Salzburg

After writing a couple posts about my travels throughout Europe, I started looking closer at some of the photos I took on those trips and realized there were quite a few decent shots. I’ve started another small project to highlight some of those photos and discuss the location to provide a glimpse of our travelling adventures. You can access all the posts in this project through the “Europe Revisited” link on the right.

© 2012 Kevin Collins

If you’ve never been to Salzburg, Austria, I highly recommend that you drop what your doing right this second, pack your bags and head to the airport. I’ve been there on two separate backpacking trips, and I can’t get enough of this town… well, the old part of town anyways.

Salzburgs old town centre is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been called one of the best north of the alps. While not overly large, with a population of about 130,000, Salzburg straddles the Salzach River only 5km from the German border and is home to a variety of things to see and do. Overlooking the town is the impressive Hohensalzburg Castle which dates back to 1077AD and is one of Europes largest. Back in 1999 when I was here, I hiked up to the fortress, but nearly 10 years later, we were lazy and opted to take the funicular.

© 2012 Kevin Collins

Initially we thought the Sound of Music tour would be tacky, but it turned out to be a highlight of Salzburg. We basically drove around the back roads through the Lake District in a minivan and saw some spectacular scenery and picturesque villages. We spent a lot of time simply wandering about town finding hidden treasures around every corner. We attended a violin concert at the Mirabell Palace, drank beer at the Augustiner Brewery, ate gigantic pretzels in a street market, sampled local schnapps in a mom and pop distillery, and ate wild game at a fancy local restaurant. We slept in a creepy old church, but hey… it was cheap and in the centre of the old town. I fell in love with Salzburg back in 1999 and it was good to see her again. Can’t wait to see what she has in store for our next visit there!

© 2012 Kevin Collins

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