A very comfortable train ride through the Austrian countryside. I keep hearing Julie Andrews singing “The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Music” We are on a train that will continue off to Zürich and I think of the families that escaped the Nazis by traveling through these very hills. We are hungry upon our arrival in Salzburg and run directly to the Restaurant Mundenhamer, one of the oldest and very typical Austrian restaurants.
Our first course is white asparagus soup with a breadstick wrapped in crisp prosciutto. It is asparagus season in Austria and special menus and dishes appear everywhere. The soup was creamy and silky –ssooooooo good!
The second course was a typical Austrian Goulash with spicy sausages and potatoes — so wonderful. The people here are so friendly and smiling all the time, such a difference from Prague where they were so sullen and unfriendly.
We just toured Mozart’s home — how incredible to walk the same floors as the Master himself. Many of his original works were on display along with his instruments. The steps going into the home were red marble and worn down through the years.
We walk the streets of the old city and gaze in amazement at the castle on the hill overlooking us. How grand life must have been during the height of the courts.
We walk about the town square and enjoy the open air market and stop here and there for a snack of weiss wurst and coffee. The surrounding architecture is so beautiful and everyone seems to have a smile on their face.
Walking across the bridge over the Danube affords such majestic views!
It is raining fairly heavy now so we decide to relax in the Hotel Ibis, dining on wonderful breads, meats, cheeses, yogurt and granola. The hotels all have the most wonderful coffee machines that by the push of a button make espresso, cappuccino, hot foaming milk and all sorts of various assortments of coffees, all made to perfection.
We ponder our next stop …………….Munich!