While I was planning our trip to Germany, Susan asked to visit the filming location for the Sound of Music. Since I have never watched the movie, I was less than thrilled to go to Austria to see where a musical was filmed. However, the women (Maria and Susan) won. So we ended our German Trip with a short trek across the border to Austria.
We stayed at a farmhouse that doubled as a bed and breakfast. The location was great. Right across the street from the bus stop. However, sometimes the smell was overpowering.
We only had one full day in Austria. We started the day with a Sound of Music bike tour. The tour was about 10 miles long. During the tour, we saw quite a few sites of the City as well as numerous filming locations for the movie. We really enjoyed the tour. Even though I didn’t care about the movie, the tour guide provided us a lot of information about the city itself that I appreciated. Our tour guide was actually from California! We saw Europe’s oldest restaurant (since year 804) as well as St. Peter’s Abby, which has been around since 696. The church is in the photograph to the left.
After the bike tour, we went to the house Mozart was born in. The house has been converted into a museum. They had several of Mozart’s instruments on display. We were not allowed to take photographs inside the residence.
We ended the night at a dinner and concert at a fortress. The fortress sat on top of a mountain, overlooking downtown. The concert was very good. Several violinist, a cello player, and a pianist performed for about an hour and a half. The photograph below is of the concert. I think Austria ended up being everyone’s favorite city. We wanted to see so much more, but our vacation was coming to an end. Hopefully, we can return another day. It just goes to show the importance of listening to the wife!
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