Saturday, 18 June 2016

salzburg + germany

Sorry for the huge delay in posting - I am now in France, having traveled through Austria, Germany and Italy. I'll try and update on everything today! Below are some photos and commentary about Salzburg and my family's two night stay in Germany.

 After an incredibly rainy morning on our first day in Salzburg, we decided to head out in the afternoon as the rain wasn't seeming to let up. We took the bus into town, and then get on the hop on, hop off bus and toured around Salzburg twice, doing the 'Sound of Music' tour and the Historical tour. We see so many cool sights from the movie, and also learn about the 'real' Von Trapp family!

We then wandered around Salzburg for a couple of hours, before catching up with some family friends who had flown over from England and had dinner with them at a very small, very Austrian restaurant!

On the second day, Dad went out in the morning to get our rental car. He returned 4 hours later, having gotten into a minor smash. We were all incredibly shaken up by this (Europeans drive on a different side of the road to us!) so we only drove out to the countryside. Mum and I then made some snacks, and our friends came over to our apartment again (they are flying out the next day).

The next morning we go to the Festung Hohensalzburg, or Fortress Salzburg. There are some amazing views, and we learn some history about Salzburg itself.
 Inside the Fortress is a small marionette museum, which had puppets of the original Von Trapp family!
 We went into an amazing Saint Peter's Abbey church, which dates back to the 12th century!
 We went shopping in H&M briefly, before going into the Mozart Museum and then heading back to our apartment.

 The next morning, we start the drive from Salzburg to Hitler's hideout, known as the Eagle's Nest. We get incredibly lost on the way, ending up trespassing on private properties after 4 hours of driving! When we finally get to the Eagle's Nest, we are a little disappointed to find fog, as the view is supposed to be extraordinary. We are also disappointed at the lack of information about the hideout, but continue onto our hotel in Germany.

 We wake up early and head to Neuschwanstein, the castle that Disney's is based off. It is so gorgeous, and we also learn a little about the history (this castle was only built in the 1800's, and was built to replace a less impressive one!) We also have some delicious apple strudel and blackforest cake.
We then had a look at the Schloss Lindehoff gardens before heading to an adorable little caravan in Fussen, Germany where we were to stay the night before continuing to Italy!
Thanks for reading, see you soon!

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