A castle and a palace
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The next morning my two new friends and I headed up the path leading to Festung Hohensalzburg, the castle overlooking Salzburg. It sits at the highest point in the city, which offers a perfect defense from invaders...but what happens when the city gets attacked? Anyway, we walked up the path leading to the castle, got our tickets, and went inside. The castle was very impressive and very imposing on the hill, and it offered some amazing views of the entire area, including Salzburg and the Austrian Alps in the distance. That was by far the best part of the castle, being able to stand on the ramparts and look out over the countryside. The inside of the castle was more of a museum now, displaying weapons and uniforms from the past.
Leaving the castle, one of the girls mentioned Schloss Hellbrunn. I had heard nothing about it, but apparently it was a palace near Salzburg. We had to wait a bit for a bus on a Sunday, but eventually we were off and on our way to the palace. The bus took us right to the entrance, and we bought our tickets to go inside. It was then I noticed the sign about the trick fountains...what is this place all about, anyway?
As our tour group assembled, we were seated near an outdoor stone table, where the owner of the palace used to eat dinner with his guests. He would sit at the head of the table, his guests on either side around him. As the tour guide painted this picture for us, she had several of the young children in the group sit in those same seats.
The palace of trick fountains...whoever built this place sure had a sense of humor! Leaving the table behind, we were taken on a walk around the palace, and in many places were surprised (and tricked) by jets of water that came out of nowhere. By the end of the tour, people would stand out of the way of areas they expected water to come from - only to get wet by another set of jets! It was almost like the owner knew how people would react.
To end the day, we walked to the convent where the lady from the Sound of Music is at the beginning of the music. After checking out some of the other sites, we headed back to Schloss Mirabell (I really liked it there for some reason) for some more photos. After dinner, I caught a quick train to Munich where I would catch my night train to Prague. For the record, since the Czech Republic is not covered under the Eurail pass, it is necessary to buy a ticket for this leg of the journey. You can get a ticket that extends from the border to Prague, and back. Buy this ticket in the train station for about 8 euro, otherwise it will cost you over 25 on the train.