Years ago my parents moved to Germany and I was able to visit them once. We traveled to several places ranging from Strasbourg, France to Salzburg, Austria.
The Hills Are Alive
Go ahead and sing it – you know you want to. Salzburg is associated with The Sound of Music. The movie was based on the true story of the von Trapp family who lived there.
Nonnberg Convent – Where Maria entered as a novice.
While the von Trapp’s true story may not be as glamorous as the movie, the city is even more so.
The city’s most famous resident was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. (Did you know he was named Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgang Theophilus Mozart at birth?) He only lived thirty-five short years, but gave to the world a wealth of beautiful musical compositions.
Just down the street from Mozart’s Gebursthaus (place of birth). Ugly signs are not permitted.
Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau had Altenau Palace built in 1606 as a token of his love for Salome Alt. The palace fulfilled its purpose: fifteen children were born of their union, ten of whom survived. After Wolf Dietrich’s death, the palace was renamed “Mirabell” by his successor, Markus Sitticus von Hohenems.
Salzbergwerk (Salt Mine)
While actually in Germany, Salzbergwerk Berchtesgaden is only 30 km south of Salzburg and well worth the trip. Visitors get to don clothes that miners would wear, board a train, and explore the mine.
I hope to go back with my children (and a digital camera!). It is such a beautiful city to explore.
Facts about Austria
- The city has about 150,000 inhabitants
- The old town is a UNESCO World Heritage site
- It’s the fourth largest city in Austria
- The main language is German
- The currency is the Euro