Salzburg, Austria

After a relaxing two hour fast train ride, we arrived in Salzburg just around dusk.  A sweet little city, Salzburg was put on the map for many westerners after it was made famous in “The Sound of Music” movie, but thankfully, there is SO much more to this gem of a Austria town than the biggest tourist trap.  We avoided anything related to The Sound of Music tours and opted to roam around the Alstadt (old town center) instead.  After settling into our charming little B&B near the river, we bundled up and headed out over the bridge to where the Christkindlmarkets were just lighting up.

Salzach River, Salzburg

All the sights, sounds and smells lured us into the magic of a quinessential Bavarian style Christmas with all the trimmings.  The outdoor market booths were almost identical in their presentation of red and green but sold a wide variety of goods from wood art, to candles, to toys, to food and drink, to everything Christmas!

Among many favorite memories was when the cathedral bells of Salzburger Dom began to chime.  My mom visited Salzburg back in the 1950’s with my Dad and baby me in tow.  She always reminisced about the sound of those bells and there is indeed something sitrring about them.  So much so, that the next day we were drawn back to the cathedral to experience Sunday mass where the choir sang pieces from Mozart and Bach.  The acoustics and surroundings were beautiful!

Another wonderful memory was the night we rode the funicular up to the hilltop castle, the Festung Hohensalzburg, for a Mozart concert.

Hohensalzburg Castle

The preconcert “gluhwein”, 2nd row seats in a small venue room of the castle and music provided by a string ensemble and Austrian folk musicians all combined to make it a truly memorable experience.

String ensemble and alpine horn concert

And just when we thought it couldn’t get better, we stepped outside to softly falling snow.

Hohensalzburg Castle on a snowy night

Visits to Mozart’s Living place and Museum, Mirabell Palace and Gardens and cozy cafes and shops topped off our days in Salzburg.

Next stop….Croatia!

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About Melanie A Crane

Quote: "The best journeys ask questions that in the beginning you never thought to ask." (Anon) Here's my journey: Enjoying my short life on this earth one moment at a time by being intentional with God, family, traveling, cooking, gardening, Colorado living and all the perks that come with it, playing guitar, listening more and talking less. I've discovered that both cooking and travel can be messy at times but the risks can have some amazing results. The same goes for life lived with passion.
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