Salzburg Taught Me To be a Tourist
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"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 KasererbrÃ¤u, 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.
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 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.
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.
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!