I know that many people come to Salzburg for Mozart and The Sound of Music but seeing as we had done Mozart already in Vienna and Steve wasn't too interested in following the tour buses around we focused on everything else. Although it is hard to ignore The Sound of Music attraction.
It was surprisingly warm at the top, as shown with Claire having taken her scarf off.
This was were we tried to reach, and this is the point Steve decided his boots weren't up to the task either
This was Claire, still waiting where she had last fallen
For the afternoon, we checked out the real touristy things, a trip to Mozart's House where we saw some of the compositions of Mozart and his father and learnt a bit about his family. Afterwards we walked through the Mirabell Gardens which were part of the Sound of Music. Sadly the gates were closed on the Doh Re Mi steps.
Being frozen, we headed indoors to the Residenz State Rooms and art gallery. The rooms are ornate but the real highlight was the glockenspiel balustrade in the Ballroom. Yes, Claire did give it a few taps to make sure it was in tune, but you'd have to be pretty fit to play it on your own.
We thought that it would be too busy to try for a night shot on new years eve so got this on the way back to the hotel.
New Year's Eve was a busy one for us. We started early and went to the Hohensalzburg Fortress by the Funicular railway and then walked around the top to the Nunnberg and then back into town. The Salzburg Museum was interesting as was the Panorama Museum attached to it. The Panorama Museum had a 26m painting of Salzburg and its surrounds as it was in 1829. For lunch we went to the local Steigl Brewery and had one of the most comprehensive brewery tours we had done so far. Informative, and best of all they let you sample up to 6 of their varieties (in a mini Stein), and give you a glass as a gift. Thanks Salzburg card. Beer mixed with lemonade is a little strange.
Views from the Fortress
After a relaxing morning, the guide book suggested one more lookout with great views. So up the lift in the cliff we went and noticed some strangely dressed men at the top. After wandering around and taking a few scenic pics, we realised that they actually had odd looking guns as well! It appears we had walked in on a traditional New Year's Eve gun shoot-out. There were 2 'groups' on our hill and more groups on the other 2 hills that surround Salzburg. The action lasted 30min and was extrememly loud. When we retreated back to the street level we could see the sparks coming over the cliff. This signalled the start of all local fireworks that continued for the next 8hrs until just after midnight.
Then they started doing this
More then one person was walking around like this. Not sure how Steve managed to take the photos