Salzburg " Old Town"
"The land of the Sound of Music"
We took a train from Innsbruck to get to Salzburg. It took us 2 hours to get there.
The landscape was completely different from the rugged Olympic atmosphere of Innsbruck and the artsy city of Vienna. Ever since I was a kid watching Maria dancing with the Von Trapp kids around the fountain chanting Do- Re- Mi, I promised myself that I have to go there one day. I daydreamed of Austria as I sang, "My Favorite Things." Without knowing that I will be working for an Austrian company later. The visit to Salzburg exceeded my expectations. I was incredibly filled with awe. The rhythm here is much slower, very tranquil. I didn't want to leave. You'll see why..
Salzburg is the fourth largest city of Austria. Salzburg literally means ''salt- castle." There is an "Old Town" charm to it along with its famous Baroque architecture. Much of the Old City is a pedestrian zone. One can enjoy strolling between narrow streets with buildings from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Romanesque and Baroque greeting you in a surreal fashion as though you're looking straight into a postcard.
This is the place where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart grew up and practiced a lot of his music. He rarely stayed here as he was frequently travelling with his father. I got to touch his piano! Priceless!
A 900 year-old Citadel, a fully preserved fortress that was never ever conquered by the enemies. It's open to the public all year round and is accessible via a funicular railway from Festungsgasse.
More photos on tomorrow's post where I'll be featuring most of the Sound of Music sights and attractions.
Have a wonderful Saturday!