Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Austria: Salzburg- Festung Hohensalzburg

Old Salzburg lies between a mountain and a river (great defense), and on the ridgeline is the Fortress protecting the city. It was the end point to our morning-long trek (see previous post). There is also a tramway that will take you to the top if you don't feel up to taking the stairs or the trails.

Even if you aren't interested in history or fortresses, the vantage point from the fortress cannot be beat!

We took the tramway down, just for the experience. Locally, it is known as the Furnicular, if you are looking for signs.

Afterward, we were faminished, as we had not been planning on our trek, so we happened back to our favorite restaurant for lunch. We seldom return to the same place for multiple meals, so when we do, you know that it is something special. And we had already been having great luck with this trip!

Elderflower radler

Rocket and mozzarella balls

Cheese spetzle

After lunch, we continued to meander around the city and happened upon a random musical festival. Everyone was gleefully playing music, competing casually between teams, and enjoying AMPLE amounts of beer on draft. We thoroughly enjoy watching them all, just sitting/standing back and enjoying our own libations.

Still full from lunch, we opted to skip the typical dinner and ordered the "signature Salzburg dessert" the Salzburger Nockerl, wich is a vanilla souffle with raspberries. It is absolutely massive, and tasty, though not my favorite dessert of the trip.