As we leave Austria, here are a few parting shots of Fussen, Germany located in the State of Bavaria, Salzburg, and the Austrian village St. Wolfgang, located along the side of a Lake Wolfgang in the Alps not far from Salzburg.
These photos are from Fussen, Germany – I love the colorful buildings and the the fairy tale like Neuschwanstein Castle just outside of Fussen (also known as Mad King Ludwig’s Castle). We had one surprise though – the castle was almost entirely covered in scaffolding. This is the only view of it where most of it doesn’t show. The web site for the castle said nothing about the scaffolding, but then I guess not many people would be visiting it if it said be prepared not to see the castle due to construction…
This is one of many windows in Salzburg filled with Mozart chocolates. It is impossible to visit Salzburg without eating and leaving with chocolate.
We loved St. Wolfgang with it’s setting on the pristine lake surrounded by the peaks of the Alps. It’s a quaint village, population about 2800, that is a perfect place to spend an afternoon walking and exploring the shops and beautiful church. It is one of the most famous mountain villages in Austria
We’re back near Salzburg, staying in the small village of Grödig, just 10 miles from Salzburg. It’s quiet and quaint – away from the crowds of Salzburg. But if you want to go into Salzburg, there is a bus stop nearby with frequent service that will have you in the heart of the city in about 20 minutes.
We’re staying in a traditional but modern Austrian style hotel called Hotel Sallerhoff. It is small, quaint, surrounded by gardens filled with flowers and sculpture. It’s a very comfortable hotel with gracious staff and an excellent self-serve espresso machine in the lobby. Our room had a seating area and small balcony overlooking the grounds.
We had excellent sandwiches from a small cafe in the village and enjoyed Austria’s favorite beverage…
And then had a quiet evening listening to a thunderstorm echo in the mountains and watching …
That’s right Sound of Music, which plays on a continuous loop in our room, in either German or English.
We are staying at Schloss Haunsperg, a castle in the town of Hallein just 15 minutes outside of Salzburg. Built in the 14th century, the castle was originally owned by Count Haunsperg, and has been in the current owner’s family since the 1800’s. the castle is not only beautiful, but tranquil in its garden setting.
At breakfast this morning, the owner was telling me that the tower, while modified, was originally built during Roman times as a watch tower, and was also used as a resting point for travelers on a Roman road that went by here. There is also a small Baroque chapel, that seats about 25, and is used for weddings, baptisms, and family masses, one of which was held last night to celebrate a saint’s birthday. Another interesting bit of history is that the text to the “Blue Danube” waltz was written here.
When we arrived we were given a room key, which is also a key to the front door of the castle. The walls are ivy covered, with beautiful roses climbing up to the windows.
Our room is on the 4th floor and is partially located in the tower. We have a huge bedroom and large sitting area. Beautiful antiques are used throughout the castle, and as Matt has mentioned, it looks like a museum. But it feels like anything but a museum. The owners are warm, welcoming and fun, making you feel at home immediately and urge you to explore the castle. These are our rooms.
We’ve arrived in Salzburg and the castle where we are staying is beautiful. However, there is no Internet, and it will be a couple of days before I post again. In the mean time, does anyone know what these are? There was a bakery in Fussen that sold them. They were about the size of a softball…