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    • Day 9

      Salzburg

      May 13 in Austria ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

      Arrived in time for pub meal then next morning the tour started...awesome place...clean and fresh air...the sound of music tour was kinda interesting...but I enjoyed my walk up to and around the castle...I took a wrong turn to meet at motzart statue and then went way off and then got told directions to his house in wrong area...and I'm stressed as running for 20 min to meet tour group to leave for Munich...I ended up 6 min late... woops... probably 10 min early if didn't get lost...better not miss the cruise ship coming up!Read more

    • Day 8

      Wasser- und Theaterspiele

      September 28, 2022 in Austria ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      Nachdem der vorige Abend etwas länger ging, brauchten wir am Mittwoch morgen etwas länger. Irgendwann waren wir dann aber doch bereit bei dem Regenwetter nach draußen zu stapfen. Circa 30 Minuten fuhren wir mit dem Bus nach Schloss Hellbrunn. In der ehemaligen Sommerresidenz eines Fürsterzbischofs wartete auf uns neben einem Schaumuseum vor allem ein Park mit Wasserspielen aus dem 17. Jhd. Dort würden uns in einem wunderschönen Garten und zusammen mit Statuen aus der griechischen Mythologie Wasserfontänen jeglicher Art präsentiert. Im Stile des Manierismus wurden Fontänen, mehrer Puppentheater, und sogar ein ausgeklügeltes Pfeifensystem, welches Vogelzwitschern imitieren konnte betrieben😱. Damals alles noch mit Holzrohren versehen, dienten die Spielereien hauptsächlich der Machtdemonstration. Wir waren sehr begeistert von der Feinheit der damaligen Technik und fragten eine der Mitarbeiterinnen so lange aus bis wir unsere ursprüngliche Gruppe verloren hatten🤷‍♀️ Nachdem wir ordentlich ge-audioguid-et wurden liefen wir noch ein bisschen durch den weitläufigeren Teil des Parks. Dort befand sich ein in den Hügel gehauen Steintheater bei dem scheinbar gerade eine Folge Bergdoktor/ Tatort oder ähnliches gedreht wurde. Zurück in Salzburg entschieden wir uns für ein Nachmittagspäuschen im Hostel.
      Abends waren wir erneut mit Linda verabredet im ARGE-Theater, bei dem ihr Mitbewohner mitspielte. Es war ein modernes "Mit-Mach-Stück" bei dem Schauspiel, digitale Animationen, verschiedene Instrumente und unsere Spiele einen satirischen Verschnitt einer Fernsehspielshow imitierten. Wir hatten auf jeden Fall Spaß und ließen den Abend noch entspannt zu dritt in der anliegenden Bar ausklingen😃
      Es war ein wunderschöner aber auch anstrengender Urlaub. Vor allem die Stille und Kraft der Bergpanoramen unserer Trekking-Tour werde ich vermissen. Vielleicht kehren wir ja nochmal zurück für den Rest des Salzalpensteigs. Dann aber vielleicht lieber im Sommer🤔 Jetzt sitzen wir im Zug zurück und freuen uns auf noch ein paar entspannte Tage in Rostock.
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    • Day 63

      Salzburg

      November 30, 2023 in Austria ⋅ 🌧 2 °C

      Music of Salzburg:
      Started the day on a sound of music tour where I visited many of the locations they used to film in Salzburg. They looked just like the movie, just covered in a layer of snow. I also got to try a traditional (yet nut-free!) Apple strudel which was soooo good. In the afternoon I visited Mozart's birthplace and museum and got to see his childhood violin and some original handwritten scores.

      Fun fact of the day: Mozart spent more than a third of his life in transit, travelling between cities he was performing or working in
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    • Day 17

      Schlosspark Hellbrunn 2

      September 21, 2022 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

      Tour inside the Palace.

      The Palace was built by Markus Sittikus Von Hohenems, Prince Archbishop of Salzburg, as just a daytime castle for entertaining his guests. Built in the ‘mannerism’ style between 1612 and 1615, the architect, Santino Solari, was also commissioned by Sittikus to create the plans for Salzburg Cathedral. Unfortunately Sittikus died before it’s completion though his body was later moved there from the Franciscan church in Salzburg.

      Because it was a summer residence for daytime entertainment there are no bedrooms in the Palace. The ornate rooms include Ceremonial Hall, Octogon Music room, Chinese room and other rooms devoted to Sittikus’s love of hydraulics, fountains and rare and mythical animals. Each room also detailed Sittikus’s own life and death.

