Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Rainy Christmas Markets & Mozart

Vacation time! This year we have two mini-vacations in December, so for the first one we headed up to Salzburg for two days and nights of sightseeing, Christmas market-ing, and meat and potato eating.

Salzburg is known for its music scene and Mozart, so most of what we saw and did revolved around music: we visited the Mirabell Gardens, where parts of The Sound of Music were filmed (!) - while the actual gardens are more colorful in the summer, it was still beautiful and filled with impressive statues. We went to the house where Mozart grew up and lived until he was 17 (and below is a picture of the house where he was born). One rainy afternoon we went to an Advent concert in a tiny hall at St. Peter's church which was beautiful, cozy, and Christmas-y.

The Christmas market there was one of the best and was filled with sparkly ornaments and all things Christmas.

We battled the rain, drank gluhwein to stay warm, and ate this local treat (below) that everyone loves, which is fried dough topped with sauerkraut, which sounds so weird but is so good!

On Tuesday morning we took the tram up to the castle which overlooks the city and has gorgeous views. Here's the view from below looking up:

We walked around and stopped in the museum inside, but mostly just admired the view looking down on the city, and enjoyed the sun that had finally come out.

Next up - on Saturday we're headed to Prague for a few days!