Posted on January 6, 2014
Salzburg, Austria wasn’t quite on our to do list but being as it was only a 20 minute drive away from Berchtesgaden, we did it anyway. Gas was a buck a gallon cheaper than in Germany, only $7.00 a gallon instead of $8.00. We filled up.
Salzburg – birthplace of Mozart, protected by a huge fortress on a hill, overlooking the town and Salzach river, enriched over the centuries even before Roman times by local salt mines.
Little Christmas markets in all the plazas, like everywhere else, were in full swing. Mostly small items were for sale, often handmade. Absolutely nothing from China. Glühwein was the drink of the moment – hot red wine with spices and sugar, served in glass mugs you carry around and deposit at any stall for a refund.
Here’s what Salzburg is really about these days – taking advantage of the fact that Mozart decided to be born here. After a while, he left. They still play his music, even have great musical seasons of his operas, etc. I bet he would be pleased.
We looked for his birth house, up and down narrow Gassen, finally finding it. Can hardly miss the signage.
After the thrill of finding the house, but too cheap to buy an entry ticket to see his old crib and such, we struck out to the other side of the river to find lunch. I promised Suzi a real Wienerschnitzel and soon we found just the right place, a rather ancient pub with vaulted ceilings and bare wooden tables.
We rather preferred the right bank with its fewer tourists and interesting little alleyways.
Plenty to explore.
This wraps up Salzburg for the season. No music this time but a good feeling that Christmas is near.