Salzburg

Salzburg, home of Mozart, by day and by night.

For this trip to Europe we made some changes compared to our last visit trip. The two big changes were coming in the fall rather than summer, and also picking small mountain towns compared to larger cities. Every so often we still have planned medium and a a few large cities, Salzburg being the perfect medium sized city. We were both very surprised at how much fun we had here.

We always like when we learn about cool, hidden secrets while abroad. This statue of Mary is in the center of the square with her back turned to the church. When standing in a specific spot looking at the church, the two angles align perfectly on her solder while placing this golden crown on her head. (Picture above and below)

This ancient water wheel was used to flush out the dirty streets weekly. The dirty water would flow into the river and downstream, because of this it is thought that this was the reason that Salzburg never suffered during the Black Plague.

We stayed at the Stadtalm Cafe and Hostel which was located on top of this cliff. The best way to reach it was to take this elevator to the top. Worth the effort once you saw the view.

 View of our hotel's cafe on the cliffs overlooking the castle and city from our window.

View of our hotel's cafe on the cliffs overlooking the castle and city from our window.

 Lover's lock bridge in Salzburg.  These bridges are becoming very popular all over the world. Sometimes we even see locks in random places.

Lover's lock bridge in Salzburg.  These bridges are becoming very popular all over the world. Sometimes we even see locks in random places.

Our favorite thing we did in Salzburg was visit the Augusteiner Beer Hall and Garden. We went both nights we were there. This place is giant and reminded us of a sports arena except the sport is... beer! They have a self service beer counter which is fun if you can figure out the steps. This doesn't seem that difficult, but when you are mixed in with the locals who have been doing this since they were 14 things get tricky. 

1. Pay for beers at counter and receive ticket

2. Grab a stein (.5 liter or 1 liter)

3. Rinse stein in the fountain

4. Give steins and ticket to beer man

5. Receive large beer and have a drink!  Prost!

Our favorite little snack here was the shaved black radish with course salt! For 1€ this giant plate of spicy/salty radish is the perfect snack to go with a beer.


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