Here, finally, are the highlights of our couple days in Salzburg.
We saw both Mozart’s Wohnhaus (the house he lived in) and his Geburtshaus (the house he was born in). Both had museums and both were good, but I think I liked the museum in the Wohnhaus better. It was smaller, but was better organized and more interesting in my opinion, but it might just be because we saw it first. Both museums have interesting letters and other correspondences from Mozart and his family, but the Wohnhaus had a little more about Mozart’s family by individual, which I thought was interesting.
One thing I thought was really interesting was that Mozart’s sister, Maria Anna (they called her Nannerl) was actually also quite talented musically and Mozart’s father took both children touring when they were young to show them off in courts and for various political leaders. Unfortunately Nannerl was fairly completely overshadowed by Mozart’s career and few people know about her or her talents. A little sad to me.
We also had some of the famous Mozartkugeln chocolate balls. They’re layers of chocolate with a pistachio center. They’re good, but I think they might be a little overrated. Still, they’re a fun experience.
On Sunday morning we went to church and went to the Hohensalzburg fortress in the afternoon before rushing to catch our train. The fortress was pretty neat. There are some nice views. Apparently there’s a “Prince’s room” upstairs that we didn’t see. We were a little hurried. It was pretty neat, though and worth seeing. We also got to ride a funicular for the first time. We bought a Salzburg card that gave us free public transportation for a day and free entrance to a lot of the museums and it included the funicular ride up to the hohensalzburg. It was kind of a cool experience and I kind of want to try Budapest’s funicular up to castle hill, now, but since it’s not free, we might have to wait for a special occasion or something.
Salzburg is kind of a cute town and I liked the river running through it. It’s much smaller than Budapest’s Danube which is kind of nice. The bridges give a nice view of the buildings along the sides of the river and it’s just kind of a nice city. Here’s a picture of the city from the fortress.