Episode 5: Salzburg [Europe 2017 Series]

Location: Salzburg (Austria)

Hostel: Yoho International Youth Hostel

To do: The Original Sound of Music Tour; Hohensalzburg Castle

To eat: Apple Strudel

I had a very limited amount of time from the moment I got to Salzburg until my Sound of Music Tour. Needless to say I was far too excited to spend my afternoon singing along to all the Sound of Music songs and seeing all the beautiful sights that Austria has to offer.

I went for a walk whilst I waited to go on my tour and it started snowing….not just a little bit….like…a lot! It was April!!! I just couldn’t believe it.

Regardless of the weather, it was an amazing tour and the views were still stunning, as you might imagine. It was however ridiculously cold and I couldn’t wait to go back to the hostel.

So I went back and treated myself to a nice warm meal while watching the Sound of Music with other crazy people. There’s something to be said about watching such a classic film, surrounded by people that are there for the exact same reason =p

I had a full day ahead of me before I had to travel to Zurich, so I decided to explore Salzburg again and committed to going to the Castle. Firstly, to my surprise, it was sunny! Really sunny!! Which meant I got to see Salzburg under a layer of snow but also in a beautiful sunny day, which is amazing.

Now, the castle. Let me tell you a story about that castle…..

It’s amazing. It’s everything. And the views are breathtaking.

Getting there however…well that’s s different adventure, specially if you’re scared of highs. There’s a lovely funicular to go up there (https://www.salzburg.info/en/travel-info/arrival-traffic/cable_railway), so I bought my ticket and in I went. And then out I went again. Honestly, it was so terrifying whilst it was still on the bottom of the mountain that I just could not bare the thought of going on it all the way up there.

So because I’m stupid and stubborn (bloody deadly combination), I decided to walk…all the way up there. My friends…let me tell you, half way through that climb all I could think was “This is it. This is how I die.” I actually went on my hands and knees at a certain point….(what a sight, not).

However…..those views!

Guess who then had to walk all the way back down? Yep. Correct. The thought at that point was “If I slip, this should be fun for anyone watching me tumbling down to the bottom. Oh and yeah. This is how I die.”

So, apparently I didn’t die and at 2pm I got on a train to Zurich, for my last stop! I quickly stopped at the Mozart Cafe  for lunch and off I went. In Zurich I was going to meet up with one of my best friends so I just couldn’t wait to get there!


Published by Mariana Vieira da Rocha

"I think it's perfectly acceptable and rather admirable to be moderately delusional"

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