I am a big fan of The Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. I first watched it as a kid and learned every song. Until now, I still can’t deny the fact that it’s one of my favorite musicals. This was one of the main reasons why I chose to do my first river cruise on the Danube. The Sound of Music was filmed in Salzburg, Austria.
Salzburg is known for a few things. One of them being the setting for the movie adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. According to our guide, not a lot of Austrians know of this version of The Von Trapp family’s story. There was a German/Austrian version sans music. How else can I watch a family’s escape from Nazi Austria? So, when tourists came to Salzburg referencing the Sound of Music (maybe singing, too), the locals were left scratching their heads. But now, tours revolving around the Von Trapp Family are their most popular ones. I mean, how can you not sing “Do, Re, Mi” on the steps of the Mirabell Gardens?
Salzburg is also well-known for being the birthplace of its greatest son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He was born and raised in Salzburg before moving to Vienna. He was baptised at what is now known as The Salzburg Cathedral. You will find Mozart-everything in Salzburg. From Mozart chocolate to rubber duckies!
Another famous Salzburg son is Christian Doppler. He is recognized for his principle – The Doppler Effect. His house was pretty much right next to Mozart. They could have been neighbors except that they didn’t live around the same period of time.
And who has not heard of the song “Silent Night”? I bet everyone who’s reading this knows it. The text to “Silent Night” was composed by a Salzburg priest named Joseph Mohr.
Our excursion to Salzburg was one of the options when our ship, the AmaSerena, docked in Passau, Germany. It was also free as part of the themed river cruise. On a regular sailing, there would have been an extra charge.
We had lunch at Goldene Kugele. We did not make our research beforehand because we do not know how the tour was going to be. So, we ate at the nearest authentic-looking restaurant we could find. I ordered the Wienerschnitzel and the Scheinsbratwurstl for Ran. We also wanted to share a serving of their lunch special, which was the Bolognese. Unfortunately, the waiter blurted out, “That’s too much!”. Feeling embarassed, we did not order it anymore. The food was pretty good. But we just did not like the idea of the waiter meddling with our order. But being the kind people that we are, we let it go and just enjoyed our Austrian lunch.
There was plenty of time to visit the Cathedral and to roam around the Christmas Markets. Do not be afraid to choose this excursion thinking there’s not enough time. It is about a couple hours’ bus ride from where your ship will be. But the bus is comfortable and they have a toilet and wifi. The market in Salzburg is where we tried our very first Kindercrepe. And there was no going back! It is a regular crepe with 2 Kinder Buenos thrown in it right before they take it out of their crepe pan. Then it starts melting because the crepe is hot. Not even a Nutella crepe can make us happy anymore! We miss Kindercrepe… and Salzburg!
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