The Monday after Easter we took advantage of the end of Easter break and boarded a train for Salzburg. It was our first time since our arrival that we journeyed outside of Vienna. I thought it might be easier to book our train tickets in person, but when I went to the office they informed me it would be over 200€! I returned home and ordered our tickets online for the seven of us and Kathy for well under 100€. We booked a hotel room at Kroner 1512 and looked forward to the time away.
Making the connection was easy though we missed the announcement of what section we needed to board at and ended up sitting down in first class. When they came around to check our tickets the lady was very friendly and asked if we would like to pay the difference or move back to coach. We happily moved. The only significant difference was slightly less leg room and non-reclining seats, but we were perfectly comfortable. The scenery along the way was nice with small towns and lots of green to look at. As we got nearer to Salzburg we got our first glimpse of the mountains. The train ride was about two hours long. Sebastian says it was one of his favorite parts of the whole trip. I enjoyed the fact that everyone is big enough to carry their own stuff!
We walked to our hotel, Krone 1512, located in the center of Salzburg and built presumably in 1512. It first served as a home to a blacksmith and there was a quarry behind the building. We shared 2 rooms on the same floor. One was on the back side of the building with a terrific view. It also had a huge bathtub.
We passed Mozart’s birthplace and discovered this Mozart character who somehow could float in the middle of the air. We grabbed lunch at Burgerista that had the advantage of free refills. (Unfortunately the one in Vienna isn’t so nice and doesn’t give free refills.)
Then we headed towards the Hohensalzburg Fortress–an amazing 900 year old fortress with breathtaking views of the city. We spent several hours making the slow walk up to the fortress and exploring much of the inside. There was a small museum with marionettes that Gabriel and Sebastian especially enjoyed. They both bought marionettes as souvenirs.
The next day we explored Saint Sebastian’s cemetery. The boys found the great number of skulls pictured in the art and on the tombstones interesting.
We also visited Mirabel Gardens. The gardens were Isaac and Stephen’s favorite part of the trip and many of the pictures of the gardens were taken by them. Of course we had to have a picture of Kathy and the boys at the fountain used in the Sound of Music.
We found a fun playground just as it started raining, but we got a little bit of time playing in.
Sebastian and I took a walk up to Kapuzinerberg and looked at the chapel there. Along the way there were statues of the different stations of the cross that we looked at and talked about along the way.
We walked along the famous bridge with all the locks and spent time finding interesting locks.
I asked Jack what his favorite part of Salzburg was just now. He answered, “Being there with Gran.”
It was a great trip with beautiful weather. We look forward to going again sometime.