04.12.2011 - 04.12.2011
Day 3: Dec. 4
I was finally making my way back to my favorite European city from the first Euro trip I had taken four years ago. The first time I went to Salzburg was in the summer, so I was so excited to have the opportunity to go during the winter. My friend Kaitlyn and I decided to take a day trip there. I know, it was a little much, but I figured when was the chance I would make it back to Salzburg again, so why not take the chance while it was there (and relatively cheap considering the train tickets were 80 euro round trip). We woke up around 6:30 to get to our 8:14 train. We were able to get breakfast and then we headed out to catch the bus. From the bus we had to catch the metro. We got on the metro at 8 and our train was leaving at 8:14. We had five stops. We got to the stop we needed to get off at 8:10, we were running through the station at this point (and we still did not have our ticket). We bought our tickets the fastest I think anyone ever had, ran to the track and hopped on the train at 8:14. We got half way down one of the cars and the train started moving. We literally JUST made it. It was awesome. We then had a 2 hour and 40 minute train ride. Once we started getting closer to Salzburg we were able to see the Alps, which were AWESOME! They had snow on them and everything so it was amazing.
We got to Salzburg around 11am and set out to find the tourist office to get our Sound of Music tour tickets. After getting the tickets we made our way to the famous Salzburg Christmas market (yes, I know, another Christmas market). This one was BY FAR my favorite one that I went to in all my travels. It is called Salzburger Christkindl-Markt. There were so many booths, I don’t even have a number to estimate. All the booths were wooden stalls painted green with lights and Christmas trees. It was awesome. Kaitlyn and I walked around for a little bit because we had about two hours before the tour began. We also got lunch at the market. I got a bosna, which is a sandwich with sausage type meat and onions and mustard. It was delicious (I also got one for dinner). The market was awesome and we didn’t even get to everything in the two hours. We did however have time to get some apple strudel (although I don’t think there was apple in it, it was just the dough) and I got apple sauce and warm vanilla sauce on it. It was sooooooo gooooood.
We made our way back over to where the tour was leaving and our tour began!! We didn’t get to take the tour bus, but we took a little van with the five other people on the tour. Our tour guides name was Peter. He was a middle aged Austrian and he was very informative and so excited about the Sound of Music. It was really cool because there were two women from England, a couple from Canada, and a man from Malaysia. We drove all around Salzburg, which in my opinion is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. We saw the Abbey where the nuns lived, we saw the house that they used for the Von Trapp family, the gazebo and then we took a trip out to the town where the church was that was used in the movie. We took a tour of the outlying parts of Salzburg and they were so incredibly beautiful. There are so many lakes and mountains everywhere. Also, the sun was setting. It was literally breath-taking. The town where the church is located is called Montsee. It also had a christmas market. The town itself is so cute! It has all different colored buildings and there are Christmas lights everywhere. I also got some really good apple strudel in this town also because the tour recommends it. Obviously not missing out on that, come on. On the way back to Salzburg, we were singing to the Sound of Music songs and it was great. Pure bliss. After the tour, Kaitlyn and I made our way back to the Christmas market to get dinner and make some final purchases. We then walked to the train station where we were able to make an earlier train back to Vienna.
It was a great day and I was so glad that I was able to go back to Salzburg and go on the Sound of Music tour. Fabulous day!