The Hiiiiiilllllls are Alive! | Salzburg.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

If you don't enjoy Sound of Music references, now is your time to exit...

We had a quick 24 hours in Salzburg, Austria after our dreamy train ride from Verona with a stopover in Innsbruck. Honestly, some of the most stunning scenery I've ever seen that my camera did absolutely zero justice for. Picture a real-life Disney movie with ice blue rivers and castles peeking out of the snow capped mountainside. Our stopover in Innsbruck collided with lunch and as soon as we saw sandwiches made out of pretzels, we confirmed that we were going to enjoy our stay.

Salzburg is known for a few (of my favourite) things - history dating back to the Stone Age, being the birthplace of Mozart, gorgeous baroque architecture, becoming annexed as part of Nazi Germany and 46% of the city being destroyed during World War II...and of course - being the filming location of the 1965 film The Sound of Music. *cue fangirl squeals* I was raised on this musical, among others - I'm even listening to the soundtrack as I type this.

Being such a short visit, we had no time to rest. As soon as we began our walk through the Altstadt ("Old Town"), we spotted tiny people walking along a fortress up on the hill overlooking the city and set our sights on seeing Salzburg from above (I'm a creature of habit). 

But first....pretzel #2 of 48082340!

After paying an entrance fee, you zip up the mountainside or if you're feeling adventurous, take the footpath up to Hohensalzburg Castle. 

The castle dates back to 1077 and is one of the largest and best-preserved medieval castles in Europe - Rach and I joked about how we felt like we were at Disneyland the entire time. Hosting concerts and a handful of cafes along with panoramic views of the city, spending an hour or two exploring the castle and taking in the sights is a must if you find yourself in Salzburg.

Are you a Sound of Music fan?

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