From Český Krumlov, our next stop was Salzburg, Austria. As a classical musician, this was a super exciting place to be, since it was the home to several prominent composers at some point or other in their lives.
The first place we went to was Schloss Mirabell, or the Mirabell Palace. More specifically, we went to the gardens of the palace, which was a major filming location for the film The Sound of Music.
Our tour guide tried to get the DVD player on the bus to work, so that we could watch the film on our way there. Unfortunately, the DVD itself wasn’t working, so we could only watch a third of the movie. No matter; even without the movie, Mirabell Garden was a beautiful place to be.
Unfortunately, the weather was quite gloomy, so we couldn’t take very nice pictures. That didn’t deter people though, as we saw more than one couple having their wedding pictures taken there.
Next, we marched onto the famous shopping district, known as Getreidegasse. There were all sorts of stores, from high end fashion to claire’s, as well as the famous Christmas store, which had all sorts of beautiful (and expensive!) trinkets for sale.
In addition to the more traditional Christmas baubles and such, the Christmas store also sold miniatures and figurines of all sorts, from Easter bunnies to small children reenacting daily life.
Getreidegasse is also home to Mozart’s “Geburtshaus”, or birth-home. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the time to go inside the home, which has now been converted into a museum, but Mozart’s presence was very strongly felt everywhere else in Salzburg, from wooden Mozart puppets, to Mozart chocolates, to even Mozart rubber duckies.
And before you ask, yes, I bought one.
The view from Hohensalzburg Castle was well worth the long trek. Hohensalzburg literally means “above Salzburg”, and the view was definite proof of that.
We also stopped by the Salzburg Cathedral, or Salzburger Dom. Compared to other cathedrals that I have been to, the Salzburg Cathedral was much more quiet and restrained in its decor. No flash stained glass windows here. That actually gave the whole cathedral a much more “divine” feeling, if you know what I mean. I’m not particularly religious myself, but just being in the white marble cathedral was an experience in itself.