Salzburg, Austria - Sound of Music

Medieval McDonalds Arches Salzburg Austria
Medieval McDonalds Arches 
- Salzburg, Austria
Salzburg Austria
Beautiful Salzburg, Austria
Sound of Music Gazebo Hellbrunn Palace Austria
Sound of Music Gazebo 
- Hellbrunn Palace, Austria
Sound of Music Cathedral Mondsee Austria
Sound of Music Cathedral
- Mondsee, Austria
Apple Strudel Vanilla Sauce Mondsee Austria
Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce (Pat's Favorite)
 - Mondsee, Austria
wayne dunlap Mondsee Austria
Who's That Austrian? 
- Mondsee, Austria
Getreidegasse Street  Salzburg Austria
Getreidegasse Street - Salzburg, Austria
Mirabell Gardens Hohensalzburg Fortress Salzburg Austria
Mirabell Gardens & 
Hohensalzburg Fortress
- Salzburg, Austria
Mirabell Gardens Schloss Palace Salzburg Austria
Mirabell Gardens & Schloss Palace 
- Salzburg, Austria
Salzburg, Austria - Sound of Music (6/6-8/2011) - Visiting beautiful Salzburg was like an elegant desert after our visits to Budapest, Prague, and Krakow. The small city of Salzburg with a population of only 150,000 is bigger than life famous for being Mozart’s birthplace, the setting of the Sound of Music movie, Europe’s largest intact medieval castle, and flowers everywhere! 

We had so much fun in Salzburg reliving the movie by taking The Sounds of Music Tour and doing the Sounds of Salzburg Dinner Show. Because of this we will probably burst out in songs composed by Rodgers and Hammerstein for some time to come. 

Many of the sites we visited in Salzburg can be referenced by songs in the Sound of Music movie. See the photo from the Do-Re-Mi steps of the beautiful French-style Mirabell Gardens, Pegasus Fountain, and Hohensalzburg Fortress (Castle). 

We also visited the Leopoldskron Palace made famous in the boat turnover scene, the glass gazebo at Hellbrunn Palace where Rolf and Liesl sang Sixteen, Going on Seventeen and Maria and the Captain sang Something Good (Pat had to have a kiss here - from me), and the Salzburg Lake District where the unforgettable The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music song was recorded. 

In nearby Mondsee, we visited the Cathedral where Maria’s wedding scene was filmed. Of course, we did visit other places in Salzburg such as Mozart’s birthplace, Salzburg Cathedral, St. Peter’s Cemetery, and Salzburg's fascinating Old Town's Getreidegasse merchants' quarter street made famous with its old wrought-iron signs that describe the stores. Check out the photo of the medieval McDonalds sign. 

In Salzburg, we enjoyed our visit to the huge 1,000-seat Augustiner Braustubl brewery beer hall. They serve one kind of beer (theirs) and we had fish roasted on a stick. Immediately surrounding the old town are green belts giving Salzburg a rural feel. People use their bikes a lot in Salzburg with special bike lanes throughout the city. 

Salzburg Austria
Salzburg, Austria
A lot of history… The High Baroque architecture is due in large part to prince archbishop Wolf Dietrich, who lavishly spend much of his wealth from 1587 to 1612 on rebuilding Salzburg into an Italianate city based around five plazas, dominated by the medieval Hohensalzburg Fortess overlooking Salzburg. 

The name Salzburg literally means "Salt Castle" deriving its name from the barges carrying salt on the Salzach River, which were subject to a toll in the 8th century. Salzburg has been the capital of an independent state from the early 14th century until 1805. Salzburg was ruled by prince-archbishops, who became rich by the salt mines located in the south of the city. In designing this beautiful Baroque city, architects were imported from Italy and other European countries. 

Austria is a Roman Catholic German-speaking country with a population of about 8 million. It is the center of the once large multiethnic Austro-Hungarian Empire with its imperial capital in Vienna. This empire stretched eastwards from present-day Austria through much of east-central and south-central Europe. It included the entire territories of modern day Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, and portions of Serbia, Romania, Ukraine, Poland and Italy. 

Even more history... From the start of the 20th century, the political history of Austria has been closely linked to the misfortunes of modern German history, mainly the First and Second World Wars and their terrible aftermath. The modern republic of Austria came into being in 1918 as a result of its defeat in World War I. 

Salzburg Austria
Salzburg, Austria
Following an annexation by Nazi Germany in 1938, Austria more or less functioned as a part of Nazi Germany during the Second World War. Thus, a large proportion of Austria's population supported Hitler and Austria's incorporation into Germany. Austrian soldiers also fought in the Wehrmacht. 

Map of Austria
Map of Austria
The Allies heavily bombed Austrian cities. A treaty signed in 1955 ended the Allied and Soviet occupation, recognized Austria's independence, and forbade future unification with Germany. A constitutional law declared the country's "perpetual neutrality", a condition for Soviet military withdrawal, and thus saved Austria from Germany's fate of a divided nation. 

A prosperous country, Austria is one of the most popular summer and winter holiday destinations in Europe and has the tourist industry to match it.

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