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    • Day 59

      Tour Day 10 - Lake Bled & Salzburg

      July 18, 2023 in Austria ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

      Special guest appearance- EC for the final day of tour
      Hello! Georgia is being the driving hero of the day for the first day of the road trip, so I’ve gotten the call up for the find penguins post!
      I (Erin) woke up for a quick morning run back up to the castle before breakfast and getting back on the bus for the last day of the tour. We jumped on the bus and the first stop was Lake Bled, which was a stunning lake in Slovenia. Got some photos and had a walk around the lake. We sat down for a coffee and then realised we had to be back at the bus in 20 minutes and it was a 12 minute walk. Safe to say it was the fastest I’ve ever skulled a coffee but luckily no burnt mouth. Made it back to the bus with 5 minutes to spare, so continuing to rebuild our reputation as the non late girls. The next stop was Salzburg, which is sound of music town. Turns out, not a very popular movie in our tour group. Kriszti our tour leader is not a fan because of the historical inaccuracies, but still tried to get everyone hyped by playing the songs. It really felt like I was the only one who enjoyed it. She pointed out a few of the mountains from the movie as we drove which were really pretty. Georgia reported the soundtrack and the town have not made her to want to watch the movie, so no wins on that front. We were a bit late to Salzburg and they are pretty strict on tour busses so we potentially got fined. When we got to Salzburg we went through the gardens which were stunning, and may have been featured in the movie, but it has been a long time since I’ve seen it, so I can’t confirm. We only had an hour, so we went in search of waffles. Instead Geo found some spaghetti ice cream which was exciting. Jumped back on the bus for the last leg of the journey and managed to not get stopped by border security going back into Germany which Kriszti said was unheard of. Made it back to Munich and went for a final dinner with most of the tour, at a little Italian restaurant. Sat with the guys and chatted about highlights, lowlights and weirdlights on the trip, which was a lot of fun. Walter was a lowlight and cucumber boy was the weird light for me personally. Went back to the hotel and had another drink with a smaller group, which was good fun and then were embarrassingly the first to head to bed at about 11, the oldies stayed up for another drink. Overall, an awesome tour with some amazing places and some very interesting characters met along the way. Definitely will miss Kriszti's local knowledge and the bus beers vibes. But looking forward to potentially finding a salad somewhere that isn’t Central Europe.
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    • Day 4–6


      April 23 in Austria ⋅ ☁️ 2 °C

      De afgelopen 2 dagen heb ik in Salzburg doorgebracht. Ik was nog nooit in Oostenrijk geweest dus ik werd al enthousiast van het zien van bergen. Het is een prachtige stad met veel mooie historische gebouwen, musea, parken en hippe winkelstraten. Salzburg word gekenmerkt door klassieke muziek, omdat Mozart hier geboren en opgegroeid is en de meeste scenes uit de Sound of Music hier zijn gefilmd.
      Het is toevallig ook behoorlijk vegan friendly dus dat was fijn! De mensen hier vond ik heel behulpzaam vergeleken met andere grotere steden, mensen hielpen me met kleinste dingen of maakte een praatje.
      Ik sliep deze dagen in een hostel, in een meidenkamer, zo hoopte ik deze reis gesnurk snachts te vermijden. Helaas liet een kamergenootje horen dat ze nét zo hard kan snurken als een oude vent en was de eerste nacht niet best. De tweede nacht sliep ik er met oordoppen grotendeels doorheen. Hoogtepunten van deze dagen waren het bierklooster en het klassiek concert in de kerkzaal van het Mirabel paleis (helaas geen beelden van). De virtuose cellist en pianist brachten een aantal stukken van Mozart te gehore en nog 2 eigen composities. Ik was erg onder indruk. Het was hier verder net als in Munchen ontzettend koud en net nu vandaag de temperatuur omhoog zou gaan, sneeuwt het op het moment ik dit schrijf en is het ijzig koud. (Zoals oma Duijn zou zeggen: 'aprilletje geeft nog wel eens een gilletje'.
      Vanochtend mijn trein gemist want het bussysteem hier is nogal onduidelijk, dus dat word een lange reisdag naar Ljublana!
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    • Day 7


      February 16, 2023 in Austria

      Strahlender Sonnenschein und wir machen einen Zwischenstopp in Salzburg. Marc hat hier mit 18 Jahren ein Jahr gewohnt und im Hotel Sacher gearbeitet.
      Zufällig hat es sich ergeben, dass unsere Freunde Leonie und Marco auch in der Nähe waren. Ein Treffen in Alfeld bzw. Einbeck letzte Woche hat nicht geklappt. Dann halt hier. <3 Herrlich!Read more

