Month: July 2018

Discovering Salzburg Cathedral

Where : Salzburg Cathedral We stopped at the Salzburg Cathedral on our way to Hohensalzburg.  This Cathedral was built around the 17th century and has a beautiful Baroque style.  Seems like this is Serge’s idea of most beautiful church he’s visited in Europe. You will find the Cathedral in the Old Town at the end of Getreidegasse or on the way to Hohensalzburg.  This area is quite touristic and a great place to take crafty pictures.  Like most churches in Europe, there is no need to pay to enter.  You can leave a donation if you want to contribute to the upkeep and maintenance. The church is dedicated to Saint Rupert and Saint Virgil, both patron saints of the city

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Discovering Getreidegasse, Salzburg

Where : Getreidegasse, Salzburg We really enjoyed our stroll down Getreidegasse, located int the historic old town.  Its by far one of the most visited and busiest streets in the city.  It boasts many souvenir shops, from chocolates to Mozart related gadgets, to chic stores like Louis Vuitton.  However, all shops have one thing in common.  They all have a rich, elegant iron guild sign with their store names.  This we found out, is mandatory! According to Wikipedia, Getreidegasse is also the birthplace of Worfgang Amadeus Mozart.  He lived at No. 9 until the age of 17.  This is why you will find yourself passing in front of Mozart gift shops, Mozart Café, Mozart Museum and alas his monument. The main

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Discovering Mirabell gardens, Salzburg

Where : Mirabell gardens, Salzburg If you have the impression that Salzburg is a small city, you are correct in thinking so.  Consider this, we walked 5 min from the train station to our hotel and another 12 minutes to Mirabell Palace.  Continuing on this path will get you to the Historic town, in approximately 20 minutes.  It’s not the smallest city we’ve visited and we regret not booking at least 2 nights in Salzburg. If you are used to discovering the cities by foot, you will love Salzburg!  It’s quite easy to walk from one monument or landmark to another.  There is an abundance of Hop on Hop off tours if you prefer motorized or organized tours.  Actually, from what

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Discovering Hohensalzburg, Salzburg

Where :Hohensalzburg, Salzburg There are many things to visit in Salzburg, we mistakenly booked one night before moving to our next destination.  When you arrive in the city of Salzburg, do not miss the imposing fortress.  Hohensalzburg is located atop the hill of Festungsberg. According to Wikipedia, the fort was erected at the behest of the Prince-Archbishops of Salzburg with a length of 250 m (820 ft) and a width of 150 m (490 ft).  It is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe. Additionally, Hohensalzburg Fortress is situated at an altitude of 506 m. As many other Forts around the world, Hohensalzburg Fortress was constructed to solve invasion problems and protect the city. Today, it’s the most touristic destination in Salzburg.  The entrance fee is

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Discovering Neuschwanstein Castle, Füssen

Where : Neuschwanstein Castle, Fussen When in Munich you should fit in a day trip to visit Neuschwastein Caslte located just a couple of hours away, in southwest Bavaria.  It’s easy, take a train to Füssen (we used our Eurail pass) and a bus to the castle.  When in doubt, just follow the crowd.  There’s bound to be others that are visiting the castle. According Wikipedia, this is a 19th-century Romanesque revival palace.  It’s placed on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau. When you get to the village, you can buy the tickets to visit Neuschwanstein and Ludwig II’s castle.  It’s not expensive, we paid around $ 18.42 canadian dollars for both castles.  The village is self sufficient with

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Discovering Andechs Monastery, Munich

Where : Andechs Monastery, Munich We found our best adventures happen when we get a referral and when we keep an open mind.  Luckily a friend of ours referred Andechs Monastery to us, otherwise we never would have visited.  The Benedictine monastery is located little more than one hour way from Munich.  So we took a small day trip from Munich taking the S Bahn plus a local bus. The monastery is in the centre of a small village (here), including a Gothic church (here), brewery and gift shop.  The beautiful Gothic church is from the 1400’s and has attracted pilgrims and tourists from around the world.  Andechs Monastery is also a well-known cultural centre and for it’s seven varieties

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Discovering Marienplatz

Discovering Marienplatz, Munich

Where : Marienplatz/Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) Discovering Marienplatz. The New Town Hall of Munich appears to be the main hub.  We consider it a main touristic point of Munich.  Beautifully put together, the construction soon attracts attention for its imposing neo-Gothic style building.  Additionally, there are lots of figures and details, especially for the famous clock called “The clock chimes”.  Hundreds of people gather in front of the building hoping to witness clock chimes and the famous rotating figurines.  These represent the history and the legends of Munich. We enjoyed simply standing in front of Marienplatz and admiring the architecture.  The facade is very beautiful and interesting, quite unique compared to other cities we’ve visited.  Consider visiting Marienplatz at 11h,

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