Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Europe 2012 day 11: Part 2: Salzburg, Austria

Continuing on after the Sound of Music Tour post, part two of Salzburg, Austria

After the tour (still on Sept. 14, 2012), we walked south past the Salzburg Cathedral to see the St. Peter's cemetery.  This was the inspiration for the scene in the Sound of Music when they are getting looked for before escaping, but it was filmed on a sound stage, not here.

Salzburg Cathedral

In Salzburg they love the Sound Of Music and Mozart - he is everywhere.  Even more so than the Sound Of Music.  Mozart was born here and there are Mozart candy shops and knick-knacks with his picture everywhere.

 Then went up to the fortress that overlooks the city. The castle grounds themselves are impressive - and seemed very "Game of Thrones" (which we had just started on this trip)!  The views from the top of the fortress were fantastic!  And the beautiful blue sky certainly helped.

Inside the fortress area

After the castle we saw there was a little trail that would take us to the Augustiner cloister and brewery at the other end.  The walk was pretty (about 1.5 miles) and gave lots of great views of the town from above.  We love this city!

We finally arrived at the Augustiner Braustubl. This was Nick's favorite restaurant/beer garden of the trip, so glad we went there. The brewery was founded by Augustinian monks in 1621 and this is their old monastery, so the building is really neat. There are four or five big beerhall rooms inside, along with a miniature strip mall of all kinds of picnicky food, and outside is a huge chestnut-tree-shaded area with hundreds of picnic tables.

The best part is the beer: you grab an earthenware liter stein from a big shelf, rinse it out at a little fountain, pay the lady at the counter, and take your receipt to the guy with the huge cask, where he fills it up for you.

The outside eating area is very relaxing and apparently you are free to bring your own food as long as you buy beer.

Nick liked this place so much that I bought one of their mugs as a take-home souvenir.

We then headed back to the hotel to freshen up then walked around the city at night.

I would say this was probably one of my favorite days of the trip - it was going to be very hard to say goodbye to Salzburg.  Bu up next was the small lake town of Hallstat, Austria!


Briana Favors said...

love reading your vacation recaps!

birdie to be said...

Amazing pictures (& sunset!). I would love to go to Austria some day!

Susannah said...

Austria is definitely on my to visit list now!!!

Sarah Alway said...

That photo of St. Peter's cemetery totally reminds me of that final part of the movie! Too bad it was filmed on a sound stage instead of the real thing. And I love that outdoor eating area... so adorable!

Allison said...

I love all these pictures of Nick with massive steins of beer :) Austria definitely seems like my kind of place - and you guys really made the most of it during your trip! Loving all these catch-up posts, dear :) Those night views are incredible - what a gorgeous sunset!

Tallia said...

Salzburg is so fun! It's so peaceful I think

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LeeLee said...

Great post. Looks like a fun time.

brittany said...

wow, so cool and so gorgeous!! what an amazing trip!!

Mandy Southgate said...

Wow, Carol, those views! Such gorgeous photos! I really enjoyed your photos of the Augustiner Braustubl too and think that would have been one of my favourite places too. I quite like Mozart so think I would have enjoyed the Mozart shops too.

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

It looks beautiful there!

Britney Payne said...

Love this blog. What hotel did you stay at in Salzburg? I'm going on my second Europe trip in a few months and plan to stay in Salzburg for the first time.


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