Germany and Austria--1991
Salzburg and the Countryside
|Every guide who leads us around
Salzburg always tells us that the St. Peter's Churchyard was used as the
scene for the hiding place in "The Sound of Music." I've watched the movie
two or three times and it never looks like St. Peter's to me. Nevertheless,
this is a great place for tourists (like Brenda) who can spend days in cemeteries.
Some of the family burial plots are built right into the cliffside and look
like rooms in a home.
||The Salzbergwerk where this
picture was made is not located in the city of Salzburg--the spelling is different.
The "burg" in Salzburg refers to the castle in the city, but the "berg" in
Salzbergwerk refers to the mountain of salt that lies below the surface in
this area of Germany and Austria. This particular salzbergwerk is located
in Berchtesgaden. Other similar mines that allow visits are located throughout
the region. On this "miner's tour" in Berchtesgaden, you get to put on the
miner's gear, ride a little train into the bowels of the earth, and see examples
of how the salt was (and still is) mined. The highlight of this for most
of the students is the long wooden slides that are used to descend to the
next lower levels.
|On this trip, we took a tour
through the countryside with one of the tour companies that operates from
Salzburg. Panorama Tours is located on Mirabelplatz and offers many options
for the traveler. For us, with our small groups, we can usually hire a driver
and a small van and alter our tour to fit our needs. On this trip, we knew
that it had snowed in the mountains, so our guide made sure we got to visit
these areas and play in the snow fields.
||St. Gilgen is one of the
towns that lies in the region near Salzburg. There are a number of Alpine
lakes in this region with several small towns similar to St. Gilgen. Although
we have never taken an auto trip through this area, I think that any travelers
would do well to add this area to their itinerary. The scenery is often
magnificent, the accommodations appear to be excellent, and the highway system
would be easy to negotiate. With our guides we are always certain to learn
that Mozart had some connection to every place we visit. For example, here
in St. Gilgen, I'm sure his mother or sister or first cousin lived in the
house on the corner for at least a few months.
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