I think it is safe to say it will be difficult to pull me out of Austria. We spent another glorious weekend in Austria and, like Alaska scenery with a cultural twist, we are in love with every bit we’ve seen thus far. So naturally, when my parents visited, we had to take them to one of our recent favorite spots – Hallstatt. However, while it was cold and rainy on our anniversary trip, it was hot and sunny last weekend! I am even more in awe of the beauty and quaintness of this little town, and we were able to ride an electric boat and the cable car this time since there were splendid views! 🙂
At the end of our day before heading to our car, we turned the corner to see this precious bride and her groom posing for their camera on its tripod. I wanted to step in and help as I had my camera ready, yet I didn’t want to intrude. Bryan knows how I am, and offered to take a few photos on their camera while I took a few on mine. It made my day when I realized it also made their day. What a neat moment to bless them and be blessed to help.
Since the last time I planned a trip we ended up sleeping sheet-less….I asked my brother and sister-in-law for more guidance on how to find a good place to stay. I think this beautiful Austrian Bed and Breakfast outside of Salzburg with its own farm-to-table restaurant was simply perfect and I highly recommend them!
Day two was quite full. We ventured all around Salzburg admiring historical buildings
and locations made famous by The Sound of Music.
It turns out Mirabelle Gardens is a popular wedding portrait spot. We spotted 3 brides and grooms in a matter of minutes. 🙂
The market lured us in with smells and sights of beautiful bright food and flowers.
Bryan was showing me this on a video just the night prior on his phone…not knowing what town it was in or how often these particular types of street musicians perform…then the next day in Salzburg – we turn the corner and received a personal performance! I wish I had caught the Ave Maria melody…so so beautiful and impeccably timed to surprise us! I love the creative talents and skills that people develop that are a treat to so many.
After hour of walking and taking it all in, we decided to save the Fortress tour for Monday and head on to Wolfgangsee Lake where my parents would ride the train to the mountain top just like Maria and the von Trapp children did as they sang.
Our third day in Austria we headed (actually into Germany for a little bit) to the Eagle’s Nest. I wasn’t thrilled since I am not your average history buff, but you can imagine my delight when we arrived to discover impeccable views.
Daddy sat down and this little bird decided to make a landing for his photo op. 🙂
My Mom loves tiny pine cones. I couldn’t believe how happy they made her!
And I may or may not have found these things stuffed into her purse later on when looking for a hair clip. 😉
As if we hadn’t been atop enough mountains, we then headed to the Eisriesenwelt Ice Caves. Surprise surprise, it included hiking…up…a MOUNTAIN. Oh boy. Well, let’s just say we were completely sweaty by the time we reached an elevation of 1656m (5433 feet) – only 30% of it being by a cable car – where the opening of the cave was. Then to top it off, our guide welcomes us to the Cave and says “I hope you have rested, because the cave tour is 1km long, 134m (440 ft.) up, and there are 1400 stairs.” I thought my father might have a heart attack and I thought my Mom was going to kill me! But hey – this is what memories are made of! At then end Bryan was saying “Wow baby this was a once in a lifetime experience,” and my Mom added “Because we’ll never do it again!” 😉 But in all honesty, the views made my jaw drop and the ice caves were phenomenal. The only problem was that I read no photos were allowed so I didn’t bring my camera or phone! We all could not believe none of us had a thing to photograph the views from the hike. So – in order to share a peek at our adventure – here are some photos from their website –
I had planned a tour of the Hohenwerfen Castle (below) next, but I think you could imagine we were wiped out after all that unplanned hiking!
So, instead, we found a restaurant overlooking the Castle to eat at.
Day four was easy going. We toured the Fortress Hohensalzburg in Salzburg and then ate there overlooking the city.
Oh you’ll appreciate this friends! Bryan, our frugal one, mentioned reading something about a dessert special to Salzburg called a “Salzburger Nockerln”.
We were a little shocked that it cost €17, but it was for 2 people and we decided it must be pretty awesome to be priced like that. Ha!! Well, the server brought it out and took initiative to separate our dessert for two among us and my parents. On top of that making us all laugh, Bryan and Momma hated it. :’D Let’s just say it was like a giant souffle that was very eggy and watery, rich but not very sweet, and topped with very tart berries. It, too, was a once in a lifetime experience I guess! 😉
All in all it was memorable, challenging, surprising and tons of fun and I hope if you plan a trip to Austria this may help give some ideas. Stay tuned, because our next adventure will be taking us to the Adriatic Sea…where things are bound to be full of surprises, beauty and of course humorous memories.