After our visit to Berchtesgaden, we headed to the town of Salzburg, the birth place of Mozart and the setting of the film, The Sound of Music, where we would be spending the next two nights.
We checked into our B&B, Gastehaus im Prieserseminar which is located in the heart of Salzburg, near Mirabell Palace and Mozart‘s residence. This B&B is right on the edge of Old Town but within walking distance of everything. There is no parking at the B&B but there is a garage two blocks away. The B&B provided us with a coupon each day for 3€ off making it 15€ a day to park. There is no in and out privileges at this garage.
The entrance door to the B&B is massive.
This B&B is a converted monastery with nice size rooms, free Wi-Fi and breakfast included. This was the nicest place we stayed during our two weeks in Europe.
It was a very quiet and tranquil setting. There is no air conditioning, but there is a fan to generate air for the room and large windows that open. Everything was very clean and well kept. The ceilings are high and the corridors are wide, giving one a very serene impression. Each floor had a common area which includes a lovely relaxing lounge with a TV, kitchenette with all facilities, vending machine with soft drinks and beer, coffee making machine, etc.
The central courtyard, archways, and tolling bells added to the quaint pleasant surroundings.
Breakfast was served in a room off the main corridor, with a separate room for dining. They offered the typical European breakfast of meat, cheese, and hard boiled eggs, breads, cake, croissants, jelly, Nutella, cereal, juice, fruit, coffee and tea.
After dropping our luggage in our room, we headed for the Fortress Hohensalzburg. Leaving the B&B we walked through the empty streets as most shops were closed on Sunday.
We walked across the bridge to get to Old Town.
Depending on where you are staying, there are several bridges that you can cross to get to Old Town.
As we made our way over the bridge, we had to cross the street to enter through the arch.
We meandered the narrow streets but most of the shops were closed.
On the way to the fort, we visited the Salzburg Cathedral. Stepping inside we immediately noticed the altars, statues and the stunning ceiling.
Leaving the church we made our way to the funicular to purchase tickets to go up to the fort, perched high on the hill. There is a path to walk to the top but we choose to ride up.
Fortress Hohensalzburg is a landmark fort that overlooks the city of Salzburg. The views of the town and surrounding area are just spectacular.
Mirabell Palace and Gardens
We could see Mirabell Palace and Gardens from here, and after touring the fort we made our way there. From the gardens, you could see the fort on top of the hill. This was where many of the scenes from The Sound of Music were filmed. After walking around taking pictures, we relaxed on one of the many benches in the garden, and listened to a man playing a violin and talked about our day.
We walked the steps where Maria and the children sang, the “Do-Re-Mi” song.
Dwarf Gnome Park
We ended our day following a footbridge guarded by two whimsical looking gnomes into a small area known as Dwarf Gnome Park.
There were many marble gnome statues surrounding an open area.
The gnomes were supposedly modeled after real dwarfs and each had a unique personality. The one with the glasses (shown below) even made an appearance in the movie.
On our way to dinner we passed Mozart’s House, which was closed.