Sunday, May 09, 2010

Interesting buildings: the Salzburg edition

After the conference, I spent a couple of days in Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and setting of The Sound of Music. The town is essentially nestled between two hills, with a river running through the middle. On top of one hill looms the Hohensalzburg fortress. You have to try very hard to take a picture without this huge fortress somewhere in the background.

On the right side of the picture above is the very steep funicular that takes you up to the fortress with incredible speed. Here is the view from the fortress.

If you would rather get a little exercise (we didn't), you can instead take the long walk up.

On the other side of the river is the Schloss Mirabell and its beautiful gardens. The Von Trapp kids sing Do-re-mi while dancing around that fountain in The Sound of Music.

And here is the Mozart bridge, which I think also makes a showing in the film (see what I mean about the fortress - it's everywhere!)

In the old part of town you can traverse through narrow shopping streets to buy your kugel or beer steins or what have you.

And in the middle of the old center of town is a big square where they still host ceremonies.

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