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Sep 18, 2014 - Salzburg...day 2

September 18, 2014 * ... And the bells rang ... opened one eye ... 6:45 a.m. * ... Brigitte led the walking tour of historic Salzburg. Salzburg, with its rich salt production, had enough money to steer clear of the Thirty Years War, allowing the continued construction of the Salzburg Cathedral. The cathedral is large enough for 5,000 worshipers. There are four organs under the church dome. ... probably creating the first surround sound system. * ... The smallest building is just 8 feet wide filling a gap left by two larger buildings. *...

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Sep 17, 2014 - Salzburg, Austria

Day 9, September 17 Okay---so I'm running out of words to describe this country ! Quick, someone hand me a thesaurus! Or is there one on my iPad I just don't know about?? Today, after traveling through lush green countryside with quaint farmhouses and pampered cows, we come upon our first look at Neuschwanstein Castle, halfway up the mountain...the castle that Disneyland copied! It is exquisite! Looks like a fairy tale castle! It was built in the late 1800s, but looks like it's from the 13th century. We traipsed up and down more than 300...

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Sep 8, 2014 - Salzburg

This morning we are heading to Salzburg, and have to make a slight detour along our way. We couldn't find a decent sized cab, so we broke up into two taxis and went to the post office just opposite the main train station in Munich. We arrived at 8:30, and the young gent behind the counter was not quite excited to see us at first. He saw our parcels, and reached behind him to get some paperwork, including customs declarations. “Can you fill these out and then come back when you're done please?” he asked. We responded “oh we've already done...

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Aug 25, 2014 - Monday

Today we met our local guide, Weiner. He said Salzburg has a population of 150,000 and has 8-10 million tourists each year. They found the first traces of Stone Age man here. This was once a Celtic Kingdom and they mined for salt, therefore, Salzburg. Salt was important and used by the locals as preservatives as well as exporting it down the Salzach river and on to the Danube River. The city was founded in 696 AD when Bishop Rupert came to Christianize it. for 1000 years prince archbishops ruled this independent town. Then in 1803...

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Aug 25, 2014 - The Hills ARE Alive with the Sound of Music

Well today I am going to be a total dork. I have ditched the idea of doing the full Sound of Music tour for 60 Euros and decided we will be using the Hop on Hop Off bus to do a similar tour. Walked up to the Bahnhof (train station) and the adjacent bus station where we can catch the bus. We still had 30 minutes before the bus came so we took a walk over to the Forum 1 shopping centre under the Bahnhof. As luck would have it there was a T-Mobile store that the Telstra guy at Rowville had suggested if we wanted to buy phone and internet...

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Trip Journal


Aug 24, 2014 - Sunday, August 24

Last night Chuck had chills and fever, so this was not a good day to be on the bus a lot. We left Munich after breakfast and headed to the Neuschwanstein castle where "Mad" King Ludwig lived for only 172 days. He became King at the age of 18 and planned and had built the "New Swanstone" castle on the ruins of an old castle. It was built of iron and brick with a sandstone veneer from 1869-1886. The castle had electricity, running water from the alps, and a telephone. The wall paintings were based mostly on Wagner's opera themes. He...

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Aug 9, 2014 - Off to Salzburg

It is amazing how early 4:45 is… Anyway I had a tough night. The AC is poor and the weather is hot so an uncomfortable sleep. But I sprang out of bed and got ready, then went down to eat… and breakfast starts at 7:00 not 6:00 as I thought. Sigh. The transport was already there and Alice arrived a few minutes later and we were off with the shuttle driver. Picked up two more couples then to the Opera House to meet the bus. Lots of folks on the two decker bus – we got a good seat on the top floor but there must have been 50 people all together...

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Apr 28, 2014 - Day 26 – Monday 28 April – Salzburg

Neal’s birthday!!!! Today we did the Sound of Music day tour from 9am to 1:30pm. They picked us up from our hotel and then we met up with the bus with others from Australia, USA, Korea, and India. Our host was a little old guy that loved his job and country. We saw the gazebo where Leisl & Rolf sang Sixteen Going On Seventeen, the street lined road where Maria sang I Have Confidence, the front of the house and the back of the house (these were two different houses), the lake where Maria and the kids were in the boat and got wet, the road to...

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Apr 27, 2014 - Day 25 – Sunday 27 April – Innsbruck to Salzburg

Buffet breakfast at Hotel Zach and then out to catch the 10am service at the Cathedral of Saint James (Dom zu St Jakob). Today would have to be the coldest day we have encountered so far and neither of us put enough clothes on to go out. It was overcast and dizzily. The church service was well attended and all in German, but still very moving in this old church. Back to the hotel to grab our bags and off to the train station for the two hour trip to Salzburg. Once again, you cannot complain about the Europe train service. It is so easy, so...

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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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