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Salzburg

Overlooking the city of Salzburg is a fortress called Hohensalzburg. Its building began in the 1000s, although back then it very much looked like a farmhouse with fencing. As the years passed, and its function change, it began taking on a fortress appearance. Don't miss the audio guide included with the tickets, we found it very informative.  We found some stairs that climbed up to the fortress.  It was a nice way to see this part of Salzburg, as we passed by countless gelato shops, peoples' open windows and balconies, on a cobblestone path up to the fortress.

 

View of Hohensalzburg from the town below, Salzburg, Austria

View of Hohensalzburg from the city below

Stairway to Hohensalzburg, Salzburg, Austria

Stairway to Hohensalzburg, Salzburg

Approaching Hohensalzburg, Salzburg, Austria

Approaching Hohensalzburg, Salzburg, Austria

 

In addition to walking around town, we walked along the Salzburg River, past many vendors, on a search for Mozart's residence and birthplace, and I am happy to report, successfully found it. By then, it was time to take our train back so we headed for the train station.I hear Mirabell Palace is also an attraction for those with more time.

On the weekend that we rented a car, we visited Hallein Salt Mine in Austria. The tour started with visitors putting on coveralls and boarding a mine train to travel to the inner depths of the mine, just as miners once did. Along the way, there were two miners’ slides (27m and 42m long), one boat ride over an underground brine lake, two underground boundary crossings, and a Celtic miner from the BC era who died accidentally in the mines and was preserved by the salt. Though some parts of it was more commercialized than it needed to be, as a whole, I found the salt mine visit both educational and exhilarating (thanks to the miners’ slides). The kids loved the rides on the miners’ train and slides. The Salt Mine ticket included a Celtic Village (which closes early) and free parking.  Unfortunately, we did not have any pictures.  Our camera, also our GPS, was running low on battery and we had to choose between taking pictures or finding our way home across the border to Munich.

Eisriesenwelt Ice Cave Entrance, Werfen, Austria

Eisriesenwelt Ice Cave Entrance, Werfen, Austria

Eisriesenwelt Werfen is said to be the largest ice cave in the world. It is a constantly evolving ice sculpture with a beautiful bluish hue. The tour is about 1km in length to cover the icy portion of the 40km cave system in the Austrian Alps. There are 700 steps up into the cave, 700 steps down and out of the cave. Our tour guide was very good at stopping in strategic places to allow people to catch their breath on the way in. The cave is dark inside, but lamps were provided to help light up the way. We dressed in layers to keep warm and did not feel chilly until we started making our way down. Our youngest who was 4 years old at the time was able to make the tour with some help from dad. It is a shame that pictures were not allowed inside the cave. To get to the entrance of the Ice Cave, we took a couple of cable cars, which afforded amazing views of the surrounding Alpine mountains.   We also got to walk a little along the side of the mountain to enjoy the views at a slower pace.

View of the Alps from the trail to the entrance of the Ice Cave, near Werfen, Austria

View of the Alps from the trail to the entrance of the Ice Cave, near Werfen, Austria

 

Warning: The safety of these adventures are dependent on a variety of factors including but not limited to: terrain, weather, wildlife, hiker skill level, human error, and other foreseen and unforeseen circumstances. Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information provided at the time of publication, we do not assume any liability for the accuracy and completeness of the information provided.  As such, we will not be held responsible for any harm, injury, and/or loss that may result. Your personal judgement on the safety of each adventure is required at all times. Please use your own discretion and be safe.

 

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