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Salzburg is the fourth-largest city in Austria and the capital of the federal state of Salzburg. Salzburg's "Old Town" with its world famous baroque architecture is one of the best-preserved city centers in the German-speaking world, and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The city is noted for its Alpine setting. It is the birthplace of Mozart and the setting for parts of the musical and film The Sound of Music. Salzburg is also a student city, with three universities.

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      Get a Salzburg card!

      Salzburg has no shortage of things to do whilst on holiday there. First of all, as soon as you have collected your baggage, buy a Salzburg card at the airport. It runs for 24, 48 or 72 hours depending on how long you want it for. Mine was 72 hours and cost 36euros. It gets you into all the tourist attractions and free transport on the bus.

      1: Mozarts birthplace, its a beautiful old building right in the middle of the old town. Its got a yellow front, its mega tall for the time it was built, and full of character. It costs nothing to get in with a Salzburg card, and around 10euro if not. Its the old apartment of Mozarts father, and tells the story of how they used to live there, it even has a lock of Mozart's hair and his first violin. You can go in the room where all the Mozart children were born and its got a real atmosphere and you can almost here the music!

      2: Mozarts house, a lovely apartment museum, mostly comparing the many faces of Mozarts representation through portraits. It also talks a bit about what happened day to day in the family, and is really nicely set out through grand style rooms. It also has several of the original pianos that the family would play. Theres a little interaction section at the end which we found quite funny. Its very small so in high season could be unbearably hot!

      3: Boat trip to Hellbrunn and tour around the trick fountains. We had a guide who gave a fantastic tour around the trick fountains. Basically he spent the whole time making sure we all got surprised by the fountains and got wet! In the summer they will probably drench you. Amazing to think that these were made so long ago and great fun. Also here is the pavillion where they filmed the 16/17 song from the sound of music. The sound of music tour also stops here but the way we did it was a lot more relaxed and we had loads of time to explore, also the fountains were well worth it.

      4: Fortress, and funicular railway. At the top of a huge hill is the fortress that is so amazingly well perched on the edge its a wonder it hasnt fallen down. Theres a tour up the highest point with a 360 degree view all the way round Salzburg. Theres also a few little museums of puppets, torture rooms and the church. The funicular journey is really quick but was quite fun on the edge of the mountain. We took loads of photos from the top and really enjoyed the view.

      5: Mirabel gardens. Just around the corner from our hotel was these beautiful gardens, with the fountain from the sound of music. The sun came out and it was lovely to eat our packed lunch there watching everyone go past, look at all the flowers, take loads of pictures by the fountain and also the covered walkway that features in the film. Really nice way to relax at the end of our time in Salzburg

      Theres more but I could literally talk all day about how beautiful the city is, just walking around could take you a whole afternoon as you explore all the little alleyways and lovely architecture. The river is so nice to walk along in the sun as well.

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        Salzburg, city of music, history and great scenery

        Visit Salzburg today and enjoy the best of musical history over hundreds of years and that of a popular musical just over 40 years old.

        Tourism based on ancient and modern - Mozart’s music genius in the 1700s, and the modern tunes of The Sound of Music, famous now for just over 40 years.

        Salzburg has it all, the music story, wonderful, old, historic buildings and the majestic mountains bordering a lovely, open rural plain. ‘The Festival City and its beautiful surrounding countryside’ - that’s what my glossy tourism book says and I agree through and through.

        My winter visit was magic. Snow was not as predominant as it usually is in February but enough on the stunning mountains to add the feeling of winter turning to spring. This proved to be just the right time of year for us to explore an old, architectural beauty.

        Mozart was born here - to be precise he entered the Salzburg scene at 8 o’clock in the evening on the 27th day of January in 1756 at number 9 Getreidegasse and one day later he started the tourism trend by going to the Cathedral and gaining the honourable name of Johannes Chrisostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart at his christening.

