08/23/2012 – Rothenburg to Salzburg
Woke at 7am. Looking out our window, I can see that it is sunny. According to the internet, it is also cooler. Too bad, we leave Rothenburg for Salzburg today — it is supposed to be in the 90s there. I guess I will not need a sweater.
We pack our bags, have our breakfast, and check out of the hotel. We walk to the train station and arrive 10 minutes before our 9:05am train is to leave. We didn’t use our EuroRail pass for this trip so we are traveling second class today for all four legs of our trip. The schedule will be tight! If all goes well we will be in Salzburg by 2:45pm.
On our first leg of our trip to Salzburg, the train is not full. These trains do not have a lot of luggage space so some luggage sits in a seat like an actual person.
On our second leg of our trip to Salzburg, the lack of luggage space become a problem. The ratio becomes at least two suitcases per person. I guess we are all pack rats at heart and when your traveling, whatever you have becomes so precious that are willing to become rude and annoying just to keep your stuff by your side.
On the third leg of the trip to Salzburg, there are large groups of college kids on the train — some drunk, some rowdy, but all with massive amount of camping gear! Apparently, we are told, there is a Reggie Festival somewhere near Munich. Some of their camping stuff is still in its original packaging. I am glad I won’t be at the festival to see just how interesting this will all become.
On the fourth leg of our trip to Salzburg, we miss our first train. Our train into Munich was delayed by the police (they were looking for someone) and we arrived too late to catch our connecting train. Luckily for us, a train runs between Munich and Salzburg every hour so we just hang out in the terminal and catch the next train. We catch a quick lunch — one of those famous Munich pretzels and some roasted chicken! Once on the train, I grab a window seat and I watch the Alps go by against a clear blue Austrian sky. I have decided, I like being near mountains!
The train arrives on time. The terminal is packed but we are able to find our way past all the fast food stands and to the street. We turn left and walk for a few blocks. We turn right and walk for a few more blocks. We arrived at our hotel, ACHAT Hotel, without a problem. Our room is ready, we settled our stuff in the room, use the bathroom, check the internet (nice connection) and go out to explore Salzburg. Here are a couple of important facts about Salzburg that will set the tone for our visit here:
- Salzburg is the fourth-largest city in Austria and the capital city of the federal state of Salzburg. Everyone is here!
- Salzburg’s “Old Town” (Altstadt) has internationally renowned baroque architecture and one of the best-preserved city centers north of the Alps. Everywhere you look, there is an Alp somewhere!
- Salzburg was the birthplace of 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. There are more Mozart Balls (Mozartkugel) here than in Vienna –if that is possible (and apparently, it is)!
- In the mid-20th century (1964 to be exact), the city was the setting for parts of the musical and film The Sound of Music. For the next few days, we are all “I am 16 going on 17, I know that I’m naiveeeee”
Here are some picture of our walk through the “Old Town” of Salzburg:
It was getting late and it was beginning to rain so we ducked into the first restaurant we could find off of Mozartplatz. Sorry, I don’t remember the restaurant’s name but it was a good meal! My DH and I shared a dish of fried fish and roasted potatoes.
Around 9pm, we were back at our hotel checking emails and flipping through the TV channels looking for something in English. Our first day in Salzburg was lovely! We are tired and we think he have seen it all, but I bet we haven’t…
Quote of the day: “Hey — there is a 24-hour ‘Sound of Music’ channel!” — Anna to DH