After an early breakfast, we went ashore in Linz and took a coach ride to Salzburg enjoying the magnificent, lush green hills- my mind kept flashing back to that scene in the movie expecting Maria to pop out on the scene, arms stretch wide open singing “the hills are alive…”. This beautiful city, the birthplace of the composer Wolfgang Mozart, seemed too familiar to me who is forever enchanted by the movie, The Sound of Music.
Salzburg is situated in western Austria on the banks of the lovely Salzach River. In Salzburg, the Salzach River passes between two lofty masses of rock, one of which , the Monchsberg ( 1716 ft. high), bears an 11th century fort. It is a well-known resort and the site of internationally famous annual music and drama festivities.
A little bit of history…
Originally a Celtic settlement and later a Roman trading center called Juvavum, Salzburg has been an archbishopric since about the year 800 and from that late Middle ages onwards had formed a spiritual principality in the Holy Roman Empire. The development of the region and its ultimate separation from Bavaria, its mother country, was agreed upon in the 14th century but it was not until 1816 that Salzburg was incorporated into Austria. With the Anschluss (annexation) to the Third German Reich in 1938, Salzburg became a district of the Reich. The city of Salzburg was surrendered without a fight to the approaching US troops on May 4,1945 and became a part of Austria again.
On with our tour…
We stopped at the sites that were used in filming The Sound of Music (to my delight of course).
The Pegasus Fountain
We visited the Archbishop’s castle and the baroque and gothic churches. We then ate lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the small museum in the house where Mozart was born located on the shopping street, Getreidegasse, Salzburg’s most famous shopping lane generated by the high, narrow houses tightly nestled together, the enticing shops and the wrought iron guild signs.
In the afternoon, we rode to Aschach where we boarded our ship and cruised on to the loveliest stretches of the Danube… to the tune of, once again, The Blue Danube Waltz.