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  • Day62

    Salzburg

    August 7, 2017 in Austria

    Salzburg is also famous for being the birthplace of Mozart and the setting for The Sound of Music play and film. We went to a couple of the film locations - the lake; the palace; church (at Mondsee); and the gazebo which has been relocated to the Hellbrunn Palace Park where the Hellbrunn Wasserspiel (the Trick Fountain) is also located. It was fun to remember the movie by visiting where it was made....and there may have been a little singing to accompany the viewings!Read more

  • Day61

    Salzburg

    August 6, 2017 in Austria

    Our journey to Salzburg was via a national park or state forest which was the route chosen by our GPS! Although not planned we enjoyed the scenery, particularly Walchensee or Lake Walchen which is one of the deepest and largest alpine lakes in Germany.
    Salzburg's "Old Town" is internationally renowned for its baroque architecture and is one of the best-preserved city centers north of the Alps. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Everywhere you turned there was an amazing building to photograph.Read more

  • Day51

    'Climbed Every Mountain' again!

    August 7, 2017 in Austria

    Love Salzburg! 3rd time I've been to Salzburg but this time in summer. Took the cable car up the Untersburg then hiked to the top! Views down onto Salzburg beautiful. We also visited lots of 'Sound of Music' highlights. Surprised how many Austrian people here wear the traditional outfits just around town- leidehausen leather shorts and Drindl dresses. Late afternoon took the funicular up to the Palace.Read more

  • Day160

    Altenmarkt im Pongau continued

    December 3, 2016 in Austria

    The farmhouse stopover was at the foot of a wooded hillside and the tall hills around us meant that the sun only rose for a few hours. Consequently the temperature rarely rose above 0°C and with it dropping as low as 8°C, layers of frost built up on top of each other day after day, creating a beautiful coating on the scene around us.

    We enjoyed two walks over the three days we stayed in Altenmarkt in Pongau. The first skirted the foot of the pine clad hillside, past inumerable Christmas trees and a frozen stream before cutting accross the flat valley floor along a nordic skiing track. For the second we climbed the hill, which awarded views accross the flat valley floor to the snowy peaks around it. We walked along a ridge from where we could see snow makers covering the slopes. The thick frost persisted in many areas and when the sun broke through and silhouetted the tall tree trunks, it highlighted the frost crystals so they shone, jewel-like in the beam of light. At times we both felt overcome by the beauty of it all.

    At night the sky view was clear and vast. The low level of artificial light and no moon, meant the stars shone clear and bright. When Vicky was taking Poppy out at about 5am on the last night, she felt a tickle on her face. Looking over at a beam cast by a streetlight, she saw thousands of tiny crystals glinting like diamonds as they fell slowly downwards. Together with the starry sky it was quite an incredible sight!
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  • Day164

    Salzburg Christkindlmarkt

    December 7, 2016 in Austria

    Salzburg's Christkindlmarkt had come highly recommended so we took the bus 5km and back over the Austrian border to Salzburg city centre, a little while before sunset.

    Instead of going straight to the market we crossed the love-lock and light swathed bridge to explore the streets on the opposite bank. Looking back over the river we saw a panorama of large pastel coloured buildings almost hiding the palaces and cathedral whose turrets, domes and spires peaked about their rooves before the city rose with the landscape, up a misty cliff on top of which there were more grand residences.

    Walking towards the market we passed a line of horse drawn carriages, ready with warm rugs and sheepskins. The window display of a shop called 'Christmas in Salzburg' caught our eye. It was a reasonably large shop that brimmed with handpainted glass and egg baubles. There was every style imaginable and many were adorned with jewels, pearls, lace and even cross stitch. The standard of painting was amazing, each one a mini masterpiece! It was only knowing how easily delicate things are broken in the van that saved us from splashing out and coming away loaded with egg boxes!

    The market itself was spread between two adjacent squares; those of the Cathedral and the Palace. The luxurious buildings provided a dramatic backdrop to the festivities. Stalls were larger and greater in their number than at other markets we'd visited. There was plenty of space but with all the focus being on one area, as the evening progressed and tour and school groups descended, it began to feel crowded as we were jostled from either side. A great range of languages were spoken and including the first native English speakers we'd heard for a while. There was a commercial feel, with many stalls selling the same things and it reminded us a little of the big German market in Birmingham. Our Salzburg experience ended with live Austrian carols sung by a school choir outside the Cathedral.

    The bus back was 15 cold minutes late but at least this time we had confidence that we were at the right stop and that it was coming! We had a little panic when approaching the German border because we'd left our passports in the van and unlike on the way out, there were officials on duty and checks taking place. Luckily they waved the bus through, just doing a rough count of how many people were on board.
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  • Day159

    Altenmarkt im Pongau

    December 2, 2016 in Austria

    Will had wanted to visit Altenmarkt im Pongau ever since he saw its name. After driving through numerous ski villages with strips of snow winding down the mountains we arrived at the large farmyard just out of the village. There was a little confusion parking up as Vicky had asked Will to park facing the hill. Considering our position in a valley encircled by hills it probably wasn't the clearest request, but on the third go, Will managed to get the van facing the hill Vicky had meant.