        With such a musical name it was always on the cards that he would take the world by storm and create 600 musical pieces from little arias to historic operas. One thing for sure, in his short life he must have been a very busy musician and ‘’chocolatier’‘! Well, in today’s Salzburg you see many red and gold chocolate creations - Mozart Balls abound -- whole shops of just Mozart-related chocolates, you have to ask the question ‘’Did he love chocolate or did he not?’‘ Perhaps that is what brought him to an early grave as he died just 35 years old but he had packed a lot into his time: performed for royal families in Vienna, Paris and London, awarded “Knight of the Golden Spur’‘ by a Pope, court concert director and organist and all the while writing such works as The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute.

        In today’s Salzburg you can share in his history by visiting both the house he was born in which is now a museum to him, a yellow building prominent on the tourism street of Getreidegasse and the home where he moved with his famly The Dance Master’s House on Market Square.

        No visit to Salzburg would be complete without paying homage to Mozart in some way: visit these buildings or take in a concert of his everlasting music. We went to the birthplace and enjoyed the many levels giving a glimpse into the way life was in Salzburg in the 1700s. Well worth a visit, stay for lunch in the café - recommended.

        Now to the modern day music influence in Salzburg. This is where the Sound of Music is set and a good lot of the movie was filmed in and around the city. Actually, it is a good way to see Salzburg and the mountain areas around it. We took the Original Sound of Music Tour in a bus suitably decorated with the von Trapp family from the movie.

        Now, just a little word of disappointment here. On the tour you get a full and comprehensive commentary about how the film was made, how the original family lived and sadly for me the two don’t parallel each other too well. In fact, the movie is mostly made up - our efficient tour guide shared a deep insight into the real history and I confess I had no idea that it wasn’t as it was portrayed in the movie. There is enough to hang the movie on the original von Trapps but only just in my opinion.

        But, it did not mar the enjoyment and wonder of the tour, the movie sites and the places you drive to. There is plenty of time for getting out of the bus, taking photos and asking questions. The tour is really well worth going on - just be aware that the movie is not much like the real life story of the Von Trapp family.

        When I returned home I put on the 40th Anniversary of the Sound of Music DVD and what a joy it was to see all the places we visited on the tour. I look at the movie differently now, more as a tourist than one wanting to be entertained. One little disappointment is the fact that the big family house you see in the movie (where the children fall into the lake in front of the house) is actually two houses. The front is one house, the back another - miles apart. And, the real von Trapps never snuck off out of the town via the cemetery, pursued by Germans and trekking over the Untersberg mountain - they actually packed a backpack each, went down to the railway station and took a train out of Salzburg to somewhere else in Europe before going to America.


        On the tour we were taken to Mirabell Gardens where Maria and the children danced around the Statue of Pegasus fountain, through the tree-lined arches and up the steps. We went to Leopoldskron Castle and lake, Hellbrunn Castle grounds to see the glass pavillion where ‘’I am 16, going on 17'’ was sung so beautifully, Nonnberg Abbey which is the oldest convent in the German-speaking part of Europe. The real Baron and Maria were married here in 1927 and it is where Maria returned to late, while the nuns were going to mass at the beginning of the movie. We moved out of the city to visit St Gilgen and Lake Wolfgang which is the scenery shown at the beginning of the movie. Finally, we went to Mondsee Cathedral where the movie wedding was filmed - stunning building.


        Now I will mention some of the attractions we visited and share a little about each one.
        Salzburg has so much to offer the tourist, you can walk to most things. There is the old town nestled under the steep, rocky hillside with the river Salzach forming a border for the new town. The bus service is so efficient and takes you efficiently through the town and out into urban areas around about.

        We walked and walked and walked - every day something different to see. On our first full day we came upon a permanent market and around the corner, spread around a church by the Mirabell Gardens was a fantastic Thursday market - what a cacophony to excite the senses. Memorable for sure.

        HOHENSALZBURG FORTRESS is dominant atop the hill and able to be seen for miles around. It’s been up there since 1077 when Archbishop Gebhardt von Helffenstein began construction. The most important builder was Leonhard von Keutschach (1495-1519). From here you get magnificent views of the city below and miles out to the mountains and all in between.

