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Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg was one of those places on our itinerary that I wasn’t initially thrilled over, but it ended up being one of the most amazing places we visited on our 10-day tour.  We took a bus from Vienna, which took just under 3 hours, and we passed the time watching “The Sound of Music”, as it was filmed in Salzburg.

We arrived in Salzburg in the early afternoon. As I was touring with my Senior Concert Band, we were supposed to give an afternoon performance in Mirabell Gardens, but it was pouring rain, so we got to do some shopping and exploring of the city instead.  We were definitely okay with that!

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Ben didn’t like my floral umbrella.
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Eating a Schnitzel Sandwich (I had to) on the Rainy streets of Salzburg
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A Wet Day in Salzburg
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Group Shot
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Part of where “The Sound of Music” was Filmed

On the second day of our tour, we were taken to a place called Hohensalzburg Fortress, the largest preserved medieval fortress in central Europe.  We all piled into a tiny little tram that took us to the top of the hill where the Fortress was perched.  We were each given a tiny little cell-phone-style radio, which played the entire tour in English as we wandered through the castle.

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Hohensalzburg Fortress from Ground Level
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The Tram rail up to Hohensalzburg Fortress
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Inside the Tram on our way up
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The View Down from the Top of Hohensalzburg Fortress
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Hohensalzburg Fortress
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Touring the Torture Chamber inside of Hohensalzburg Fortress
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On the Main Deck of the Fortress
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Exploring the Exterior of Hohensalzburg Fortress
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Enjoying the Panoramic City Views from the Fortress

After our tour of the Fortress, we were taken to Mozart’s Birthplace.  This was really cool to see.  I never went inside (simply because I wanted to shop, curse me) but it was amazing to stand where Mozart once stood.

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Mozart’s Birthplace
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Inside one of the Cathedrals where Mozart composed many of his works

We departed our Hostel in Salzburg early the next morning, and crossed the Austrian-German border into a tiny little town called Berchtesgaden where we took a fascinating tour of the Salt Mines.  We dressed in Miner’s uniforms, took a Tram that descended deep underground, and got to see what a real Salt Mine is like.

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Dressed for Mining
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Crammed into yet another Tram Descending into the Salt Mines
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Salt Tasting
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Sliding down one of the Wooden Slides deeper into the Mine
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A Group Shot…this was only 1/3 of the people on this trip. We were laughing because the Conductor told us, “Okay, everybody smile and say SEX!”

Salzburg was such a delightful and unexpected surprise.  I feel like I could probably live there, given the chance.  It was such a beautiful and easy city to navigate and explore.

Ashley Dempster is a twenty-something Canadian Travel and Adventure blogger based in Calgary, Canada. Her passions include good food, minimalist packing, running, music, and chasing down every opportunity for adventure.

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