The next leg of my incredible Europe tour was Salzburg and what an incredibly picturesque area this is. In the mountains with absolutely beautiful scenery everywhere.
Also it is the home of the musical “The Sound of Music” and I was even lucky enough to stay in undoubtedly the best hotel during this entire trip, the Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron where scenes from the film were shot. Breakfast was served in the actual palace! What a treat, and again only something that could be achieved by Trafalgar tours, yet another ‘insider experience’.
The views from the magnificent hotel were, well, magnificent!
We also went to the city which was a really awesome city. We visited the house where Mozart was born. I was also a bit shopped out by this point so I found an out-of-the- way street café and sat doing some people watching for a couple of hours. It was incredibly relaxing and I really felt like I was mingling with the locals.
The food stalls in the city were also quite incredible. If you thought the pretzels in Germany were something you haven’t seen the one’s in Salzburg. They even have one’s covered in chocolate!
I mentioned we had breakfast in the opulent palace. I literally almost forgot to eat I was so awestruck by the opulence!
We also took a day trip into Germany from Salzburg to visit Hitler’s Eagles Nest, while I cannot fathom why someone didn’t think to throw him off it, it was certainly breathtakingly beautiful.
The man himself was terrified of heights and actually only visited a few times even though it was a gift to him for his 50th Birthday. Construction was completed in a record 13 months, I can only imagine how badly the workers were treated to work this quickly even in the dead of winter. It was completed in 1938.
You get to the top with specially adapted buses that travel along breathtaking scenery on a long and winding one track road, go through an underground tunnel in the mountain and then get in a lift which travels 124 meters directly up into the mountain. Quite a journey but the views are certainly worth it!
So that was my time in Salzburg and I loved it. Probably the most picturesque city on this tour, in the mountains with incredible scenery.
I say goodbye this week with my customary travel quote.
“I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way” – Carl Sagan
Cheers, till next time.