On Tuesday, May 1, we were on the buses by 8 o’clock and headed to Salzburg, Austria. It was a two hour ride, with a stop-off at the beautiful lake-side town of Mondsee. St. Michael's church is situated right in the middle of the town centre and was used for the wedding scene in the Sound of Music film. Since today is May Day, a workers holiday, most of the shops were closed but we privileged to see a parade with a band and costumed people. Also an antique car show was there and was very enjoyable. Then on to Salzburg.
Salzburg is an Austrian city on the border of Germany, with views of the Eastern Alps. The city is divided by the Salzach River, with medieval and baroque buildings of the pedestrian Altstadt (Old City) on its left bank, facing the 19th-century Neustadt (New City) on its right. The Altstadt birthplace of famed composer Mozart is preserved as a museum displaying his childhood instruments.
In the Neustadt, the neoclassical Mirabell Palace formed a backdrop to the film "The Sound of Music." On a hilltop in the Altstadt, the imposing medieval Hohensalzburg Fortress has richly decorated Gothic chambers and a museum. The DomQuartier includes the baroque archbishops’ palace and the 17th-century cathedral with its 4,000-pipe organ. Close to Mozart's birthplace is the charming Getreidegasse shopping street. To the south is Renaissance Hellbrunn Palace, with a pleasure garden containing "trick" fountains, plus the neighboring city zoo. Salzburg is a beautiful city, but unlike Florence, Munich and other cities we have visited, there was not a WOW factor there.
We bussed the 2 hours back to Linz and attended an organ concert at The Old Cathedral (German: Alter Dom), also called the Church of Ignatius (German: Ignatiuskirche) or the Jesuit Church (German: Jesuitenkirche). It was built between 1669 and 1683 in Baroque style. It was beautiful classical music performed by the organist of the church. A walk back to the boat through town make me wish for one more day to visit and shop in Linz.
Dinner was delicious and three ladies portraying the Andrews Sisters entertained us in the bar after dinner. We stayed there until 11:30 listening to a beautiful songbird sing while her father played the piano. We all even took to the dance floor for a few turns!!I. It was a beautiful evening spent with friends.