July 25, 2012

Salzburg aka The Most Beautiful Place I've Ever Been

After spending two nights in Munich, the girls and I woke up early Saturday morning to catch a train to Salzburg, Austria. To be honest, at first I wasn't really looking forward to Salzburg. It wasn't my idea to go there, and I had no idea what there was to do. All I knew was that it is where "The Sound of Music" was filmed, and it's the hometown of Mozart. But am I glad we went! Salzburg is absolutely gorgeous! It's the most beautiful place I've ever been, and I'm so glad I had the opportunity to visit it. Part of me wishes we had spent just one night in Munich and two in Salzburg.

We got to Salzburg early in the morning so Ashley and Kristen could go on the Sound of Music Tour. It was a little expensive so Brooke, Claire, Lindsey, and I opted out of the tour and walked around the town. Salzburg is definitely different from Berlin and the other cities we've been to. It seems so much more quaint and has a "small town" feel. It brought up thoughts of home for me. And I loved how close everything was. I got the impression that Salzburg is very pedestrian friendly. I remember very few cars actually being driven on the streets. It was mainly just the buses.

After spending the morning exploring Salzburg, the four of us went to our hostel to check in to our rooms and relax while we waited on Kristen and Ashley. It was Ashley's idea to come to Salzburg, so we left it up to her to find and book a hostel. And, boy, did she pull through! Our hostel was amazing! I felt like I was staying in a classy hotel rather than a hostel. Brooke, Claire, and I shared a room, and Ashley, Kristen, and Lindsey shared another. My room was on the top floor, and it was huge! We also had sunroof inspired windows that opened up to a gorgeous view of a mountain. And we had free Wifi! Wifi is hard to come by in Europe, so I was pretty excited when my phone was able to get online, and I could "check in" to our hostel on the Foursquare app.

Our huge room...

...and the beautiful view!

Around lunchtime Ashley and Kristen got back from their tour, and all of us headed to the train station to catch a bus to Eagle's Nest, Hitler's summer retreat. The guys on our trip went the weekend before, and they had some awesome pictures and stories to tell, so we were all excited to see it. Unfortunately, we planned poorly, so by the time we got to Berchtesgaden the Eagle's Nest was already closed for the day. It was a major letdown after spending money on the bus and taking an hour to drive there. However, we did get to see some pretty stunning views on the ride.

Kristen and me on the bus.

Like I said, Salzburg is totally magnificent. It's hard to put its beauty into words. I still have a couple more posts from the weekend, so be sure to check back later to see and read about the rest of my time in Austria!

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