        We saw huge majolica urns here, so stunningly endowed with figures, absolutely fantastic. There is a strong showing of battle implements and other war influences so men would particularly like this attraction. We visited the Marionette Theatre-Museum in the fortress.

        To get to the fortress you can use the 1892 funicular in front of it, go along the road a little and go up a lift or walk up the steep hillside walk-way. We went in the cable car - to save time and be able to see more of the fortress.

        MIRABELL GARDENS
        We could not visit the house in the winter but the gardens really are lovely, even in pre-springtime as the statues are most impressive and the little box-bordered gardens were offering some hints of colour.

        NONNBERG ABBEY
        Drawn there by the Maria von Trapp history we took the long, steep climb up to the abbey and were surprised to see we could go through the wrought iron gate and even inside the church. It was extremely dark, grey and quite austere but well worth going to visit. Outside and in the lovely courtyard are tidy, well-cared for graves which are obviously the resting place of nuns who served there. We went back inside the abbey to sit and listen to taped music of the real nuns singing, it was so lovely to be there experiencing the beauty of the sound.

        ST PETERS ABBEY
        What a treasure. The grandest cathedral I have ever been in. A massive, creative, golden high altar dominates from the minute you step in the front door. The ceiling is grand, it so beautifully depicts the life of St Peter by Franz X Konig. The abbey is dedicated to patron saints St Peter and St Paul. It presents as medieval world of the Romanesque architecture. Have to mention the organ - 1620/1763 it includes statues of St Peter and St Vitus - it is so so grand. Gold, ancient paintings and an environment drenched in history - you really must see St Peter’s Abbey when in Salzburg.

        SALZBURG CATHEDRAL
        In the centre of the old town stands the earliest Italian-type church built north of the Alps. It’s stood there since the early days of Salzburg and it is quite different. Bright orange tones and the most fantastic old paintings on the sides and up on the ceiling. It was bombed in World War II but is now restored to the original state. Many parishioners and visitors have walked down the aisles of the Dom zu Salzburg since it was consecrated in 774 by the Abbot and Bishop Virgil ....dedicated to St Rupert and St Virgil... it is a treasure among the sacred buildings that make up Salzburg - 42 in all.

        PRINCE ARCHBISHOPS’ RESIDENCE
        Set in the Residence Square, this is the place where all the Archbishops of Salzburg have resided and the audio-tour is well worth taking. Each room is beautiful, white, red and gold tones throughout and as you would expect chandeliers and masterpieces abound. The stately Conference Hall is so ornate and when you are in the first guest room the staircase has the most wonderful ‘’organ’‘ balustrades so as you pass you can play a tune or two. Wonderful. It is set in Presidenz Square where I heard the lovely glockenspeil bells which peal Mozart tunes three times a day.

        MIRACLES WAX MUSEUM
        This is a look at Salzburg in the year 1791. A manservant Franz Josef takes you through the life of those in fashion and high society including a Mozart party as well as a look at beggars and other historic depictions.
        It ends with a scene from the Sound of Music which is beautifully framed in a rose bed - a really good way to learn about the history of Salzburg and see how people lived at the time in the 2400 m2 of historic streets, animations and moving/speaking figures which total 77 life-size wax people.

        We took a day trip out to a 450 year old salt mine which was actually in Germany, in the Bavarian Alps. Near Berchtesgaden, it was an attraction with a difference - you had to get into miners clothes and take a little train deep into the mountain. The tour guide only spoke German but there was an English commentary from a box at each site. This was okay but we did lose a bit in the fact we couldn’t ask questions. However, we did take a scary ride down a miners wooden slide (rail thing) and it was extremely ‘screamy’. Inside we went on a special boat across a salty- water grotto which was dark and eerie.
        On this trip we visited Obersalzberg where once the leaders of the Third Reich had residences and from here we looked up to Eagle’s Nest which was Hitler’s former conference centre.

