If you are looking for kangaroos, you’ve come to the wrong country. Austria is the home of the arts, specifically music. Ever heard of Mozart? He was born in Salzburg, where The Sound of Music was also set. it. If you’re in Vienna, there are tons of music events going on, from the Vienna Philharmonic to college students putting on performances in the square.
The day before I arrived in Salzburg, I found out that my traveling companion had never seen The Sound of Music. Since it was my mission to find all the famous spots in Salzburg, I made her watch the movie. The next day, we went to Mirabell Gardens and ran through the vine archways just as the Von Trapp Family did. Since we were on a musical roll, we also went to Mozart’s Birth House, which has been turned into a museum.
Near Salzburg, but located in Germany, is Kehlsteinhaus, otherwise known as Eagle’s Nest, surrounded by the gorgeous alps. It is better known for being Hitler’s summer getaway. There isn’t much else to see or do up there, but we did a little hike and the view is so stunning the trip was well worth it.
Of course, if you’re in Austria, don’t miss Vienna, known as the City of Music, thanks to great composers of the past. Our first night, we caught an quartet performance in a courtyard and picnic-ed in the perfect summer night. The next day, we made a day at Schoenbrunn Palace, which started with a tour of the palace, with tons of history background on the Habsburg. Then we went to the gardens and got lost in the mazes. In the afternoon, we went the the famous Hotel Sacher-Torte, where the original Sacher-Torte was made. It is a chocolate cake with chocolate icing, filled with apricot jam and definitely made for the perfect afternoon tea. Also, be sure to check out Naschmarkt, which is a market during the day selling fresh fruits, cheese, meats, and other eats. At night, there are tons of outdoor restaurant with local food, and it seems like it’s where they happy hour, or just hang out after work. Vienna is a beautiful city to visit and one that I could see myself living in.