We had a lot of fun exploring some of Munich on our first full day in Germany. We had been debating what we wanted to do during the other days before Brandon’s conference, and several of our friends had previously recommended traveling to Salzburg, Austria – so we hopped on a train for a short 90-minute ride across the border and checked in to the Hotel Mozart!
After we checked in and dropped off our stuff, we headed out into the city to see some of the sights. We wandered through Mirabell Gardens and saw a bit of the Old Town before getting lunch and coffee at a cafe.
We worked our way toward the Festung (fortress) perched atop the hill overlooking Salzburg. The view from up there was pretty incredible!
There were several museums inside the Festung – we checked out the main exhibit about the history of the fortress itself, but also the marionette museum and its intricate displays of puppets.
After we left the Festung, we strolled through part of the Old Town and saw Mozart’s Geburtshaus (birthplace). It was a little odd to see the first level of the building occupied by a convenience store, but it was cool nonetheless.
Each night before bed, we’d login to the cameras at Al’s resort and spy on him. Sometimes he would be trotting around with dozens of doggies and others he would be standing atop a rock. –>
We decided to spend day two in Salzburg like true tourists – we signed up for Fräulein Maria’s bicycle tour, recommended by our friends Jacob and Tracy, which was tons of fun and proved to be one of the best ways to see the city (as well as the key locations from The Sound of Music, of course).
We had a wonderful time in Salzburg and loved getting to ride around the city, but after our tour it was time to get back on the train to Munich and check in to our hotel near the Gasteig. We ate dinner with some of the ESRI folks at a nearby restaurant called Wirtshaus in er Au and then headed to bed. Brandon’s big talk was the next day!