We floated down the Danube from Passau to Linz overnight. In the morning, we got on a bus and headed to Salzburg. The first stop was Mondsee, a small town on the shores of Lake Mondsee. We saw the church where the wedding scene from Sound of Music was filmed. Also, the row of trees used when the children were playing in their new clothes (made from the drapes).
St. Michaels Basilica in Mondsee. This was the site of the wedding scene in the Sound of Music.
Inside St. Michaels Basilica.
Inside St. Michaels Basilica - a close up of the altar.
Inside St. Michaels Basilica - a view to the side.
An even closer look at the altar.
A close up of one of the sides.
The row of trees where the children were playing in the Sound of Music.
A house along the way. All the houses had lots of flowers.
From Mondsee, we traveled on to Salzburg, famous as the birthplace of Mozart and being the setting for the Sound of Music. I was in Salzburg for a week in 1974. It’s much more commercial now – big name stores instead of the smaller stores back then. And more crowded now as well. We started with a walking tour of the town, ending at the Museum of Modern Art. The rest of the afternoon was ours to wander and discover. Kristin and I decided to go up to the Hohensalzburg – the fortress on top of the hill.
Kajetanerkirche - the Cajetan Church in Salzburg. It was completed in 1700.
The Hohensalzburg. It was started in 1070 and completed (as we see it today) in 1501. This is a view from the Museum of Modern Art.
Looking over Salzburg from the Museum of Modern Art.
The funicular, as seen from the lowest level of the Hohensalzburg.
Looking over Salzburg from the lowest level of the Hohensalzburg.
Inside the Hohensalzburg.
Looking down at the same location as the previous picture, from the top of the Hohensalzburg. Yes, there were lots of steps to get up there - a large portion of them a spiral staircase. It was 498 feet from the base to the top.
Untersburg, 6473 feet, as seen from the top of the Hohensalzburg.
Stonework in the Hohensalzburg - made in 1296.
Looking down Getreidegasse. Yes, there were lots of people there.
The Hotel Elephant - where I stayed in 1974. The building was built in the late 1200s.
Mozartplatz - the Mozart Square. The statue looks nothing like Mozart.
After the long bus trip back to Linz, we had the Captain’s Welcome Dinner. So we didn’t have much time in Linz itself – just a few pictures.
A view of the Postlingberg - the highest point in Linz. On top is the pilgrimage basilica - the Seven Sorrows of the Virgin Mary.