about Salzburg. The view from the top was amazing, better with no clouds- no doubt!
All and all, I had a great holiday in Salzburg and would suggest it as a nice city break for anyone. There is tons of history, people are extremely friendly and culture is oozing from every where. If you enjoy "The Sound of Music" then Salzburg is a city you MUST see!

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View from top of the Fortress
View from top of the Fortress
In the Fortress
In the Fortress
The Fortress at night.
The Fortress at night.
Inside the Salt Mine
Inside the Salt Mine
At the Mozart dinner at St. Peters
At the Mozart dinner at St. Peters
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