A castle and a palace

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From Festung Hohensalzburg (Salzburg Castle) - the house in the middle of nowhere belonged to the executioner

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.

Salzburg

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.

Trick fountains at Schloss Hellbrun
  She went on to say that after all that eating and drinking, the guests hd a habit of falling asleep.  At that time, jets of water turned on around the table, and also under the seats of each of the little children.  They of course loved it as they all got soaked - especially from the bottom.  All, that is, except the little girl sitting in the palace owner's seat - she stayed completely dry!

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.

Festung Hohensalzburg (Salzburg Castle) in the distance
  I wish I could describe more how neat the place was, but you definitely need to see it for yourself!  It was the highlight of the trip to Salzburg.  It is also possible to walk through the inside of the palace (strange that this happens after you get wet from the gardens) with an audio guide.  Also on this location sits the gezebo from the Sound of Music.

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.

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From Festung Hohensalzburg (Salzbu…
From Festung Hohensalzburg (Salzb…
Salzburg
Salzburg
Trick fountains at Schloss Hellbrun
Trick fountains at Schloss Hellbrun
Festung Hohensalzburg (Salzburg Ca…
Festung Hohensalzburg (Salzburg C…
Trick fountains at Schloss Hellbru…
Trick fountains at Schloss Hellbr…
Schloss Hellbrunn
Schloss Hellbrunn
Inside Schloss Hellbrunn
Inside Schloss Hellbrunn
Convent from Sound of Music
Convent from Sound of Music
Looking out from Festung Hohensalz…
Looking out from Festung Hohensal…
Inside Festung Hohensalzburg
Inside Festung Hohensalzburg
Looking out from Festung Hohensalz…
Looking out from Festung Hohensal…
Festung Hohensalzburg
Festung Hohensalzburg
Schloss Hellbrunn
Schloss Hellbrunn
Schloss Hellbrunn
Schloss Hellbrunn
Schloss Hellbrunn - water jets in …
Schloss Hellbrunn - water jets in…
Schloss Hellbrunn
Schloss Hellbrunn
Schloss Hellbrunn
Schloss Hellbrunn
Schloss Hellbrunn
Schloss Hellbrunn
Salzburg
Salzburg
Schloss Hellbrunn
Schloss Hellbrunn
Gezebo from Sound of Music
Gezebo from Sound of Music
Salzburg
photo by: travpro11