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From the exotic to the familiar, whether you’re traveling or in your own backyard, we would love to see the world through your eyes.
I was in Salzburg for a couple weeks in late 2010, visiting friends who live near the airport. They loaned me their mother’s bicycle to get around. I mostly rode along the path by the stream,
, on the back side of the airport or through the tunnel into
. Sometimes I would park the bike at the base of the ridge,
, which frames the southwest side of
, climb to the top for the view and to visit the modern art museum. Short cool days, cold nights with remarkably clear weather.
Autumn view of the fortress which overlooks Salzburg from its south side.
Same vista, from a little further away.
Ack. I’ve lost track of the name of this building. Hopefully a native Austrian can provide the answer. I *think* I was on the ridge above Salzburg looking to the south.
One of the freshly mowed fields below the
- Schloss Leopoldskron
from the far side of the lake, infamous owing to scenes in the Sound of Music. (My Salzburg friend has never watched the film, in part, as you can’t actually hike over the alps from Salzburg to Switzerland… )
Close up of ducks who frequent the lake. I’d often see fisherman along the shore as I rode by.
View of Untersberg, with a dusting of snow, from my lodging. This high massif graces rural Salzburg’s skyline. I’ve been to the top once. Cold, with spectacular views.
Same view, a little further back to include the mountains to the north.
And in reality, the Von Trapps didn’t escape over the Alps, they just went on tour and didn’t come home.
The water pictures are my favorites, of course. Just lovely!
Super cool! The blue skies are awesome
I’m on board with water and blue skies, especially after a day of rain and November gloom. :-)
I especially like the third one, with the unnamed building, because of the way it’s layered — the lawn in front, the building, the fall colors, the mountains, the sky. It’s almost as if the light cloud layer echoes the profile of the mountains. Very lovely.
“Mozart, return to Salzburg with me”.
Mike in NC
Visited Salzburg in 2010 on a Danube cruise. Loved it.
Forsooth, The Sound of Music gets a great deal wrong about Austria and the von Trapps and the late 1930s. Why, I once read an Austrian’s online comment saying the movie made him think more kindly of those who thought that his was the land of kangaroos.
Last summer (2019) I had the joy of going to that fine city with my family. Stiegel is a fantastic beer and the food was amazing. Likewise, we spent two nights at the actual Von-Trapp Estate (Not the set or exterior of the movie, the actual house!) It’s a beautiful city.
When I was a kid in the 70’s, gators had gotten kind of rare. Then hunting them was banned and leaded gasoline was being phased out, plus all kinds of pollution control began. Amphibians in general increased around the state. Phibians are very susceptible to birth defects caused by pollution, and most birth defects are fatal. Now we have a big population again and they have been allowing harvesting of gators again. It is kind of amazing how fast the population has rebounded. They are everywhere.
It seems odd to me how afraid of them non Floridians are. Treat them cautiously sure, but they aren’t Tyrannosaurus rex or anything. Crocodiles are much more aggressive. There is the other side of the equation of tourists who don’t understand that any wildlife is dangerous. They go to close for a picture or poke the animal…Don’t ever feed one, and teach them to associate humans with food.
ok I don’t understand how this ended up on the wrong thread.
Die Fotos sind sehr schön!
fall colors + castles = cool.
Of course you can. It’s just a longer hike and more arduous than you might have expected.
Not sure how the text formatting got messed up, but I hope the captions are clear. @WaterGirl:
@SectionH: Vielen dank.
@Omnes Omnibus: True. But my Salzburg friend found the premise in the film jarring. (I have an East German friend who I tease, saying I saw Heidi’s grandfather’s cabin the the mountains while hiking today… )
Hey, that is my backyard.
I have pictures from about the same spots that I was planning to submit. They are from June and thus a bit more colorful.
Salzburg in November can be a lot nicer, I was there just two days ago.
I spent 2 years at the Uni Salzburg in the early 90s. I lived in Nonntal, just outside the Altstadt. I saw the Festung every day I spent in Salzburg. I used to walk or jog on the Mönchsberg on a regular basis.
There was a bus stop in front of the little dorm I lived in. Untersberg was the last stop on the Nr. 55 bus. Whenever I had the time to spare, I would take the bus to the foot of the mountain and hike up to the Gipfelkreuz.
Lots to do in and around Salzburg for a college student on a tight budget!
@Gvg: Wrong thread? I just assumed I’d missed a gator lurking in the pond in one of those pics.
First four pics aren’t showing for me (Firefox on a Mac).
Is the more distant ridge in the final pic the Watzmann? I hiked up a good many mountains in that area when I was living in Munich, but never Watzmann.
J R in WV
If we get to Austria after the plague passes, you have to let me take you and your family out to dinner and a show some time — my grandfather was Swiss and I’ve always wanted to drive in the Alps!
This picture is from Saturday.
@J R in WV: Give me call when you’re in the area. There are some interesting spots that tourists tend to miss.
And not even four horses would be able to drag me to one of those dinner & music shows.
@Doug: No, it’s definitely not the Watzmann. I’m not 100% sure, but it should be the “Hoher Göll“.
FYI, the building in picture 3 used to be a retirement home run by the city of Salzburg. Meanwhile they moved that one a new building just adjacent to the old one, and as far as I know they converted the old building to apartments.
More details are here (in German).
@Tim C.: It’s worth a visit to the Stiegl brewery as there’s an outdoor terrace where you can eat pub food & drink a wide variety of their beers. Also, don’t pass up a visit to Augustiner Bräustübl or Die Weisse Braurerei (my husband makes the rounds of the local breweries).
@otmar: Yes. I knew there was a BJ person who lived nearby! I often visit Salzburg in the weeks between Halloween & Thanksgiving. (Not this year of course.) Last year we stayed late enough in the year to be able to visit Schloss Hellbrun in the evening—when the Kriskindlmarkt just opened. Fireworks too.
@mazareth: Ah. I gave a lecture once at University of Salzburg. In English (thankfully). Later though, I think in 2011 or 2012… Lots of great hikes (and bike paths) around Salzburg.
@otmar: Did you go into Altstadt? My Salzburg friend just sent a series of photos of his girlfriend & baby daughter—taken all around ‘old town’ and it’s completely empty, even the street in front of Mozart’s birthplace.
@way2blue: not this time. We only went for a quick stroll in Freisaal.
I had more time in June, and yes, the old town is a bit spooky when completely devoid of people.
(And btw, I grew up in Nonntal.)