We are rounding out our second week in Salzburg and have seen and done so much in such a short amount of time – it’s incredible!
Our group dynamics are great – we practice “mutual mooching” when we eat dinner at our home-base after having dropped by the Billa (supermarket) that is just down the road. Only a few of us have had to go to the Apotheke (pharmacy) next door because jet lag and exhaustion have caught up with us. We’ve become experts on the transit system (at least to Old Town and to the mall). And we’ve all conquered Untersberg – check out Haley’s post on that adventure tomorrow. All in all, it’s been a spectacular trip so far.
Here are some of our favorite photos from the last week:
Haley, Emma, and Erin check out the menu at their first visit to Stiegl-Brauwelt. Stiegl is the largest private brewery in Austria.
This is the cross at the top of Untersberg. The cross reads, “in the cross is salvation.” It has been cool to see all of the Catholic elements displayed in the Austrian culture here in Salzburg.
Grace, Emma, and Haley after we reached the top of Untersberg! The views were absolutely amazing and it was a great place to sit, reflect, and take in God’s beautiful creation!
Emma and Emily enjoying käsekrainer sausages at the Augustiner Brewery. The sausages have cheese inside and were served with horseradish and mustard.
Walking up to the Nonnberg Abbey came with exciting views of the city and a good leg workout. It was worth the climb because we got to hear the afternoon vespers. #soundofmusic #salzblog #sorelegs
The Stiegl Biergarten was our second brew-stop on the trip. Emily, Haley, Emma, and Erin all tried the Stiegl Weissebier. Grace tried the Stiegl IPA. #beer #stiegl #yum #salzburg
Haley, Dr. Kennedy, Grace, and Emma enjoyed so breathtaking views of Hallstatt. #hallstatt #salzbloggers #mountains
This action shot of Grace and Haley caught both of them in their element: Haley snapping perfect pictures and Grace searching for the nearest Biergarten. #hallstatt #wasistdas
Untersberg provided landscape views of Salzburg and the border of Germany on each side. Grace celebrated making it to the top of the mountain by throwing her hands up and smiling out at the views. #untersberg #hiking #salzblogger #ineedabeer
A common theme for Haley on the trip so far has been finding the beauty in the smaller things. Hiking on Untersberg and seeing gorgeous views is no hidden secret; although, every now and then you would turn a corner or pass a trail and see a view completely different than the rest. It made the day on the mountain interesting. This was one of my favorite hidden and unexpected views I found of Germany in the distance. Stunning!
Haley here: One of my biggest goals while being abroad has been to immerse myself into Austrian culture the best I can. It’s one thing to see the touristy spots, take the photos, and do the common things visitors do, but to truly live the Salzburg life is completely different. Each Thursday, a large farmers market takes place that sells fresh fruit and vegetables, crafts, flowers, plants and so much more. I enjoyed walking around last Thursday because it enabled me to place myself into a normal, weekly environment as a local. I felt like I was simply living day to day life and truly placing myself into the culture itself. Can’t wait to go back!
In the midst of the jaw-dropping views and broad landscape, it was easy to forget that in the middle lied a quaint little town with rich character and history. It was neat to stand on a higher level and view the village from a different perspective!
Haley again: Hallstatt was the place I was most looking forward to visiting during my time in Austria, and I can confidently say it did not disappoint. It was truly straight out of a fairytale and even felt unreal at times. The clear, blue water backed by the endless mountains and the infamous church makes for the one of the most picturesque and breathtaking views in the entire world. I definitely left a piece of my heart there.
As you can see, Kelley was very excited to take a picture on the skywalk that overlooks Hallstatt. Seeing the picturesque lake town from a bird’s-eye view, was something out of a fairytale!
Kelley here: The view from the peak of Untersberg- 6,000 feet above the city below. I’ve never felt more in awe at the beauty of the world around me, while also being incredibly humbled at the incredible vastness of it all. I don’t think anything could ever compare to the beauty of Untersberg!
A beautiful look at the old city from the Festung Hohensalzburg. Dr. Kennedy and Kelley certainly endured a daunting climb up to get up to the fortress, but despite aching feet they agreed; totally worth it.
Check back next Wednesday for more of our favorites – this weekend, we’re heading to Vienna! For more details on some of our travels, follow us on Instagram(@msmutravels).