Mon - Sep 9
Mon - Sep 9
Our normal wakeup is 7. It rained overnight and the morning is gray and cool, but not raining. The clouds hang half way down the mountain, but you can see them as clumps rather than an overall blanket. Mists are all over the real lower grounds. But there are lighter clouds visible through the dark lower ones which sort of promise breaks and maybe clearing later. We'll see. Most of the early day is driving to Salzburg, about three hours.
Forgot to note the other day, diesel fuel, which we're using, runs about $7 a gallon.
Helga got us to Salzburg with but one wrong turn in the city since she wanted us to go down a one-way street, but we quickly found another route and arrived at hotel by 12:30. Hotel is beautiful and we have another suite that overlooks the garden. They have a spa and fitness center here too although we won't need to use the fitness center as we are getting a great work out each day walking at least 5 to 7 miles we suspect plus many steps.
We dropped our bags and immediately took off for the old center (about a 6 minute walk from our hotel). We stopped for a quick lunch and then started the Rick Steves walking tour, taking in the area around Mozartplatz, Residenzplatz, Kapitelplatz, Universitatsplatz, which included the beautiful Salzburg Cathedral, St. Peter's Cemetery (where ground is rented and if family members don't pay the annual fee, your remains are chucked), and the Festival Hall where Captain Von Trapp nervously waited before he sang Edelweiss. We strolled down the famous Getreidegasse where it's lined with jewelry shops.
We took the tram to the top of the hill to see the Hohensalzburg Fortress, which was built over 1000 yrs ago. It has a great museum inside and great views over the city.
The sun came out blazing around 5pm and we stopped for a quick dinner at an outside cafe, walked a bit more to make room for some coffee and cake, after which we strolled some more, took more pictures and called it a night around 7:30.