30.05.2014 - 30.05.2014 10 °C
This is the last full day of my trip in UK/Europe, tomorrow I head off for New Zealand.
I signed up for another day trip with Radius Tours, this time a trip to Salzburg in Austria.
The town is divided into two by the river. We arrived by train after a 2 hour ride on the "New" side of Salzburg. The old side is much smaller, and can't get any larger as the old side is situated between the river and a solid rock hill.
We crossed over the river, and I noticed the locks again on this bridge. They are called "Love Locks". People in love write their names or have them engraved on the lock, then throw the key in the river. Later on in I saw a shop which sold a whole rack of Love Locks.
Our tour guide Anuschka took our group around to see the major sights, including some which were used to film The Sound Of Music.
Then she took us to the oldest restaurant in the world, built in 803. That's more than 1200 years old! The food was great, and the warmth welcome, as the day was unusually cold at 10 deg Celsius.
At this point, we had some free time to go and explore. As much I would have liked to go up the elevator to the top of the hill and explore the fortress, being a little too cold and a little under dressed, I opted to wander the streets and look in the gift shops. While many of the shops were gift shops, they were not gaudy like regular gift shops, they were well presented and blended in with all the other shops.
Because of lack of space, the solid rock of the mountain had been hollowed out in places where buildings where built against the hill. Also there was a multi storey car park in the hollowed out mountain.
The old church was open for the public to view, but was still an active church. This would have to be the most awesome church I have ever seen. Huge paintings on the walls and roof, gold panted ornate fittings. It was truly magnificent.
Mozart was born in Salzburg, before he moved to Vienna. So the people of Salzburg claim that their town in the home of Mozart, whereas Vienna claims the same because he settled there.
Also a surprise to see was a local walking her dog - well the dog just looked like a stuffed kids toy.
Well worth the trip. Yet another place which warrants more time to explore than 4-5 hours. Though I would recommend going on a warm day, or later in the year.