      Interesting stories and accounts of what life was like in the Salzburg area in the 17th century as well as the politics of the time.
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    • Day 16

      Cooler clim's

      July 23, 2022 in Austria ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      Arrived in Austria 🇦🇹 The day was hot but the temperature on the train was lovely and cool. Italy mingled with Austria through the border and soon there was a corridor of steep alps on either side.
      The train at one point travelled in a downwardhill direction making it feel like a rollercoaster I couldn't take photos as I felt motion sickness, but it was a bizarre experience. As the train went down and around the view out of the window was filled with other hills and trees like we were in the film Inception. Felt lucky to be able to be doing this!
      Hostel Wolfgang is pristine and fresh and we have our own room! TV and ensuite bathroom.
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    • Day 17

      Schlosspark Hellbrunn 3

      September 21, 2022 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      The Schloss is famous for its water games and trick fountains in the park. These were conceived by Markus Sittikus as a series of practical jokes to be performed on guests. Features include hidden fountains that surprise and spray guests while they partake in the tour (only got slightly wet)! Other features are a mechanical, water-operated and music playing theatre and a grotto with a crown being pushed up and down (plus sprays of water on exit!). 21 different stations with audio guide explanation about the origin and ‘mischief’ of each attraction.Read more

    • Day 17

      Schlosspark Hellbrunn 1

      September 21, 2022 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

      After a couple of days of showery weather, today was due to be sunshine all day so we caught a bus out of Salzburg to Hellbrunn Palace and Park.

      Interesting park to walk around with lake, water fountains, a variety of plants and several fountains and statues, etc. Also includes the original bandstand from a scene in The Sound Of Music!Read more

    • Day 23

      The Archbishop's Trick Fountains

      July 14, 2017 in Austria ⋅ 🌧 61 °F

      The prince-archbishop after Wolf Dietrich built Schloss Hellbrun, a country estate outside of Salzburg with a very unique garden. He liked to play tricks on his guests with hidden water jets disguised as innocent statuary or walkways.

      At an outdoor dining table, if his guests got too rowdy or the prince got bored, they got a wet surprise. And since protocol dictated that they couldn't leave until he stood up, he could have his fun.

      Many of the sculptures were hydraulically operated, creating intricate moving figures and even sounds. One replicated 25 different actual bird sounds using bellows and musicbox-like rollers and tines. The moving parts represented very advanced technology for this time.

      Yes, we got wet--the tour guide seemed to enjoy playing tricks too!
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    • Day 42

      Trick Fountains

      October 7, 2017 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

      Heading back into Salzburg from the snow adventure, we stopped at Hellbrunn Palace to visit the Trick Fountains. The summer residence for the archbishop/prince of Salzburg, Markus Sittikus, he created a garden full of water features to take guests by surprise.

      It started raining as we walked through the gardens, and it was already cold... but that didn't stop the tour guide turning on the hidden water features to wet us even more. Everything was powered by water, and still works today, which is a pretty amazing feat.

      Late addition: I found out that part of the Sound of Music was filmed in these gardens!
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    • Day 1

      Das Schloss Hellbrunn

      August 29, 2020 in Austria ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      Das Highlight hier ist selbstverständlich das Schloss Hellbrunn selbst. Zwar befindet sich an dem Schlossgarten auch der Zoo von Salzburg, dieses Highlight mussten wir aber dieses mal weg lassen. Deswegen ging’s jetzt zum Schloss. Dieses wurde im frühen 17. Jahrhundert angelegt und ist ein Lustschloss. Direkt daneben gibt es ein sehr bekanntes Wasserspiel. Die Gesamtanlage samt Gartenbaudenkmalen steht unter Denkmalschutz. Ins Innere des Schlosses sind wir nicht, auch nicht zu den Wasserspielen. Den Eintritt wollten wir uns sparen, haben uns dafür direkt hier unseren Magneten gekauft. Spannend fanden wir trotzdem die Wasserspiele. Diese sind die weltweit besterhaltenen Wasserspiele der Zeit der späten Renaissance mit zahlreichen Wasserscherzen und verschiedenen beweglichen Figuren sowie zahlreichen skulpturengeschmückten Grotten. Auch diese wurden um 1613 von erbaut.Read more

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