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Posted on October 16, 2016 by Sioux under General
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Whilst in Vienna I had really wanted to do the “Sound of Music” tour in Salzburg, but as it was too far I didn’t get the chance. Bypassing the beautiful city of Salzburg on the train enroute to Hungary from Vienna, I wished I had made it one of my destinations. Going back to Salzburg by train from Hungary wasn’t too much hassle, so I made a plan. Tickets booked for myself and my 11 year old niece and off we went. She was excited to be going on an adventure; I was excited to be going to see all the places one of my most favourite movies was filmed at. We arrived at midday, so dropped off our small bags at the lovely hotel I had booked at and went exploring. First though, I booked the all-important “Sound of Music” tour for the next day.

As we were early enough, we did some of the hop-on hop-off bus tour route, as well as a walkabout. I also treated my niece to a horse-drawn carriage tour of The Altstadt. She sat upfront with the driver while I sat in the rear, relaxed and enjoying the sights. 

Salzburg is an Austrian city on the border of Germany, with views of the Eastern Alps. The city is divided by the Salzach River, with medieval and baroque buildings of the pedestrian Altstadt (Old City) on its left bank, facing the 19th-century Neustadt (New City) on its right. The Altstadt birthplace of famed composer Mozart is preserved as a museum displaying his childhood instruments.

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The Old Catholic Church on Marienplatz was established in the year 1870. 

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The two of us tramped around until late in the evening, landing up at a small river-side pub to watch the sun setting over the Danube. It wasn’t a spectacular sunset, but I was happy, the city was amazing! 

Some of the nicest graffiti I had seen since arriving in Europe was in a subway under one of the main roads in Salzburg.

The RedBull Head Office buildings in Salzburg

A small but permanent reminder of the chaos that reigned in the world during WW2.

 

These brass plaques, set into the sidewalk, were in memory of three men who were forced into labour, defusing unexploded Allied bombs. Whether they died in the area the plaques were or not I have no idea, a poignant memorial nevertheless.

 

Despite being on the sidewalk, they were polished and as clean as they could be, considering the continual foot traffic.

 

One response to “Salzburg – the sound of music!”

  1. Pauline Smith says:

    What’s the story behind the locks on the fencing?

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