Salzburg

Posted by on Dec 30, 2011 in Austria, Europe, Travel | 0 comments

Salzburg

Salzburg looks exactly how you imagine, just like out of a picture book.

Festung Hohensalzburg fortress is set on the cliff and looms over the city, a beautiful medieveal building started all the way back in 1077.

We arrived in Salzburg on Christmas Eve or ‘Holy Night’, and spent the evening at the local Christmas market, however it was very quiet with most people at home celebrating with family.

We stayed at the Hotel Mozart, a small and friendly hotel centrally located.

 

Christmas Market

Christmas Market

 

Christmas morning we went to Festung Hohensalzburg fortress, and in the afternoon to the underground Hallein Salt Mine museum (just outside of Salzburg).

We had to wear these delightful (slightly KKK?) white coveralls to go into the mine.  The tour started with a ‘train’ ride into the mine, we then had to straddle wooden rails and slide down two 50m slides before a boat trip across the underground lake.

 

Ready to head into the salt mine!

Ready to head into the salt mine!

 

Salzburg’s two claims to fame are being the birthplace of Mozart, and being the setting for long time family favourite movie The Sound of Music. 

If you’re really keen The Sound of Music tours run twice a day, fans will recognise the below fountain (although it wasn’t frozen over in the movie..!)

 

Fountain from The Sound of Music

Fountain from The Sound of Music

 

We did get some light snow on Christmas, so counted it as our first white Christmas!

 

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