Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg, the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the location on which The Sound of Music is based is just 1.5 hours from Munich so on our way back from Neuschwanstein, we made a last minute decision to detour there for a day trip and I’m glad we did ^^ a quick research using hotel mueller's free internet service and zoomed in on the top recommended spots =)

We visited the Mozart Geburtshaus (Geburtshaus actually means birth-place) and Mozart Wohnhaus, which are museums housing original manuscripts, letters, portrait paintings and instruments of the Mozart family and stage designs for his famous operas such as Die Zauberflöte and Don Giovanni. Mozart was christened Joannes Chrysostomus Wolfgang Theophilus Mozart. In Latin, Theophilus is Amadeus and in German, it’s Gottlieb (k, makes sense, since theo and gott mean God and lieb mean love). It reminds me of the movie Amadeus ^^

The best view of Salzburg is from Festung Hohensalzburg, a fortress perched on a hill which overlooks the entire city. Entrance is by foot or funicular. Entrance fee includes admission to all museums within the fortress (but nothing much one la, those displaying uniforms, ammunition etc lor).

We visited the Dom Cathedral but couldn’t get near the altar cos there was a rehearsal for a concert.

Some of the places featured in The Sound of Music movie can be accessed by foot such as this nunnery where Sister Maria came from

and the cemetery where the Von Trapp family hid from the German soldiers.

The other sites are too far out you probably have to take a tour. The Sound of Music tours are available which will bring you to these places.

Salzburg is a beautiful city with many cultural activities. You can catch an opera, string puppet show or concert. You can hear music in many places either by street musicians or tourists (me too!) humming songs from The Sound of Music. Doe, a deer, a female deer… Ray, a drop of golden sun… haha. If we had time, I’d have stayed one night there =) I read that the waiters and waitresses in Salzburg can be very rude but we didn’t encounter any =) oh, don’t buy the Mozart balls from the museum souvenir shops… v expensive! I bought one box from the Mozart Geburtshaus for 7.90 euros then I saw it at another shop for 5.60 euros -.- think on the way back at Frankfurt I’ll check out the supermarkets. They may have it there. And somehow I kinda remember seeing it at Taka basement… ???

street chess

horse carriages

tram lines