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Aug 20, 2015 - Salzburg events

We love Music Festivals and this is the largest in the world. Hotels get booked out and accommodation is expensive at Summer Festival time especially. This is 85% booked by January each year for the coming July and August festival. Yes it is popular. We were lucky to get tickets for two Operas and tonight we see Der Rosenkavalier. We saw Il Travatore on the first night and the Marriage of Figaro the next night. Terrible stories but great music, singing and performances. Last night we saw a Chamber Music Concert in the palace on the...

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Averill and James

Aug 8, 2015 - Salzburg Day 2

Saturday, August 8th I felt great today but it was going to be another hot one so we headed into town in a taxi to visit The Hohensalzburg Fortress. It has a formidable presence on top of a 400 foot rock. Construction was begun by Archbishop Gebhard of Salzburg as a show of the Catholic Church’s power. It was a good investment –so foreboding, no one attacked the town for 1,000 years. The city was never taken by force but when Napoleon dropped in, Salzburg very wisely surrendered. Unfortunately when he left he took most of the furnishings...

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Aug 7, 2015 - Salzburg Day 1

Friday, August 7th. Salzburg is Austrian’s 4th. largest city with 150,000 inhabitants. It is divided into the old town which sits between the river and the mini mountain of Monchsberg and the new which sits on the north side. Over 8 million tourists visit it annually. The Salzburg’s river (Salt river) name is derived not because it is salty but because of the precious cargo it once carried - salt from the mines of Hallein just nine miles upstream .Salt could be transported from here all the way to the Danube, and on to the Mediterranean...

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Aug 5, 2015 - Salzburg

Wednesday, August 5th. We were fortunate that we hit the road early. We were less than 3 hours to Salzburg but by the time we arrived, before noon they were full. We were given directions to another camp that would surely have room for us and they did. It was a huge pasture with some trees and electric boxes strategically place around the field. We chose to stay close to the office/restaurant/showers under a huge shade tree. . A delightful couple from northern Germany were beside us and shortly came over and gave us numerous hints on...

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Jun 27, 2015 - Salzburg

June 28th, 2015 Salzburg, Austria We had a beautiful drive in to Salzburg, through the Austrian Alps, with green and blue mountain lakes and green, green grass and trees all around. What a change in culture, language, and food from Italy to Austria! We stopped for a couple of hours at an old salt mining town (older than Rome!) called Hallstadt. This was such a charming town on a picturesque mountain lake. Here we became familiar with lederhosen and dirndls (not sure how to spell those, but the traditional Austrian dress) and Matthew had...

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Jun 17, 2015 - Salzburg

Salzburg is most famous as the birthplace of Mozart. So of course I went to see the apartment where he was born. He was a child prodigy and gave his first performance at 6. Although he died at 36 he wrote over 600 compositions, including 22 operas! He was on tour a third of his life. Salzburg is also well known for the Marionette Theatre which has been giving continuous performances since 1920ish. I went along to see the Magic Flute. The sets and feel reminded me so much of animation and this was confirmed when I saw in the foyer a photo of...

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May 30, 2015 - Day 21 - Mannheim to Salzburg

Day 21 - Saturday 30th May - Offenburg to Salzburg So we have come to the end of Phase 3 of our great holiday (Singapore, Zug, Offenburg), and now we move on. It is sooooo hard - we have developed a very close friendship with Wolfgang, Gabi and Möna and there were leaking eyes as we parted at the Offenburg station. It is another of those Gibson Weather days. Cloud, cold (12deg) and misty light rain in showers. The trip was uneventful other than a 20min delay at Mannheim where we had to change trains for the trip east to Salzburg in Austria...

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Swiss Trip 2015

Jan 3, 2015 - Overground, underground

The next morning we visited the Hohensalzburg fortress above the city. We caught the cable car up which reminded us of the cable car in Wellington We walked around the grounds for a while then took a tour which used 'talking boxes' instead of a guide. After visiting the castle we shopped for souvenirs at a couple of markets. In the afternoon we took a tour to a nearby saltmine just across the border in southern Germany. We got to dress in overalls then get on a little train to make our way into the mine itself. We were given the option of...

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Kiwis Who Can Fly

Jan 2, 2015 - Cable Cars and Cake

Weather fine and sunny in the morning with rain late afternoon 3° Today we decided on a later start and met Pam for breakfast in the hotel restaurant at 8.30. Fruits, cereals, yoghurts followed by scrambled eggs and bacon was the order of the day. Yum. We had already decided that as the weather was supposed to be fine in the morning turning to rain later, that we would visit the Untersberg Mountain cable car, hoping to have great views of the city and surrounding areas. We had to catch a No 25 bus which went from the Hauptbahnhof, so we...

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Kiwis Who Can Fly

Jan 1, 2015 - Happy New Year

Our train to Salzburg wasn't until after 10 so we decided to catch the Nordketten Bahnen to the lookout above Innsbruck. There was a little fog at ground level but we were fairly sure it would be clear at the top of the cable car. Despite paying to go up to the second lookout, we only made it to the first level - there were too many skiers and snowboarders waiting to get on the cabl car and we ran out of time.. Rob was unamused that we wasted our money but at least we didn't miss our train to Salzburg! Our train journey to Salzburg was...

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Kiwis Who Can Fly

Oct 9, 2014 - Salzburg: Schnitzels and Sonatas

Driving from Munich to Salzburg gave us a "taste" of the beauty that awaits us in Bavaria and Switzerland, as we passed numerous small towns nestled in the rolling hills of the lower Tyrolean Alps. Oh, did I say "taste"? Maybe that was a psychological slip, because really Salzburg has been one wonderful gastronomic "taste" after another, as the pictures show. Arriving here Tuesday afternoon, we unpacked at our charming pension, and hopped on the bus to go into the largely-pedestrian heart of Salzburg's old town. We quickly reserved seats...

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Oct 8, 2014 - The Sound of Music

Oct. 8th – Salzburg, Austria We took off on a two-hour coach ride to Salzburg, the beautiful medieval city where Mozart was born. It was a gray, overcast day, sort of foggy in the morning, but it promised to brighten by the time we got there. Once again, Viki brought us up to date of Austrian history, from the Roman Empire, the Holy Roman Empire, Napoleon, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Nazi occupation/cooperation, through a trade-off with the USSR for E. Germany, right up to today, and I have copious notes, should you care to read them!...

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Down the Danube

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