Salzburg and The Sound of Music

This was our third time staying at Haus Gassner. We like the location a couple of miles from Salzburg Old Town and the convenient parking.  Old Town is pedestrian only except for horse and carriage. . . .and bicycles.

Because we have been faithful visitors,  Frau Gassner gave us a suite for the price of a regular room.

We were on the first floor with a doorwall that opened to a patio. We enjoyed this living room area after spending the day in town

And in the evening, we slept in these typical German feather beds.  Twin beds are common in Europe and it’s rare to find a full or queen size bed unless you stay in an American hotel.

Salsburg is known for music and we were there during the music festival. No matter what time of year, you will find people entertain on the streets with their music cases sitting open hoping for donations.  The musicians are chorale groups are excellent so it is always a pleasure to hear them.

Our first day we decided to take a carriage ride tour.  Bob and I had been to Salzburg many times, but it was the first time for my sister and her husband so they enjoyed seeing the old town and getting a feel for what they wanted to go back and see.

One of the major areas to visit in the Mirabellplatz.  These gorgeous gardens set in formal style spread over a large area.  In the distance on the hill you can see the Salzburg Fortress which houses concerts and other events.  We attended a concert there one year, and I want to tell you we had many stairs to climb.

This is a closer view of the fortress and some of the buildings in the Old Town.

A zielbahn travels up the side of the mountain to take you to a restaurant and the base of the fortress.  As you can see it has many floors and the concert we attended was near the top.

On the way back from the Mirabell gardens, we had to cross the bridge that spans the Salzach River back into Old Town. This padlock fence is known as the Locks of Love.  Lovers included their initials or names and attach the lock as a symbol of their eternal love for each other.

Another must see in the Nunnberg Abbey which is connected with Maria von Trapp when she joined the nunnery to became a nun. The nunnery, considered the oldest in the world, was founded between 1713 and 1715. This is the real setting and many of the sites in Salzburg were scene in the movie, The Sound of Music, including the Mirabell Gardens, the stairway to the abbey from the town below and much more.

Inside the abbey, which is quite dark, you can see the abbey worship space.

One cannot visit Salzburg without purchasing some of the famous Mozart chocolate candy called Mozart Kugel.
We came home with boxes of the rich chocolate balls filled with pisatchio marzipan that’s made from hazelnut nougat.
Our last day in Salzburg we were thrilled to see a rainbow.

While in the area, we visited Birchesgarten which will be in the next photos

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