I arrived in Salzburg in mid afternoon and took a very short bus ride from the train station to Miraplatz Gardens where I had booked a room at the Miraplatz Hotel. I chose this locale since it was conveniently located right next to the park where I was hoping to be in time for a 4:30 Fraulien Maria bike tour. Apparently, the hotel, which I had carefully researched, had overbooked and randomly chose some other abode to which to send me. The Hotel Mozart was a few blocks in the wrong direction and being rather hot and tired, I was none too gracious about this change of plans! They did give me a Salzburg card worth about 23 Euro which was good for all public transit and entrance to many attractions but that didn't make me feel better as I headed down the street to find my new hotel. I was greeted at the desk by a very friendly gentleman who probably realized I was pretty cranky so he offered me a drink and quickly got me checked in. I basically had to drop my bag and head back the way I came if I was going to join the Bike Tour.
I made it with time to spare! The group was small, which is always nice, and consisted of seven Americans, myself and Leo, our guide. Leo was a great laugh, even though he looked like he had spent the previous evening partying and had just barely managed to roll out of bed! We spent the next three hours or so riding around Salzburg and the outlying area while Leo entertained us with his singing, stories and comments about the world famous movie.
|Fountain from SOM|
|Locale of the outdoor house filming of Sound of Music|
We spent the day listening to SOM tunes as we rode through Salzburg visiting various locales including the abbey, the graveyard, the fountain and stairs at Miraplatz, the house used for
|Gate in front of the house used for filming SOM.|
|Great bike tour!|
|The iconic Gazebo of SOM.|
|Graveyard in which escape scenes of SOM were filmed.|
Leo, who looked like a man that enjoyed a night out, recommended a beer garden called Die Wiesse which was conveniently located near my hotel. This establishment was quite a distance from the whole touristy area near the fortress and seemed to be very popular amongst locals. At a beer garden you will likely be sitting with others and I had the company of a local couple who, although having limited English, tried their best to speak with me and keep me company. The gentleman told me I must have a minimum of two beers which I obliged while wolfing down a plate of Klacken, a traditional Austrian/Bavarian dish which I think of as Mac and Cheese of steroids.
The next day was spent using my Salzburg card to visit the sites that are recommended by the locals - the Fortress and a Mozart museum. I also managed to wander into the middle of some crazy Bavarian parade with hundreds of people dressed in traditional clothing. A final stroll through the gardens where you can enjoy orchestras filling the space with tunes from the favourite son, Mozart. All in all, a pleasant morning but I must be honest - my favourite part of Salzburg was the whole Sound of Music thing! I felt like a kid riding my bike through paths and parks with Do Re Mi playing away...all I was missing was my green floral dress made from drapes and Fraulien Maria guiding the way - but I did have Leo!
|View of Salzburg from the Castle|