        UNTERSBERG MOUNTAIN.
        We ascended the 1853m mountain in a big cable car and the views from here are just magic. What a vista: snow-capped mountains, huge rural plains and of course the city of Salzburg below where the Hohensalzburg Fortress dominates the view.

        There is so much more for you to experience in Salzburg: the bridges, especially the Mozart walking bridge, the Marionette Theatre Museum, many restaurants, Steigl’s Brauwelt which is claimed to be Europe’s largest beer exhibition, hosts of museums, Pferdeschwemmen Horse Wells, the Zoo at Hellbrunn, many churches and absolutely wonderful shop windows in both the old and new areas.

        Salzburg is a mix of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque .... it is a beautiful city and one you can explore at your leisure for either a short break or for longer if you want to ski, shop, dine and take in some rather stunning scenery.

        If you are going to be there a few days, ask about the Salzburg Card: once bought it offers free admission to lots of attractions, free public transport as well as discounts for cultural events and various tours and visits.

        Lasting impression: At night, standing on one of the bridges looking back at the old town with lights beaming onto church spires, castle towers and high above it all Hohensalzburg Fortress - superb.

        Getting there: fly, train, bus or private car. The airport is only about a 20 minute drive into the main part of the city where you will find lots of varying types of accommodation for all budgets.
        Salzburg is old, it is truly a memorable place to visit - I will need to win a big lottery to buy the most beautiful piece of material I have ever seen in my life - 139.50Euro per metre!!! I cannot even start to describe it here - there are no adjectives to describe this ‘’wonder of the world’‘ in material terms!

        I intend to write more fully on some of the attractions I visited in reviews of their own when time allows. Hope you enjoyed this one and you feel inspired to make a booking and get to Salzburg on your next holiday. You will be doing yourself a BIG favour - I will return in the summer to take in some things which were closed.

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          13.03.2006 10:31
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          Salzburg offers a lot more than you think and doesn't stop at Mozart's birthplace and Mozart balls

          LLamas in Salzburg? Doesn't that sound a bit strange? It definitely sounded strange to me, most of all because I didn't even know these animals lived in Austria. Well, it's not actually their real habitat but I just wanted to use my llama-experience to tell you that there are actually quite a few things to see and do in and around Salzburg that you might not have expected.

          I went to visit Salzburg last year and was absolutely amazed by how much you could do there. At first I was a little bit disappointed because my travel guide more or less exclusively focused on Mozart and I thought that my stay in Salzburg might actually become a bit boring after I had visited Mozart's birthplace, Mozart's house and eaten an obligatory share of Mozart balls - especially because I decided to go there in winter and am not such a big fan of skiing.

          But when I made the effort to get a bit of information my stay in Salzburg truly turned into an unforgettable experience. But I guess I should finally tell you what my holidays had to do with llamas. I did a bit of research on the internet and hardly couldn't believe it: they actually offered guided hiking tours with llamas. I thought it sounded like fun - and it actually was a marvellous experience. I joined a "Llama trekking"-group in the Gastein area where we did a 2-hour hike to the Riedl-Alm in Bad Hofgastein. The people were really friendly, the landscape was simply breathtaking and the llamas were really cute - and no, they didn't spit at me! What's more, I thought it was pretty good value for money since the tour only cost €25,- including a delicious buffet at one of the mountain inns.

          I also had the chance to visit a dog sled race in a little town called Rauris which was good fun as well but freezing cold. It was actually more pleasant to visit one of the thermal spas near Salzburg, where you can just take a swim and relax or actually get a massage or some kind of other wellness treatment.

          On the last day of my stay I visited the Salt Worlds & Celtic Village in Hallein, which is also just a stone's throw away from the city of Salzburg. At first I though it was a bit eerie to go right into the mountain on a mine train but inside it was really fascinating. You got the chance to
          slither down long miners' slides into the depths of the mountain to a subterranean salt lake which was really beautiful. Outside, you can take a walk through the Celtic Village where they exhibit archaeological grave finds - interesting as well but I preferred the slides ;-)

          At the end of my stay I unfortunately didn't have time anymore to go and see the Museum of Modern Art right on the mountain in the city centre which I was told is very interesting as well and offers some great views of Salzburg - well, maybe next time!

