Tuesday, August 23, 2016

One last day in Salzburg before moving on! Day 4, May 29th!

Today was our last day in Salzburg before we moved on to our next destination...we were getting closer to boarding our river cruise, but still had some sightseeing to do here! 

We started the day by heading back into the Old Town, crossing over the Locks Bridge...

Our next stop was another one that we could use from our Salzburg Card, Mozart's Birthplace!

Another museum where other than in the entrance, no photos were allowed, so here is the kitchen....

And a view from one of the hallways

And that's about all you get to see!  But this was a pretty interesting museum. This one had much more about Mozart's life and his original compositions and letters as well as his instruments.  It was really very fascinating! 

Afterward we walked through town a bit and did some souvenir shopping

Then we made our way back over to the other side of the bridge for our afternoon tour!

This afternoon we were going on a tour to Hallstatt, in the Lakes and Mountains region. Hallstatt is Austria's oldest and we're told, also Austria's most photographed villages, surrounded by the Dachstein mountains and located along the Salzkammergut Lake Region. As we waited for our bus, a little lunch break! Instead of hot dog stands, it was more like a brat stand!

We drove through the picturesque countryside, although it was fairly overcast...and we didn't have any photo stops along the way.  When we arrived, we had a few options. We could take the funicular up to the top of the mountain for the spectacular views, or head right into the tiny town. We went up to the mountain top! Hallstatt was inhabited as early as 800-400 BC in the iron age, and is therefore considered the oldest, still-inhabited village in Europe! It is also one of the salt mining towns in Austria and you could visit the more than 250 year old salt caves here, which are similar to the ones we visited in Hallein.  Hallstatt is also a World Heritage UNESCO site.  So, off the bus we went and we started heading to the funicular!

This was going to be a tall one!

Some information about what's up at the top!

The view was just beautiful.  

That down there is the tiny town of Hallstatt, or most of it anyway!  It's said you can walk it in 10 minutes...I think yo can!

We had a nice overlook, picture spot here!

Then after taking our pictures up top, and enjoying the view, we went down to the town and browsed around and enjoyed the picturesque little town!

We really enjoyed visiting this town.  We would have liked for it to have been a full day tour though.  It did feel a bit rushed. The guide kept telling us all of the things we could have done, but that we wouldn't have time - we could do the boat ride on the lake, but we didn't have time.  We could go up to the top of the mountain, but then we didn't have time to visit the "bone church".  We could go to the salt mines, but we'd miss the bus. Of course we had already seen salt mines, but it would have been nice to see the other exhibits up there.  It seemed to me that a full day tour here rather than a short half day tour would be nice, given that it took as much time to drive there and back as we actually spent there.  But we were glad that we went and we liked the visit!

And before leaving Salzburg, and Austria for now, here are just a few pictures of our hotel!  The Wolf-Dietrich

And we'd find that these "fancy" ducks were everywhere in Austria, Hungary and Germany....but here, they were special Mozart ducks. And our lobby had their very own display!

Tomorrow we would be moving on to Budapest.  Alex and I absolutely loved our time in Salzburg. It was a perfect choice for us! A great combination of history, nature and adventure. We were looking forward to the next leg of our journey!

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