Mention Salzburg and most people immediately think of "The Sound of Music." But the city is also well-known as the birthplace of Mozart. It was also a wealthy area from the Dark Ages until the time of refrigeration due to "white gold" - the rich salt deposits deep in the hillsides. Hence the name "city of salt" or Salzburg.
Our boat docked in Linz, a city of 200,000 today, which Hitler claimed as his home town, although he was born in a nearby village.
From there it was about a 2 hour bus ride southwest to Salzburg. Along the way, the scenery changed and we saw rock formations and lakes. Here is Dragon Wall and moon Lake.
Unfortunately, we had a somewhat rainy day, so many of the photos are dark.
We arrived about 10 and our tour took us to Mirabell Gardens. The property was developed by the Prince Archbishop in 1730, but after the people's revolution in 1848, Emperor Franz Joseph opened it to the public, which it has remained ever since. Several scenes from the famous movie were filmed here.
We also went into the Cathedral of Salzburg, which is quite large, but not nearly as impressive inside as many other European churches. It has 5 organs which can be played individually or together, and Mozart composed many songs for the church.
We ate lunch at Gasthaus Wilder Mann, a cozy Austrian tavern where we had goulash and dumplings with heavy bread.
Afterwards we walked around. The locals were preparing for a festival and one of the attractions was this globe with a man on top. At first glance, he does look real.
We also heard some folk music by 2 street performers playing a bayan (accordion?) and a tsymbaly (like a hammered dulcimer). I bought their CD for 10 E and can't wait to hear it.
Our boat departed at 10 for Passau, and tonight we closed the bar with new friends (but only at 11).