Europe 2012: Day 79, Salzburg


View of Salzburg from the fortress.

Friday, 08/24/12

Woke at 7am.   Cloudy but not raining yet.

My DH and I needed to get some money.  Also, DH wanted some fresh fruit for breakfast and I wanted coffee.   The hotel clerk told us we can get both at the shopping mall across the street.   What a nice place it was!   As my DH went to the grocery store, I got us a table at the coffee shop next door, behind the escalators and under the big clock.  He got three nectarines. I got a coffee and a nut roll with both ends dipped in chocolate – it looked too good to resist and I am so weak when it comes to sugary, fattening things.   My DH tells me his fruit was good, my coffee and nut roll were very good too!

Coffee shop at the mall across the street from our hotel.

Today will be exciting!    We have purchased two bus seats on the “The Sound of Music Tour” – yeah!  Here is what we are going to see…

  • A wonderful ride with breathtaking views of the landscape where the opening scenes were filmed. Relax and listen to the original Sound of Music soundtrack. Our English-speaking guide not only shows you the highlights of the film ‘Sound of Music’ but also the historical and architectural landmarks in the city, as well as a part of the picturesque lake district.
  • The Mirabell Gardens were laid out in the 18th century. Maria and the children were seen dancing around the statue of Pegasus, the winged horse, and throughout the gardens singing ‘Do-Re-Mi’.
  • Leopoldskron Palace – the front side of the castle was used as the Trapp family home, the children were boating on the Leopoldskron Lake and fell into the water. The Venetian room was copied from the castle and used as the ballroom.  FYI, we did not go into this house, it is a private residence.  We only looked at it from a far…
  • Hellbrunn Palace – this hunting castle was built in the early 17th century by Prince-Archbishop Markus Sittikus. In the gardens the glass pavilion was reconstructed for the pleasure of those fans still returning after 30 years.  FYI — We did not go into this house either, it was not part of the tour.
  • Scenery shown at the beginning of the movie was filmed at Lake Fuschl on the way to St. Gilgen. Like the Mozart family, visitors from all over the world appreciate the beautiful village in the Salzkammergut.   FYI –– We only drove through these towns, we did not stop in any of them. That’s the problem with tours sometimes, you’re on a schedule and you can’t really enjoy some of the sites.  Click on the links to see some pictures.  BTW — the town of Fuschl is the headquarters of Red Bull, in case you like that stuff. 
  • In Mondsee Cathedral the film wedding between Julie Andrews as Maria and Christopher Plummer as the Baron took place.

Click here to see the movie trailer!

The tour was great!   We learned a lot of fluffy stuff about the movie!  Yeah, it was corny but then when would one ever get the chance to walk where Julie walked, uh?  When?  Here was some pictures from our tour:

Our “Sound of Music” tour bus.

The Trapp family residence/castle was actually filmed at two locations.  The first location we saw on the tour was Leopoldskron Palace — the lake side of the Trapp family home.  Here the children were boating on the Leopoldskron Lake when they fell into the water.  The lakeside scenes were filmed here.

I bet that if you had seen the movie, you noticed that sometimes the palace was yellow (Hellbrunn Place) and sometimes the palace was white (Leopolodskron Palace).  This is the lane where Julie danced and sang “I Have Confidence in Me!”

The gazebo used for all the romantic scenes of the movie was actually at Leopoldskron Palace (a private home) but it was moved to Hellbrunn Palace (a public attraction) due to all the fans that want to leap around in it.  For the movie, it was recreated on a soundstage in Hollywood because this one was just too darn small for all that dancing!

Me.  This is the tree lined lane where all the children were hanging from the trees in the famous “children hanging from the trees” scene.

View from the bus as we drive to the location where the opening scene “the hills are alive” was shot.

On the bus.

“The hills are alive, with the sound of muuusic!”  The actual hill is to the right of this view.  Unfortunately, it made a very uninteresting picture — this picture of  the Wolfgangsee Lake is much better.  This is the town of St. Gilgen .

Remember us?

We arrive in  Mondsee to see the Mondsee Cathedral.    This is the location where the wedding between Julie Andrews (Maria) and Christopher Plummer (the Baron) took place.

The altar in the Mondsee Cathedral. Click here to see the wedding scene.

The ceiling of the Mondsee Cathedral in St. Giles, Austria.

Look behind you and see the organ. (Mondsee Cathedral, Mondsee, Austria)

The Mondsee Cathedral looked bigger in the movie.

Mondsee is a lovely little Austrian town!

Mondsee snuggles up to the Wolfgangsee Lake where we ate sandwiches! Then, it was back on the bus…

…back to Salzburg to walk through the Mirabell Gardens. Many scenes of Maria and the children flocking and singing where shot here.  Here is  Pegasus, the winged-horse.

These are the famous “Do-Ri-Me” steps in the Mirabell Gardens.

Watch out, DH! Maria and the children may be riding their bikes through here — and they are reckless drivers!

The tour was only four hours out of our day.  By the time it ended, we still had time to see  the Hohensalzburg Castle.   Here are some pictures:

Next stop,  Hohensalzburg Castle (also called the Fortress). Looking for the entry to the vernacular to get to the top.

Going up to the Hohensalzburg Castle — what a lovely afternoon!

On of the main towers of the Hohensalzburg Castle.

Wowee — the views are great from the castle!

There is a restaurant up here! Time for a late lunch, I think!

Our lunchtime view from the Hohensalzburg Castle, Salzburg, Austria.

After a salad, it is time to look around the castle. This inner courtyard of the Hohensalzburg Castle, Salzburg, Austria.

Have you ever noticed that there is usually a tree in the courtyard of castles?

We decided to see the state rooms of the Hohensalzburg Castle. This room is the prettiest and is used for concerts in the evenings.

Here is a detailed view of the walls of the concert room.

A view of Salzburg from the concert room. I like pictures of windows, don’t you?

This is the door of the concert room in Hohensalzburg Castle.

There is also a small gallery in the Hohensalzburg Castle.

This is an exhibit of weapons and war garments — creepy!

What is this guy looking at?

He’s looking at the view! Oh, it is starting to cloud up…

Looks like it might rain.

Time to leave the castle!

Going down from the castle!

We stayed for about 3 hours in the  Hohensalzburg Castle.  There was a lot to see there!

The tour was my idea, but the puppet show was my DH’s — and it was a good one at that!  We had a late lunch so we skipped dinner and when straight to the Salzburg Marionette Theater.  Tonight’s 7:30pm show is “The Sound of Music”!  What a surprise!   We splurged on the good seats in the second row.   To see a bit of the performance click here to see a Youtube video.   Marionettes were also featured in the movie — thought you should know because I love this stuff!!!

By 10pm it had been a long day!    We walked back to our hotel but stopped at StieglBrun’s Weinemptehling (I can’t say it either) just down the street from our hotel.  TripAdvisor said that the Weiner Schnizal with boiled and buttered potatoes was good so we shared an order of that.   It was good!

Quote of the day:   “It looked bigger in the movie.” — Anna about just about everything during the Sound of Music tour.

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