          I had some truly unforgettable experiences on this trip to Salzburg and I was quite surprised about how much the area has to offer even if you're not that much of a skiing or Mozart fan!

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            Ah, Salzburg. The land of Mozart and the Sound of Music. The hills are alive and all that. One of my favourite cities in the world - when the sun's shining, at least.

            I have been to Salzburg many times on day trips while on holiday in Austria, but until recently had not actually stayed there (though it was only for 3 days). Unfortunately the weather for those three days was not kind, but this did give me the impetus to explore more of what the city itself had to offer.

            You can't move in Salzburg without being reminded that it's the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - although the city spurned him while he was alive. One place that is definitely worth visiting is the Mozart Residenz (Mozart's Residence), which contains some fascinating information on about his father Leopold (who held the post of Assistant Court Musician and also sold pianos & harpsichords from his home) and sister "Nanerl", who was herself a talented composer and violinist (though she never received the acclaim of her younger brother), and who remained Wolfgang's best friend throughout his short life. Indeed, the tale told in this house is as much of familial tragedy as it is of musical genius; Mozart's mother died while he was in Paris trying, unsuccessfully, to earn a living writing the music that he loved; Leopold despaired at his son's recklessness, Nanerl had to marry a much older man who she didn't love and forsake the man she did; Mozart himself was tormented by personal demons and the heartache he caused his family, and both Mozart and Nanerl, while touring as child prodigies, suffered nearly fatal illness. There are of course lighter touches, such as the family's obsession with target shooting with air rifles (indoors!), and rather coarse sense of humour that young Mozart displayed in his designs for the targets. The commentary provided (on personal players so you can take it all at your own pace) is interesting and well structured, and of course punctuated by Mozart's music, including some played on the traditional instruments on display at the residence. Mozart Geburtshaus (Mozart's birthplace) is much less interesting, and only really worth a visit if a/ you are a dedicated fan, or b/ if you have a Salzburg Pass. More of that later.

            Other places worth seeing are the palace residences, which feature some of the most gorgeous and well preserved surroundings I've ever seen, and the HoenSalzburg, Europe's oldest completely intact fortress, which dominates the surroundings wherever you are in Salzburg. The tour is interesting, showing you how the fortress was altered by successive Archbishops, how Salzburg developed from a small settlement to a thriving town (much of the wealth of the area was due to the nearby salt mines), how the borders with nearby Bavaria have altered over the years, etc. One nice thing about the fortress is that, although there is a "Torture Room" there, it is only called so because the instruments of torture were kept there - as far as official record goes, no-one was ever actually tortured there, since it was not an "instrument of court". Also of note is that in the large banquet room (which is now used for official functions and concerts), where one of the huge supporting columns was actually hit by a cannonball - you can still see where it impacted - but was so strong that all it did was take a chip out of the column! You ride up to the fortress in a fernicular (cable railway) - though it's a very short ride. (You can walk if you really want!) For those who are interested in marionettes (puppets), there is a museum in there and a theatre that still plays occasionally - though unless you have a Salzburg card it's definitely not worth the money to go the Marionette museum.

            So what is this Salzburg Card that I keep going on about? It's a card that gives you free access to several attractions (once only to each place) and the buses / trams, along with discounts for several other places. The costs are:

            Prices: Jan 1 - June 15, 2004 and Sep 16 - Dec 31, 2004
            Hours Adults Children (6-15 Years)

            24 19,00 € 9,50 €
            48 26,00 € 13,00 €
            72 32,00 € 16,00 €

            Prices: June 16 - Sep 15, 2004
            Hours Adults Children (6-15 Years)

