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.

View of Old Salzburg from across the Salzach river

View of Old Salzburg from across the Salzach river

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.

One of many small Christmas markets located in the various plazas

One of many small Christmas markets located in the various plazas

Visitors maybe a bit lost in the big city

Visitors maybe a bit lost in the big city

They'd perk up if they sprang for a hot pastry like the ones we were eating at that moment.

They’d perk up if they sprang for a hot pastry like the ones we were eating at that moment.

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.

Mozart himself, at least a replica.

Mozart himself, at least a replica.

We looked for his birth house, up and down narrow Gassen, finally finding it. Can hardly miss the signage.

Many narrow, tourist clogged, streets

Many narrow, tourist clogged, streets

Birth place of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Birth place of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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.

A real veal cutlet Wienerschnitzel with parsley potatoes and a wedge of lemon. And a fine local beer.

A real veal cutlet Wienerschnitzel with parsley potatoes and a wedge of lemon. And a fine local beer.

We rather preferred the right bank with its fewer tourists and interesting little alleyways.

The other side of the river

The other side of the river

Plenty to explore.

No tourists here!

No tourists here!

No busses, no roar of traffic

No busses, no roar of traffic

Plenty of delights for the eye.

Plenty of delights for the eye.

How masterfully the cobbles get laid. Every stone exactly in its place.

How masterfully the cobbles get laid. Every stone exactly in its place.

This wraps up Salzburg for the season. No music this time but a good feeling that Christmas is near.

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