A day walking thru both the old and new towns
11.05.2011 - 23.05.2011
Dieter and Inge had driven to Salzburg the day we left them so had checked out our hotel and the area already. They arrived in our room as we were packing up our belongings for the room change later. It was good to see familiar faces after the drama from the night before.
Inge wanted to show us the Mirabell Gardens first so we went thru the gardens, she had some idea for some photos which I wasn’t too sure of because of the sky but from a little hill behind the garden we had a wonderful view of the garden and of the fortress hill in the background. It was in these gardens that Do-Re-Me from “The Sound of Music” was sung, however we did not go for that reason as some people do.
Before we left the U.S. I consulted the travel books and had a list of places that I wanted to visit and knew that Dale would like most of them. The guide book had map pages for each category so the section for best places was marked with the ones we wanted to visit. I reviewed this with Dieter and Inge as I knew they would have other ideas which we did not want to discount but plans would not include paying to enter sites.
As we came out of the Mirabell Gardens we found that we were right across the street from Mozart’s residence, that is the place that the family lived from 1773-1780. The home is filled with manuscripts, Mozart’s instruments, and the audio guide played various pieces of music as we walked. We spent more time that what the book suggested but we were moved to tears by the experience.
A quick walk across the foot bridge and we were in the Old Town; several centuries old as opposed to only a few. We were all starving but I really wanted to eat at Stiftskeller St. Peter’s from the year 803 and reported that Charlemagne ate there. It was very cold in the vaulted areas but seated in the patio wasn’t so bad. We ate the meats as people have for centuries.
Dieter had the idea to take a carriage ride around the city so we shared the cost and took a very touristy tour of the old and new cities. Poor horses had to really kick it up when going along with the cars.
Dieter and Inge left us to the Café Tomaselli, a very old coffee shop from the year 1705 and frequented by Mozart. We sat on the Balcony people watching, drinking coffee and eating chocolates from “The Konditorei Furst” the place that 1st made the Mozart Ball and still make them by hand.
We then went to the Fortress for a sunset look. The Fortress interior was closed for the day but we were able to enjoy the balcony and a look over the city before a dinner at the little café by our hotel.