We arrived at 4am in Salzburg, thankfully our hotel was close so we took a quick taxi ride to Hotel Mozart. Scott did it again and booked the perfect accommodations for our stay. Since it was so early, we fell right asleep. We woke up after some much needed rest and had a delicious lunch at an Austrian Pub. Scott had cordon bleu and I had fried chicken and fries. Their spring chicken is fried to perfection, not greasy or over breaded at all. After we took a walking tour of Old Town with our trusty Rick Steve Guide Book as our Tour Guide, Salzburg is gorgeous. The views were incredible! During our tour we stumbled across a Russian choir group touring and Scott was thrilled to chat with them a bit. Scott said while they were singing "they were throwing down verses, Sound of Music style". For dinner we went to another pub/brewery style restaurant and Scott had a pumpkin breaded cordon bleu dish that was delectable. I ordered dumplings, a bowl full of fried bread, not that tasty. We loved our first day in Salzburg and are excited for the next.
After breakfast at our hotel, we headed to hike the hill up to the Fortress which sits on top of the Old Town of Salzburg, the history was interesting and the view was the best part! While we were in town there was a festival going on in Mozartplatz, one of the popular town squares. We had a delicious lunch of rotisserie chicken (best I have ever had!), fries, and live music. There were tons of locals there to enjoy the festivities and for one of the songs tons of people both old and young joined in, clapping, singing loudly and dancing, I think it was an Austrian favorite. After lunch we went on our Sound of Music Tour. Our tour started with a drive, our tour guide, a local born and raised, explained history of the city while explaining facts about the real von Trapp Family as well as facts about the movie. We then made stops in varies places where footage from the movie was taken. It was exciting to see the beauty I had seen in the movie all growing up in real life, the movie didn't even compare. As we drove up into the mountains being completely amazed by the views, we stopped and were able to go on an alpine slide. Scott is an experienced rider but it was my first time, I loved it! We will be taking full advantage of the slides in Park City. As we drove through the mountains, on the edge of the Alps, we saw adorable homes with wooden carved details that looked like they should be in a storybook. We stopped at a little cafe that looked out over a breath taking view of a lake town and mountains all around, that was the topping on the cake, absolutely perfect. As we took in the view we enjoyed the best apple strudel and the company of another couple on our tour. I was sad for our tour to end and even more sadden by the end of our stay in Salzburg but Vienna was calling so we had to continue.