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.
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.
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!