06.27.2014 - 06.30.2014 70 °F
Our next stop on "Mom & Kayla's German Adventure" was Salzburg, Austria. The main reason we wanted to go to Salzburg? Sound of Music of course!
Day 1: Sound of Music & Salt Mines Tour
Our Sound of Music tour was awesome! When I was a kid I would love to watch this movie. I remember my aunt teaching me how to play "My favorite things" on the piano
The tour took us to the locations used during filming the movie and we got to sing the songs on the bus (I also watched the movie the night before to freshen up!)
1) Leopoldskron Palace - the lake that was used in the Captains backyard where the kids and Maria fell off the boat
2) The Gazebo - Hollywood built this gazebo at the location they used for the backyard of the movie. They left the gazebo in the same spot afterwards, but it had to be moved after tourists flocked to the location. I was really sad I couldn't go in, but it's all thanks to the 70 year old woman who fell after she tried to act out the "I am 16 going on 17" scene…(I know it's sad, but I'm still angry about it).
3) Mondsee village - we saw the cathedral that the wedding scene of the movie took place at. It's a small little village about 45 minutes of Salzburg and the town is so cute!
4) Mirabell Gardens - the kids and Maria ran through the gardens and touched some of the statues there when they were singing the "Do Re Mi" song
^ They posed with those statues!
5) The bridge the kids and Maria ran across:
On the tour, some of the actual truths about the Von Trapp family were told…I didn't really appreciate the Sound of Music being "debunked" but I guess it was interesting…
1) The Captain wasn't actually that strict with the kids
2) The family didn't escape by hiking to Switzerland - that's a 5 hour drive away…
3) The mountains the family are hiking on in the movie is actually in the direction of Hitler's Eagle's Nest…
4) No one in Austria actually watches this movie - they may have watched the German version which is more of an autobiography
5) Perhaps the saddest one: "Edelweiss" is not a cherished Austrian tune….sorry but wtf.
After the Sound of Music tour, Mom and I went on a tour of the Salt Mines. We had to put on traditional miner's clothes and enter into the old mines by a small train. To get to lower levels of the mine, we slide down on the older miner's slides. We learned about Salzburg's "white gold" - Salzburg actually mean's salt castle.
At the end of the day (damn I was exhausted), we went to another specialty Austrian dinner. I had schnitzel that also had bacon and mushrooms inside (my favorite schnitzel that I had) and we also got a beef with egg noodles. Really great!
Day 2: Hohenhsalzburg fortress, Mozart's Birthplace, & Mozart Dinner Concert
It was really raining today, but we tried to make the best of it. We walked to Mozartplatz - a square dedicated to Mozart on the 50th anniversary of his death.
And then we took a funicular up the Monchsberg mountain to see the views of the old town of Salzburg and go to the Hohensalzburg Fortress. It is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe.
Since it was raining we decided to go inside of Mozart's Birthplace. Here is where he composed some of his boy-genius works. Throughout the 3 floors we got to see letters of Mozart to his family, some compositions and some of the things he owned. We really got to see how much people wanted to hear him play and wanted him to compose any opera for them. There was also a computer where you can see some of his compositions by hand and hear them being played at the same time. There is also the violin he played as a child.
That was a perfect precursor for our Mozart Concert Dinner. It was held in the Baroque hall of St. Peter's Cathedral, which was really beautiful:
And there are artists wearing costumes from the period and singing the operas: Don Giovanni, Figaro, and The Magic Flute. In between each opera piece we would get another course of our dinner:
See the Mozart head and the treble clef in the dessert?
It was a really great experience and we had an awesome table: a couple from Israel who now lives in Indianapolis, a couple from Korea and one from China. Although I have really enjoyed everything I have done this far, I wish I had done more music oriented things around Europe because I really loved when I would recognize a song played.
It was a perfect end to our time in Salzburg!