Salzburg

I arrived by train around 2? I forget. A nice lady helped me find the right bus to get close to my hotel then I had to drag my too heavy suitcase up a cobblestone street to the spot and immediately descend stairs into the lobby – who designs it that way?? But anywho, my room was ready (maybe it was closer to 3?) so I changed into my skort and a tank bc it was freaking gorgeous out and started wandering about. I followed the Rick Steves walking tour til I accidentally got off location leaving the square with the weird gold orb statue thing. I found myself walking up a steep hill beneath the fortress and wasn’t sure that’s really how to get up there but lots of people were descending so I thought perhaps it would get me there. But wait, here are pics of the cathedral I went in before I got off the tour.

 

Interesting flowers on the bottom half of the door
Interesting flowers on the bottom half of the door
Creepy baby heads on the doors to the cathedral
Creepy baby heads on the doors to the cathedral
Cathedral in Salzburg
Cathedral in Salzburg
The crown is on the building but at the right angle it fits on Mary's head from the fountain in the square (thanks rick steves!)
The crown is on the building but at the right angle it fits on Mary’s head from the fountain in the square (thanks rick steves!)
They designed it to be dark at the entrance and light at the altar
They designed it to be dark at the entrance and light at the altar
Beautiful relief work by an Italian artist all over the ceilings archways and walls
Beautiful relief work by an Italian artist all over the ceilings archways and wall

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So I didn’t take th super steep path at first but walked around the back of the fortress for the view seen above and thru a monastery courtyard with these gorgeous gravesites.

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So back around to the steep path. Literally, I had to walk on the balls of my feet for this. And I was stupidly in my sanuks hahaha

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After a steep paved section there is this lovely steep gravel section to the entrance of th fortress (aka ticket office)
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Accidental shot of my legs struggling for traction on gravel in sanuks
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Gets steeper once you’re INSIDE the gate but thankfully they offer a ramp with little crossbars and a railing
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The weeds growing in the wall reminded me of the plant wall at Fern haha

Okay so  bc I hiked up instead of taking the funicular the walking tour from Ricks book was very confusing (different starting point). But i found a cafe with a to go beer to quench my post wall scaling effort and wandered til I found something recognizable. There was free wifi and some online guide too but it was even harder to navigate. I went into the fortress museum (all Inclusive ticket) and the first thing you walk thru is a weird marionette cave. Apparently it’s a big thing here but can we say creepy???

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Some of the museum was kinda cool. I really liked the way they displayed the weapons and armor.

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Ornate oven
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Artist used plates to make this piece in the little chapel called “clouds”
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Think I can carry this one concealed?
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4 barreled. Badass
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A snake or a musical instrument?
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Just your typical human torture masks

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Okay at so the fortress also offered some stunning views

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Gingerly making my way back down after basking in the glorious views for a while, I am impressed by this car zipping up the gravel path then notice this elderly gentleman riding his bike up the paved section. Are you kidding me? I want to be fit like the Germans!! Er Austrians.

Back in town I sort of picked up where I left off on the Rick Steves tour and walked across the river to try and find the bike tour location in case I could just show and go for the lake trip the next morning. I found the spot but they were gone for the day so I wandered into a beautiful garden

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After taking in the flowers I headed back to the hotel to have dinner in the Italian spot on the sidewalk outside bc it was still nice out and I wanted a proper meal. Maybe too much dairy but the pasta was incredible and I enjoyed eavesdropping on the multinational party at the next table, especially when they brought up Graceland in my home town.

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Decided to rest up for an adventure on a bike the next day, which was a challenge since I had to keep the windows open for ventilation and the street outside was loud til past midnight…

 

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