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Jan 9, 2014 - Salzburg - Tour of the Salt Mine

Today, after a quick visit to the catacombs at St Peters, we visited the sat mines Berchestgarden. Unfortunately no photos could be taken inside but we went first on the back of a small train about 400 metres underground where the salt is found from prehistoric times. After being shown various methods of mining etc,we slid down very steep wooden slides and crossed an underground lake on a boat. It was very interesting especially having to wear non-flattering overalls to cover and protect our clothes.

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Jan 8, 2014 - Salzburg - Sound of Music and Hallstatt Tour

What a most memorable day. Not just the brilliant weather but also the tour we went on today. We know it sounds so kitsch to do a Sound of Music tour but we combined this tour with a tour of the lakes and mountains which included the incredibly beautiful town of Hallstatt. We did the tour with Bob's Tours with a driver/tour leader called Peter who was fantastic. Started first up with a tour of the local Sound of Music sites in Salzburg then to the Palace of Leopoldskron which, in the movie, was where the Von Trapp family lived and the...

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Jan 7, 2014 - Salzburg

Woke up to another fine, sunny day.....we have been so lucky with the weather. Bought a Salzburg Card each today which provided us with free transport and free access to many places. The cost of this card was covered with our first visit alone which, to me, has been one of our best highlights so far. We caught cable car up to the top of a nearby mountain (Untersberg) which was covered in snow. Yes, we are finally amongst snow which we had hoped would have occurred more often at ground level. The views from the top of the mountain were...

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Jan 6, 2014 - Bratislava to Salzburg

Our train trips today from Bratislava to Salzburg because of the changes of where the trains were coming in and leaving from Vienna where we had to change trains. So many railway stations in Vienna. We had thought we were coming in and leaving from the same station with only 20 minutes changeover time. However we came in at a different station than what was originally meant to occur so we rushed by another train to where we thought our next train was leaving but found this had also changed and had to rush by the underground to the correct...

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Dec 27, 2013 - Christmas Trip- day 5

On our way back to Germany we stopped at a very cute town called Bischofshofen in Austria. It is mainly a popular ski resort town with one of the largest ski jumps that runs year round. It was surrounded by the Alps and had beautiful views and some good shopping. We had some really good Austrian/German food- no pizza this time! The shops were all very nicely decorated for the holiday and most of the buildings were painted in bright greens, blues, yellows and reds.

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Dec 23, 2013 - Christmas Trip- day 1

The four of us (Karen, Tino and us) booked a trip with the USO (Tino sponsored us as he works for the US Gov.) over the Christmas holiday. We left at 1:00am from Wiesbaden on board a charter bus. Around noon we stopped in Salzburg Austria. The town was very beautiful. We were able to see the Christmas Market and stop in the domed church- even got to try the Austrian style Gluevien- hot wine- which was made with real berries- yum! We stopped for lunch- pizza of course! This is also the town where "the Sound of Music" was filmed. Mozart was...

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Dec 16, 2013 - Munich and Salzburg

Sunday I bid Nurnberg farewell and made the short journey to Munich. It was only an hour, but I landed back in the big city! There was no problem finding my hotel, and I dropped stuff off and headed out. I figured out how to buy a transit ticket, and find the right line, and came up an escalator into Marienplatz, the central plaza of the city in front of the ‘new’ town hall. Logically, this is the location of the main Christmas market! It is interesting that each one is a little different, but the ‘gluewein’ is definitely the common...

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Nov 27, 2013 - Salzburg

Postscript from Vienna ………………………………Earlier this year I was given a silver beetroot server in its box. After seeing the entire Imperial Porcelain and Silver collection of the Habsburg empire, I realized that they did not have one! So I feel like I have one up on the Habsburgs. Then again, maybe they just weren’t into beetroot …… Monday: As we went to breakfast, I saw fluff falling in front of the window and thought that someone above was cleaning. Then I opened my eyes properly and noticed it was coming down in every direction and it was...

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Sep 21, 2013 - Goodbye to Salzburg

Well today has not been as busy because it is our last day in Salzburg. We went to the cable car which goes up a steep mountain & has views over the city & back to the mountains we saw on Friday. Marg & Lisle ventured up but it was very cloudy at the top so Steve decided to save another life threatening experience until it was worth the fear for a great view, maybe in Switzerland?! Ed agreed & we looked around the little town of Grönig for an hour. All the settlements here were built in the early 1600's so there is a lot of history. Next we...

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Sep 21, 2013 - Salzburg, day 4

Hi, Headed off early on Bus 25 to ride the Cable Car up to the summit of the Untersberg (~1900m elevation). Approaching this mountain that just jacks straight up from the Salzburg plain is daunting, it was obvious we would be heading into a white out, before reaching the summit. Ed & Steve bailed, decided instead to check out the town, have a strudel & coffee, possibly the smarter option. The ride in the cable car was exciting, with a few swaying moments approaching the summit that produced some screams, from the folk mainly Eastern...

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But's Euro Trip 2013

Sep 20, 2013 - Salzburg, day 3

Hi, Adolf Hitler's Eagle's Nest, (Kehlsteinhaus) bus tour today was amazing and a lot of fun, thanks to our tour guide - Walter, bilingual (german & english) who had some great one liners as we travelled along : "In Salzburg we with have 5 Mc Donald's, here they serve beer with the meals, you need two beers to get rid of the taste" . "The motor car BMW is referred to in Austria as a Bad Money Waster" . We found out later, Walter had lived in Australia for 23 yrs in WA, driving buses, so explained his quirky sense of humour, born in...

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But's Euro Trip 2013

Sep 20, 2013 - Wow more mountains!

What can I say about the Alps except 'wow!' The mountains are so imposing & beautiful with snow on the peaks & sheer cliffs of rock thousands of feet high. Today we went to the 'Eagle's Nest' which was Hitler's mountain conference centre & where he entertained world leaders including Neville Chamberlain, PM of Britain. We went by bus over the border to Germany - the guide said we could wave our Passports out the window if we liked! Bit different to the demand for 'papers' during the war. The Alps once again loomed and as we came closer you...

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