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Trip Report Trip to Switzerland and Austria, June 2011 - Salzburg

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We loved Salzburg, it was the highlight of our trip. It helped that the weather was wonderful, and our hotel was wonderful and right in the center of things. But Salzburg would have been fabulous anyway.

We came to Salzburg from Lauterbrunnen, which caused much angst during the planning of the trip. We ended up taking a train (5 hour ride) - and the majority of it (the Switzerland portion) was covered by our half passes. We took a cab to the Hotel Am Dom, which is amazing - quite the upgrade from our humble lodgings in Lauterbrunnen. HUGE bathroom, modern decorating, right downtown, and very quiet. I recommend this hotel highly.

We had tea at the Cafe Tomaselli (my newest favorite place in the world) - right around the corner from the hotel, fabulous pastries, coffees, ice cream - and people watching. I can't remember the name of the restaurant where we had dinner, but the food was SO much better than in Switzerland - and much more affordable.

Wednesday, we had a lovely, very full day. Great breakfast at the hotel, gorgeous weather. We started at Mozart platz, went to the Residenz, the Dom, St Peter's church and cemetery. All of this is in the same general area. We then went to Mirabell Gardens, since we had tickets for a concert in the evening and wanted to know where we were going. The gardens there are gorgeous and huge.

Stopped for a frankfurter along the river - then up an elevator to the Museum of Modern art - beautiful vistas from the top AND a Giacometti exhibit inside. Back to Cafe Tomaselli, and then I grabbed my book and found a nice place to read outside (I was clearly starved for nice weather). Dinner at Carpe DIem, small plates of delicious nouveau food, then onto the Marble Hall at Mirabell Gardens to hear a concert - three strings, in a room Leopold Mozart played in with this children, Nannerl and Wolfgang. It was lovely.

Thursday we started at the Salzburg Museum - just okay, and then to the Fortress - very interesting with stunning 360 degree views (you take a cable car up). There's a Marionette Exhibit that's easy to miss but which I loved. Then I decided to have ice cream for lunch (my husband opted for salad), and then took a long bus ride to Hellbruin Palace. We stayed outside, with all the trick fountains and the gardens. Very amusing and there was a huge group of kids withus and it was very fun to watch them squealing and jumping in the sprays of water.

Back to Cafe Tomaselli (maybe I will open one in the States) for my first EIskaffee (coffee, vanilla ice cream and schlag - really, the perfect drink. It started to drizzle, so I checked out the soaking tub at the hotel and we went out for a good dinner at an italian restaurant, and a nice bottle of Prosecco.

I should mention that you must buy the Salzburg Pass - it seems to be valid EVERYWHERE and really saves you a lot of money. You can generally buy one at your hotel.

Back to pack for Vienna the next day. Salzburg is just magical, a must see I think.

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