Austria, Day 3…Salzburg, Goodbye Golling

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These are a few of my favorite things.—Oscar Hammerstein II

Today was our last day in Salzburg.  It definitely has a few of my favorite things I look for when I tour a city…historic buildings, narrow streets, scenery, wonderful vistas, and good food.  If you are looking for these few things, go to Salzburg, Austria.

We began our day with coffee on the deck, viewing the Alps, had an impromptu breakfast, and then said good-bye to our rental house owner in Golling an der Salzach. It was a wonderful place for us to stay.

We arrived back in Salzburg and I wanted a mid-morning snack.  I found the perfect hold-me-over till lunch at a small bakery near Mirabell Gardens, called Resch & Frisch.  It has a big picture of Mozart, so it is easy to find.  I did some research on this place and found that it is part of a larger corporation.  Nevertheless the croissant and pretzel I purchased here was very, very good. We shared it on the walk over to Old Town.

We found a wonderful, intimate Vietnamese cafe in Old Town. It is called Wokman Natural Kitchen.  Some older guides may list it as Pho 18.  The pho was so good here.  We dined al fresco and they were able to accommodate all of us and our three strollers.

We meandered through Old Town for a bit after lunch and then headed up the big hill to the Hohensalzburg Fortress.

This fortress sits high atop Salzburg.  Like a guardian angel, it watches over the city below.  It was built in 1077 as a protection for the principality and archbishops from attacks.  It has never been taken over… except now, by tourists.  There are amazing views of the city and of the Alps from this fortress.

On the way back down, we stopped for a break at a small cafe that seemed to be built into the wall.  I could not find the name of this little place, but the location was fantastic. We ate at a table tucked into a little cranny on the walk to the castle.  The sausage and cheese plate with olives were very good.

We made our way back across the Salzach River and found a nice place to eat our evening meal.  We dined at Zum fidelin Affen.  We ate inside since it was becoming very windy outside.  The restaurant had dark paneling and was cozy.  I had more wild garlic soup and Austrian goulash  with a dumpling.  The entree was good, but a little heavy.

All in all it was a good last day in Salzburg.  Now on to Innsbruck, but first a night at a castle!

 

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First stop…a cheese croissant and a pretzel with mustard.

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I can’t describe how good this pho is at Wokman Natural Kitchen.

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Bicycles were everywhere…very European.

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Outdoor cafe taken from our outdoor cafe.

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Hohensalzburg Fortress sits above Salzburg.  Did we really walk up there with three children under 2-yrs old?

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Yes, we did.  A most major accomplishment.  This is part of the walk up to Hohensalzburg Fortress.

 

The following are views from the walk up to the fortress…

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The view from Hohensalzburg Fortress.

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A great place for a rest and a plate of sausage and cheese on the way up or down from the fortress.

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We loved the owl cushions.

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The entrance to the small cafe on the way to the fortress.

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Church towers in the late afternoon sun in Salzburg.

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Crossing the Salzach River for the last time on the Makartsteg Footbridge.

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We had a cozy dinner at Zum fidelen Affen.

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The last bowl of wild garlic soup, a very good memory of Salzburg.

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Austrian goulash with a large dumpling for my entrée.

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One final good-bye to beautiful Salzburg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Austria…Day 1, Golling an der Salzach

 

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I grew up so poor in Austria that we never took a family vacation.—Wolfgang Puck

 

With all due respect to Mr. Puck’s upbringing, I don’t doubt that he grew up poor.  However if there ever was a place to live where one could not go on vacation, this place is the place to be in that situation. There are postcard views everywhere.

We had a long day of travel.  Indy to Philly to Munich to Golling an der Salzach.  We were up for 23 hours before exhaustively going to bed.  We had been traveling with family, including two grandchildren under two years old.  We met more family in Munich who had come from Istanbul by way of Berlin with another grandchild under two.

We picked up our rental nine passenger van at the airport in Munich after a fourteen hour trip through the night and drove to the central train station in Munich to meet the other family members.  After a great meal outside on the Frauenkirche plaza, we toured the inside of Frauenkirche then left Munich for the two-hour drive to our rental house in Golling an der Salzach, Austria. The drive to Golling was very scenic.

We arrived at our rental house in Golling in mid afternoon.  We met our host from Air BNB, a delightful lady.  She was most pleasant and had the house ready for us.

These are photos of our house in Golling.

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Here is a picture of our view off the front deck for morning coffee…

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Golling an der Salzach is a lovely town surrounded by Alps, about a forty minute drive south of Salzburg.  We stayed here two nights.

Golling an der Salzach is a small town of about 4300 and the first mention of a history of people living there is in the 1200’s AD.

Our first meal in Austria was the evening meal at Hauslwirt. This is a lovely hotel and restaurant in Golling.  We had wild garlic soup with a semolina dumpling for starters.  This was maybe the best tasting dish we had all week.  It is a seasonal dish in Austria.  We also had a pasta dish with green and white asparagus and a very good Riesling.  We shared a piece of sacher torte, a wonderful chocolate cake with whipped cream.

We strolled through town and went back to our house, exhausted.  Some of us had been up for 23 hours and looking for a good nights slumber.  I have found the best way to battle the time change going to Europe is to stay up the first night until my regular bed time and that helps me get back on track.

In retrospect, a good plan with traveling with children would have been to stay in this house longer and used it as a base to travel to Salzburg and Innsbruck.  It is also close to Hallstatt. The kids had to get use to too many beds and sleeping arrangements, but they were troopers and did OK.

Nevertheless, on to Salzburg…

 

 

The following are pictures taken from our van on the drive from Munich to Golling an der Salzach, Austria.

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The following are pictures of Golling an der Salzach.

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Wild garlic soup at Hauslwirt, the best dish of the week in Austria.

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Pasta with green and white asparagus at Hauslwirt.

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A fitting end to a good day, sachre torte at Hauslwirt.