The Sound of Salzburg: Pictures

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How could so much music come from one little town? Thanks to built-up frequent flyer miles, I visited Salzburg, Austria, earlier this month, accompanied by my daughter, Victoria, and granddaughter, Christiana, who is fourteen. This picturesque little town on the outskirts of the Alps is the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the home of the Von Trapp Family singers, and the birthplace of Josef Mohr, the author of the words of our beloved Christmas carol, Silent Night, which was first sung in nearby village of Oberndorf. Over the next week or so, I’d like to present a series of picture-blogs on the Sounds of Salzburg, beginning today with some general photographs I snapped of this beautiful town on the Salzach River. Towering over the Old City Centre is the Salzburg Fortress, and just beyond that is Untersberg Mountain and its cable car. Just beyond that are the breathtaking Alps. If you make it to Salzburg, here are some of the sights.

Christiana looking down on the great cathedral
Christiana looking down on the great cathedral
The river, like some of the nearby lakes, is green, colored by natural minerals flowing down from the mountains.
The river, like some of the nearby lakes, is green, colored by natural minerals flowing down from the mountains.

 

You can recognize the oldest streets. They are medieval narrow.
You can recognize the oldest streets. They are medieval & narrow.

 

A funicular runs to the fortress that towers over the city.
A funicular runs to the fortress that towers over the city.
The streets are alive with the sound of tourists.
The streets are alive with the sound of tourists.

 

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Houses, dating from the 1400s, built into the cliff side.
Houses, dating from the 1400s, built into the cliff side.

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Mozart Square
Mozart Square
Up Untersberg Mountain
Up Untersberg Mountain

 

 

I will lift up my eyes unto the hills from whence comes my help. My help comes from the Lord...
I will lift up my eyes unto the hills from whence comes my help. My help comes from the Lord…

 

I sing the might power of God that made the mountains rise
I sing the might power of God that made the mountains rise

Top of the world
Top of the world

 

The Trick Fountains of Hellbrunn Palace. The archbishop loved to play water tricks on his guests.
The Trick Fountains of Hellbrunn Palace. The archbishop loved to play water tricks on his guests.

 

 

At Hellbrunn, you never know when you'll be squirted by a statute.
At Hellbrunn, you never know when you’ll be squirted by a statute.
A storm blowing in from the Alps
A storm blowing in from the Alps

 

In the heart of the city, an ancient cemetery... but more about this later.
In the heart of the city, an ancient cemetery… but more about this later.