One Saturday morning with couple of friends I went to Salzburg to visit the place of birth of Mozart and not only. It is just a 1 and half hour journey with the train change in Rosenheim. We got there early in the morning and we bought Salzburg card which cost just 26 euros and enables you to enter almost all museums and use the public transport which was a great idea.
Firstly, we took the bus and ended up in Hellbrunn Palace and Trick Fountains. The guided tour through fountains was a quite funny and wet one. The whole idea behind the Trick Fountains was to entertain the guests of the owner of the palace. Some of the fountains are hidden and are turned on unexpectedly which happened during the tour and I ended up whole wet but the day was quite warm so it was actually a pleasant shower.
We visited the palace as well but I have to say I was more impressed with the fountains.
Then we went to visit the fortress which is overlooking Salzburg. You can get there either by walking up on the steep hill or taking the cable car which brings you up in less than 1 minute. We decided to take the lift up and it was a really nice treat. The fortress in enormous and to really visit it you need at least half a day which we did’t have. We ate lunch in the restaurant overlooking Salzburg and then went on visiting the more important spots there like marionette museum, tower and main square. To be completely honest, the lunch wasn’t great and the service was so slow and unpleasant that made my Canadian and Americans friends think that waiters in Europe are slow and rude. To cite my Korean friend “Europeans are so rude” and I am standing next to her but I just thought it was amusing… Oh well, at least the views were worth it.
After the fortress time came to visit the Mozart’s spots in the town- the house he was born in and the other one where he lived for some time. First one was on the busy shopping street and was quite interesting – full of his artifacts like the instruments he played on and his autographs. I really cannot imagine how he composed his great works on such tiny keyboards…
Then we crossed the river and went to walk in the Mirrabel Gardens next to famous Mozarteum. It is also the place used for “Sounds of the Music”. Actually, there are tours for “Sounds of the Music” fans but unfortunately , we didn’t have enough time to try them out. It is a great garden, full of flowers and people picnicking.
To finish that glorious day, we took a boat ride on the river. It was bit short but was a great end of our day.