Today is the continuation of my birthday celebration. If you missed the first post, click here to check out how things began.
The day after my birthday, we decided to go to Salzburg, Austria. I assumed Salzburg was a smaller city like Cesky, but it’s fairly big. The weather was hot and the tourism ran high. This was the least favorite of the three big cities we visited. Not that it didn’t have its charm; it’s just the other cities appealed to me more.
Our first stop was Schloss Hellbrunn and the Trick Fountains. A drive away from Altstadt (old city), so we decided to head there first before browsing around Salzburg. Markus Sittikus, prince and archbishop, had Hellbrun Pleasure Palace built within 3-years. It was a place of celebration, pleasure and recuperation. Of course, back in Sittikus days, only archbishops had the pleasure.
The trick fountains still function the same as they did 400 years ago, and can only be operated manually.
My husband cooling off as the trick fountains catch him fleeing.
Within the palace park is the pavilion where Liesl and Franz met in The Sound of Music—Salzburg being the backdrop for the movie.
From there, we went into the old part of Salzburg.
The below picture is of a store that sold all kinds of homemade egg ornaments. I bought one with musical notes on it.
We went into St. Peter’s Church, and again, I was in awe of the architectural design.
Of course, I had to find St. Sebastian’s Cemetery with its beauty and creepy statues.
Then we decided to make our way to the Dwarf Gardens. Several of these were modeled after dwarves who lived here as entertainers for the archbishop.
The following day, I was sick with food poisoning, so we relaxed. Then on Friday, a rainy day, we drove to Walhalla, a hall of fame building that hosts busts of historical distinguished German people.
Here’s a bust of Albert Einstein
Ludwig Van Beethoven
I suggested to my husband that there might be a bust of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, but he said no there wouldn’t be because Mozart is Austrian. Psst…there’s a bust of Mozart in the Walhalla. I guess they secretly adopted him. 🙂
From there, we went into the town of Regensburg, the fourth largest city in the State of Bavaria after Munich, Nuremburg, and Augsburg. The first settlers date back to the Stone Age.
We took a boat ride since it was raining.
By the time the boat ride ended, the rain had stopped, and we were able to walk around without getting drenched.
On Saturday, we headed to Munich, and from the moment we arrived, I really liked the city. I’m not one for big cities, so it was a pleasant surprise. We went straight to the Marienplatz. At certain times of day, figurines dance, twirl, and joust inside the tower.
This was in the Viktualienmarkt–a huge market selling food and produce.
The maypole shows figures regarding the trades and crafts of this part of Munich.
We went to the Deutsche Museum.
Again, I had to venture into another church, St. Peter.
Here’s the jeweled skeleton of Saint Munditia. Her remains have been here since the transfer from the Roman catacombs in 1675. It’s believed she was martyred in 310 A.D., beheaded with a hatchet. She is the patron saint of spinsters. She holds a glass container in her hand containing dried blood, a relic of her martyrdom.
We walked around for a bit before heading to the English Gardens.
The Theatine Church of St. Cajetan.
Our final destination in Munich was the English Gardens. It hosts many activities, and nudity is legal there. I’m glad to say that we didn’t come across any nudity.
Who says surfing is only done in the ocean?
Here’s the beer garden on the northern part of the park that hosts wooden tables and large beer mugs.
And this ends the week long celebration. I hope you enjoyed some of the pictures and videos.
In the comments below, please let me know what wonderful trips you made this summer.
Summer and Tourists,