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!
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.
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.
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.
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.