Day 19 - 18th May - Salzburg

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It was raining when I woke up :(

And then I checked the Untersberg webcam and got very sad. So went back to bed for a while.

In fact had a very slow morning, sleeping in and not getting out the door until 11am.

Stu wanted to go to the Mozart mass in the cathedral, so we did that. Then had coffee/hot chocolate in a cafe afterwards. It was a great hot chocolate - not too hot!

Attending mass at the University Church
Attending mass at the University Church 

Front of the University Church
Front of the University Church

Meandered around the old town for a bit trying to find somewhere open to have lunch (pretty much everything shuts on Sunday in Austria). Eventually found a place where I had a ghoulash soup and Stu some pasta with ham and cheese.

Went down to the bus stop with the thought of maybe going up Untersberg in the hopes that we'd get a break in the clouds, but the clouds seemed to be getting *lower*, and regular checks of the webcam showed no letup.

So we decided just to go to Hellbrunn instead. Our Salzburg cards covered entry to the "trick fountains" tour, which was just starting as we arrived (you have to go on the tour). But it was totally overcrowded and couldn't understand a word the guide said, even when he was speaking in English. So after not being able to hear about the first couple of things and not able to see either for the crowds of people I was pretty grumpy with the whole place. Barely took any photos. Only a couple of things stood out - the kilo metal "crown" that sat atop a jet of water and could be raised and lowered with just the pressure of the water, and a big mechanical model of a townscape with figures that moved by the flow of water. It would have been nice to spend more time looking at that one, as it was very detailed and there was all sorts of stuff going on in the scene.

Trick fountains at Hellbrunn
Trick fountains at Hellbrunn. Apparently Archbishop Markus Sittikus
used to set off the fountains under his guests' seats while they were
eating and drinking to make them think they'd wet themselves. 

Water-operated theatre
Water-operated theatre - all the characters there were moving - it was
very cool 

The 1kg cone sitting atop a jet of water
The 1kg cone sitting atop a jet of water


I really wouldn't recommend the tour to anyone, it's just not that good. That is, it could have been a lot better if the operators weren't so money-grabbing and ran much smaller groups, and got guides who could actually speak properly (maybe separate German/English tours??)
Anyways, wandered around the gardens for a little while afterwards, and had another look at the Sound of Music gazebo, sans crowds.

Sturgeon in one of the ponds
Sturgeon in one of the ponds

Pond at Schloss Hellbrunn
Pond at Schloss Hellbrunn 

Schloss Hellbrunn
Schloss Hellbrunn

More checks of Untersberg showed no real improvement, so we started walking back to Schloss Frohnburg for a better look at the building that we only whizzed by at a distance from on the tour bus. So that was extremelly cool being able to see the building up close, and then walking around the back to see it too. Very exciting :)

Unicyclist on Hellbrunner Allee
Unicyclist on Hellbrunner Allee 

The cause of my depression for the day - a cloud-topped Untersberg
The cause of my depression for the day - a cloud-topped Untersberg 

Schloss Frohnburg!!!
This on the other hand was one of the highlights of the trip - getting to
see Schloss Frohnburg up close! This is the actual building filmed in
The Sound of Music 

Stu by the gates of Schloss Frohnburg
Stu by the gates of Schloss Frohnburg 

And this is the rear of Schloss Frohnburg
And this is the rear of Schloss Frohnburg

Bussed it back into town. Stu went and had a sauna while I did internetty things.

Headed out to dinner, going to Spicy Spices, an Indian vegetarian/vegan restaurant. Was ok, the thing I had was a little warm for my taste, and serving sizes fairly small, but was ok.

Untersberg still in clouds... :(

1 Comments

Joan Sutherland said:

Hi there!
Thanks for your pictures. I didn't have a camera when I lived in Schloss Frohnburg while I was a musician in the Mozarteum International Summer Orchestra. I thought it was touristy or something. But I've regretted that all my life. I can still remember the daily walk along the Allee to the bus stop, probably the same one you took to get into town! The crunch of the gravel and the sounds of players practicing-the most wonderful sound in the world. I sat in the massive windows in my room that overlooked the valley. Sheep gathered together with bells on and that's another sound. The voices bouncing clearly in the mountain air. Cold mornings. Daily roasted chicken for dinner and buns in the morning so hard we joked they were used for cannon fodder.
Memories.
Cheers!
Joan

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