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Salzburg – Day Three

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Sunday 9th September

 After breakfast we set off to return the airport but en route we visited the local museum where The Flying Bulls  have a museum (free!). A good way to waste an hour before checking in at the airport. BA don’t have a lounge here so C and I were given a €10 voucher each for drinks which we spent on the open air terrace overlooking the runway.


When we saw the BA plane arrive we went through security and, after buying some vodka, walked onto the bus to be transported to the airplane. As on the outward journey I was greeted by my name. At LGW I left C to take H back to Glasgow and headed home to sort out my photos from the weekend.


Museum and airport pics

Salzburg – Day Two

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Saturday 8th September

Today, H was early as he had forgotten what time we were supposed to be meeting. Tonight he will be issued with a written note of  tomorrow’s itinerary! Breakfast was, on the whole,  good but noisy (Spaniards). Sometimes, however, it took the staff a long time to replenish food that been scoffed. Today we headed south from Salzburg into Germany, which is strange but true. Main destination was the historic Eagle’s Nest (Hitler’s summer residence). This involved a drive half-way up a mountain followed by a bus ride the rest of the way to the top (the road is narrow so only the buses can use it and only to a strict timetable as there is only one place where they can pass). Getting out of the bus we chose our time to return and then entered a dark tunnel to wait for a lift into which they crammed 30+ of us for the final stage of the journey to the summit, where there are fantastic views of the surrounding mountains and a great café for relaxing.

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Driving back down the hill we heard a tremendous screaching and then C noticed in the rear-view mirror that a motor-bike rider had come off. Following German law, we stopped the car, told H to stay where he was and walked back to see if we could help. By the time we got there several other people had also stopped so our assistance was not required. Obedient as usual, H had got out of the car so we bundled him back in and resumed the next stage of our journey to the Königssee, a lake in the middle of the nearby national park with more stunning scenery.


The long queues for the trip on the lake were worth it, especially to experience the echo off the rocks (a crew member just happened to have his trumpet with him). Back on terra firma we didn’t have time for the nearby Jennerbahn and so returned to Salzburg. Too tired to go back into town we settled on a local café and had a pleasant meal outside.

Eagle’s Nest pics

Königssee pics

Salzburg Day One

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Early to the airport, fast track security and on to the British Airways first class lounge for poached eggs and beans and toast washed down by Buck’s Fizz. As we were taking the f-in-law (“H”) on the trip and he is a bit slower than us we left the lounge early as the screen was displaying gate 112 which is a long walk away, over the air bridge. However, once we got there it was apparent that we were at the wrong gate so had to return to the main terminal building where the gate was a rarely used one, requiring us to board a bus. Although we were fine in our seats, the passengers with boarding passes for seats 7B and 8B were a little concerned about the size of their seats, which were very small as they were still configured for a flight in Club class. The engineer was summoned and after an uneventful flight we arrived in Salzburg and picked up the hire car (a small Fiat 500) and, thanks to Tomtom (surviing being dropped by H, twice),  safely arrived at the hotel LINK . We agree with the f-in-law that we would unpack and meet in reception at 3pm to go into town. At about ten past three we went to collect him – he hadn’t put his watch forward so thought we were meeting an hour later! To avoid a 20 minute walk we took the local bus into town and walked through the Mirabell Gardens (cue the music to do-re-mi). Salzburg is even more beautiful than I remembered and even H seemed impressed. We ambled through the old town, past the house where Mozart was born (there is now a Spar supermarket in the ground floor) and up to the cathedral and then to the lift up to the castle. Entry is no longer free and you have to pay €11 to go up and come down (although this includes a visit to the museum). We decided against that and wandered back through the town along Getreidegasse where a new duck joined the family.


Onwards to the other hill where, eventually, we located the lift up that hill (at a fraction of the cost). On top there is an open-air bar with fantastic views over the old town towards the castle:


Back down the hill we returned to a restaurant we had spotted earlier: a mixture of Italian and Indian restaurant which appears to be a common offering in Salzburg. Bus back to the hotel and time for bed.

Pics of the day here