Letzter Pistentag. Nochmal Powder (davon hatten wir mehr als genug), Brotzeit und einen Absacker in unserer Stamm Schirmbar 🏔️🌨️🏂🍻🙈😎
Really neat miniatures of opera sets at Mozart’s Birthplace Museum. Besides Mozart’s first violin, this was the coolest exhibit (I was disappointed that all the sheet music on display were facsimiles).
I didn’t realize that Mozart only lived to the age 35. He moved to Vienna at the age of 25 because he hated Salzburg and wanted a better music scene. Mozart was actually really well know in his time, and lived a very lavish lifestyle. He was bad with money, though, and often had a lot of debt.Read more
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!Read more
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.Read more
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
You might also know this place by the following names:
Salzburg, SalzburgerLand, Salisburghese, Salzbourg, Salzburgu, Зальцбург