Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Salzburg | 8 comments:

After breakfast at the Goldenes hotel, we promptly took our maps and made our way to the Mirabell palace and gardens.


Mirabell palace







Some location shots of the movie 'Sound of Music' were here in the gardens and others in the city.  There are 'Sound of Music' conducted tours but we explored on our own.


You can see at the far back the Hohensalzburg Fortress,  the dome shaped Salzburg Cathedral and the Mirabell palace on the left.


And this is where the Von Trapp chidren sang 'Do, Re, Mi'!


Residenzplatz in the 'Old town'of Salzburg.  This was where Maria~Julie Andrews splashed water in the fountain, singing 'I have confidence in Me', on her way to the Von Trapp's house after leaving the Nonnberg Abbey.


Salzach River  .... runs through the city centre and the old town of Salzburg.  Has its name from the salt navigation on the river which was done in the 18th century.  We walked across the bridge to the old town to see this .........


Salzburg Cathedral  .... the city's most significant piece of church architecture and its ecclesiastical centre.  





Interior of the cathedral, just awesome!  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was baptised in this cathedral and in his capacity as the court organist and concert master, he composed numerous works of sacred music for Salzburg.


Hohensalzburg Fortress ..... built in 1077 is the city's chief landmark.  Built upon the rock Festungsberg, it is  Europe's largest standing fortress, so imposing that no troops ever took the city by force.


You can choose to walk up to the Fortress which will be a good 30 minute uphill, provided you don't stop and take breaths of fresh air for lung expansion or .....


for a couple of Euros, take this funicular on the left which will transport you 400 feet above the Salzach river and old town to the Fortress overlooking the city.


On the way to Mozart's house we spotted these Mozart chocolates in one of the shops ..... cashing in on the great composer!


Mozart, the celebrated composer was born here on 27th January 1756.  Famous exhibits include his child's violin, his concert violin, his clavichord, harpischord, portraits and letters from the Mozart family.


Ahh  ..... tea time at Demel cafe restaurant, famous for its pastries.  We skipped the one at Vienna as we planned to have it here in Salzburg.


Just look at these ...... took us quite some time to make our decision because all were so yummy!


Rosen Macaron @ 3.80 euro


Raspberry Joghurttort @ 3.50 euro


Sachertorte @ 3.50 euro


Hazelnut chocolate slice @ 3.80 euro


Cheesecake @ 3.50 euro.  Plus cappuccino and some tea the bill came up to 36.10 euro exclusive of tips!

8 comments:

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  1. These are super gorgeous and thanking you for showing us the places where 'the sounds of music' were played. And how could I resist those super yummy desserts! Probably, I'll take one of each. haha....
    Kristy

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  2. I miss Salzburg, it's a really pretty place!

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  3. Good job you did so much walking, just looking at those rich desserts makes me feel heavier lol!

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  4. Love those beautiful pictures and those desserts make me drool..

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  5. Love the gardens...so beautiful. The desserts are just moth-watering...yum

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  6. Kristy
    Cafes are everywhere, lucky thing I walked a lot, otherwise will put on weight!

    pigpigscorner
    Yes it is!

    Jeannie
    So much of walking, luckily it's cool!

    Anncoo
    Don't know why but the cafes are full of locals and tourists, need to wait for tables.

    MaryMoh
    Yes, how I wish I could just sit there and not do anything!

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  7. Beautiful photos and you were lucky with such wonderful weather too.

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  8. Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos and of course the cakes yum yum

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