You can’t go to a place without doing at least ONE cheesy touristy thing. In Salzburg, it was checking out some of the filming locations of the movie “Sound of Music”. One of the most interesting facts about the movie is that Austrians don’t really know much about it. It brings back too many bad memories of the Nazi era. I have to be honest, it wasn’t the highlight of the trip for us.
|In front of the Leopoldskroner Weiher. This was in the scene when the children fall into the water. The castle in the background should look familiar too:)|
We’ve also made a few side trips during our time in Salzburg. Hallstatt is such a gorgeous town with lots of history. It’s so popular that China replicated the town in the Guangdong province.
|Gorgeous even on a rainy day.|
|Ghostly image my camera captured (I think a raindrop was on the lens)|
On our last full day, we ventured into Germany, specifically Bavaria. I first fell in love with the Black Forest when we took a trip to Germany five years ago. The beautiful scenery and towns are so captivating, almost like being transformed into a fairy tale. After all, the famous Neuschwanstein Castle and Passion Play town Oberammergau are located there.
Hubs and I are both fascinated with many parts of WWII, so it was fitting that we went to the Eagles Nest and the Berghof, where Hitler resided. The ‘Berghof” is now a museum that dates back to the 1930’s, even before the war started. It’s one of the most comprehensive museums that we’ve been to in a long time and agreed that more time is needed for when we head back to finish it! Somewhere on the order of 2-3 hours.
To sum it up, Salzburg has a lot to offer and a must when in Austria. The train ride from Vienna is only about two and half hours. So for those who would be interested in coming to visit, plan on tacking on a few more days to your itinerary.
|Mozart rubber duckies|