Monday morning we met our pickup at our hotel lobby to take us to the Wien train station to head to our next destination…Salzburg, Austria! Known for the famous American made movie, Sound of Music. At first, the driver took us to the wrong train station (luckily we checked and we had plenty of time to get to the correct one-ALWAYS CHECK!!!).
Once we found our train, we hopped on the wrong coach thinking we could make our way to the correct one via inside the train. This was not the case. We met another lady who was in the same boat, and needed to get to the same coach as us. She was from Switzerland and she was willing to help us! We stayed and talk to her for 45 minutes until we were able to get off and switch train cars.
- She told us that she has lived all over the world including the UK and Vietnam. She has 10 children, and I would have to guess she is only in her 50s!!! We exchanged emails, and she told us we could stay with her anytime we travel to Switzerland. She even gave us two essential oils that we could smell when we become stressed during our trip. She recommended the Sachetorte and the Mozart chocolate marzipan balls when we arrive in Salzburg. We took her advice, and they were delicious!
We also forgot to get our EuroRail pass stamped before getting on our first train. So technically our train ticket was NOT VALID. They let us go, and we ended up getting it stamped in Salzburg before heading back to Vienna. (ADVISE: check everything ahead of time to make sure everything is completed & valid).
Our second hotel was even better than the first! It was a rainy, cold day in Salzburg but we still did our daily walking. We walked around the city and then made the hike up to the Festung Hohensalzburg (fortress). We paid 9 euros for the basic tour pass and saw so much! We also got a great view overlooking the city from the top of the towers.
Before making our way back to the hotel to get dry & warm, we stopped by Mozart’s House! The only thing that was left that was still the same was the doorbells which when rung, you could see it go all the way from the door up to the respective apartment.
We looked up a cheap meal for dinner and found a place on trip advisor that got great reviews. We were the only people in the restaurant the whole night (probably because we went at 6 at night). I got a beef hot dog with cabbage with a mustard/horseradish sauce. It came with lettuce and tomato and a side of fries. Kristin got a chicken dog with a mango-ketchup sauce. Each came on a toasted bun. They were both absolutely amazing and probably the best hot dogs I have ever eaten.
Next stop: Prague, Czech Republic!
Salzburg translates to “Salt Fortress” in Bavarian which is what the city is known
Salzburg is the fourth largest city in Austria
Birthplace of the 18th century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Setting for the musical play, The Sound of Music