We left Bregenz – in yesterdays post – and took the train for 4+ hours to Salzburg. The photos above look quite eery, since it was around dawn when we finally made it to the old part of the city of Salzburg. That might or might not have been my fault, since I have no sense of direction whatsoever (read: it was totally my fault) but at least we got to walk around the parts of the city no tourist ever had heard of :)
We stayed at the lovely hotel Schöne Aussicht in Gnigl, an outer borough of the city, on top of a hill to enjoy the view and amazingly fresh air a little bit longer. On our first morning in Salzburg, we had to get up a little bit earlier, had breakfast and then took a cab to Rudolfskai in the city. Nina was in for a surprise! I didn´t give away any details before, which was so so hard for me, but when we arrived in front of Bob´s Tours, I would finally spill the beans.
I booked us on a tour to Hallstatt and around the Salzkammergut to see the original settings of the movie Sound of Music. I know, every Austrian is now cringing (and believe me I was too when I first got to see the movie), but Julie Andrews is enchanting and my friend loves the movie! I took one for the team, and I must say I truly enjoyed it. Bob´s Tours organizes tours for small groups in vans instead of huge tourist busses and it was very insightful and an overall great experience – off the beaten path as they promised. Thank you to the lovely ladies on our tour from Toronto and California as well as our tour guide Rosi!
After taking a little tour to Schloss Hellbrunn, to see the original gazebo from the movie, we had to drive outside, to the county of Salzburg, to see all the lakes. Fuschlsee, Wolfgangsee, Mondsee and of course the charming town of Hallstatt, I was so excited to see again and to show to Nina of course.
The reason why there are no photos of me is that I forgot to bring my motion sickness medicine and I felt so sick when we arrived in Hallstatt. I was incredibly thankful to Nina to be okay with just walking around, letting me breathe and feel better and also to the other ladies from our tour, who made sure I am okay on the way back. I still don´t know why I thought I´d be fine without the meds.
I sadly had to skip boating on the lake, but I will make sure to come back next summer by train and make up for our miss and finally repeat my lovely childhood memory. Also if you want to see more photos of (boating in) Hallstatt, don´t miss the post over at The Overseas Escape and Margo´s view on her trip last year.
Needless to say it wasn´t as pleasant as I hoped it would be but at least we got to explore the amazingly charming (and small) town of Hallstatt before it was time to head back. The photos above may not show it, but it´s actually hard to snap photos without loads of tourists on them. That would be the only thing I disliked there. And yes, I am aware I was a tourist as well, but I think spending the night in Hallstatt and walking around very early in the morning would make for an even nicer experience.
The last leg of our tour took us back to the city of Salzburg with a quick halt at Mondsee and the town of St. Lorenz, to see the church from the movie and for the other girls to have coffee and Apfelstrudel (which I couldn´t enjoy for the above mentioned reason).
While I enjoyed the hot Apfelstrudel too quickly to snap a pic #sorrynotsorry, I got to take a nice one of our shared Kaiserschmarrn (known as Emperor´s mess – click for the recipe) the night before at the hotel.
Full with memories and great food, we returned to the hotel. The next morning we packed, had breakfast and hung out at the hotel reading since it was pouring outside, before we headed to the train station to take the train to Vienna.
More on the last chapter of our tour – Vienna – next week!