Tag Archives: Austria

Way Home

It is hard to capture the beauty of this road from a moving car.  The views are simply breathtaking and spectacular, and I think for this reason alone we prefer to drive to these destinations.  Tuscany is gorgeous, with its golden hills and winding roads, cypresses and vineyards and villas and towns perched on the top of […]

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Salzburg Christmas Store

It’s Popular

I am not sure how this happened but it appears that Salzburg Christmas Store is our most popular blog post ever.  Second most popular is “Going Back”   There are 4 times as many visits to either one of these two posts than any other posts in the top 10 visited blog posts.  In fact, […]

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Stiftskeller St. Peter (803) – Salzburg, Austria

According to some sources, including the restaurant itself of course, the Siftskeller has been serving food since 803, making it the oldest restaurant in Europe. Not 1803 – that’s not a typo. Eight-oh-three. Although we can’t personally verify this data, we can certainly attest to the quality of food and service. We started with a […]

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St Peter’s Abbey

We are going church crazy today – it’s almost Easter so why not.  St. Peter’s Abbey is well over 1300 years old.   This old Benedictine Monastery is a church, it has a spectacular  library, a small quiet and charming cemetery, if there is such a thing, a massive court yard and the oldest European […]

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The University Church with its grandiose façade is one of the most magnificent Baroque churches in Austria.  It feels light, open and airy – with the usually obscene dash of expansive marbles and gold, as no god could ever be happy without the usual riches.  The chapels inside the church are dedicated to the patron […]

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Sankt Georgen

Sankt Georgen im Attergau is where Anna’s dad spent 9 month some 35 years ago waiting for a Canadian visa.  After defecting from Poland and surrendering his passport to Viennese Police he was sent to Sankt Georgen refugee camp, which was located on the lower level of this lovely hotel in a quiet village on the […]

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Road Trip

We are setting off on a little holiday with Anna’s parents.  First we are driving  to Sankt Georgen im Attergau, in Austria where Anna’s dad begun his journey to Canada some 35 years ago.  We are then going to spent 2 days wondering around Salzburg, a day in Ljubljana, Slovenia and then off to Treviso, Italy […]

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Christmas Store Salzburg

There is a Christmas store in Salzburg that is open year round.  Not only does it have some of the most beautiful Christmas decoctions but it has hundreds upon hundreds of painted egg shells.  There is eggs in every theme imaginable from Halloween, to Easter  to Christmas from flowers, birds and  city scenes, to just […]

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Undaunted by the constant drizzle we continue to explore the nooks and crannies of Salzburg.  From the top of the Salzburg Fortress you can see at least 4 churches.  We stopped  by St. Peter’s Abbey, which is one of the oldest if not the oldest Germany speaking  Benedictine monasteries.  It houses a massive amount of original written […]

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Fortress Museum

Within the walls of the Salzburg Fortress are a number of exhibits and museums.  The €25 family pass takes you up to the Fortress on the funicular, and gives you access to the whole place plus an audio guide which is great.  This place was  time spent well –  dry, warm and very interesting.  

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Salzburg Fortress

Hohensalzburg Castle  is a fortress on top of  the Festungsberg mountain overlooking Salzburg.  It is easily  accessible by funicular which is easier than the 15 min walk up the hill.  The first funicular to the fortress was built  in the 1900s.  The fortress was never taken in war, it was however given up once when Napoleon and his army came knocking.  Salzburg Fortress […]

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Mozart’s Residence

Mozart’s old house is now a museum.  The Mozart family lived on the third floor of the “Hagenauer House” at Getreidegasse 9 for twenty-six years, from 1747 to 1773. The celebrated composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, was born here on January 27, 1756. The building is named after the merchant and toy dealer, Johann Lorenz Hagenauer […]

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Salzburg Cathedral

Salzburg Cathedral is a17th century Baroque Cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Salzburg and is dedicated to Saint Rupert and Saint Vergilius. Founded by Saint Rupert in 774 on the remnants of a Roman town, the cathedral was rebuilt in 1181 after a fire. In the 17th century, the cathedral was completely rebuilt in the Baroque style to its present appearance.  Salzburg Cathedral still contains the baptismal […]

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Salzburg’s “Old Town” has internationally renowned baroque architecture and one of the best-preserved city centres north of the Alps. In 1997 it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Host to three universities and a large population of students, Salzburg is noted for its attractive setting and scenic Alpine backdrop.  None of which we could see today because it’s middle of […]

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