Article by Lauren
We made our way from Zurich Switzerland to the beautiful country of Austria. We took a train across the incredible countryside, with rolling hills, mountains, cattle grazing and quaint cottage homes in the horizon. The scenery was absolutely breathtaking, but the mountains were some of the tallest I have ever witnessed in my life. Especially cutting across Switzerland with the snowy peaks and fog, made the journey even more memorable.
I remember the sound of music humming in my mind, as we approached the Austrian border, and the colours of orange rooftops and green meadows become more predominant. When we arrived at the train station, the air was so clean, but the weather wasn't very sunny. The rain began to come down and made our travel to our hosts home a little more difficult. We also didn't have access to internet so all of our navigating was from maps, wi-fi or asking kind strangers to use their mobile phones to contact our hosts.
As we figured our way around, we finally managed to find our host and begin our touring. First on our list was
This was an important garden to experience, especially since the movie Sound of Music made a great scene here. This is also a perfect spot for photo shoots and blissful walks, with streaming fountains, budding flowers, paths of trees in a row, and enchanting gates. This was like a secret garden from a romantic time period.
One really beautiful spot was a bridge, with love locks strung across. They represented couples devoted love, and then they toss the key into the river. This tradition is very popular across Europe, with the largest lock bridge located in Paris, France.
Then after exploring the gardens, we decided to hop a bus and make our way to the city center. Another influential "celebrity" among Austrian history was the great Mozart, who was born in Salzburg. They have a dedicated museum in remembrance of him, as well as his residence. This is a very relaxing experience if you enjoy walking through museums and looking at historical art.
Mozarts Residence - Geburtshaus
I would recommend purchasing a Salzburg card if you plan to travel by transit. We got the 48-hour card that gave us access to transit, free museum entrances and many other discounts. It also makes it more convenient and isn't too expensive.
My favourite museum was the Fortress Fungteng. Now it is a very important spot in Salzburg and towers over the city on a huge cliff. You can explore this castle, look at old works of art, medieval weapons, old rooms, and costume. I found this place very interesting and enjoyable. Especially the fast elevator up is kind of cool as well. The view over the city is unforgettable, and because the weather wasn't the best, we had some mysterious fog and rain which made some cool photos.
Now after all of this exploring, we were definitely hungry and ready for some typical Austrian dishes. We came across this one little restaurant near Mozart's residence. We walked up this narrow old rickety stairway, into this small room. These days were very cold, especially in the month of May. So we both ordered some home-made potato soup and biscuits. Unreal experience and it was so tasty!
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