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Destination Spotlight: Salzburg Austria Photo Blog

By Jennifer Tanner 09/30/2015
 
During our European road trip last summer, we spent a day in beautiful Salzburg, Austria. This charming city, known for it’s Sound of Music ties and the birthplace of Mozart definitely did not disappoint and we fell in love very quickly!
 



We started our day with a drive into the city, taking in the views of the gorgeous green rolling hills and majestic mountains. We took a walk through the city’s old town where we saw many beautiful sites including Getreidegasse, Salzburg’s colorful and busy shopping street.

Next, we planned to visit the Hohensalzburg Fortress. Located on top of a mountain overlooking the city, this 1077 castle offers breathtaking views of Salzburg and the Alps.

 



After quite a hike up, up, up to the pathway about half way that circled around the fortress, we paused and took in the views of the city.
 





Then, we hopped on the tram to ride the rest of the way up to the very top. The fortress is now a museum where inside we witnessed rooms filled with history – displays of medieval weapons, torture instruments and what life was like on the fortress. We were able to see the fortress up close, learn how it was built, and even see some original walls. It was fascinating!
 




Our next stop was the salt mines. The name Salzburg literally means “Salt Fortress” named after the barges carrying salt on the Salzach river. We arrived just in time to suit up in our traditional miner’s jumpsuits. We boarded the train that took us on a tour of the 450-year-old salt mines deep inside the mountain. During the tour we heard historic as well as legendary tales of the fascinating underground world and learned some amazing facts about salt!
 




Our salt mine adventure included an underground train trip, big wooden slides, lots of walking and even a raft sailing on an underground lake! Using the same slides as hundreds of miners before, we slid down into the darkness several times, descending to the cold, magical world beneath the surface of the earth. We were amazed and educated by this underground world, and had so much fun!

Our day was almost over, but could not be complete without seeing a site from the film The Sound of Music. We traveled to Leopoldskron Palace. This is the house where the Von Trapp family lived in the film, and as a super fan of the movie and Julie Andrews, it was an incredible thing to see in person! The mansion is beautifully situated on a lake with the most incredible view of the mountains.

As a tourist, you are only able to admire it from the opposite side of the lake because it is privately owned and not open to the public. We spent a lovely evening walking the lake path and admiring our gorgeous Austrian surroundings! It was a wonderful way to end our day.

 



You could spend days exploring this city. Salzburg offers many other incredible things to see including the Mirabell Palace and Gardens, Salzburg Cathedral, the Franciscan Church, St. Peter’s Monastery Church and Cemetery, Mozart’s Birthplace and much more!

Our day in Salzburg is one we will never forget!

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Jennifer Tanner