            24 21,00 € 10,50 €
            48 28,00 € 14,00 €
            72 34,00 € 17,00 €

            Which is very reasonable considering the number of places you can go to. If you're planning to actually see a lot of the city and its sights while you're here, you'll definitely save money by getting this card. You can book it online at http://www.salzburginfo.at - (which also contains a lot of other useful info about Salzburg), but every hotel should have them too. The deal gets even better if you have it for 2 or 3 days - you might be rushing around a bit to make sure it saves you money if you just go for the one day pass (though it's still worth it), but with the 3-day pass you'd have a hard job not to save money with it! (Between 6 of us, I think we saved about 100 Euros altogether - though it would have been more if the weather had been nicer and we'd been a little better organised.) Among the places you can go is the Steigl World (Steigl are Austria's largest beer producer) - it normally costs 9 Euros but is free with the card. You get a breqery/museum - relatively interesting - a gift (glass or bottle of beer), two free (small) beers, and a freshly baked pretzel. Great value for free! (Incidentally, you must try the "Paracelcus" beer while you're there - I'm not much of a beer drinker but I could drink a lot of that one!) You can also do the river cruise, which unfortunately was not running while we were there because the river level became too high (the river in Salzburg is the Green Inne, a tributary of the Blue Danube). Another place well worth a visit is the famous water gardens at Helnsbrug, which were designed by a mischievous Archbishop who was fed up of being the political pawn of manipulative princes - so he designed it so that water would jet up from (among other places) their seats at the dinner table - and custom was that no-one (not even a Prince) was allowed to rise from the table before the Archbishop!! The nearby Alpine Zoo is nice too, and the animals seemed to be kept in much better conditions than in many zoos. (This is from memory as I didn't manage to get to the zoo or water gardens on this trip, but I have been before.) There is also a folklore museum (though I was rather disappointed with this), a toy museum (not bad but nothing amazing), and two others that I didn't see - a natural history museum, and a folk costume museum. The really nice thing about the Salzburg card is that it gives you the option to visit places that you'll go through really quickly and you won't feel cheated - for instance, paying 5 Euros to see the Mozart Geburtshaus or 3 to see the Marionette museum is not exactly value for money! Getting free access to the excellent public transport system is also terrific.

            If you want to go to a concert, there are several available, including dinner concerts - but be prepared to pay around 50 Euros each for them. We went to one in a hotel, which was quite nice - but I thought it could have been better. They served an authentic menu including what was supposedly Mozart's favourite dessert - I have my doubts about that, but it was quite nice! Again, your hotel or rep will have details of the various concerts available, and there are some cheaper ones available at slightly odd times.

            Salzburg is more expensive than most places I've been to in Austria, but even then it isn't as expensive as London or Paris. As far as food goes, there's a good mix of different types of restaurant, though surprisingly there doesn't seem to be all that many of them. If you're feeling a little adventurous try one of the gigantic pretzels sold in the old town square (underneath the entrance to HoenSalzburg) - it was hilarious seeing a little boy carrying away a pretzel that was bigger than he was (though not as big as his grin!). Some of the places frequented by locals don't seem very interested in attracting tourists - though that's just one more reason to search them out! (You may get some unfriendly looks from the yokels, but just ignore them.) The old town itself is a wonderful place to walk round in the sun, and I have many fond memories of it - but sadly this time, the sun did not have its hat on and was most definitely not about to come out and play. Which is one of the two main reasons I am only giving it a 4-star rating - it's a bit miserable in bad weather, which is quite a frequent occurrence. I know bad weather makes anywhere less attractive, but when you've seen the beautiful Mirrabel Gardens in the sun, and then in the rain… there's just no comparison.

            The other reason I'm not giving it 5 stars (much as I love the city), is that of the many things there are to do and see if the weather's not too good, not many of them actually left me feeling impressed. The palace residences and the Mozart residence are definitely worth seeing, as is the fortress - though many things actually inside the fortress were disappointing. The water gardens and zoo (and, I suspect, the river cruise) are great - but they are great in good weather. Steigl World is well worth a visit if you like beer. The Untersberg mountain cable car would have been a wonderful thing to go on (unless you don't like heights - I hear it's a bit hair-rasing!) - but when the weather's as bad as it was when we were there, you wouldn't be able to see anything. (Kudos to the staff there for actually telling us that - they could have just taken our money and let us be disappointed - it's not free with the Salzburg Card but you get a discount.) The fairly nearby salt mines in Berchasgarden are very well worth a visit if you get a chance.

