Guten Tag from Salzburg,
An adventurous day today. After beginning with the classic buffet breakfast at our hostel, we set off to visit the Von-Trapps with the help of our guide Helga.
The first stop was to the lake where many scenes from the “Sound of Music” took place. This came with an amazing view of the castle and courtyard that housed the Von-Trapp family in the movie.
After this we hopped back on the bus and moved on to one of the most anticipated places of the day, the Gazebo. Here we sang and reenacted the song ‘I am 16 going on 17’ in celebration of Sophie Goodall’s 17th birthday. We learned of the history of the castle, where this gazebo is now kept, as well as interesting facts about the King who last lived there. For example, his little game he liked to play with his guests where for would surprise sleeping friends with water shooting out of their chair, this is now a popular spot for Salzburger children to play in the summer.
We then traveled on the bus to the old part of Salzburg. Here we continued our tour on foot visiting places like the Meribell garden (with another famous “Sound of Music” icon, the beautiful fountain where Maria and the children danced) and learnt the history of Salzburg’s most famous landmark, the Festung Hohensalzburg, which is a huge fortress that overlooks the city.
After wandering through the small lanes of the town, we finished our tour with a visit to Mozart’s birth place, a small apartment above the city centre. We took a quick look through the museum that is dedicated to his life and music, where saw his violin, piano, and listened to some of his most famous pieces.
We were then given seven hours of free time to look around the city as we please. Some girls chose to go up to the fortress and take in the panoramic views of Salzburg, shop their way down the Main Street, or have a picnic on the river.
Today was definitely a highlight of the trip so far.
In the words of Maria and the Von-Trapp family,
So long, farewell, Auf wiedersehen, adieu
Eliza and Nadia