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Monday, December 17, 2007

Salzburg--December 14-15

Mom had been hinting that she wanted to go somewhere, so I decided we'd try Salzburg and Munich. (Above, we are standing in front of the Leopoldskron Castle--the back yard and lake used in The Sound of Music. After being in Germany during the holiday season a couple of years ago, I knew that the Christmas markets would be excellent and the hot mulled gluwein would be good.

We flew out on Thursday, December 13 to Munich and had to run very quickly to catch our early train to Salzburg. Dad said it was the first time he had run in 30 years. We got on the train within seconds of it taking off. Snow covered the ground most of the way.

We checked into our hotel, the Goldener Hirsch, which was near Mozart's birth house on a little pedestrian shopping street in the old town. This is a view towards the end of the street:

After checking in, we walked around Salzburg and had lunch before returning to the hotel to be picked up for our "Sound of Music Tour." The tour was a four hour tour that took us to many of the locations used in the filming of The Sound of Music. Here are a few:

Left: The house used as the von Trapp family's villa.

Above: Gazebo ("I am 16 going on 17...")

Left: The road to the von Trapp house, where the children hung from the trees in their playclothes made from curtains.

Above: The fortress overlooking all of Salzburg

Left: Nonnberg Abbey, where Maria was a novice.

Above: Inside the Cathedral in Mondsee, used for the wedding scene. Below: the Cathedral from the outside.

After the tour, we went to dinner and had some great Wiener Scnitzel . Then we walked around, enjoyed more gluwein, and took part in all the Christmas festivities.

The next day was Saturday, and the streets were more crowded than ever with shoppers enjoying the Holiday markets. We walked around some more, and I climbed the hill to get a better view of Nonnberg Abbey. Then we headed to the train station to return to Munich.

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