    The stopover was €12 a night but it had electricity and as we'd decided to buy a little electric heater to combat the sub zero temperatures, we plugged in and got it running. We still had the van's gas heating on low to try and make sure the water tanks didn't freeze, expand and split!

    The farmyard itself was wonderfully quiet, it had a hedge of Christmas trees and a 500 year old dark wood farmhouse that could be rented out. A tree trunk trough held water fresh from the mountain that poured in through a hose within an upright trunk that had an icicle hanging from its lip. We filled several jugfulls to drink during our stay. Red and white wine produced on the farm was on sale so we bought a bottle of each as well as 12 huge white eggs.

    The Altenmarkt Advent market opened on our second night so we took the shortcut through the fields to check it out. Like previous towns, the decorations were traditional and classy and the stalls sold beautiful handmade items with a focus on wood. Small Christmas trees were placed along the street and sheepskins slung over upright tree trunks so people could sit around the fire pits with their Glühwein. A traditionally dressed duo stood on a festive stage and played traditional tunes on their trombones. The atmosphere was joyful as children clambered up onto a wooden sheepskin covered sleigh to have their photos taken.
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  • Day23

    Salzburg, Austria

    September 25, 2016 in Austria

    It turns out we needed more recovery time than expected after Oktoberfest, as we started battling a cold in Mozart's hometown - Salzburg. We found out the hard way that no pharmacies or grocery stores are open on a Sunday so we had to fight through our colds by taking it easy, but we still managed to enjoy our limited time in this beautiful city. The scenery is unique, nestled in the Alps with a river running through it, buildings carved into the cliffs, a castle overhead and an old wall surrounding the town. They also had a lively atmosphere in the town due to their own Oktoberfest celebration; their culture seemed similar to the Bavarian culture we experienced in Munich, but a smaller town feel.Read more

  • Day117

    Mitterhofen layby

    October 21, 2016 in Austria

    The everyday sights here in Austria are still leaving us in awe. Travelling east along the valley floor we continued to weave between the mountains, the road heading directly towards their massive forms, only to veer off to one side to avoid the climb. The rivers running alongside are so clear you can see the stones on the bottom, even at relatively deep sections.

    In France we had often seen people playing boules on public pitches, today we saw the Austrian equivalent - a community curling match!

    We'd heard there was a beautiful church at Am Maria and so took a bit of a detour to see it. Like many churches in this region, the spire was incredibly tall and narrow. Getting up close we saw that instead of stone slates, the overlapping tiles were made of wood, like many of the beautiful buildings.

    Looking more closely at the prestidential election posters and trying to translate their messages, we saw one saying no to 'oxit'. After a little while we realised it was the Austrian equivalent of Brexit. We imagine this politician will now have a stronger argument for staying in the EU with the value of Britain's pound having plummeted since the referendum, something we are feeling very directly.

    There wasn't an economically priced stopover on our route so we were keeping our eyes open for a suitable place to park overnight. We spotted a layby but continued to see if there was anything better. After a while we ended up returning to it. Unfortunately it was through a 5.1km tunnel that had built up a hazy smog. The layby was close to a busy road so it was quite noisy. We'd seen few places with public toilets and so the public used this layby as a toilet, with several people pulling up and unzipping while we were there. The view however made up for these disadvantages. We were in sight of what Vicky called a Toblerone mountain range with a good covering of snow on the peaks. The adjacent field had a small herd of brown and white cattle and two ponies. Their antics amused us and drew our attention away from the road noise. Young bullocks cavorted, kicking up their heals and one was repeatedly startled by a flock of starlings as they landed close to him. The ponies were equally playful with the Haflinger chasing the starlings whenever it saw them land and encouraging the Shetland to chase it in turn.
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  • Day118

    Mittersill layby

    October 22, 2016 in Austria

    Today was the day we'd planned to do another High Alpine Pass. As we drew closer to tall mountains gleaming bright white in the sun mountains our excitement rose. We had specifically got all year round mud and snow tyres with the van so we would be allowed to travel in countries like Austria where they were mandatory in winter. We were therefore understandably deflated when we got to the toll booth and were told we needed specialist winter tyres. The toll booth employee had been on the phone and seemed quite stressed. We think there may have been fresh snow fall and that he didn't feel very comfortable letting people through. Never mind, we are glad we tried and are glad that we were turned back before we encoubtered any danger we weren't equipped for.

    After recalculating our route, we drove on. Soon we passed an incident that police and fire services were attending. Two cars were off the road, one had rolled 360°. We've found that drivers take more risks overtaking here than in Germany and are quicker to use their horns. The deaths caused by road accidents are higher per head of population in Austria than back home. We hope nobody was injured too seriously.

    We'd planned to stay at a campsite but stopped for lunch at a layby we liked so much we stayed. The road was a lot quieter than last night's stop and there was a clear river running alongside down a steep bank. The trees around were radiantly yellow in the sunshine and their leaves fell frequently, providing a strong autumn aroma as we stepped outside.

    At about 3:45pm the sun went down behind the mountain and we set off for a walk up the hill. We spied the sun over the mountain as we climbed but it soon escaped our less than brisk pace.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Salzburg, SalzburgerLand, Salisburghese, Salzbourg, Salzburgu, Зальцбург

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