Salzburg in the Rain
There was a huge thunderstorm in Vienna last night, and it poured rain most of the night. This morning, I woke up early and took a train to Salzburg. (I saved a ton by taking Westbahn, a private alternative to the Austrian national railway.) It was raining when I got to Salzburg, but luckily the hostel (Yoho) is close to the train station. After checking in, I waited for an hour or so, hoping that the rain would stop, but when it became clear this was not going to happen, I put on my rain jacket and headed out.
Much of Salzburg tourism is centered around two people: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who was born here, and Maria von Trapp, who lived here with her family until fleeing to the United States in the wake of the Nazi occupation. The Sound of Music was filmed here, and you can take tours to see the sites from the movie. The hostel shows the movie every night at 1900.
Salzburg straddles the Salzach river, whose waters were high and flowing rapidly after the rains from last night.
Hohensalzburg Castle sits high above the city:
This is the Residenz fountain in Residenzplatz.
Salzburg Cathedral is a seventeenth century baroque church. Here is the church, viewed from above during the rain.
Here is the church interior.
Here are some closeups of the apse and dome of the cathedral.
There are four small organs positioned around the dome of the cathedral.
Here is the Franciscan church, also viewed from above during the rain.
Here is the interior of the church.
I really like this closeup of the ribbed ceiling of the church.
This chess set is near the cathedral.
I like this picture of one of the bridges over the river.
The Mirabelli Gardens are across the river from the old city.
After dinner, I decided to climb up past the fortress to get some views of the city. Naturally, it started raining even harder. Nevertheless, I got some great photos of the city.
Here are some closeups of Salzburg Fortress in the mist.
Finally, I hiked up to the Augustiner Brewery for a well-deserved beer.