    • Day 22

      Salzburg Cathedral

      December 6, 2023 in Austria

      Salzburg Cathedral was much closer to what you expect in a cathedral - a calm and beautiful space. Not much stained glass as it was bombed in the war but painted ceilings and domes instead. Able to visit the crypt where several archbishops are laid to rest.Read more

    • Day 40


      July 18, 2023 in Austria ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

      Städtetour Salzburg. Mit dem Bus in die Altstadt; danach ging es erstmal hoch zur Burg. Die ist riesig und man konnte sich einiges anschauen. Anschließend Bummel durch die Altstadt und Besuch des Museums „Haus der Natur“, das für Kinder wirklich toll ist. Nach einem wenig überzeugenden Döner zum Abschluss sind wir nun zurück auf dem Campingplatz und bereit für die letzte Etappe ab morgen.Read more

    • Day 19

      Salzburg (Old Town walk)

      October 14, 2023 in Austria ⋅ ☁️ 64 °F

      Includes Salzburg's baroque cathedral (with its GORGEOUS stucco work, and an original medieval font which is the one Mozart was baptized from), famous cemetery (a set was based off it for Sound of Music) and old cliffside monks' dwellings and chapel overlooking it (plus view!), St. Peter's church (Salzburg's oldest, over 1000 years old), and a contender for Europe's oldest restaurant (Charlemagne ate there in 803). Also shots of old market squares and shopping lanes that have been in use for centuries.Read more

    • Day 33

      Salzburg Day 2 Walking Tour

      October 13, 2023 in Austria ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      We joined a free walking tour of Salzburg and the highlights were to learn that not only was Mozart born here but so was Christian Doppler, Herbert Von Karajan and the Sacher Torte.

      At the time of Mozart's birth Salzburg was independent, so Mozart was neither German nor Austrian. As much as Mozart was a genius, apparently his sister Anna nicknamed Nanni was also one but females weren't given the recognition at the time so not much of her compositions are known or published.

      Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich had the Mirabel Palace built for his mistress Salome Alt who had 15 children with him. Mirabel Palace and the gardens were made famous by The Sound of Music because some of the scenes from the movie was filmed there.

      The Sound of Music anecdotally draws more people to Salzburg than Mozart.

      The DomQuartier was the work of Prince Archbishop Guidobald von Thun's palace connected to the Salzburg Cathedral built on the funds from salt trade. It houses lots of art, bejewelled chalice, monstrance and staff and jewellery. The rooms are baroque decorated with the life of Alexander the Great depicted in the frescoes to impress his visitors.

      Distance walked 9.9km
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    • Day 4

      Salzburg, Austria

      September 25, 2023 in Austria ⋅ ☀️ 45 °F

      Bus trip from Passau, Germany to Salsburg, Austria. All-day outing. 2 hour trip inland and crossed border into Austria. Scenes where Sound of music was filmed. Fountain for Do Re Mi song. The avenue where children were in the tree. The last couple of photos are where Raoul found Maria and family hiding in the cementary.Read more

    • Day 5

      Salzburg Innenstadt

      August 29, 2023 in Austria ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

      Alles sehr zentral gelegen. Und die Salzburgcard war ihr Geld wert.
      Sind vom WoMo Stellplatz mit der Linie 21 direkt ins Zentrum gefahren.
      Mit der Festungsbahn sind wir zur Festung Hohensalzburg gefahren und die tolle Aussicht von oben genossen.
      Das Geburtshaus von Mozart haben wir natürlich auch besichtigt.
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    • Day 10


      July 24, 2023 in Austria ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

      Wir hatten heute eine Stadtführung in Salzburg. Die ging etwas über 2 Stunden und war sehr interessant. Leider aber auch etwas anstrengend, sowohl für die Füße als auch für den Kopf. Nach einem Besuch in der ältesten Bäckerei und in der ältesten Buchhandlung (ich hab auch nur ein Lesezeichen gekauft!) ging es für ein wenig Ruhe wieder ins Priesterseminar. Am Abend waren wir noch im Marionettentheater für die Zauberflöte. Das war richtig toll. Da das die kurze Kinderversion war, konnte die Musik leider nicht die volle Wirkung entfalten.Read more

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