Monday, April 23, 2012 — Salzburg, Austria

      After another good breakfast we walked to the Hauptbahnhof for a tour to Salzburg with Munich-Direct.  We met our guide by the flower shop and signed up for 39 Euros per person.  We bought some water and met up with the group of 11.  Our guide was from Ireland.  We walked to platform 11 to the front of the two-tiered train for a direct (not non-stop) two-hour ride to Salzburg in Austria.  We never had to show our passports.

     We took a bus from the train station to the gardens.  We saw the ‘Do Re Mi’ garden and fountain from the Sound of Music and had views of the Hohensalzburg fortress standing high above the old town.  We saw the house where Mozart lived, the house where he was born, where he played his first concert at 6 years old.  We saw the beautiful  St. Peter’s Abbey and Catacombs, the 8th century cathedral, market square and more.  We had some free time to explore on our own.  We bought a small water color and watched men playing chess with large pieces.  We had a good slice of pizza and a pretzel.  We met the group and took the train back to Munich.  The view of the Alps was beautiful! We bought a sandwich at Subway and brought it back to our room.  It was a long day of walking.

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