            Overall, Salzburg in the sunshine is a very beautiful city, but in the rain it really suffers, more so than most cities. It's still a great place to go, but the Tirolean capital of Innsbruck holds up much better in poor weather than Salzburg. If you can see it in the sun you'll fall in love with it.

            Well, there you have it. I hope you found this review enjoyable and informative! If you didn't, tell me, and I'll see what I can do…

            Thanks for reading!

            CaptainD

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              Many times has it been mentioned, but many are too afraid to admit that they have been on The Original Sound of Music Tour! While in Salzburg, I thought it wise to give it a try, especially as I would probably not return to the city for a long time. The day began with me watching the film at my hostel, just to refresh my memory and annoy every one else by singing along. Conveniently, tickets for the tour where available at Reception... so during "Somewhere in my youth or childhood etc etc." (the WORST song in the film) I went and bought a ticket for the tour. At 1:40pm, a coach picked me up from the hostel to take me to Mirabellplatz, along with a girl called Siobhan (it looks so odd written) who had, apart from that morning, NEVER seen The Sound of Music! I was horrified. Having grown up doh-a-deering and climbing every mountain in an incredibly bad falsetto, I couldn´t comprehend such a fate. It was here that the tour began by taken a look at the Schloss Mirabell gardens that feature in Do-Re-Mi. Our tourguide Dave, who had seen the film almost as many times as me, pointed out that eight scenes were filmed here. From there we boarded the coach again (a very comfortable, airconditioned one at that), and headed for Castle Leopoldskron... which is obscurely the back of the Von Trapp family home... where the children fall in the river, the Baroness and Max drink pink lemonade, and they play that hilarious game of ball where the children piff it at the baroness!!! HA! Take that bitch! ahem... sorry, get a little carried away sometimes. Meanwhile, we also saw the front of the house (only from a distance however), Nonnberg abbey (also from a distance), the Gazebo (which is now nowhere near its original position... besides, the dance scene was filmed in a studio), and the Church at Mondsee which was used for the filming of the wedding. But now for the best bit. Not only do you see these sights, but the c
              oaches take you into the surrounding countryside that inspired Maria so much. If for nothing else, go on the tour for this! It´s such beautiful landscape, and the tourguide even puts on a recording of the REAL Von Trapp family performing local folk music in german (I thought it was a bit strange to be singing about tea with jam and bread when you´re from Austria). You get taken to St. Gilgen, which is a small town on one of the Lakes of the Salzkammergut - it´s connection to the Sound of Music was not apparent to me, but I´m sure it´s vitally important! Unfortunately, as with most tours, there are time restrictions, so our stay in this region was shortlived. But we got the idea. Our guide also pointed out some local sites as we went along... Nannerl Mozart´s house in St. Gilgen (Mozart´s sister), and the Dragon Wall, where legend has it the strip of woodland is a sleeping dragon who wakes up every now and again and scorches the town of Mondsee, which conviniently has burnt to the ground at least ten times. Sadly, the tour came to a close all too early for me (it last´s about four hours). As a parting gift, we were all given a packet of Edelweiss seeds to take home with us... may they bloom and grow forever. So when you´re in Salzburg, do make the effort to go on the Tour. It´s only 400 schillings, or 350 if you buy the ticket from your Youth Hostel (see my op on the YoHo). Tickets can be bought from the stand at Mirabellplatz where the tours depart from. If in doubt, remember to climb every mountain, follow every rainbow, till you find your dream...

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              ""Salzburg is the fourth-largest city in Austria and the capital of the federal state of Salzburg. Salzburg's "Old Town" with its world famous baroque architecture is one of the best-preserved city centers in the German-speaking world, and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The city is noted for its Alpine setting. It is the birthplace of Mozart and the setting for parts of the musical and film The Sound of Music. Salzburg is also a student city, with three universities.""